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2014 Bankruptcy & Insolvency CLE

4/4/2014

When: Friday, April 4, 2014
Registration: 8:30 a.m. - Program begins: 9:00 a.m. - Adjourns: 4:35 p.m.
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton
10100 College Blvd.
Overland Park, Kansas  66210
Contact:
Dawn Phoenix

Phone: 785-234-5696

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Registration fees include lunch. 

Approved for 7.0 CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism in Kansas and Missouri.

 

Course Schedule:

8:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

9:00 a.m.

Chapter 13 Trustee Panel

William H. Griffin II, Chapter 13 Trustee, Overland Park

Jan Hamilton, Chapter 13 Trustee, Topeka

Laurie B. Williams, Chapter 13 Trustee, Wichita

 

9:50 a.m.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Someone Blue:  Bankruptcy Practice Tips That Can Save Attorneys Time, Money, and Frustration

David Zimmerman, Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas, Wichita

The Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court identifies old problems in bankruptcy practice, introduces new rules and forms, and shares new technologies, all with an eye toward saving time for attorneys and judges and the Clerk’s Office, saving money for clients, and reducing everyone’s frustration.

 

10:40 a.m.

Break

 

10:55 a.m.

Judges Panel

Hon. Robert E. Nugent, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Wichita

Hon. Robert D. Berger, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Kansas City, Kan.

Hon. Dale L. Somers, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Topeka

 

11:45 a.m.

Lunch (provided)

 

1:00 p.m.

Tickle me ELMO:  Using Electronic Devices in the Courtroom

Hon. Russell F. Nelms, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Texas, Ft. Worth, Tex.

Judge Nelms will provide insight from the bench about how using technology in the courtroom can enhance the presentation of evidence.  From ELMO and computer screens to binders and blow up charts, he will share his experiences about which techniques are most effective and which ones don't work.  The Judge will also share his insights into Justin Bieber's egging of a neighbor's house and its impact on the nation's moral code.

 

1:50 p.m.

The Elusive Prey of the Student Loan Discharge

Christopher Allman, Asst. United States Attorney, District of Kansas, Kansas City, Kan.

David P. Eron, Eron Law P.A., Wichita

Louis J. Wade, McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan P.C., KCMO

Analysis of what constitutes a “student loan,” the factors for obtaining discharges of such debt in the 8th and 10th Circuits, alternatives to discharges, and statistics concerning the frequency of discharge attempts and the success of those efforts. 

 

2:40 p.m.

Break

 

2:55 p.m.

Property of the Chapter 13 Estate: Hot Answers to Questions that Burn

Jan Hamilton, Chapter 13 Trustee, Topeka

Justin W. Whitney, Woner Glenn Reeder & Girard P.A., Topeka

William H. Zimmerman Jr., Case Moses Zimmerman P.A., Wichita

A topical discussion of challenges confronting the bankruptcy practitioner with regard to property of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Estate with a concentration on the concept of vesting and implications that can arise when converting between chapters or dismissing a case all from the unique perspective of a debtor’s attorney, a creditor’s attorney and the Chapter 13 Trustee.  

 

3:45 p.m.

Fore!  Beware Ethical Traps in Bankruptcy Practice (Ethics)

David Zimmerman, Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas, Wichita

Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct, federal local rules and administrative procedures, and federal case law impact ethical issues in bankruptcy practice.  Watch out for ethical problems related to payment of filing fees, proper use of electronic filer accounts, ghostwriting, and limited scope representation.

 

4:35 p.m.

Adjourned 


Faculty Information:

Christopher Allman, Asst. United States Attorney, District of Kansas, Kansas City, Kan.

Allman is an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the District of Kansas.  After graduation from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1989, he worked one year at the Kansas Court of Appeals Central Research Staff and then clerked for Federal District Judge Sam Crow for ten years.  In 2000, Allman started his career with the United States Department of Justice.  Although his primary area of practice concentrates on the defense of claims against the United States, its agencies, and employees (employment discrimination, medical malpractice, general torts, Bivens, Social Security disability), Allman has an extensive practice in Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases—often representing the interests of the IRS, the Commissioner of Social Security and the Small Business Administration.  Allman has represented the United States Department of Education in several student loan discharge adversary cases.

 

Hon. Robert D. Berger, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Kansas City, Kan.

