Bankruptcy Skills Workshop

Friday, June 14, 2024

University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Drive, Miami, FL 33136

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

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

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 include a  Subchapter V, TechnologyEthics, and  Court Update.

Florida CLE Pending:
8.0 general CLE credits, including 1.0 ethics,1.0 technology and 8.0 certification credits in Business Litigation. 



8:00 AM – 8:30 AM              Registration 

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM              Chapter 7 Practice

This panel will focus on best practices for knowing your client, preparing a case for filing and for the 341 meeting with the trustee, and what feedback to expect from the trustee and creditors. Recent trends in chapter 7 practice.

Heidi A. Feinman, Assistant United States Trustee
Timothy Kingcade, Managing Shareholder at Kingcade Garcia McMaken
Maria Yip, Founder & Managing Partner, Yip Associates and  Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the Southern District of Florida

Moderated by: Scott Brown, Partner at Bast Amron and Chapter 7 Panel Trustee

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM              Bankruptcy Code Provisions triggered by Digital Assets in
                                             Bankruptcy Estate and their Administration

A practical, nuts-and-bolts approach to managing cryptocurrency in insolvency proceedings. The panelists will first provide an overview of cryptocurrency, blockchain technology, and digital assets. The panelists will then address legislative and regulatory updates, as well as their effects on insolvency proceedings. Finally, the panelists will discuss current, cryptocurrency-based insolvency cases and crypto-specific bankruptcy issues.

Alan Rosenberg, J.D. ’11, Partner at Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog
Michael Dunn, Dunn Law, P. A.
Gregg Steinman, JD '16, Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP

10:30 AM - 11:25 AM            Practice in the Southern District of Florida from the  
                                             Perspective of the Clerk of Court and Courtroom Deputies

This session will cover recent topics 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

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM            Lunch

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM             Chapter 13 Practice

Zoom/Virtual chapter 13 calendars (a long-term solution?), post-COVID procedural and district updates, student loan issues, and practice pointers on plan treatment and confirming plans.

Peter Kelly, P. W. Kelly Associates, P.A.
Nancy Neidich, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for Miami-Dade County Division
Mitchell Nowack, JD '96, Partner at Nowack & Olson, PLLC
Joanna Tempone, Staff Attorney at Robin R. Weiner, Office of the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM                Bankruptcy Judges’ View from the Bench—Panel Discussion

This panel will discuss emerging issues in consumer bankruptcy.

United States Bankruptcy Court Judges for the Southern District of Florida:

The Hon. Scott M. Grossman
The Hon. Corali Lopez-Castro, JD '90
The Hon. Robert A. Mark
The Hon. Mindy A. Mora

Moderated by: Patricia A. Redmond, Esq. , JD '79, Director, Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic; Adjunct Faculty, J.D. Program & Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development, Miami Law

3:00 – 4:00 PM                     Ethical Obligations in Bankruptcy Practice and Consequences of 

This panel will cover recent bankruptcy ethics opinions, what happens when there is an alleged violation, and how to avoid getting into hot water.

Hon. Mindy Mora, U.S. Southern District of Florida
Andrew S. Berman, JD '83, Partner at Young, Berman, Karpf & Karpf, P.A.
Jennifer R. Falcone, Florida Bar Counsel

Moderated by: Andrew B. Dawson, Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Judge A. Jay Cristol Professor of Bankruptcy Law



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The Hon. A. Jay Cristol, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge Emeritus, Southern District of Florida (Ret.)
Jeffrey Fraser, Esq., Albertelli Law
Hayley Harrison, Esq., Bast Amron LLP
Daniel N. Gonzalez, Esq., Meland Budwick, P.A.
Jerry M. Markowitz, Esq., Markowitz, Ringel Trusty + Hartog
Barbara L. Phillips, Esq., Barbara L. Phillips, P.A.
Kelly K. Roberts, Esq., Roberts Law, PLLC

Participate in the conversation via Twitter using  #BSWMiami.


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

In Cooperation with

The Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida

Dade Legal Aid