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Center Street Meeting Room A [clear filter]
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

Attorney, National Consumer Law Center, Inc.
John RaoNational Consumer Law Center, Inc.AttorneyBoston MA 02110-1245John Rao is an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, Inc. Mr. Rao focuses on consumer credit and bankruptcy issues and has served as a panelist and instructor at numerous bankruptcy and consumer law trainings... 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

5:00pm EDT

Top 10 Mistakes Bankruptcy Lawyers Make That Kill Their Lead Conversion Rate...And How To Fix It Fast
Marketing costs money! You're spending a lot of money to get more leads. However, the success or failure of your bankruptcy firm this year will not be determined by the number of leads you get or the quality of those leads. It will be determined by your ability to convert those leads into paying clients. Over the last 18 years, we have trained over 18,000 attorneys to help them double and even triple their lead conversion rate-in 90 days or less. This means they sign up twice as many clients as their competitors with the same number of leads! In this fast-paced session you will discover:

-        The 5 stages of lead conversion

-        Major metrics you must measure to succeed

-        Best practices in your initial consultation

-        How to overcome price objections

-        Who should follow up with your leads and when

- Two proven steps to immediately increase your conversion rate

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Stephen Fairley

The Rainmaker Institute
Two-time international best-selling author, Stephen Fairley is the Founder and CEO of The Rainmaker Institute, the nation’s largest law firm marketing company specializing in marketing and lead conversion for small to medium law firms. Over 20,000 attorneys nationwide have benefited... Read More →

Thursday May 16, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm EDT
Center Street Meeting Room A

6:00pm EDT

Making Client Reviews Work For You: How former clients can help grow your practice
Online reviews have never been more critical in winning new clients. More than 80% of consumers check lawyer reviews as their first step in finding an attorney; two-thirds said positive online reviews influence their decisions. Learn from a panel of review experts and your colleagues on how to use online reviews to differentiate yourself from competitors and grow your practice.

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Keith Borders

Borders & Geraci, LLC
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Antoinette “Toni” Freeburg

Freeburg & Freeburg, LLC
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Mark Knevel

Knevel Law Co. LPA
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Brian Veeder

Product Manager, Martindale-Hubbell

Thursday May 16, 2019 6:00pm - 6:50pm EDT
Center Street Meeting Room A

7:00pm EDT

Financing while in Bankruptcy
•      What is bankruptcy from the perspective of a bank/lender?
•      Key points of credit and financing in a bankruptcy.
•      What does it take to finance a vehicle in bankruptcy (7 or 13)?
•      What are some common myths or misconceptions when it comes to bankruptcy?
•      When should you advise clients to surrender their vehicle?

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Tom Martin

Tom is one of the founding members of NABS. He’s been in the car business since 1995. Since he started with NABS, he has worked his way up to Operations Manager, allowing his team to strive with success.

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National Automotive Brokerage

This no-obligation service is 100% free. All we'd like is for you to refer your clients to us.

Thursday May 16, 2019 7:00pm - 7:50pm EDT
Center Street Meeting Room A
Friday, May 17

11:30am EDT

Fireside Chat: Tech Chat
With NACBA President John Colwell and NACBA Secretary Gene Mechione - Tech Chat – adding Twitter Feed to your website (like/retweet NACBA tweets and they will show up on your website), updating NACBA profile, etc.

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John C. Colwell

Attorney - NACBA Board Member, Immediate Past President, Debt Relief Legal Clinic
Mr. Colwell received his B.A. Degree in Philosophy from Ripon College in Ripon, WI in 1977; and his J. D. degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA in 1984. He is a member of the State Bar of California (1985) and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District... Read More →
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Gene Melchionne

Member Board of Directors, Attorney at Law
Gene Melchionne is a native of Waterbury, Connecticut, and currently resides and practices there.  He is an avid boater, amateur musician, and MacUser, spending every weekend on his boat with his guitar and iPad. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Center Street Meeting Room A

2:30pm EDT

Circuit Meeting 4TH/DC
The Circuit Leader will present important cases from the circuit and moderate a discussion with members.

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Koury Hicks

Attorney, Law Offices of John T. Orcutt PC
Board Certified Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy (2014).Co-author of the North Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual's Means Testing chapter (2022),National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, 4th Circuit leader, (2017-2019).Member of the North Carolina Bar Association's... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Center Street Meeting Room A
Saturday, May 18

7:00am EDT

Fastcase Training
Saturday May 18, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am EDT
Center Street Meeting Room A

11:45am EDT

Fireside Chat: Discussion with Bankruptcy Judges
 The panel of judges will meet to informally discuss issues concerning bankruptcy practice.

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Tara Twomey

National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center
She is currently Of Counsel to the National Consumer Law Center and the Executive Director for the National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center. Ms. Twomey also serves as the Consumer Claims Trustee in the chapter 11 cases of Ditech Holding Corporation and its affiliates. In 2021, she... Read More →
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Hon. Brian Lynch

Brian Lynch was appointed chief bankruptcy judge for Western Washington on October 1, 2014. He was sworn in as a bankruptcy judge for the Tacoma Division of the court on June 1, 2010. He serves on the Ninth Circuit ADR Committee and the Ad Hoc Chiefs Committee re Shared Services... Read More →

Saturday May 18, 2019 11:45am - 12:40pm EDT
Center Street Meeting Room A
Sunday, May 19

9:30am EDT

Fireside Chat: Automating Lead Follow up and Review Generation While Helping Your Clients Succeed Post-Bankruptcy
Multi-year NACBA member, Steven Palmer and Philip Tirone, from 720 System Strategies, will be discuss proven techniques to convert dead leads into appointments, quickly and easily generate Google Reviews, and to help clients succeed post-bankruptcy with no impact on your staffs time

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Steven Palmer

Curtis & Casteel Law Group, PLLC
Steven Palmer is a partner at Curtis, Casteel & Palmer, PLLC and primarily practices consumer bankruptcy law.  Steve was first admitted to the Ohio bar in 2009 and practiced on the consumer bankruptcy side before working on the creditor side for a year.  Seeing the errors of his... Read More →
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Philip Tirone

Philip Tirone has a unique background in creating an emotional bond between a company and its target client base using non-traditional direct marketing technologies, powerful written-word strategies, and data analytics. 720 System Strategies integrates self-managingtechnology into... Read More →

Sunday May 19, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Center Street Meeting Room A
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