Berger received his B.A. in history and political science from the University of Kansas in 1983 and his J.D. from the Washburn University School of Law in 1986.  After graduation, Judge Berger entered private practice.  In 2003, he was appointed to the Kansas City Division of the Bankruptcy Court as the successor to the Honorable John T. Flannagan.  Prior to his appointment, Judge Berger practiced law as a bankruptcy and insolvency specialist representing debtors and creditors.  He was among the first group of attorneys in Kansas and Missouri certified by the American Board of Certifications in both consumer and business bankruptcy law.  Judge Berger has written numerous articles on bankruptcy issues, including Chapter 13 tax matters, and is a contributing author for the Kansas Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Handbook.  Judge Berger has also served as a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy, insolvency and related tax issues.  He counts among his affiliations membership in the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.

 

David P. Eron, Eron Law P.A., Wichita

Eron has been the owner of Eron Law, P.A. in Wichita since 2009.  He represents businesses and consumers in bankruptcy, litigation, and commercial transactions.  Eron is a contributing editor of the American Bankruptcy Journal and regularly presents seminars and writes articles on bankruptcy related topics.  He is presently a committee member for the KBA Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section and is a past member of the Kansas Bankruptcy Bench Bar Committee.  Eron received the KBA's Pro Bono Certificate in 2013.  Prior to forming Eron Law, he worked as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Trustee in Kansas.  He also spent four years in Bakersfield, California representing debtors, trustees, and creditors in all chapters of bankruptcy.  Eron is a graduate of Iowa State University and the University of Iowa College of Law. 

 

William H. Griffin II, Chapter 13 Trustee, Overland Park

Griffin is a graduate of Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas with degrees in business and psychology.  He is also a graduate of Washburn Law School and has been a Chapter 13 Trustee since 1990.  Prior to that, he was primarily a debtor’s attorney involved in Chapter 7, 12 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies with creditor work done from time to time.  In addition, he has been a presenter at local bar associations, organized brown bag lunches in the Kansas City area along with seminars involving local and national speakers.  He has been a panelist on several occasions for the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT), of which he is a member.  Griffin is also a member of the Kansas Bar Association (KBA) and the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI).

 

Jan Hamilton, Chapter 13 Trustee, Topeka

Hamilton is the Chapter 13 Trustee for Topeka, Kansas.  He has served in this position since 1998.  He is a graduate of Washburn University and Washburn School of Law.  Prior to his appointment, Hamilton was in private practice for 25 years with many years of experience in bankruptcy, related areas and litigation.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy.    Hamilton is a frequent speaker at legal seminars, locally and nationally.  He also is an adjunct bankruptcy professor at Washburn University School of Law and occasionally writes for national publications.  Most recently, he was counsel of record in the United States Supreme Court case of Hamilton v. Lanning.

 

Hon. Russell F. Nelms, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Texas, Ft. Worth, Tex.

Nelms has been a bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, since November 2004.  He took the bench after working for twenty years in the bankruptcy and commercial litigation sections of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P. in Dallas.  Nelms served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1978 to 1984.  While in the Army, he acted as a prosecutor and defense counsel in courts martial while assigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Clayton, Panama.  For three years, Nelms served as an adjunct professor at SMU School of Law, where he taught a practice skills course based on the bankruptcy of the Texas Rangers baseball club.  He is also a co-author of the Collier Handbook for Trustees and Debtors in Possession.

 

Hon. Robert E. Nugent, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Wichita

Nugent was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas on June 14, 2000 and appointed Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Kansas on October 28, 2002. He is also a member of the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Tenth Circuit and has served on that court since 2002. Judge Nugent will serve as President-Elect of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges beginning in October of 2013 and has previously served as Secretary from 2010 to 2012 and as a member of the NCBJ’s Board of Governors from 2006 to 2009. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He has served as a member of the Committee on Federal and State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States and is a former President of the Wichita Bar Association (1998-99). A frequent speaker to bankruptcy organizations and continuing legal education groups, he is a co-editor and chapter author of the Kansas Bankruptcy Handbook, Third Edition, Kansas Bar Association (2009) and a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of the Kansas Bar Association (2010- ).

 

Hon. Dale L. Somers, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Topeka

Somers was a private practitioner in Topeka for 32 years, prior to becoming a bankruptcy judge in September, 2003. In March 2010, Somers was appointed to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Tenth Circuit.  He has an undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and a law degree from the University of Kansas.  He is a past president of the Kansas Bar Association.  He was included in the publication “Best Lawyers in America” in the area of bankruptcy for many years.  Prior to becoming a judge, he was selected to be a fellow of the American Bar Association and to membership in the American College of Bankruptcy.

