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The preparation of the schedules should act as a road map so your Trustee doesn’t get lost. Receive tips from a Trustee and Debtors Counsel on how to best build schedules, prepare your client and communicate with the trustee to make the 341 meeting and administration of the estate a seamless endeavor.

Your Presenters:

Robert Colliersmith

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Mr. Colliersmith received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and his J.D. from Mercer Unversity, Walter F. George School of Law. He has practiced bankruptcy law in the Northern District of Georgia since 1980.  He practices with his wife and partner, Carol A. Colliersmith, exclusively in the area of small business and consumer bankruptcy. Mr. Colliersmith has presented at prior NACBA Conventions, ABI Conventions, State Bar Conventions and local bar presentations and was a member of the State Bench and Bar in Georgia.   He and Carol Colliersmith were former Co-Chairs of NACBA in the State of Georgia and Mr. Colliersmith received the Colleen Nunnelly Memorial Award from NACBA. He volunteers to represent clients pro bono under a program of Georgia State School of Law which mentors law students regarding the actual practice of bankruptcy law in which the law students assist in the preparation and procedure of the filing and process of consumer bankruptcy and has testified in Bankruptcy Court as an expert witness regarding the process of consumer bankruptcy petition preparation.

Chuck Moore

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Charles G. Moore “Chuck” is a 1987 graduate of The University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. In 1990 Chuck graduated from Stetson University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Soon after graduating from Law School he accepted a position as a Criminal Prosecuting Attorney with the Sixth Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida where he gained extensive litigation experience. Chuck’s practice is now limited to the representation of consumer debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies. Being actively engaged in the practice of law in excess of 25 years, Chuck has handled more than 2,300 bankruptcy petitions. He is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, The Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association and the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees. Chuck has served as the Florida State Chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys in the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida since 2012. He also regularly performs numerous hours of continuing legal education, all of which are specifically limited to current issues facing Consumer Bankruptcy Debtors. Chuck represents clients in the Tampa Bay area including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, Gulfport, Seminole, Pinellas Park, Kenneth City, Treasure Island, Tampa, Sarasota and Bradenton.

Traci Stevenson

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Traci K. Stevenson is a 1982 graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Business Administration. Before attending law school, she was a police officer and labor negotiator among other things. In 1991 Traci graduated cum laude from Stetson University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. Soon after graduating she was appointed by the Office of United States Trustee as a chapter 7 bankruptcy panel trustee and has been a panel trustee for twenty five years.  Traci is also a consumer bankruptcy attorney representing debtors. Her third area of practice is as a State of Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit mediator. She was involved in developing the Mortgage Modification Mediation program in the bankruptcy court in all the districts of Florida and has participated in over Three thousand mediations thus far.  She is a member of National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association.

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Take a Step In the Right Direction!

Join this panel of four as they discuss some of the most common ethics missteps that attorneys make in representing clients in consumer bankruptcy cases.  In a top-10 format reminiscent of old David Letterman skits, the goal of this session is to interject humor into a serious discussion of ethics.
Moderator
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Alex Dolhancyk

With over 27 years of experience, attorney Alex Dolhancyk offers valuable insight into consumer bankruptcy cases. He is the current Georgia state chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA); is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification; and holds an LL.M (Master of Laws) in International Business Law from Emory University School of Law.

Attorney Dolhancyk has numerous reported bankruptcy cases, including Whaley v. Tennyson, 611 F.3d 873, (11th Cir. 2010), where he argued on behalf of the debtor. He is also a member/advisor on the Bench and Bar Committee for the Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Georgia.

He received his B.A. from the University of Tennessee which he attended on a full basketball scholarship through an administrative error. He received his J.D. from Memphis State University (now University of Memphis) and is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, 6th and 11th Circuits, and in Georgia, Tennessee, and New York, and is occasionally allowed in the kitchen.

Your Panel of Experts

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William Brewer

William E. Brewer, Jr. practices law with The Brewer Law Firm in Raleigh, NC.  He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with an A.B. in Economics in 1973 and a J.D. with  Honors in 1976.  He is certified as a specialist in consumer bankruptcy law by the North Carolina State Bar .  Billy began his term as NACBA’s president in 2011 and has served as a director since 1997.  He has served as a popular panelist at NACBA’s previous conventions and is noted for his sense of humor.  Mr. Brewer was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Bankruptcy in 2009.

