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Thursday, May 19
 

9:00am

Bankruptcy 101: Overview of Consumer Bankruptcy
A primer on the key players, terms, rules & different chapters.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Doling

Jenny Doling

Attorney, DOLING SHAW & HANOVER, APC
Ms. Doling is admitted to practice in California and Nevada. She opened her law firm in 2001, representing debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, as well as related consumer rights litigation. Ms. Doling received an Academic Achievement Award in Bankruptcy and was also... Read More →
avatar for Gene Melchionne

Gene Melchionne

Member Board of Directors, Attorney at Law
Gene Melchionne is a native of Waterbury, Connecticut and currently resides and practices there.  He is an avid boater, amateur musician, and MacUser, spending every weekend on his boat with his guitar and iPad. He is a member of the Board of Directors for National Association of... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

9:00am

Evidence & Procedure for the Bankruptcy Litigator 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Join NACBA for a special Pre-Convention Session offering specialized training in the practical approach to pre-trial advocacy & litigation.  You will get to explore evidence like business records, hearsay and get training on asking a leading vs. non-leading question.  The session will then explore pre-trail advocacy: what to ask, what to bring with you to court and what to do when you get there!  You will not want to miss it!

Speakers
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Miriam Trubek Goott

Attorney
Miriam was born in Riga, Latvia and moved to Houston, Texas in 1980. Miriam was raised in Houston and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Psychology in 1999. Following graduation, Miriam attended St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, TX... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Keith Lundin

Hon. Keith Lundin

Hon. Keith M. Lundin Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (1982—) Judge, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Sixth Circuit (1997-99) Adjunct Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Law Adjunct Professor, Emory University School of Law Visiting... Read More →
avatar for Johnie Patterson

Johnie Patterson

Attorney, Walker & Patterson P.C
Mr. Patterson is a founding partner in the Houston law firm of Walker & Patterson, P.C. His practice consists primarily of consumer bankruptcy representation and bankruptcy litigation. Before practicing in Houston, he earned his B.A. in finance at Southern Methodist University and... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salon 1-3

10:00am

Bankruptcy 101: Communicating With Clients And Preparing Schedules
How to keep your client out of trouble while satisfying the trustee.

Speakers
avatar for Robert O. Colliersmith

Robert O. Colliersmith

Attorney, Colliersmith & Associates, P.C.
Rob Colliersmith passed the Georgia Bar in 1980. He has now limited his practice to Consumer Bankruptcy Law in the Northern District of Georgia. He is a member of the Bankruptcy Section of Rob Colliersmith passed the Georgia Bar in 1980. He has now limited his practice to Consumer... Read More →
avatar for Mayur M. Patel

Mayur M. Patel

Attorney, The M. Patel Law Firm
Mayur M. Patel has been a member of the State Bar of Texas for over 11 years. He received his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law and his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Houston‘s C. T. Bauer College of Business.  Mayur’s primary... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 10:55am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

10:55am

Coffee Break
Thursday May 19, 2016 10:55am - 11:05am
TBA

11:05am

Bankruptcy 101: What Exemptions Do You Use?
A quick overview of exemptions and best practices for advising clients in this complex and very important area of bankruptcy law.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Cossitt

Jim Cossitt

Attorney, James H. Cossitt, PC
James H. Cossitt has practiced in Kalispell, Mont., since 1999 in the areas of bankruptcy & workouts, business & commercial litigation, real estate, landlord / tenant, secured transactions and construction law.   He began his career in insolvency law as a bankruptcy attorney with... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Foley

Rachel Foley

CEO, Foley Law - KC Bankruptcy
Rachel established Foley Law which is also known as KC Bankruptcy. She dedicates over 90% of her time to the practice of consumer bankruptcy law. Her undergraduate training was mainly in the sciences and medicine.However, it was the freedom of debt described in Deuteronomy 15:1-2... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:05am - 12:00pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

12:00pm

Lunch
Thursday May 19, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Bankruptcy 101: Means Testing
The ABC’s of Means Testing and how to maximize the best result for your clients

Speakers
avatar for John L. Mlnarik

John L. Mlnarik

Principal Attorney/Founder, The Mlnarik Law Group Inc.
Before organizing The Mlnarik Law Group, John, was the valedictorian of his graduating class at the Lincoln Law School of San Jose.  While in law school, John received numerous awards and scholarships and was editor-in-chief of the Lincoln Law Review.  Prior to attending law school... Read More →
avatar for Cathleen Moran

Cathleen Moran

Attorney, Moran Law Group
Cathleen Moran has practiced bankruptcy law in the Silicon Valley of California for 38 years, representing debtors, creditors, and trustees. She is certified as a specialist in Bankruptcy Law by the Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California, with a particular interest... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6

2:30pm

Coffee Break
Thursday May 19, 2016 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

2:45pm

Bankruptcy 101: Chapter 13 Plans and Confirmation
The fundamentals for plan confirmation in Sections 1322 and 1325 are easy to overlook, but critical to debtors and creditors alike. Hear practical advice on how to avoid confirmation objections and get your plan confirmed. How do you calculate disposable income? How does the Means Test relate to the calculation of a Chapter 13 plan?

