Consumer Bankruptcy Committee Summer Kick-off

06/25/2014 - 5:30PM to 8:30PM
The Consumer Bankruptcy Committee is getting together to celebrate the beginning of a great summer! Please join us at 88 Wharf Restaurant for a chance to meet new people, catch up with old friends, and meet potential mentors for our new bankruptcy attorneys. 88 Wharf Restaurant is located at 88 Wharf Street in Milton, and its patio overlooks the Neponset River on the Milton, Lower Dorchester Mills line. 88 Wharf is conveniently located across the street from the Milton T Stop, on the Ashmont Red Line. There is also parking and a valet service. Light appetizers will be provided. Hope to see you there! ...
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CLE - 24th Annual Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference

05/29/2014
Join us for this unique opportunity for bankruptcy professionals and the Federal Bankruptcy Court judges to meet and share insights, observations and analysis on key issues for 2014 and beyond. ...
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Taxes, Bankruptcy, and Distressed Properties: How a Short Sale, Deed-in-Lieu, or Foreclosure Can Result in Taxable Income

05/13/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Given that Congress has yet to extend the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, knowing the answers to these questions is essential to being able to provide the best advice to your clients. This luncheon will provide attendees with guidance from tax experts as to the consequences of choosing among these alternatives. Multiple fact patterns will be discussed to illustrate the various issues....
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Bankruptcy Basics For Construction Lawyers - What You Need To Know About Bankruptcy To Assess Risks And Avoid Traps

05/05/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Paul O’Donnell, Esq. of Hinckley Allen, will discuss risks especially inherent in bankruptcy (or potential bankruptcy) matters involving construction projects and contractors. Whether you are adversarial to a party on the verge of bankruptcy or your own client faces such a problem, you will want to consider the risks Paul discusses with us based on his 25 plus years in the industry....
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An Introduction to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

05/02/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Kimberly Monty of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will provide an overview of and introduction to the CFPB. Ms. Monty will explain what the CFPB does, where it is, how it is structured and what its authorities are. A question and answer session will follow Ms. Monty’s presentation....
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The New Fee Guidelines – What They Mean, What They Do and How to Comply

05/01/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The new "Guidelines for Reviewing Applications for Compensation and Reimbursement of Expenses Filed Under United States Code by Attorneys in Larger Chapter 11 Cases" promulgated by the United States Trustee became effective November 1, 2013. Please join us as William K. Harrington and John P. Fitzgerald explain the meaning and practical consequences of the new guidelines....
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Massachusetts Attorney General’s Revised Debt Collection Regulations Two Years After Enactment

04/23/2014 - 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
In March, 2012, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s revised consumer debt collection regulations became effective (940 CMR 7.00 et seq.). These regulations were amended to keep pace with changing technologies. They also created new obligations for creditors and debt buyers, including new validation requirements. The Chief of the AG’s Consumer Protection Division will give an overview of the new regulations, their implementation to date, and enforcement priorities. This is a forum for creditors’ and debtors’ attorneys alike to address questions and concerns about the new regulations....
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Lunch Bunch at Bankruptcy Court with the US Trustee's Office

04/10/2014 - 11:45AM to 12:45AM
The Consumer Bankruptcy Committee's Lunch Bunch Program is an opportunity to sit in an informal setting with the US Trustee's Office, ask them questions regarding your current concerns, and they will share their current concerns....
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CLE - The Homestead Exemption: You've Filed, Now What?

04/02/2014
Join us for a detailed look at the Homestead Exemption - covering the latest legislative updates, cases, and how the law applies to trusts, life estates and other property interests. From filing for a Massachusetts Homestead Act Exemption to utilizing one in the course of bankruptcy, our panel of experts will provide practical strategies for use in your practice....
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The Legacy of Mr. Ponzi: The Maddoff and Stanford Cases

03/28/2014 - 1:00PM to 4:00PM
A panel discussion featuring the Madoff Trustee, a Co-Liquidator of Stanford International Bank, and reporters from the New York Times and Associated Press who covered the Madoff and Stanford cases...
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Meet the Chapter 7 Trustees

03/11/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The panel will discuss common concerns the Chapter 7 Trustees share, pet peeves, recent cases involving our chapter 7 trustees and/or current issues, and answer questions from the audience....
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Lunch Bunch at Bankruptcy Court with Judge Bailey

02/13/2014 - 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM
The Consumer Bankruptcy Committee's Lunch Bunch Program is an opportunity to sit in an informal setting with Judge Bailey, ask him questions regarding your current concerns, and he will share his current concerns....
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Meet the Bankruptcy Bar Mentors

01/15/2014 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
The Bankruptcy Section invites young lawyers interested in bankruptcy law to participate in our first mentoring and networking event. This program will introduce less experienced members/mentees (0-5 years of practice) and slightly more experienced members/mentors (6-15 years of practice) in a fun and informal format....
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Chapter 13 Roundtable with the Chapter 13 Trustees

