Bankruptcy Skills Workshop


The 28th BANKRUPTCY SKILLS WORKSHOP presents useful basics on consumer bankruptcy practice in the Southern District of Florida.

Last year's program focused on where the practice of consumer bankruptcy is going and more complex issues that arise in cases. There were panels on emerging chapter 13 issues, individual chapter 11 practice for debtors over the debt limits, the intersection of ethics and technology, and the ever popular View from the Bench section with our Southern District of Florida Judges. 
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Friday, June 8, 2018 
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


The Storer Auditorium at
University of Miami School of Business
5250 University Drive
Coral Gables FL


7.5 general CLE credits, including 1 in technology and ethics will be applied for with The Florida Bar



Contact 305-284-6276 or

Program Focus

Attorneys new to the field and seasoned practitioners benefit from the program’s format of panel discussions followed by question and answer segments.

  • Chapter 7 segment of the program will cover practice tips from the perspective of a panel trustee, counsel for debtors, creditors, and trial counsel for the United States Trustee. The panel will also cover criminal referrals, tax dischargeability and pre-bankruptcy planning.   
  • Chapter 11 panel will discuss spotting chapter 11 clients in initial interview, steps in starting the case and developing a plan, role of the debtor-in-possession, and differences between chapter 11 and chapter 13 plan confirmation.  
  • Chapter 13 panel will be in a question and answer format with the standing Trustees, debtor counsel, and creditor counsel covering topics from everyday procedural issues to instruction on what to do when troubles brew in a more complex case.
  • Judges View from the Bench on bankruptcy related decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and developing case law in the Southern District of Florida.
  • Southern District Bankruptcy Clerk of Court and deputy/judicial assistant panelists on filing and calendaring tips, submission of orders, and Guidelines for Courtroom Decorum, and digital audio recording (DAR) requirements.
  • Ethics and Technology Panel on permissible, problematic and prohibited attorney conduct and issues that arise while practicing law in an age of technology.



Registration fees support the Louis Phillips Scholarship Fund. Course materials, lunch, and parking are included in the cost of registration. We look forward to you joining us in the 28th Annual Bankruptcy Skills Workshop.

EARLY Registration (until May 4, 2018): $290.00
Registration (after May 4, 2018): $325.00

Steering Committee

The Hon. A. Jay Cristol, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge Emeritus, Southern District of Florida; Barbara L. Phillips, Esq., Jerry M. Markowitz, Esq., Kelly K. Roberts, Esq., and Daniel N. Gonzalez, Esq.

Materials (Coming Soon)

All proceeds from the Workshop will benefit the Louis Phillips Scholarship Fund at the University of Miami School of Law.

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