 

Louis J. Wade, McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan P.C., KCMO

Wade practices as a shareholder with the full-service law firm of McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, P.C. with offices on the historic Country Club Plaza in Kansas Ccity, Missouri. In his practice, Lou concentrates on representing creditors in obtaining payment for what they do. Matters involve bankruptcy (for creditors), collections (including student loans),  foreclosures, replevins, commercial litigation and defense of attorneys and collection agencies (FDCPA, TCPA, KCPA, MMPA, Ethics & related matters) and prosecution and defense of bankruptcy adversary actions. In addition to his practice, Wade regularly presents seminars to clients, trade groups and lawyers. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics in December, 1976, he earned his J.D from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in May, 1980. His practice covers Missouri and Kansas with admissions in the U.S. Supreme Court, 8th and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeal and all state and federal courts in Missouri and Kansas, and others. Wade belongs to the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar, Missouri Bar and Kansas Bar Associations, National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, American Bankruptcy Institute, American Collectors’ Association Member Attorney Program, the Commercial Law League of America, the Kansas Collection Attorney’s Association and the ad hoc Creditors’ Rights Asset Protection group. Honors include an AV rating  and selection as a “Super Lawyer” in Creditors’ Rights & Banruptcy for each year beginning 2006 and through 2013.

 

Justin W. Whitney, Woner Glenn Reeder & Girard P.A., Topeka

Whitney is a shareholder in the Topeka law firm of Woner Glenn Reeder & Girard P.A. where he focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, civil litigation and creditor’s rights. He is licensed to practice law in Kansas and Missouri and is licensed as a C.P.A. by the State of Kansas.  Whitney completed his undergraduate degrees in Business and Accounting from the University of Kansas in 2004 and graduated cum laude from Washburn Law School in 2007.

 

Laurie B. Williams, Chapter 13 Trustee, Wichita

Williams is in her 14th year as the Chapter 13 bankruptcy trustee in Wichita, where she is responsible for administering the reorganization plans of individual debtors in approximately 3,200 Chapter 13 cases.  She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kansas.  Prior to her tenure as the Chapter 13 trustee, Williams was a partner with Redmond & Nazar.  Her practice involved extensive bankruptcy work in chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13, representing debtors, creditors and serving as attorney for chapter 7 trustees and a chapter 12 trustee.  Prior to that, she was a central research staff attorney at the Kansas Court of Appeals.  Williams has served as the chair of the Kansas Bankruptcy Court Bench/Bar Committee from 2005 to July, 2007.  She is a frequent continuing legal education (CLE) presenter for the Wichita Bar Association and the Kansas Bar Association.  In addition to the Kansas and Wichita bar associations, Williams is a member of the Wichita Women Attorney’s Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees.

 

David Zimmerman, Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas, Wichita

Zimmerman is the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas.  Previously, he served as a civil trial lawyer for fourteen years in the United States Department of Justice as a trial lawyer for the Commercial Litigation Branch in Washington, D.C., and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Kansas City, Kansas.  His prior experience in the federal courts includes judicial clerkships in the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.  He also served as a summer intern with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Utah.  He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Brigham Young University.

 

William H. Zimmerman Jr., Case Moses & Zimmerman P.A., Wichita

Zimmerman is a shareholder of Case Moses & Zimmerman P.A. in Wichita. Zimmerman has concentrated his practice in the areas of Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Commercial Law since 1980. He received his J.D. in 1979 from Creighton University School of Law, was licensed to the bar in 1979 in Nebraska and subsequently in 1982 in Kansas.  He is a chapter author of the Kansas Bar Association Bankruptcy Handbook (2nd Edition) and assisted in the planting for the recently released 3rd Edition.  He was an Adjunct Instructor in Bankruptcy Law at Wichita State University for approximately 20 years and has been a frequent lecturer.  He is a former Chair of the Kansas Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section as well as the Wichita Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Committee.

Sponsors for this program include:

 

The Bar Plan,  Case Moses Zimmerman P.A.Cloon Legal Services, Cricket Debt CounselingDepew Law FirmFleeson Gooing Coulson & Kitch LLC, Gary E. Hinck P.A.Gay Riordan Fincher Munson & Sinclair P.A.Klenda Austerman LLC, Lentz Clark & Deines P.A., Mark J. Lazzo P.A.Redmond & Nazar LLPStevens & Brand LLPStumbo Hanson LLP, Topeka Area Bankruptcy Council Inc., Woner, Glenn, Reeder & Girard, P.A. 

 

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