01/14/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Please join the Bankruptcy Section for the routable open forum discussing new developments affecting Chapter 13 cases, addressing any questions you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask and developing ways to improve administration of Chapter 13 cases....
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Young Bar Meets the Bankruptcy Bench

01/07/2014 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Please join us on January 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm for the annual Young Bar Meets the Bankruptcy Bench program at the Boston Bar Association. The program will feature all of the Bankruptcy Judges in the District and will focus on practical skills and topics particularly important for those in their first ten years of practice in the Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court....
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Intellectual Property Licensing in the Shadow of Bankruptcy

12/19/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Licensees of intellectual property under custom software licenses, pharmaceutical collaboration agreements, trademark licenses under franchise agreements and other types of licenses often make considerable investment relying on performance of the licensor. Bankruptcy of the licensor can result in serious negative consequences for licensees....
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Lunch Bunch at Bankruptcy Court with Judge Feeney

12/05/2013 - 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM
The Consumer Bankruptcy Committee's Lunch Bunch Program is an opportunity to sit in an informal setting with Judge Feeney, ask her questions regarding your current concerns, and she will share her current concerns. Catered Box Lunches will only be available to those who register through the BBA. ...
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Insolvency and Bankruptcy Implications in Drafting and Negotiating Settlement Agreements

12/03/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Please join us on December 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm at the BBA, as our guest speakers, Francis C. Morrissey (Morrissey, Wilson and Zafiropoulos LLP, Braintree MA) and Jeffrey D. Ganz (Riemer & Braunstein LLP, Boston, MA) will discuss these and other insolvency-related issues, including most importantly whether and how to address them in the settlement documents....
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CLE - Representing Military Personnel and Veterans: Veterans Benefits

11/21/2013
Join us to explore the complex web of state and federal benefits as well as other services available to veterans in this, our final session of the BBA's Representing Military Personnel and Veterans CLE Program....
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Exploring the Role of Counsel in Dischargeability Complaints: New Massachusetts Bankruptcy Order 2013-02

11/12/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The panel will discuss the new standing order issued by the Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court on September 24, 2013 that clarifies the role of debtor's counsel in adversary proceedings relating to discharge and dischargeability of debt and will review similar rules from other jurisdictions....
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Lunch Bunch at Bankruptcy Court with Judge Hillman

10/24/2013 - 11:45:00 AM to 01:00 PM
The Consumer Bankruptcy Committee's Lunch Bunch Program is an opportunity to sit in an informal setting with Judge Hillman, ask him questions regarding your current concerns, and he will share his current concerns. ...
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CLE - Representing Military Personnel and Veterans: Bankruptcy and Consumer Finance

10/17/2013
For the second session of the BBA's four-part series, Representing Military Personnel and Veterans, join us to learn about how to address the commercial, consumer, and bankruptcy law issues affecting members of the military....
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New Bankruptcy Lawyers Committee: Fall Breakfast

10/15/2013 - 08:30 AM to 09:30 AM
Please join the New Bankruptcy Lawyers Committee of the BBA Bankruptcy Section as we kick off the 2013-2014 program year with our annual fall breakfast. Over the past few years, the fall breakfast has become a time to meet and reconnect with other practitioners while we discuss our upcoming programming and brainstorm about other possible events....
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Diversity and Inclusion Kickoff: Superior Court Judges Offer Lessons from their First Year on the Bench

10/08/2013 - 05:00 PM to 07:00 AM
Help kick off an exciting year with the Diversity and Inclusion Section while learning effective advocacy from recently-appointed Superior Court Judges. Learn about best practices and effective advocacy in the Superior Court from the perspective of judges who, not too long ago, were practicing attorneys themselves....
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Filling the GAAPs

10/08/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
While US GAAP standards have been developed to ensure uniform reporting of financial results, there can be significant differences between stated values and economic values. This session will look at real life case examples of unreported and under-reported liabilities and overstated assets in GAAP-compliant financial statements....
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Volunteer Lawyer Training: Representing a Pro Bono Debtor in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

10/07/2013 - 03:30 PM to 06:00 PM
On Monday, October 7, 2013, the BBA Bankruptcy Law Section Public Service Committee and the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the BBA will sponsor a training on representing a pro bono debtor in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Lawyers of all experience levels are encouraged to attend the training and reception to facilitate networking with newer members of the bankruptcy bar....
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Still A Republic of Debtors: The History of Debt, Debtors and Bankruptcy in Massachusetts

09/25/2013 - 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
This program explores the evolution of bankruptcy law in the United States generally and in Massachusetts particularly. The program will explore how shifting public attitudes towards debt and bankruptcy continue to influence bankruptcy policy and how the same concerns affecting earlier bankruptcy laws continue to reassert themselves in current bankruptcy law and judicial decisions....
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