Bankruptcy Skills Workshop

32nd Annual Bankruptcy Skills Workshop

Friday, June 3, 2022
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Offered both in-person and virtual.

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. 
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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 include a Subchapter V, TechnologyEthics, and Court Update.

2022 approved Florida CLE Credit:
General 7.5, with 1.0 in Technology
Certification Credits: Business Litigation - 7.5


8:00 AM – 8:30 AM


8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Chapter 7 Practice

Topics include: 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.

Barry Mukamal, Co-Managing Partner, KapilaMukamal, LLP and Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the Southern District of Florida
Zach Shelomith, JD '97, Partner at LSS Law
Gerard M. Kouri, JD '83, Founder of Gerard M. Kouri, Jr., P.A.
Steven D. Schneiderman, Esq., trial counsel for the Office of the United States Trustee

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

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Effective and Persuasive Legal Writing for Bankruptcy Lawyers

Topics include: The tension between high-quality legal writing and time constraints can force bankruptcy attorneys to draft complicated motions and legal documents on a tight schedule. This program will include examples of cogent drafting, quick tips for improving writing skills at all levels of practice, and pointers for drafting effective legal papers without blowing the budget.

Hon. Erik P. Kimball of the Southern District of Florida
Tara Trevorrow, Law Clerk to The Honorable Mindy A. Mora, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Florida
Bernice C. Lee is Of Counsel at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton

Moderated by: Nicole McLemore, Law Clerk to The Honorable Mindy A. Mora, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Florida

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Bankruptcy Judges’ View from the Bench—Panel Discussion Topics include: Emerging issues in consumer bankruptcy.

United States Bankruptcy Court Judges for the Southern District of Florida:
The Hon. Laurel M. Isicoff, JD '82, Chief Judge
The Hon. A. Jay Cristol, JD '59
The Hon. Erik P. Kimball
The Hon. Scott M. Grossman
The Hon. Robert A. Mark
The Hon. Peter D. Russin

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

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

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Chapter 13 Practice

Topics include: Chapter 13 procedures, plan, how to treat claims, what to do when claims change during the life of the plan, and how to get a chapter 13 plan confirmed quickly.

Robin R. Weiner, Esq., JD '73, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for Broward and West Palm Beach County Division
Jeffrey Fraser, JD '10, Partner at Albertelli Law
Justin Lefko, Hoskins Turco Lloyd & Lloyd
MItchell J. Nowack, JD '96, Partner at Nowack & Olson, PLLC

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Show me the Crypto! What to do with Digital Assets in Bankruptcy Cases

Topics include: An overview of the blockchain, cryptocurrency, NFT’s, and other digital assets, including tips for identifying and securing cryptocurrency assets, and the importance of disclosure.

Alan Rosenberg, JD '11, Partner at Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog
Ido Alexander, JD '07, Founder of AlignX Law
James Feltman, co-founder and CFO of an NFT company called Jupiter Group

*Program may be subject to change

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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.

In Cooperation with

Dade Legal Aid

The Bankruptcy Bar Association