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Gary Fraley

Mr. Fraley is the owner and founder of Fraley & Fraley Sacramento Bankruptcy Attorneys. As a practicing bankruptcy law attorney with over 37 years experience, he has filed thousands of successful bankruptcy cases.He is one of only about 154 attorneys in California that is Certified by the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Bankruptcy Law Specialist. That State Bar Certification as a bankruptcy Law Specialist is held by only about 1/20 of 1 percent of all California bankruptcy attorneys. Gary Fraley is also one of the longest practicing Bankruptcy Law Specialists in the state of California.He has been teaching bankruptcy law issues and practice pointers to bankruptcy attorneys for many years. He grew up in Needles, California. He is a 1974 graduate of University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Mr. Fraley graduated from the University of Los Angeles School of Law in 1977.

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Nancy B. Rapoport

Nancy B. Rapoport is the Special Counsel to the President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She is also the Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is an Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics in the Lee Business School at UNLV.  Her specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, law firm behavior, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture.  She is admitted to the bars of the states of California, Ohio, Nebraska, Texas, and Nevada and of the United States Supreme Court.  In 2001, she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, and in 2002, she received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Rice University.  She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

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Stay Updated on the CFPB Rules That Will Have an Impact on Your Bankruptcy Firm

Major revisions to the mortgage servicing regulations, made by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will become effective in 2017 and early 2018. These changes deal with a variety of important issues, including servicing transfers, loan modification applications, and loss mitigation requests from successors in interest.  Most important for bankruptcy attorneys are the new regulations requiring monthly statements to be given to debtors in bankruptcy.  Learn how these new rules can be used in your bankruptcy practice.
Presenters

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Sarah Mancini

Sarah Bolling Mancini is Of Counsel for NCLC half-time, focusing on foreclosures and mortgage lending, and works half-time as an attorney in the Home Defense Program of Atlanta Legal Aid. She has experience representing homeowners in bankruptcy cases and litigating in state, federal district, and bankruptcy courts. She also clerked for the Honorable Amy Totenberg, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Sarah is a member of the Georgia Bar. She received her B.A. in public policy from Princeton University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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John Rao

John Rao is an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, Inc. Mr. Rao focuses on consumer credit and bankruptcy issues and has served as a panelist and instructor at numerous bankruptcy and consumer law trainings and conferences. He has served as an expert witness in court cases and has testified in Congress on consumer matters. Mr. Rao is a contributing author and editor of NCLC’s Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice; co-author of NCLC’s Foreclosures; Bankruptcy Basics; Guide to Surviving Debt; and NCLC Reports: Bankruptcy and Foreclosures Edition, and contributing author to NCLC’s Student Loan Law. He is also a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy and the Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide. Mr. Rao serves as a member of the federal Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules, appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts in 2006. He is a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, vice-president for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, and former board member for the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is an adjunct faculty member at Boston College School of Law. Mr. Rao is a graduate of Boston University and received his J.D. in 1982 from the University of California (Hastings).

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Join Stephen Fairley from the Rainmaker Institute as he discusses  3 stages every law firm goes through to break the 7-figure barrier. At each stage there are different challenges that must be faced and overcome to grow to the next level. Since 1999, The Rainmaker Institute has trained over 18,000 attorneys and helped hundreds of their clients break 7-figures. If you’ve struggled to scale to a million dollars or more in your law firm you need to attend and discover:

  • What are the 5 key challenges you must face to grow to the next level
  • How to go from being an business operator to a business owner
  • The 10 major parts of every successful law firm
  • Specific steps you must take to build a lifestyle law firm that provides the income you want to enjoy the life you want

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Two-time international best-selling author, Stephen Fairley is the Founder and CEO of The Rainmaker Institute, the nation’s largest law firm marketing company specializing in marketing and lead conversion for small to medium law firms. Over 18,000 attorneys nationwide have benefited from learning and implementing the proven Rainmaker Marketing System.

Stephen was academically trained as a clinical psychologist and ran 2 successful small businesses prior to focusing on the legal marketplace.

Since 1999, he has built a national reputation as a legal marketing expert and been named, “America’s Top Marketing Coach.” He has spoken numerous times for over 35 of the nation’s largest state and local bar associations.

Stephen has appeared in Inc and Entrepreneur magazines, has authored 12 books, taken 15 cruises, and traveled to 41 countries. He resides in Phoenix with his wife of 20 years.