Speakers
avatar for Carol Colliersmith

Carol Colliersmith

Attorney, Colliersmith & Associates, P.C.
Ms. Colliersmith has practiced exclusively Consumer Bankruptcy Law since 2001. She is the past president of the Metro Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Group and current State Co-Chair for Georgia for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. She is a member of... Read More →
avatar for Kathy A. Dockery

Kathy A. Dockery

Chapter 13 Trustee
Kathy A. Dockery was appointed a Chapter 13 Trustee in Los Angeles, California in 2003. She currently serves on the NACTT Foundation Board. Ms. Dockery is a CPA and holds a MBA from Columbia University.  


Thursday May 19, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6

4:00pm

Bankruptcy 101: Love & Money: When Bankruptcy Law & Family Law Collide
Chapter 13 a better option in these cases? What are the differences in dischargeability in a 7 vs 13 when there has been a divorce?  Discuss community property issues including community discharge vs. common law states.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Michaux

Jill Michaux

Managing Partner, Neis & Michaux P.A.
Jill A Michaux is the managing partner of Neis & Michaux, P.A., in Topeka, KS. She specializes in representing consumer debtors and small proprietors in chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy. Her primary focus is chapter 13 bankruptcy. She has been board certified in consumer bankruptcy law... Read More →
avatar for Cathleen Moran

Cathleen Moran

Attorney, Moran Law Group
Cathleen Moran has practiced bankruptcy law in the Silicon Valley of California for 38 years, representing debtors, creditors, and trustees. She is certified as a specialist in Bankruptcy Law by the Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California, with a particular interest... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6

5:00pm

Build a thriving bankruptcy practice even when filings are down!

Discover three keys that allow you to create the law firm of your dreams.  Generate leads at will, convert those leads into paying clients and finally, live life on your terms.  In spite of a decrease in bankruptcy filings, our clients have become leaders in their market, breaking personal filing records every month.  And they do it by using the three keys, the ones I’ll reveal in this session.

Richard James put rocket fuel into my business! - Jamie Miller, Bankruptcy Attorney, Milwaukee, WI


Speakers
avatar for Richard James

Richard James

Founder/President, Automated Business Results
Richard James, Founder and President of Automated Business Results, has earned a reputation as a national “Legal Systems Expert.” He built a consumer law firm in Arizona from zero to over $3.5 million in annual sales in just over two years. His legacy also includes a career of... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

5:00pm

Convention Check-In & Come Meet Our Sponsors & Exhibitors
Come Check-In and pick up your materials, goodie bags and name badge.  Stick around and say hello to other Convention attendees while browsing our Exhibitor Hall.  

Thursday May 19, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 9-15 & South Registration San Francisco Marriott Marquis

6:00pm

Top 10 Mistakes Bankruptcy Lawyers Make That Kill Their Lead Conversion Rate…And How To Fix It!

Lead generation is big business for bankruptcy attorneys. You have companies who will sell you SEO, PPC, advertising, and PPL (pay per lead), but who can train you and your team on best practice for converting more of these costly leads into more paying clients? Do you have a system in place to track all of them and measure your true conversion rate and determine if you are making a profit on these leads? In this fast-paced workshop attendees will discover:

  • The 5 stages of lead conversion
  • 7 specific strategies to immediately double your lead conversion rate
  • How to fix your “no show” problem of appointments who don’t show up
  • Implementing simple systems to track your leads
  • How to handle pricing questions and why you should never discuss your fees over the phone
  • Improving client communication that leads to ethics complaints

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Fairley

Stephen Fairley

The Rainmaker Institute


Thursday May 19, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6

7:00pm

The Future of Bankruptcy: Leveraging Technology and Data For Modern Practice
In today’s modern practice, knowing how to apply the law is easy.  The tricky part is coping with electronic calendaring notices, appointments, 341 hearings, court appearances, and deadlines.  Add to that clients’ increasing preference for electronic communication with shorter response times, time spent tracking payments, and sporadic trustee disbursements, and your tasks gets daunting.  Keep in mind that you need to spend time analyzing your marketing results in an increasingly competitive landscape in order to develop your client base and grow your practice, and the practice of bankruptcy now looks like a logistical nightmare.  This program will explore the challenges faced by today’s bankruptcy attorneys in managing work flow, communications, marketing and finances.  Learn new technologies for lawyers to streamline these pain points.  Enhance client communication, automate your docketing and calendaring, streamline your payment tracking and bring your firm to the cutting edge of information technology. 


