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2017 Bay Area Bankruptcy Judges' Conference
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The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California and the Bench Bar Liaison Committee for the Northern District of California Bankruptcy Court invite you to the Inaugural
2017 Bay Area Bankruptcy Judges’ Conference
April 14, 2017
The Presidio of San Francisco – Golden Gate Club
The conference will present both commercial and consumer practitioners the opportunity to come together in an historic setting, interact with the judges of the Northern District, and sharpen their legal skills as they learn about the cutting edge bankruptcy issues that will affect their practice today and into the future.
Registration for the conference is now open at a cost of $99.00 per person. To register for the conference, please click on the link below.
Payment is accepted by major credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal. Registration Link for the 2017 Bay Area Bankruptcy Judges' Conference Included with the price of admission is a boxed lunch as well as coffee and assorted pastries in the morning. The full program will provide attendees with 4.0 hours of MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour of Ethics credit
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Program #1: An Ethical Good-Bye – Everyone is familiar with the professional responsibilities of an attorney while she is practicing, but what about her duties when she wants to retire or take the bench? Our esteemed panelists will delve into the ethical issues and pratfalls surrounding the winding up or sale of a legal practice. If you ever want to get out, then you need to get into this program.
Panelists: Hon. Roger Efremsky, United States Bankruptcy Court Martha Bronitsky, Chapter 13 Trustee Samuel C. Bellicini, California Ethics Counsel
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Program #2: Gift-Wrapped Sales and Structured Dismissals – As attorneys, we are always pushing the envelope in order to obtain the best result for our clients, and in Chapter 11, Section 1123(b)(6) affords us significant freedom in developing strategies to resolve cases favorably for our clients. Recent case law has started to define the outer limits of that creativity in some crucial areas – the ability to use Section 363 to sell a fully encumbered asset, the ability to bring a case to a conclusion through a so-called “structured dismissal,” and the ability to “gift” around the absolute priority rule. Our panelists will unpack these issues, some of which are now before the Supreme Court in the Jevic case, which is slated to be decided in 2017
Panelists: Hon. Hannah Blumenstiel, United States Bankruptcy Court Ori Katz, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP John Fiero, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP Michael Malter, Binder & Malter LLP
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Address with Chief Judge Roger Efremsky
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Program #3: Mortgage Issues in Chapter 13 Cases – Housing is perhaps the most controversial issue affect the Bay Area today, and the stress imposed by the current Bay Area housing market is omnipresent in consumer cases in the Bay Area. With that background, our panel will focus on where the rubber meets the road in Bankruptcy Court, discuss evolving issues with regard to mortgage claims and Bankruptcy Rule 3002.1.
Panelists: Hon. Charles Novack, United States Bankruptcy Court Adam Barasch, Severson & Werson APC Gina Klump, Law Office of Gina R. Klump Cathleen Cooper Moran, Moran Law Group
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Program #4: Do Cyber Associates Dream of Electric Sheep? – What the Future Holds and Who (or What) Will Be There to See It – We have all heard it: the legal industry is changing. For good. Law firms five years or more from now will not look like law firms today. Well, what will they look like, then? Our panel will discuss the future of our practice in California, focusing in particular on the issue of artificial intelligence and the potential to replace attorney billable hours with work performed by “cyber associates” such as IBM’s ROSS.
Panelists: Hon. Dennis Montali, United States Bankruptcy Court Gary Neustadter, Santa Clara University Law School Thomas Hamilton, IBM’s ROSS Intelligence
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Forum
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