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Attorneys representing debtors and creditors in consumer cases appear in bankruptcy court on a regular basis. The appearances are often routine and non-evidentiary. Other times, however, the court will expect proof in the form of evidence. It is in these evidentiary hearings that attorneys must have a working knowledge of the basics of evidence. In this program, Chief Judge Williamson will cover what you need to know to have your testimonial and documentary evidence successfully received by the court and made part of the record of your case.

Your Presenter
Chief Judge Michael Williamson
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Judge Michael G. Williamson is chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida — one of the largest districts in the United States with courthouses in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Ft. Myers and approximately 40,000 pending cases. He also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Stetson University College of Law teaching Bankruptcy Law and as Co-Author of West’s Bankruptcy Law Manual.
Judge Williamson graduated from Duke University in 1973 and from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976. He began his bankruptcy practice serving as a Chapter 7 panel trustee from 1977 to 1979. Thereafter, in the following 20 years, he represented numerous Chapter 11 corporate debtors, creditors’ committees, and trustees in bankruptcy cases pending throughout the state of Florida.
Judge Williamson is past chair of the Committee on Creditors’ Rights, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association; past chair of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar and that section’s Bankruptcy/UCC Committee; and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Your Moderator

Chuck Moore

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Charles G. Moore “Chuck” is a 1987 graduate of The University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. In 1990 Chuck graduated from Stetson University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Soon after graduating from Law School he accepted a position as a Criminal Prosecuting Attorney with the Sixth Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida where he gained extensive litigation experience. Chuck’s practice is now limited to the representation of consumer debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies. Being actively engaged in the practice of law in excess of 25 years, Chuck has handled more than 2,300 bankruptcy petitions. He is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, The Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association and the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees. Chuck has served as the Florida State Chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys in the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida since 2012. He also regularly performs numerous hours of continuing legal education, all of which are specifically limited to current issues facing Consumer Bankruptcy Debtors. Chuck represents clients in the Tampa Bay area including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, Gulfport, Seminole, Pinellas Park, Kenneth City, Treasure Island, Tampa, Sarasota and Bradenton.

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Friday, May 5th

4:15 PM- 5:30 PM

Not all student loan debt is created equal. Enhance your practice by assisting new and past clients with student loan debt. In “Debunked: Dischargeability of Student Loans,” Bethany Lape and Austin Smith explore recent case law that challenges this well-known myth and common scenarios that you will encounter. You will learn how to simplify the process with a new tool in Best Case® Bankruptcy which can help identify next steps using built-in tools and documents. Plus, review the Jurisdictional Scorecard™ to learn the likelihood of discharging student loan debt in your area.

More About Our Presenters:

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Bethany Lape

Bethany Lape is the Director of Products at CINgroup and has worked for over ten years to provide products and services for both bankruptcy attorneys and debtors.  The problem of student loan debt has been of particular interest to her, and she has been passionate about developing a tool to help attorneys find solutions for their clients. Bethany believes bankruptcy attorneys will play an essential role in resolving the student loan debt epidemic.

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Austin Smith

Austin Smith is a litigator who focuses on discharging private student loans in bankruptcy.  Smith’s article, The Misinterpretation of 11 USC 523(a)(8), was foundational in articulating the proper scope and application of the student loan non-dischargeability provision of the Bankruptcy Code, and its arguments and reasoning have been adopted by bankruptcy courts all across the country.  Smith’s work on behalf of debtors has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, NPR, ABC News, Fox News, The Financial Times, the National Law Journal, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and more.

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Fireside Chats Are Back!

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Fireside Chats are a perfect opportunity for attendees to gather with their peers to ‘chat,’ about topics, share ideas, and ask questions in a more intimate setting. We are excited to announce the #NACBA25 Fireside Chat lineup and presenters:

  • Ask the Evidence Professor: Presenters John Cantrell and Professor Edward Imwinkelried
  • Strategies for Dealing with Overreaching Trustees: Presenters Paul Maschmeyer and Richard Nemeth
  • Protecting Your (Haunted) Mansion From Forced Surrender: Presenters Chuck Moore and Jeff Tromberg
  • How to Locate Your Client’s Hidden Treasure of the 7 (or 13) Seas: Presenters: Alex Dolhancyk and Jeff Tromberg

Visit the full schedule for #NACBA25 for a full description with the date, time and place! Get ready for some great conversation!