Cancelled - Bankruptcy, Foreclosures, Taxes - Oh My!

Location: United States District & Bankruptcy Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room, 515 Rusk, Houston 77002

Due to weather conditions, the CLE is canceled.  We are working with our speakers to reschedule the CLE, and we will post details when available.


6.5 Hours CLE; 1.5 hours ethics


8:00-8:30 Breakfast, Coffee and Networking

8:30-8:45 Pro Bono Professional Obligations and the Program

Panel: Patrick L. Hughes, Haynes and Boone LLP; Sean Wilson, Foley Gardere; and Michael Hofrichter, Houston Volunteer Lawyers

8:45-9:15 Introduction to the Bankruptcy System for Consumer Practitioners, Including Ethical Issues

Panel: Marvin Isgur, Bankruptcy Judge; Chris Lopez, Bankruptcy Judge; Miriam Goot, Walker & Patterson, P.C.; and Assistant U.S. Trustee, Diane Livingston

9:15-9:45 Discharge and Dischargeability Issues in Pro Bono Cases

Panel:  Johnie Patterson, Walker & Patterson, P.C. and Wayne Kitchens, Hughes, Watters & Askanase, LLP

9:45-10:15 The Basics of Chapter 7, Including the Trustee’s Perspective

Panel:  Randy Williams, Chapter 7 Trustee, Byman & Associates, PLLC and Joshua Wolfshohl, Porter & Hedges

10:30-11:15 The Basics of Chapter 13, Including the Trustee's Role

Panel:  Yvonne Valdez, Chapter 13 Trustee Attorney; Susan Tran, Corral Tran Singh, LLP; and Cristina Rodriguez, Keeling Law Firm

11:15-12:00 The Basics of Personal Exemptions/Texas Marital Property and Bankruptcy Planning

Panel: Marvin Isgur, Bankruptcy Judge and Vianey Garza, Hoover Slovacek, LLP

12:00-12:45 A Random Walk Down the Bankruptcy Forms and Rules, Including Ethical Issues

Panel:  Yvonne Valdez, Chapter 13 Trustee Attorney; Patrick L. Hughes, Haynes and Boone, LLP; and Cristina Rodriguez, The Keeling Law Firm

12:45-1:00  Break - Pick up lunch.

1:00-2:00  Foreclosure Defense

Panel:  David Elder, Foley Gardere; Amir Befroui, Lone Star Legal Aid; Kim Lewinski, Hughes, Watters & Askanase, LLP

2:00-3:00 IRS Collection Alternatives

Panel: Lance Stodghill, Stodghill & Allie, LLP

3:00-3:30 Ethical Issues of Tax Representation - Joint Representation & Circular 230

Panel: Lance Stodghill, Stodghill & Allie, LLP




The Pro Bono Bankruptcy Project is generously funded by a grant from

Posted: July 26, 2019