Thursday May 19, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6
 
Friday, May 20
 

7:00am

Breakfast for Convention Attendees
Friday May 20, 2016 7:00am - 8:15am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 9-15 & South Registration San Francisco Marriott Marquis

7:00am

State Chair Meeting & Breakfast
Friday May 20, 2016 7:00am - 8:15am
Nob Hill A&B San Francisco Marriott Marquis

8:15am

Opening Remarks & Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Edward C. Boltz

Edward C. Boltz

Attorney, The Law Offices of John T. Orcutt
Mr.  Boltz is a member of the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, P.C., where he has managed the firm's office in Durham, North Carolina since 1998, representing clients in not only Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies, but also in related consumer rights litigation, including fighting... Read More →
avatar for Dan LaBert

Dan LaBert

NACBA
As an accomplished nonprofit executive whose experience spans education, media, government, legal and accounting not-for-profit sectors, Dan LaBert has devoted his career to making a difference and a lasting positive impact for the organizations, associations, members, communities... Read More →
avatar for Sen. Robert Wieckowski

Sen. Robert Wieckowski

Senator, California Senate District 10
Senator Bob Wieckowski was elected on Nov. 4, 2014 and represents the 10th Senate District in the California State Legislature. The district stretches from southern Alameda County into Santa Clara County and shares the member’s focus on job creation, clean technologies, protecting... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 8:15am - 9:00am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 7-8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

9:00am

Opening Keynote: Don’t Just Survive, THRIVE In A Struggling Economy
Adam Carroll started a successful service business from scratch when everyone else in the industry was jumping ship. Spending little to no money on traditional advertising, the company went on to become a top grossing firm by following simple, time-tested principles. No matter your industry, your longevity, or your success to date, Adam will share methods and strategies that will help you THRIVE when others are simply surviving. You’ll learn how to build your network for success, how to leverage your knowledge and contacts, and ultimately how to make your mark on your clients to create a never-ending stream of referrals. 

Speakers
avatar for Adam Carroll

Adam Carroll

Owner, National Financial Educators
Adam Carroll is quickly being recognized as one of the top Financial Educators in the Country with his core message being “You are the architect of your own life and that starts with your behavior around finances”. Having presented at over 500 colleges and Universities nationwide... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 7-8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

10:00am

Coffee Break
Friday May 20, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 9-15 & South Registration San Francisco Marriott Marquis

10:30am

Supreme Court Round-up
Whitman Holt, co-author of Bankruptcy and the Supreme Court, will review recent Supreme Court decisions that may affect your bankruptcy practice.

Speakers
avatar for Whitman Holt

Whitman Holt

Mr. Holt is the co-author (with Kenneth N. Klee) of Bankruptcy and the Supreme Court: 1801-2014 (West Academic 2015), which is a comprehensive desk reference for lawyers, judges, law students, and scholars examining the Supreme Court's bankruptcy decisions from 1801 through 2014 from... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 7-8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

11:30am

Business Opportunities Beyond Bankruptcy
This panel of NACBA members will explore other fields that intersect with bankruptcy and may provide additional business opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Doling

Jenny Doling

Attorney, DOLING SHAW & HANOVER, APC
Ms. Doling is admitted to practice in California and Nevada. She opened her law firm in 2001, representing debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, as well as related consumer rights litigation. Ms. Doling received an Academic Achievement Award in Bankruptcy and was also... Read More →
avatar for Gene Melchionne

Gene Melchionne

Member Board of Directors, Attorney at Law
Gene Melchionne is a native of Waterbury, Connecticut and currently resides and practices there.  He is an avid boater, amateur musician, and MacUser, spending every weekend on his boat with his guitar and iPad. He is a member of the Board of Directors for National Association of... Read More →
avatar for Lewis Roberts

Lewis Roberts

Attorney, Lewis Roberts, PA
I am a small firm practitioner in the Orlando area. I have concentrated on consumer bankruptcy practice since 2007, after handling real estate closings for ten years after law school. I have one associate that does not handle bankruptcy, but our practice areas complement each other.I... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 7-8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

12:30pm

Keynote, Lunch & Awards
Speakers
avatar for Nomi Prins

Nomi Prins

Nomi Prins is a renowned journalist, author and speaker. She is currently at work on a new book, Artisans of Money, that will explore the recent rise of the role of central banks in the global financial and economic hierarchy. Her last book, All the Presidents' Bankers, is a groundbreaking... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 7-8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

2:30pm

Don't Call Me: An Introduction to the TCPA
Debt collection often involves violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. This session will cover TCPA basics for the bankruptcy practitioner.

Speakers
avatar for Thad O. Bartholow

Thad O. Bartholow

Partner, Armstrong Kellett Bartholow P.C.
Thad Bartholow is a partner with the Dallas, Texas law firm of Armstrong Kellett Bartholow P.C.  In addition to consumer bankruptcy, Mr. Bartholow's practice focuses on individual and class-action litigation on behalf of consumer debtors in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts... Read More →
avatar for James J. Manchee

James J. Manchee

Attorney, MANCHEE & MANCHEE, P.C. Attorneys at Law
James Manchee is the majority shareholder with the firm Manchee & Manchee, P.C. Mr. Manchee earned his B.A. in history at the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 and received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1996. Mr. Manchee has an extensive background in personal injury... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salon 8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

2:30pm

Get Involved California
Join former NACBA member, now State Senator Bob Wieckowski to discuss important California legislation that may affect your bankruptcy practice, including continued efforts to increase the California homestead exemption.

