NACBA Goes to Washington

27 Feb NACBA Goes to Washington

The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) meet in Washington, D.C., in April. The deadline for discounted “early bird” registration is Friday, March 4, 2011.

The 19th annual NACBA convention on April 15-17, 2011, is being combined with the annual members-only Capitol Hill meeting on April 13-14, 2011. Meeting headquarters is the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel at 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20008. The hotel is across from the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan station on the Metro Red Line. Click here to download the NACBA brochure.

Senators and Representatives on April 14, 2011, to tell the stories of their clients and educate the members of Congress about the role bankruptcy plays in helping financially distressed families get back on their feet. The focus of this year’s Capitol Hill meeting will be on building relationships with elected officials.

“The economic downturn has forced many elected officials to take a hard look at the programs and policies that help Americans cope with the loss of income and mounting debt. We know that bankruptcy is a crucial last report for financially devastated families that have no other option. This is your opportunity to help your congressional delegation understand that,” NACBA officials say.

NACBA members will meet the day before on April 13 to learn how to participate in the legislative process and to maximize their ability to directly affect future legislation.

The Convention, open to NACBA members and non-members, will offer 25 different sessions, ranging from topics critical to the new consumer bankruptcy attorney and non-attorney staff to those presenting advanced material for experienced attorneys. On-site sign-in will begin at 5 pm on Thursday, April 14. The program kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 15, and ends at noon on Sunday, April 17. Social events planned include the Nationals v. Phillies baseball game on Thursday, April 14, 7:05pm start time, and a private performance of the famed Capitol Steps on Friday, April 15th, immediately following the evening Reception.

At least 13 hours of continuing legal education will be provided at the convention on the following topics:
Case Law Update
Ransoming Feasible and Confirmable Chapter 13 Plans
Washington, Rules Committee and Amicus Updates
The “Best Interest” Test in Chapter 13
What Bankruptcy Attorneys Should Know About New Consumer Laws
Getting Your Case Organized and Being Responsive
Adversary Proceedings and Dischargeability
What’s This Stuff Worth and Can I Keep It?
The ABC’s of Interviewing.
Chapter 7 & 13 Strategies
Basic Tax for Bankruptcy Lawyers
High Tech Wonders & Low Tech Truths
Prepare Schedules This Way – Not That Way
Top Bankruptcy Cases You Need for Practice
Advanced Tax
Using Adobe Acrobat in Bankruptcy Practice
Ethically Avoiding Malpractice Cases
Bankruptcy Crimes & Criminal Referrals
Notices & Their Importance in Bankruptcy Cases
Marital Issues in Bankruptcy
Avoiding Problems at the 341 Meeting
Managing Modifications
Keeping the House & the Car

Registration prices are at the same level as for the 18th Annual Convention:

  • Early-Bird Member rate (until March 4, 2011): $625
  • Early-Bird Non-member rate (until March 4, 2011): $825
  • Regular Member rate (after March 4, 2011): $695
  • Regular Non-member rate (after March 4, 2011): $895
  • Non-attorney staff who are employees of a NACBA Member firm may register at the Member rate if a NACBA Member of the firm attends the Convention. Registrants may purchase ameal ticket for their guestsat $100 each. Registration is online at the NACBA website.

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    Jill Michaux has helped Kansas consumers with debt problems for three decades. She and her partner, Mark Neis, are Topeka's only bankruptcy specialists, board certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification. She help start the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.
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