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FBA Bankruptcy Section Annual SeminarEVENTS

THE STATE OF THE COURT LUNCHEON
Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 12pm EST
JW Marriott International Ballroom
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Online Registration | Full Event Announcement | Material; Rethinking Chapter 13 by Lawrence Ponoroff

BANKRUPTCY BEST PRACTICES SEMINAR 2017
Monday September 18th, 2017
GVSU Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids Michigan
Flyer - Registration Form

STATE OF THE COURT LUNCHEON
Friday October 13th, 2017
JW Marriot International Ballroom Grand Rapids Michigan
Guest speaker Lawrence Ponoroff, Dean of the MSU College of Law since 2016 will provide a session on “Rethinking Chapter 13.”


FBA Bankruptcy Section News MichiganNEWS

SUMMER SEMINAR 2017

We held the 29th Annual Bankruptcy Section Seminar at Boyne Highlands from July 27 - 29, 2017. Hey, next year is the 30th anniversary of this event! You will not want to miss that.

Those who attended stated that the seminar was one of the best offerings of educational materials in recent memory. Thanks to all the presenters who made that possible. See photos of some of the events.

As usual, there was ample time for fun, food, and games. See our photos of the winners of the Bocce competition. (A first for us, by the way.)



Michelle Wilson and Todd Almassian organized this event. The educational co-chairs were Judge James W. Boyd and Judge John T. Gregg. We also had committees to develop material related to consumer issues (Elizabeth Clark, Rebecca Johnson-Ellis, and Robert Shefferly) and commercial issues (Allison Bach, Elisabeth Von Eitzen and Steve Rayman). Thanks to them, their staff, and everyone else who helped.

Again, next year should be something special. It will held at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan, from July 26 - 28, 2018. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Debtor’s Bar of Western Michigan Annual Conference was held January 16, 2017. 
See their website for this: http://www.debtorsbar.com

Upcoming changes to our Local Rules: Provide your input into this process!  Our court established a committee to review our Local Rules.  This is going to be a comprehensive review, so it sounds like everything is on the table for possible change.  If you have an opinion about how things are done, send it to the committee.  See the announcement for this on the Court website.  Your deadline is 1/31/2017 and send items to  Katrina_Shellman@miwb.ucsourts.gov.

Chapter 13 Basics. The US Trustee office organized a full day of training on this topic on October 17, 2016. It was packed with important information and tips from experienced attorneys. Thanks to all who participated in this event.

State of the Court Luncheon
. Another great event on October 21, 2016, with a speaker who addressed bankruptcy issues presenting pending before the United States Supreme Court. Thanks to those who organized this event.

Our 2016 Summer Seminar on Mackinac Island was great! 
Our hosts at the Mission Point Resort did a wonderful job.  We attended many valuable educational sessions. 

We presented significant awards:

The Lion Award was presented to retired Judge Jeffrey R. Hughes.

The David Nims/Laurence Howard Civility Award was presented to Carol J. Chase of Chase & Bylenga PLLC.  The Education award was presented to Mary K. Viegelahn, formerly chapter 13 trustee here, now chapter 13 trustee in San Antonio, Texas.


Most of the Official Bankruptcy Forms changed, effective December 1, 2015. See the court website, which can link you to all forms used in bankruptcy proceedings. http://www.miwb.uscourts.gov/

 


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