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CLE - 27th Annual Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference

Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Courtyard Boston Downtown - 275 Tremont St., Boston, MA


The Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference is an annual opportunity for bankruptcy professionals and the Federal Bankruptcy Court Judges to meet and share insights, observations and analysis on key issues for 2017 and beyond.

Panel Information

I. Demystifying Sanctions and Discipline in the Bankruptcy Court -  This panel will explore the general misunderstanding about the process of disciplining members of the bar and the use of sanctions in bankruptcy court, including the substantive basis for sanctions and the process for imposing sanctions.  The panel will discuss other salient issues: the court’s power to sanction and its sources and limits; the proper measure of sanctions and applicable standards; the court’s authority, as a sanction, to prohibit a lawyer from appearing in bankruptcy court or suspend a lawyer's CM/ECF privileges.

  • Honorable Frank J. Bailey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Honorable Joan N. Feeney, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Honorable Christopher J. Panos, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Christopher Somma, Goodwin Procter, LLP
  • Kate P. Foley, Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP
  • Justin A. Kesselman, Posternak Blanktein & Lund, LLP

II. Chapter 13 Topics -  We are on the threshold of a new era in Chapter 13 practice. This year will bring new amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, a new form Chapter 13 plan for our district and possibly a series of new local rules.  Keeping up with this rapidly changing Chapter 13 landscape is critical.  This panel will provide updates on the most recent case law and offer a guide to the upcoming changes to the practice for both creditors' and debtors' counsel. The panel will tackle thorny chapter 13 questions such as: Can a debtor force a mortgagee to take title? How must a debtor proceed when she acquires property post-petition? Does the debtor have a duty to disclose the newly acquired property? Are creditors entitled to receive the value of the property?  In addition, the panel will present an overview of the new rules amendments and the new mandatory Chapter 13 plan form. Chapter 13 practice is about to be transformed. Join us to find out how.

  • Honorable Melvin S. Hoffman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Honorable Elizabeth D. Katz, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Nina M. Parker, Parker & Associates
  • Carolyn Bankowski, Ch. 13 Trustee
  • Kate E. Nicholson, Nicholson Herrick, LLP

III. The Demise of Structured Dismissals?  In March 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that a Bankruptcy Court cannot approve a “structured dismissal” compromise that fails to comply with the Bankruptcy Code’s priority rules.  The panel will explain the basis of the Supreme Court’s decision and discuss whether structured dismissals will be an option going forward.  The panel will also debate the merits of the decision and weigh strict compliance with the Bankruptcy Code  versus practical attempts to preserve value. 

  • Honorable Joan N. Feeney, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Michael J. Fencer, Casner & Edwards, LLP
  • Christopher M. Condon, Murphy & King
  • Jennifer V. Doran, Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, LLP


Registration Categories:

BBA Regular Members – $225
BBA Legal Services/Government Members – $95
Non-BBA Members - $265
Law Students – $60*

30% Discount Available for First-Time Attendees! Contact Julia Carvalho at (617) 778-1994 to register as a first-time attendee.

Interested in becoming a member of the BBA? Exclusive membership promotions are available to conference registrants! Contact Tara Trask at (617) 778-1984 or for more information.

*Law students are not eligible for the first-time attendee discount.

Ambassador's Program
New Lawyers and law students are invited to join senior members of the Bankruptcy Section for a special pre-conference reception.
Additonal information to come.

Refunds & Cancellations
Please note that refunds will only be allowed for cancellation notices received at least 48 hours before the program. Non-attendees who have pre-registered will receive an audio recording of the program as well as the complete digital copy of the materials.

Accomodations & Assistance
We strive to make our programs accessible to all attendees, including those with disabilities. Please contact us  in advance of the program for arrangements.

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):




Margaret DeMoura


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