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Recent Bankruptcy Lunch Bunch with the Honorable William C. Hillman

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
By Terrence L. Parker, Esq. 

United States Bankruptcy Court Judge William C. Hillman honored the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee of the Boston Bar Association by sitting down at a recent Lunch Bunch session with over twenty practicing bankruptcy attorneys. Judge Hillman is also the Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. 

Judge Hillman spoke on a number of topics from the impact of electronic filing to the proposed new rules regarding filing fees. He also engaged in a helpful discussion about what he expects to see from counsel appearing before him. He believes that the vast majority of attorneys are very prepared for hearings, but suggested that there are a small few who might benefit from attending the BBA’s bankruptcy programs. Overall, it was a lively and educational discussion. 

The Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy Section, John Morrier, and the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee, Carolyn Bankowski, were also in attendance. 

Terrence L. Parker, Co-Chair of the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee, added in closing that “Judge Hillman was very candid and he really got into the nuts and bolts of the practice. We thank him for his participation.”

The Consumer Bankruptcy Committee regularly schedules Lunch Bunch meetings with Bankruptcy Judges and Officials. The next Lunch Bunch is scheduled for February 14, 2013 at noon with the Honorable Joan N. Feeney at the McCormack Post Office & Court House - 5 Post Office Square, Third Floor Cafeteria, Boston, Massachusetts.


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Bankruptcy Law Committees

  • Bankruptcy Communications Committee
    This committee publishes information relevant to the bankruptcy bar. If you are interested in an editorial position or writing for the newsletter or blog, contact the

    Contact Information

    Christopher M. Candon

    Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green-NH

    (603) 627-8168

    Kristin M. McDonough

    Riemer & Braunstein LLP

    (617) 880-3436

  • Bankruptcy Education Committee
    Help develop relevant and innovative educational sessions led by a diverse group of talented speakers who cover both business and consumer bankruptcy issues. This committee promotes and oversees the educational programs for the Bankruptcy Section, including the monthly Brown Bag Lunch speaker series and several in-depth seminar programs.

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    Jeffrey D. Sternklar

    Duane Morris LLP

    (857) 488-4216

    Alex Frank Mattera

    Demeo, LLP

    (617) 263-2600

  • Bankruptcy Membership Committee
    This committee aims to increase participation in the Section through outreach activities.

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    Natalie Sawyer

    Macken Toussaint

    Riemer & Braunstein LLP

    (617) 880-3461

  • Bankruptcy Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active on the legislative front. Often times, bankruptcy attorneys are asked to lend their expertise.

    Contact Information

    Richard L. Levine

    Nelson Kinder + Mosseau, PC

    (617) 778-7575

    Michael J. Pappone

    Goodwin Procter LLP

    (617) 570-1940

  • Bankruptcy Public Service Committee
    This committee organizes the annual Chapter 7 Pro Bono trainings and the Reaffirmation Clinic. The committee works closely with practitioners and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to respond to needs identified in the community.

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    Adam J. Ruttenberg

    Looney & Grossman LLP

    (617) 951-2800

    Meg McKenzie Feist

    Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

    (617) 248-5000

  • Commercial Finance Committee
    This committee focuses on lending capital in commercial transactions.

    Contact Information

    William Scott McMahon

    Downes McMahon LLP

    (617) 600-8694

    John F. Ventola

    Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

    (617) 248-5085

  • Consumer Bankruptcy Committee
    This committee updates practitioners regarding changes and developments in Ch. 7 and Ch. 13 cases. In addition, it helps coordinate pro bono bankruptcy services in consumer matters.

    Contact Information

    Ann Brennan

    Ann Brennan Law Offices

    (781) 878-6900

    Kate Nicholson

    Parker & Associates

    (781) 729-0005

  • Consumer Finance Committee
    This a joint committee between the Financial Services and Bankruptcy Sections. This committee represents a collaborative effort to study, educate and review consumer finance products.
  • Financial Literacy Committee
    By volunteering for the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, you will help high school students across Massachusetts learn to make informed and effective decisions regarding their finances through educational and experiential opportunities. You can become involved by working on the committee to develop and grow the program or teaching at a school.
  • New Bankruptcy Lawyers Committee
    A part of the Bankruptcy Law Section, the New Bankruptcy Lawyers Committee addresses issues faced by new or relatively new practitioners of bankruptcy law.

    Contact Information

    Timothy John Carter

    Goulston & Storrs PC

    (617) 482-1776

    David Koha

    Casner & Edwards, LLP

    (617) 426-5900

  • Practice and Procedure Committee
    This committee serves as a liaison with the office of the Clerk of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts and considers local practice issues.

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    Guy B. Moss

    Riemer & Braunstein LLP

    (617) 880-3466

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.