Bankruptcy, Foreclosures, Taxes - Oh My!

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST
Location: United States District & Bankruptcy Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room, 515 Rusk, Houston 77002


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




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Posted: July 26, 2019