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Thursday, May 16

9:00am EDT

Student Loans: Nitty Gritty Nuts & Bolts
The panel will provide an update on new decisions regarding bankruptcy discharges, provide forms and materials to help you assist your eligible client in obtaining a bankruptcy discharge, and how to get paid. The panel will discuss the new trend of redefining a “student loan” and narrowly reading Section 524(a)(8) to argue for discharge. We will also discuss non-discharge remedies for your clients through the use of chapter 13 plans to get your client’s current on payments and work out a loan modification. The panel will also discuss the new rules that went into effect on 10/16/18 and how to assist your clients in discharging their student loans outside of bankruptcy. In addition, the panel will discuss how to identify which type of student loan is at issue and the particular non-bankruptcy rules for each.

Why you should attend:

You want to stay on top of the current student loan caselaw and alternative non-discharge methods to assist your clients with their student loans. The panel will provide practical guidance on these subjects along with forms and briefs you can use in your practice.

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Seth Frotman

Student Borrower Protection Center
Seth Frotman is the nation’s leading expert on the intersection between higher education finance, consumer protection, and public policy. Seth frequently testifies and lectures across the country about the effects of student debt on individuals and communities. Prior to founding... Read More →
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Austin Smith

Smith Law Group
Austin Smith is a litigator who focuses on discharging student loans in bankruptcy.  Mr. Smith's article, The Misinterpretation of 11 USC 523(a)(8), was foundational in articulating the proper scope and application of the student loan non-dischargeability provision of the Bankruptcy... Read More →
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John Rao

Senior Attorney, National Consumer Law Center, Inc.
John RaoNational Consumer Law Center, Inc.AttorneyBoston MA 02110-1245John Rao is a senior attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, Inc. focusing on consumer credit, mortgage servicing, and bankruptcy issues.  Mr. Rao has served as a panelist and instructor at numerous bankruptcy... Read More →
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Hon. Gene Wedoff (Ret.)

I started representing clients pro bono in bankruptcy appeals when I retired from judging in 2015.  About a year ago, I stopped taking on new appeals, but I still have one left.  The remaining appeal deals with bankruptcy jurisdiction to determine the amount of a nondischargeable... Read More →
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Suzana Koch

Assistant United States Attorney Financial Litigation Unit, Office of the United States Attorney
Suzana K. Koch is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Office of the United StatesAttorney for the Northern District of Ohio. She practices in the Financial Litigation Unit whereshe is responsible for the civil enforcement of criminal monetary penalties, managing a docket ofover... Read More →

Thursday May 16, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Center Street Meeting Room A
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