Speakers
avatar for Ike Shulman

Ike Shulman

Attorney, Shulman Law Offices
Mr. Shulman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. Mr. Shulman has practiced bankruptcy law in San Jose, California, since 1986. His practice has been devoted almost entirely to small business... Read More →
avatar for Maureen Thompson

Maureen Thompson

Senior Principal, The Hastings Group LLC
Ms. Thompson is a senior principal of The Hastings Group LLC, a 20-year-old strategic communications consulting firm that has handled a wide range of Hill, coalition management, investor education, public relations and Web campaigns for a variety of financial-related issues and organizations... Read More →
avatar for Sen. Robert Wieckowski

Sen. Robert Wieckowski

Senator, California Senate District 10
Senator Bob Wieckowski was elected on Nov. 4, 2014 and represents the 10th Senate District in the California State Legislature. The district stretches from southern Alameda County into Santa Clara County and shares the member’s focus on job creation, clean technologies, protecting... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

2:30pm

Squirreling It Away? Bankruptcy Exemption Planning
Maximizing exemptions is a key to successful bankruptcy, but when does squirreling away assets go too far?

Speakers
avatar for Jim Cossitt

Jim Cossitt

Attorney, James H. Cossitt, PC
James H. Cossitt has practiced in Kalispell, Mont., since 1999 in the areas of bankruptcy & workouts, business & commercial litigation, real estate, landlord / tenant, secured transactions and construction law.   He began his career in insolvency law as a bankruptcy attorney with... Read More →
avatar for Russell A. DeMott

Russell A. DeMott

Attorney, DeMott Law Firm, PA
Russell A. DeMott is a 1993 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and has been practicing law since 1995.  During law school, Russ served on the South Carolina Law Review.  Prior to going into practice, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harry A. Beach... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salon 7 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

3:45pm

Coffee Break
Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 9-15 & South Registration San Francisco Marriott Marquis

4:15pm

Fireside Chats: Intersection of Consumer Law and Bankruptcy
Speakers
avatar for Thad O. Bartholow

Thad O. Bartholow

Partner, Armstrong Kellett Bartholow P.C.
Thad Bartholow is a partner with the Dallas, Texas law firm of Armstrong Kellett Bartholow P.C.  In addition to consumer bankruptcy, Mr. Bartholow's practice focuses on individual and class-action litigation on behalf of consumer debtors in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts... Read More →
avatar for Lewis Roberts

Lewis Roberts

Attorney, Lewis Roberts, PA
I am a small firm practitioner in the Orlando area. I have concentrated on consumer bankruptcy practice since 2007, after handling real estate closings for ten years after law school. I have one associate that does not handle bankruptcy, but our practice areas complement each other.I... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 9-15 & South Registration San Francisco Marriott Marquis

4:15pm

Mortgage Accounting and Escrow Issues
Learn how to decipher mortgage payment histories and evaluate escrow account analyses.

Speakers
avatar for Cathleen Moran

Cathleen Moran

Attorney, Moran Law Group
Cathleen Moran has practiced bankruptcy law in the Silicon Valley of California for 38 years, representing debtors, creditors, and trustees. She is certified as a specialist in Bankruptcy Law by the Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California, with a particular interest... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Simmons

Pamela Simmons

Attorney, Law Office of Simmons & Purdy
Pamela Simmons is highly qualified in all phases of residential real estate. Her practice focuses on all matters relating to the home loan or mortgage.In the mortgage lending law arena, Ms. Simmons has upheld the rights of borrowers who have been harmed by illegal lending and collection... Read More →
avatar for Luke Wallace

Luke Wallace

Luke Wallace is a father, husband, and trial lawyer from Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He is a partner in the consumer protection law firm, Humphreys Wallace Humphreys, P.C. Along with his partner, David Humphreys, he has tried consumer protection jury trials across the country with jury... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salon 8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

4:15pm

Security Clearances & the SCRA
Do you represents federal employees, government contractors, or members of the military? This session will review types of security clearances, the impact of bankruptcy,  mitigate of potential effects, and special protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Speakers
avatar for Ronald C. Sykstus

Ronald C. Sykstus

Managing Partner, Bond & Botes, P.C.
Ron Sykstus is the managing partner of Bond, Botes, Sykstus, Tanner & Ezzell, P.C. in Huntsville, Alabama and Decatur, Alabama. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Ron enrolled at the University of Arizona in Tucson for his college education. While in college, he attended the U.S... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

