HVL Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar

Join Houston Volunteer Lawyers for an in-depth look at consumer bankruptcy - something that affects many people in the Houston area. Thanks to an incredible panel of bankruptcy experts who will be teaching the course, this seminar is designed to train pro bono volunteers to handle a Chapter 7 bankruptcy on behalf of the debtor.


Date: Friday, September 15, 2017

Location: Jury Assembly Room, U.S. Courthouse

515 Rusk Avenue


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, Gardere, and Alissa Rubin Gomez, Houston Volunteer Lawyers


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

Panel: Bankruptcy Judge Karen Brown; 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: Bankruptcy Judge Jeff Bohm; 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, Thompson & Knight; and Aaron Power, Porter & Hedges


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

 Panel: Sonya Kapp/David Peake, Chapter 13 Trustee; Susan Tran, Corral Tran Singh, LLP; J. Thomas Black, Law Office of J. Thomas Black; and Cristina Rodriguez, The Keeling                      Law Firm


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

Panel: Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur; and Vianey Garza, Cage, Hill & Niehaus


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

Panel:   Johnie Patterson, Walker & Patterson, P.C.; Patrick L. Hughes, Haynes and Boone, LLP; and Cristina Rodriguez, The Keeling Law Firm


4.0 Hours CLE; 1.75 hours ethics

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