Bankruptcy Skills Workshop

Friday, June 9, 2023
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. 

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

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.

CLE: 7.5 general CLE credits, including ethics and technology,
pending FL Bar approval




(Subject to change)

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.

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                Bankruptcy Code Provisions triggered by Digital Assets in
                                                Bankruptcy Estate and their Administration

This panel will give 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, J.D. ’11, Partner at Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog
Michael Dunn, Dunn Law, P. A.


10:30 AM – 12:00 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. 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

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

2:00 – 3:00 PM                      Chapter 13 Practice

This panel will cover 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

3:00 – 4:00 PM                      Ethical Obligations of Counsel for Debtors and Creditors

This panel will cover problematic issues in consumer fee arrangements; neglect, lack of diligence and candor to the tribunal; completing or ending representation of the client; and consideration to judges during electronic hearings or proceedings.

Panelists: TBC


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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