4:15pm

Time Records: Getting It Right
Speakers
MT

Miriam Trubek Goott

Attorney
Miriam was born in Riga, Latvia and moved to Houston, Texas in 1980. Miriam was raised in Houston and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Psychology in 1999. Following graduation, Miriam attended St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, TX... Read More →
avatar for Honorable Marvin Isgur

Honorable Marvin Isgur

Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas
Marvin Isgur has been a United States Bankruptcy Judge since February 1, 2004. Judge Isgur's first bankruptcy experience was as an expert witness before the bankruptcy court and then as a principal of a number of real estate partnerships that became chapter 11 debtors. Judge Isgur... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salon 7 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

5:30pm

Convention Reception
Friday May 20, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 9-15 & South Registration San Francisco Marriott Marquis

7:30pm

Student Loan Documentary: Broke, Busted & Disgusted
BROKE, BUSTED, AND DISGUSTED IS A DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT THE TRUE COST OF COLLEGE.

If you’re not concerned about the student debt issue in America, you’re not paying attention.

Our system of higher education, particularly the way it’s funded, is creating a generation of heavily indebted young adults. Many of whom will have children in college before they’re even close to paying off their loans.

They’re frustrated, stressed and sometimes unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Carroll

Adam Carroll

Owner, National Financial Educators
Adam Carroll is quickly being recognized as one of the top Financial Educators in the Country with his core message being “You are the architect of your own life and that starts with your behavior around finances”. Having presented at over 500 colleges and Universities nationwide... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 7-8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

7:30pm

NACBA Group Event- Baseball Game
Friday May 20, 2016 7:30pm - 10:30pm
TBA
 
Saturday, May 21
 

7:00am

Breakfast for Convention Attendees
Saturday May 21, 2016 7:00am - 8:15am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 9-15 & South Registration San Francisco Marriott Marquis

7:30am

FastCase Training
Learn how to make the most of one of NACBA's member benefits.

Each NACBA member receives FREE, as part of his/her membership, access to Fastcase’s bankruptcy database, including opinions of: (i) the U.S. Supreme Court from 1 U.S. 1 to the present; (ii) the Federal Courts of Appeal from 1 F.2d 1 to the present; (iii) the Federal District Courts from 1 F.Supp. 1 to the present; and (iv) the Bankruptcy Courts from 1 B.R. 1 to the present. In addition, NACBA members are eligible to purchase Fastcase’s “Premium Plan,” which includes access to a database of opinions of the supreme courts and courts of appeal of all 50 states, at an annual rate of just $195. This is a significant discount from the non-member annual price of $995. See how to access Fastcase HERE

Saturday May 21, 2016 7:30am - 8:15am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6

8:15am

National Updates and Insights
This session will cover the latest  national legislative news, an update on the Rules Committee, and the recent work of the National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Michaux

Jill Michaux

Managing Partner, Neis & Michaux P.A.
Jill A Michaux is the managing partner of Neis & Michaux, P.A., in Topeka, KS. She specializes in representing consumer debtors and small proprietors in chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy. Her primary focus is chapter 13 bankruptcy. She has been board certified in consumer bankruptcy law... Read More →
avatar for Henry Sommer

Henry Sommer

Henry J. Sommer is Supervising Attorney at the pro bono Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project in Philadelphia. He has litigated many major cases involving bankruptcy, consumer law, civil rights and other issues. Previously, he was the head of the Consumer Law Project at Community... Read More →
avatar for Maureen Thompson

Maureen Thompson

Senior Principal, The Hastings Group LLC
Ms. Thompson is a senior principal of The Hastings Group LLC, a 20-year-old strategic communications consulting firm that has handled a wide range of Hill, coalition management, investor education, public relations and Web campaigns for a variety of financial-related issues and organizations... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan R. Yarowsky

Jonathan R. Yarowsky

Co-Chair, Public Policy and Legislative Affairs Practice, Wilmer Hale
Jonathan Yarowsky provides strategic counsel and multi-branch advocacy to clients in an array of areas including antitrust, telecommunications policy, intellectual property, and administrative practice and procedure. Mr. Yarowsky also maintains a robust practice in congressional investigations... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 8:15am - 9:15am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 7-8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

9:15am

Service of pleadings/motions/applications, etc – Deconstructing Rule 7004
In a world where attorneys have to do more with less, understanding the rules of service and how to best effectuate service is a key to your practice’s reputation and economic survival.  In this seminar, sponsored by www.certificateofservice.com, attendees will learn the ins and outs of what is considered proper service and who is the proper party to serve.  As a bonus, learn how to use a third party mailing service to expedite this simple, but arduous and time-intensive office task. You will walk away with the necessary information and tools to streamline your practice and work smarter, not harder.

Speakers
avatar for Jay Jump

Jay Jump

Jay S. Jump, of the Jump Law Group, is a consumer protection attorney practicing in bankruptcy, FDCPA, and identity theft.  Mr. Jump has represented thousands of debtors seeking a fresh start, as well as creditors, both large and small, including the State of Utah and Koren Airlines... Read More →
avatar for Bk Attorney Services, LLC

Bk Attorney Services, LLC

Certificate of Service
Fast and easy Noticing that saves you time and money.


