ABI

Monday, November 11

7:00-8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Registration

Sponsored by Steinberg Shapiro & Clark

8:30-8:45 a.m.

Veterans Day Tribute and Welcome

Hon. Steven W. Rhodes

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

Donald C. Darnell

Donald Darnell Law Offices; Dexter, Mich.

Brian L. Shaw, ABI President-Elect

Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC; Chicago

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Hot Topics and the Latest and Greatest: Case Law Update

The Honorable Marci B. McIvor leads the discussion of current developments in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases. An essential program for anyone wanting to stay current in the development of the law in the 6th Circuit and beyond. Likely topics include the Supreme Court decision in Bullock v. BankChampaign; current developments in Social Security income in bankruptcy; and issues regarding liquidation and abandonment of assets in Chapter 7. This panel and the accompanying materials are always a hit with those attending, and this year’s program promises not to disappoint.

Thomas D. DeCarlo, Moderator

Office of David Ruskin, Chapter 13 Trustee Office; Southfield, Mich.

James W. Boyd

Kuhn, Darling, Boyd, and Quandt, PLC; Traverse City, Mich.

Hon. Marci B. McIvor

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

9:45-10:45 a.m.

The Trial of Smith v. Big Bank (To Strip a Second Lien)

Chief Judge Phillip J. Shefferly, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

Thomas W. Cranmer

Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC; Troy, Mich.

Kimberly Marie Lubinski

Butler, Butler & Rowse-Oberle, P.L.L.C.; St. Clair Shores, Mich.

Thomas G. McNeil

Dickinson Wright PLLC; Detroit

Kim M. Rattet

Trott & Trott, PC; Farmington Hills, Mich.

10:45-11:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by the Consumer Bankruptcy Association

11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Concurrent Sessions (3)

The Nuts & Bolts of Chapter 7

Beyond the basics, the panel will discuss topics of importance to the practitioner who is interested in revisiting some of the most common questions and issues in Chapter 7 practice, including: unusual titling of assets and related exemption issues – is it or isn’t it mom’s house; resolving matters before getting to the courthouse; how did that amended Schedule B and C to add a bank account result in an objection to the cat? Can the Trustee even do that?; and to round it all out, a little bit of ‘horseshoes, hand grenades, and….voluntary petitions? (also known as: how accurate is accurate-enough?)’

Caralyce M. Lassner, Moderator

Caralyce M. Lassner, JD, PC; Utica, Mich.

Gene R. Kohut

Kohut Law Group, P.L.L.C.; Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.

Christopher F. Nelson

Osipov Bigelman, P.C.; Southfield, Mich.

Hon. Daniel S. Opperman

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Bay City

Odd Liens: Judicial Liens; Tax Liens; Condo Liens; Execution Liens; Statutory Liens; Possessory Liens

Brian Rookard, Moderator

Gudeman & Associates P.C.; Royal Oak, Mich.

Steven A. Harms

Muller, Muller, Richmond, Harms & Myers, P.C.; Birmingham, Mich.

David J. Montera

David J. Montera, P.C.; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Hon. Walter Shapero

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

Relief on Student Loans—In and Out of Bankruptcy

Karen L. Rowse-Oberle, Moderator

Butler, Butler & Rowse-Oberle, P.L.L.C.; St. Clair Shores, Mich.

Julia A. Caroff

Assistant U.S. Attorney; Detroit

Paula A. Hall

Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco PLLC; Birmingham, Mich.

Patti Turczynski

U.S. Attorney’s Office; Detroit

12:00-1:20 p.m.

Luncheon and Speaker

“After 28 Years, the Good, the ___, and the ___”

Hon. Steven W. Rhodes

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (3)

The Nuts & Bolts of Chapter 13

A session designed for new(er) attorneys or those looking to brush up on the basics of a Chapter 13. The esteemed panel will discuss the Chapter 13 process from inception to discharge (or as much as they can get done in an hour). Topics will include: Initial consultation issues; Confirmation of the plan, including, how to prepare the plan and how to address objections to confirmation; Loan modifications, including how to properly request one and how to deal with an approved/denied modification; Post-confirmation plan modifications—what you can, should, and can’t do; What’s next when the Debtor passes away; and Getting to the finish line (discharge).

