Bankruptcy Skills Workshop

Bankruptcy Skills WorkshopFriday, June 7, 2019

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The 29th BANKRUPTCY SKILLS WORKSHOP presents useful basics on consumer bankruptcy practice in the Southern District of Florida. Join the Conversation: #BSWMiami

Who Should Attend?

Regardless of your level of bankruptcy experience, the Bankruptcy Skills Workshop offers useful information on local practice in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida. The program focuses on where the practice of consumer bankruptcy is going and more complex issues that arise. Panels this year will be similar to last year's including an Ethics Panel and the ever popular "View from the Bench" section with our Southern District of Florida Judges in addition to presentations by Clerk of Court and U.S. Chapter 7 & 13 Trustees. 

Friday, June 7, 2019 
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Donna E. Shalala Student Center
1330 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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7.5 general CLE credits, including 1 in ethics and 1 in technology, APPROVED by The Florida Bar

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Schedule, Topics, Speakers

8:00 – 8:30 AM Registration

8:30 – 9:30 AM Chapter 7 Practice
Topics include: Corporate Chapter 7 cases, when not to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, avoiding dismissal of your case, timing considerations for Chapter 7 case filings, and best practices.
Panel discussion featuring: James Schwitalla, Esq., counsel for debtors; Hayley Harrison, Esq., counsel for trustees; Steven D. Schneiderman, Esq., trial counsel for the Office of the United States Trustee; and Scott Weiss, Esq., counsel for creditors
Moderated by: Eric Silver, Esq.

9:30 – 10:15 AM Chapter 13 Proof of Claim Primer for Homeowners Association, IRS Debt, and Best Practices
Topics include: Chapter 13 plan, how to treat claims in the plan, what to do when claims change during the life of the plan, and how to get a chapter 13 plan confirmed quickly.
Panel discussion featuring: Nancy K. Neidich, Esq., Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for Monroe and Miami-Dade County Division; Robin R. Weiner, Esq., Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for Broward and West Palm Beach County Division; Zach Shelomith, Esq., counsel for creditors; and Michael Frank, Esq., counsel for debtors
Moderated by: Kelly Roberts, Esq.

10:15 – 10:30 AM Coffee Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Bankruptcy Judges’ View from the Bench—Panel Discussion
Topics include: Emerging issues in consumer bankruptcy.
Panel discussion featuring: United States Bankruptcy Court Judges for the Southern District of Florida: The Hon. Laurel M. Isicoff, Chief Judge; The Hon. A. Jay CristolThe Hon. Mindy A. Mora; and for the Middle District of Florida The Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen  
Moderated by: Patricia A. Redmond, Esq.

12:00 – 12:45 PM Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 PM Practice in the Southern District of Florida from the Perspective of the Clerk of Court and Courtroom Deputies
Topics include: Updates on statistics, budget, space and facilities; court operations; recent administrative orders; CM/ECF NextGeneration; common efiling deficiencies; and clerk’s office initiatives. A courtroom deputy panel will also review calendaring tips, submission of proposed orders, and digital‑audio recording pointers.
Featuring: Joe Falzone, Clerk of Court and Courtroom Deputies

1:45 – 2:00 PM Coffee Break

2:00 – 3:00 PM Recognizing Security Threats in Your Law Firm
Topics include: How to use technology and set office procedures to prevent data breaches and protect your clients’ information from hackers, and discussion of the ethical and liability issues which could result in discipline and litigation.
Featuring: Adriana Linares, Legal Technology Consultant and founder of LawTech Partners

3:00 – 4:00 PM How to Avoid Malpractice Claims
Topics include: Best practices for preventing malpractice and the claims that follow, and procedures and practices to implement to protect your practice to avoid risks.
Featuring: Edwin A. Skoch, President/CEO of Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company

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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 29th Annual Bankruptcy Skills Workshop.

General Registration: $330.00
Miami Law Alumni Registration: $295.00
Government Rate: $35.00

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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.

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

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