Saturday May 21, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6

9:15am

Social Media in a Bankruptcy World
Social media has become pervasive throughout society and business environments, including the practice of law.  Professor Yochum will look at ethical issues related to using social media in your bankruptcy practice. 

Speakers
avatar for Mark Yochum

Mark Yochum

Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law
Mark Yochum is a Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law, specializing in tax, bankruptcy and professional responsibility issues. He is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Yochum has written and lectured extensively on federal... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 7-8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

10:30am

Coffee Break
Saturday May 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 9-15 & South Registration San Francisco Marriott Marquis

11:00am

Case Law Update
The panel will discuss recent trends in bankruptcy case law, with analysis of cases decided by the Courts of Appeals and other appellate courts.

Speakers
avatar for Hon. M. Elaine Hammond

Hon. M. Elaine Hammond

United States Bankruptcy Judge, United States District & Bankruptcy Court, Northern District California
M. Elaine Hammond is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of California. She was sworn in on February 2, 2012. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Hammond’s practice focused on representing debtors and creditors in commercial bankruptcy cases and out-of-court... Read More →
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Hon. Ronald Sargis

Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California
Ronald H. Sargis is a Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California. He was sworn in to the court on January 14, 2010. Sargis received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1979 and his J.D. from McGeorge Law School... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 7-8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

11:15am

Fire Side Chat: How to Establish Your Digital Presence With Content presented by Credit.Com (Consumer Blog)
We'll show you how to write and leverage content to establish your expertise in bankruptcy law online, attract more clients and build a name for yourself with readers in the digital space. We'll include advice on picking topics that will help you target and build an audience, how to make your content approachable and how to turn your experiences with clients into articles that major websites want to run.very important this is included: presented by Credit.Com (Consumer Blog)

Speakers
avatar for Michael Schreiber

Michael Schreiber

Michael Schreiber is Credit.com’s Editor-In-Chief. He’s worked in print and online news as well as documentaries for The New York Times, Frontline, ABC News, TheStreet.com and others. He attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he was also an adjunct... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 11:45am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 9-15 & South Registration San Francisco Marriott Marquis

12:30pm

Keynote Speaker, Lunch & Members Meeting
Speakers
avatar for Bob Shrum

Bob Shrum

Famed Democratic Political Consultant
Robert M. Shrum was senior advisor to the Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004. The Atlantic Monthly described him as “the most sought-after consultant in the Democratic Party.” He served as a senior adviser to the Gore 2000 Presidential Campaign, to the campaign of Prime Minister Ehud... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 7-8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

2:30pm

Debt Collection Violations In Bankruptcy
Debtors are frequently are subject to debt collection conduct that violate the FDCPA.  This session will look at FDCPA claims arising before, during and after bankruptcy. 

Speakers
avatar for Dave Philipps

Dave Philipps

Attorney, Philipps & Philipps, Ltd.
David J. Philipps is a partner in the law firm of Philipps & Philipps, Ltd., in southwest suburban Chicago.  David is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and Loyola University of Chicago.  David is a founding member of the National Association of Consumer... Read More →
avatar for John Steinkamp

John Steinkamp

Attorney, John Steinkamp & Associates
John Steinkamp received his B.A. in 1991, at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and a J.D. in 1996 at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA. Since 2007 he has been the sole owner of John T. Steinkamp & Associates, a 3 attorney law firm. The practice areas consist of... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salon 8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

2:30pm

Fireside Chat: New Bankruptcy Forms
Speakers
avatar for Dan Press

Dan Press

Chung & Press P.C.
Daniel M. Press is a bankruptcy lawyer with the law firm of Chung & Press, P.C., in McLean, Virginia.  A 1988 magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, he was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.  He received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University.  After... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 9-15 & South Registration San Francisco Marriott Marquis

2:30pm

Introduction to Tax and Bankruptcy
Speakers
avatar for Larry Heinkel

Larry Heinkel

Tax & Bankruptcy Attorney, Heinkel Law Group, PL
Larry Heinkel is a tax and bankruptcy attorney with more than 30 years experience helping businesses and individuals, solve their state and federal tax problems. Mr. Heinkel has been extremely successful in representing his clients before IRS and DOR, and is known throughout Florida... Read More →
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Mark Segal

Attorney, Mark Segal, Chartered
Mark Segal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce with a B.S. in Economics, and received his J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. Mr. Segal practices with the law firm of Mark Segal, Chartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, with... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6

2:30pm

Staying Awake at the Wheel: Chapter 13 Post-petition Issues
Getting paid for doing good. By monitoring chapter 13 cases you can help keep debtors on track and earn additional income along the way. This discussion will consider key issues, best practices, and common post-petition pitfalls.