Melissa Ann Caouette, Moderator

Office of Carl F. Bekofske, Chapter 13 Trustee; Flint, Mich.

Kimberly A. Bedigian

Stevenson & Bullock, P.L.C.; Southfield, Mich.

Adam J. Reatherford

Trott & Trott, PC; Farmington Hills, Mich.

Mediation: How to Use It to Your Client’s Advantage

Who, What, Where, When and Why to use mediation. Come listen and learn from those of us who have used our unique Mediation system effectively and in situations you may not think are possible. Our expert panel includes mediators and experienced colleagues who have used our mediation process to resolve disputes in our Court. They will explain how the process works, what actually happens during the process and how to successfully resolve disputes without trial.

Stuart A. Gold, Moderator

Gold Lange & Majoros PC; Southfield, Mich.

Michael E. Baum

Schafer and Weiner PLLC; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Kevin C. Calhoun

Calhoun & DiPonio PLC; Southfield, Mich.

C. Jason Cardasis

BOC Law Group PC; Pleasant Ridge, Mich.

Proper Disclosure: Pre-petition and Post-petition Assets

Panelists will cover the proper disclosure of assets in a Chapter 7 proceeding held pre-petition as well as assets obtained post-petition and after confirmation of a Chapter 13 plan, including the debtor’s continuing duty and the timing of required disclosures. Properly advise your client when there has been a change of income, receipt of inheritance, life insurance, lawsuit proceeds, or a national mortgage settlement. Gain knowledge of the implications for making or failing to make the disclosures of the debtor’s assets.

Michelle M. Stephenson

Lieberman, Gies & Cohen, PLLC; Farmington Hills, Mich.

Sean M. Cowley

Office of the U.S. Trustee; Detroit

Walter A. Metzen

Detroit

2:30-2:45 p.m.

Break

2:45-3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (3)

The Nuts & Bolts of Chapter 11

Mark H. Shapiro, Moderator

Steinberg Shapiro & Clark; Southfield, Mich.

Susan M. Cook

Lambert, Leser, Isackson, Cook & Giunta, PC; Bay City, Mich.

Hon. Scott W. Dales

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mich.); Grand Rapids

The Chapter 13 Model Plan—One Year Later

Administrative Order No. 12-05 requires all Chapter 13 cases filed in the Eastern District of Michigan to use the new Model Plan 3.0. Panelists will discuss the challenges presented by the new form Plan, common alterations and strategies for Plan proponents, and observations from the office of the Chapter 13 Trustee following nearly a year of administering the new Plan.

Christopher W. Jones, Moderator

Acclaim Legal Services, PLLC; Southfield, Mich.

Jeremy Fisher

Second Chance Legal Services; Madison Heights, Mich.

Marilyn R. Somers-Kantzer

Office of Tammy Terry, Chapter 13 Trustee; Detroit

The Attorney/Client Privilege in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases

This panel will address a multitude of issues relating to the attorney client privilege that can arise in a bankruptcy case. These include: a general review of the privilege and client confidentiality; whether the privilege applies to the disclosures that a debtor makes to his or her attorney, or to the attorney's advice to the debtor, in the course of preparing the schedules; the case law on whether the trustee can control the privilege after a bankruptcy is filed, for example, in obtaining information from the debtor's pre-petition personal injury attorney; whether the privilege applies in a hearing under § 329; whether the privilege applies to disclosures required in an attorney fee application or to disclosures requested by the court in a hearing on an application; and the scope of the crime-fraud exception to the privilege in Michigan, and when that exception might apply in apply in bankruptcy cases.

Charles D. Bullock, Moderator

Stevenson & Bullock, P.L.C.; Southfield, Mich.

Paul J. Randel

Office of the U.S. Trustee; Detroit

Hon. Thomas J. Tucker

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

3:45-4:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Judges Panel: Advice for Oral Advocacy and Adversary Proceedings

Chief Judge Philip J. Shefferly, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

Hon. Scott W. Dales

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mich.); Grand Rapids

Hon. James D. Gregg

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mich.); Grand Rapids

Hon. Daniel S. Opperman

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Bay City

Hon. Walter Shapero

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

Hon. Thomas J. Tucker

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

5:00 p.m.

Adjourn

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

 

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