Annual Bankruptcy Practice Seminar 2020

MCLE Credits: 6.5
Ethics Credits Included: 1.5

Live on Site: Friday, March 6 / Fairfax
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.5 (Ethics: 1.5)
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.5 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol


Why Attend?

Gather together with your colleagues and hear bankruptcy judges and top bankruptcy practitioners cover some of the most fundamental areas of bankruptcy practice in Virginia, including:

  • A review of the fundamental cases that every consumer bankruptcy attorney needs to know
  • Common evidentiary issues in various bankruptcy proceedings
  • Insight into how Chapter 7 trustees think and act
  • Four new pieces of recently passed legislation that impact bankruptcy law
  • Real estate issues in the context of Chapter 13 cases
  • An ethics session highlighting key ethical issues facing bankruptcy practitioners

Cosponsored with the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Virginia State Bar

Join Virginia CLE® and the Virginia State Bar Bankruptcy Law Section for their annual Bankruptcy Practice Seminar, an informative program that addresses some of the most fundamental areas of bankruptcy practice in Virginia. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with their peers and discuss strategies, practice tips, and other hot topics with bankruptcy judges, as well as with some of the most highly regarded bankruptcy practitioners in the state.

A wonderful educational and networking experience that will benefit both the new and the experienced bankruptcy attorney.  Buffet lunch included.


Comments from the 2019 seminar attendees:

“One of the most efficient, informative and engaging seminars I have attended.  The speakers and materials exceeded expectations.”

“Excellent quality and very good value.  Content and speakers as good as ABI for much cheaper.”

“The participation of judges was terrific.”

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8:00 Registration
8:30 Ethics Panel
Seth M. Guggenheim, Christopher A. Jones, Madeline A. Trainor

A review of the most important recent decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit, and the District and Bankruptcy Courts within the Fourth Circuit that are likely to impact the practice of bankruptcy law in Virginia.

10:00 Break
10:15 Bankruptcy Cases Every Consumer Lawyer Should Know
H. David Cox, Hannah W. Hutman, Angela M. Scolforo

This panel will discuss fundamental cases that every consumer bankruptcy attorney needs to know.

11:00 The Strong Arm of the Chapter 7 Trustee: Avoidance and Recovery Actions
Hon. Keith L. Phillips, H. Jason Gold, Alexander M. Laughlin

This panel will provide insight into the investigations undertaken by Chapter 7 trustees after the first meeting of creditors. The speakers will discuss the powers of the Chapter 7 Trustee to avoid and recover certain transfers for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate, actions against other parties for officer and director liability, recovery of accounts due to the debtor, and when pursuit of those adversary proceedings is warranted.

12:00 Lunch (provided at program)
1:00 Recently Enacted Changes in Bankruptcy Law
Hon. Michelle M. Harner, Elizabeth L. Gunn, Daniel M. Press

This panel will provide information about four pieces of legislation recently passed by Congress—the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (“SBRA”), the Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need Act of 2019 (“HAVEN Act”), the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019, and the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act of 2019.

2:15 Break
2:30 Evidence in Bankruptcy Proceedings
Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens, Malissa L. Giles, Peter G. Zemanian

This panel will discuss common evidentiary issues in various bankruptcy proceedings.  What evidence should be presented?  What witnesses will you need? Can you proffer? How do you prepare your witness or authenticate documents?  These and other issues will be presented from both the debtor and creditor perspectives.

3:30 Real Estate Issues in Chapter 13
Hon. Klinette H. Kindred, Kelly M. Barnhart, Nisha R. Patel

The speakers will focus on real estate issues in the context of Chapter 13 cases including homeowners’ association dues, revesting real property in a lender, creative strategies for dealing with Motions for Relief from Stay, and other pesky real estate issues that arise in Chapter 13 cases.

4:30 Adjourn



Hon. Michelle M. Harner, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland / Baltimore, MD
Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. Klinette H. Kindred, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Alexandria
Hon. Keith L. Phillips, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond
Kelly M. Barnhart, Roussos, Glanzer & Barnhart, PLC / Norfolk
H. David Cox, Cox Law Group, PLLC / Lynchburg
Malissa L. Giles, Giles & Lambert, PC / Roanoke
H. Jason Gold, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP / Washington, DC
Seth M. Guggenheim, Virginia State Bar / Richmond
Elizabeth L. Gunn, Office of the Attorney General / Richmond
Hannah W. Hutman, Hoover Penrod, PLC / Harrisonburg
Christopher A. Jones, Whiteford Taylor & Preston, LLP / Falls Church
Alexander M. Laughlin, Odin Feldman & Pittleman PC / Reston
Nisha R. Patel, Samuel L. White, PC / Richmond
Daniel M. Press, Chung & Press, PC / McLean
Angela M. Scolforo, Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee Herbert L. Beskin / Charlottesville
Madeline A. Trainor, Redmon, Peyton & Braswell LLP / Alexandria
Peter G. Zemanian, Zemanian Law Group / Norfolk


Hannah W. Hutman, Hoover Penrod, PLC / Harrisonburg

Locations, Dates and Fees

(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

$299* regular registration (without printed materials).
$339 regular registration plus printed materials.
$279* discounted registration for preregistering VSB Bankruptcy Law Section members (without printed materials).
$319 discounted registration plus printed materials for preregistering VSB Bankruptcy Law Section members.
$359 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program


FAIRFAX / Friday, March 6
Waterford at Fair Oaks (Venue Website / Google Map)
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
(703) 352-3200

Click here if you wish to register three or more people from the same firm.
A special 15% discount and free shipping on Virginia CLE®–published books will be available for purchases made at the seminar site.

Lower Registration Fee and Greater Functionality with Downloadable E-Book Seminar Materials

ALL seminar registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. E-book materials are searchable, easily accessible, and efficient to use.

When registering, please be sure to provide a legible, valid e-mail address to which Virginia CLE® can send a link to the e-book materials.

Registrants who elect a registration option that includes downloadable e-book seminar materials only and not the printed materials will receive, at the seminar, a short, printed seminar outline with space to take notes.

Printed Materials: You still have the option of receiving a complete set of printed materials for a higher registration fee. Registrants who choose this option will receive printed materials at the program.


To receive access to the downloadable e-book materials BEFORE the seminar AND register for the lower fee, your registration must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar.  A link to the downloadable e-book materials will be e-mailed to you two business days before the seminar.  Once you download the materials, you can review them and print the portions you want to bring with you to the seminar.

After 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar, only the registration options that include printed materials will be available.

Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar.  You will, however, be charged $90 for the materials if you cancel your registration for the seminar, or transfer registration to a different seminar, after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE®.

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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