Speakers
avatar for Devin Derham-Burk

Devin Derham-Burk

Chapter 13 Trustee
Ms. Derham-Burk is the chapter 13 standing trustee for the San José division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. She was appointed on July 1, 1996.  She is a graduate of San José state university and the University of Santa Clara School... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez

Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez

United States Bankruptcy Judge, United States District & Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas


Saturday May 21, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salon 7 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

3:45pm

Coffee Break
Saturday May 21, 2016 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 9-15 & South Registration San Francisco Marriott Marquis

3:45pm

Grand Prize Raffle Drawing
Saturday May 21, 2016 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salon 8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

4:15pm

Chapter 7 Asset Cases
Some debtors just can't keep it all. This panel explores the best practices and traps for the unwary when dealing with Chapter 7 asset cases.

Speakers
avatar for Ariane Holtschlag

Ariane Holtschlag

Attorney, FactorLaw
Ariane Holtschlag graduated from University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa. Currently, Ariane is an attorney at FactorLaw and practices in the areas of Personal Bankruptcy, Business Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Alternatives, Bankruptcy Litigation, Creditor's Rights and Commercial... Read More →
avatar for Cecilia Lee

Cecilia Lee

Attorney, Lee & High, Ltd
Cecilia Lee practices bankruptcy and insolvency law and bankruptcy appellate law in the Reno office of the Denver law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP. Peer Review rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, Cecilia has represented clients in all primary aspects of bankruptcy practice, including... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salon 7 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

4:15pm

Fireside Chat: Stump the Chumps
Speakers
avatar for Jim Cossitt

Jim Cossitt

Attorney, James H. Cossitt, PC
James H. Cossitt has practiced in Kalispell, Mont., since 1999 in the areas of bankruptcy & workouts, business & commercial litigation, real estate, landlord / tenant, secured transactions and construction law.   He began his career in insolvency law as a bankruptcy attorney with... Read More →
avatar for Henry Sommer

Henry Sommer

Henry J. Sommer is Supervising Attorney at the pro bono Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project in Philadelphia. He has litigated many major cases involving bankruptcy, consumer law, civil rights and other issues. Previously, he was the head of the Consumer Law Project at Community... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 9-15 & South Registration San Francisco Marriott Marquis

4:15pm

Individual Chapter 11 Topics
The panel will discuss select topics related to individual chapter 11 cases.

Speakers
avatar for Judge Laurel E. Davis

Judge Laurel E. Davis

Bankruptcy Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Nevada.
Laurel Elizabeth Davis was sworn in as a Nevada Bankruptcy Judge on July 12, 2013. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Davis practiced law for 26 years in Nevada and Arizona. She represented debtors, including individuals; trustees; committees and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings... Read More →
avatar for M. Jonathan Hayes

M. Jonathan Hayes

Partner, Simon Resnik Hayes, LLP
M. Jonathan Hayes is a bankruptcy specialist certified by the California State Bar Board of Specialization.  He is on the eight-person Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission of the state bar which oversees the bankruptcy specialists including most importantly, certifying those seeking... Read More →
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Wayne Silver

Attorney, The Law Office of Wayne A. Silver
Wayne Silver is a Certified Bankruptcy Specialist with over twenty-five years of experience. He focuses on personal and business chapter 11 filings as well as bankruptcy related litigation


Saturday May 21, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6

4:15pm

Student Loan Basics
Speakers
avatar for Edward C. Boltz

Edward C. Boltz

Attorney, The Law Offices of John T. Orcutt
Mr.  Boltz is a member of the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, P.C., where he has managed the firm's office in Durham, North Carolina since 1998, representing clients in not only Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies, but also in related consumer rights litigation, including fighting... Read More →
avatar for J. Erik Heath

J. Erik Heath

Attorney
Erik has recently become a solo practitioner in San Francisco, focusing on bankruptcy and consumer rights litigation. At the NCLC conference in San Antonio in November 2015, he received NACA's award for Outstanding Achievement in Consumer Law, for his work in having Georgia's garnishment... Read More →
avatar for John Rao

John Rao

Attorney, National Consumer Law Center, Inc.
John RaoNational Consumer Law Center, Inc.AttorneyBoston MA 02110-1245John Rao is an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, Inc. Mr. Rao focuses on consumer credit and bankruptcy issues and has served as a panelist and instructor at numerous bankruptcy and consumer law trainings... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salon 8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

5:30pm

Non-Bankruptcy Solutions for Student Loan Borrowers
For more information and to RSVP for this special FREE session for convention attendees, please visit:

http://www.studentloanlawworkshop.com/nacba-2016/ 

 

Speakers
avatar for Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen

Josh is THE Student Loan Lawyer, practicing in Vermont and Connecticut. He has counseled student loan borrowers nationwide on federal student loan resolution matters, and regularly consults with consumer protection attorneys on strategies and techniques to help them better serve their... Read More →
avatar for Jay Fleischman

Jay Fleischman

Jay is a consumer protection attorney practicing law in New York and California. He has been a member of NACBA since 2002, and served as the New York State Co-Chair from 2005 until 2012. He has represented consumers in bankruptcy proceedings for over 20 years, and currently focuses... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6 San Francisco Marriott Marquis
 
Sunday, May 22
 

7:00am

Breakfast for Convention Attendees
Sunday May 22, 2016 7:00am - 8:15am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 9-15 & South Registration San Francisco Marriott Marquis

8:30am

Evidence- Business Records
Learn how to get business records in and keep them out depending on the posture of your case.

Speakers
avatar for Johnie Patterson

Johnie Patterson

Attorney, Walker & Patterson P.C
Mr. Patterson is a founding partner in the Houston law firm of Walker & Patterson, P.C. His practice consists primarily of consumer bankruptcy representation and bankruptcy litigation. Before practicing in Houston, he earned his B.A. in finance at Southern Methodist University and... Read More →


Sunday May 22, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salon 8 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

8:30am

Fireside Chat: Income-Driven Repayment Plans
Speakers
avatar for Edward C. Boltz

Edward C. Boltz

Attorney, The Law Offices of John T. Orcutt
Mr.  Boltz is a member of the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, P.C., where he has managed the firm's office in Durham, North Carolina since 1998, representing clients in not only Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies, but also in related consumer rights litigation, including fighting... Read More →


Sunday May 22, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 9-15 & South Registration San Francisco Marriott Marquis

8:30am

Tough Clients, Tough Discussions
We have all had them!  This session will cover common scenarios and best practices for dealing with tough clients.

Speakers
avatar for Greggory Colpitts

Greggory Colpitts

Attorney, The Colpitts Law Firm
Mr. Colpitts was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and graduated from Tulsa Memorial High School.  Mr. Colpitts attended Oklahoma State University from 1983 to 1987 when he graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology.After graduation from Oklahoma State University... Read More →


Sunday May 22, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salon 7 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

8:30am

Working with LEP (Limited English Proficiency) Clients
This session will cover best practices for representing clients who are not proficient in English including, communication practices, obtaining credit counseling, 341 meetings, and court hearing hassles.

Speakers
avatar for Magdalena R. Bordeaux

Magdalena R. Bordeaux

Supervising Senior Staff Attorney, Public Counsel
Magdalena Reyes Bordeaux (“Maggie”) is a Senior Supervising Attorney with Public Counsel and manages Public Counsel’s Debtor Assistance Project (“DAP”), the largest bankruptcy pro se program in the country. DAP provides bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related bankruptcy legal... Read More →
avatar for Paul Uyehara

Paul Uyehara

Senior Attorney, Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
Paul M. Uyehara is a senior attorney in the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section of the U.S. Justice Department, Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C. Since joining DOJ in 2008 after some 30 years of public interest work in Philadelphia, his primary focus has been the section’s... Read More →


Sunday May 22, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salons 4-6

9:30am

Break
Sunday May 22, 2016 9:30am - 9:45am
TBA

9:45am

Views from the Bench
Speakers
avatar for Hon. Fredrick Clement

Hon. Fredrick Clement

United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California
Fredrick E. Clement is a United States Bankruptcy Judge seated in the Eastern District of California. Prior to appointment, he represented consumers and small to mid-sized businesses before the Eastern and Northern District Bankruptcy Courts. He holds the designation of Certified... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Frederick P. Corbit

Hon. Frederick P. Corbit

Chief Bankruptcy Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, East District of Washington
Bankruptcy Judge Frederick P. Corbit was sworn in on September 19, 2013 as a bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Washington. His courtroom and home are in Spokane. Immediately prior to going on the bench, Judge Corbit practiced law at the Northwest Justice Project (“NJP... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Jim D. Pappas

Hon. Jim D. Pappas

Judge Pappas is a graduate of Idaho State University and the University of Idaho College of Law in 1977. Prior to his appointment, Judge Pappas practiced throughout the Northwest in the area of commercial and banking law, and all aspects of bankruptcy law representing debtors, creditors... Read More →


Sunday May 22, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salon 7 San Francisco Marriott Marquis

11:00am

Advanced Tax and Bankruptcy
Join our experts as they talk about how to resolve some the more vexing tax problems in bankruptcy, including those related to late filed returns and tolling time periods. 

Speakers
avatar for Larry Heinkel

Larry Heinkel

Tax & Bankruptcy Attorney, Heinkel Law Group, PL
Larry Heinkel is a tax and bankruptcy attorney with more than 30 years experience helping businesses and individuals, solve their state and federal tax problems. Mr. Heinkel has been extremely successful in representing his clients before IRS and DOR, and is known throughout Florida... Read More →
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Mark Segal

Attorney, Mark Segal, Chartered
Mark Segal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce with a B.S. in Economics, and received his J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. Mr. Segal practices with the law firm of Mark Segal, Chartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, with... Read More →


Sunday May 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Yerba Buena Ballroom Salon 7 San Francisco Marriott Marquis