Bankruptcy Training for Pro Bono Attorneys: 2 - Part Series - Wednesday, January 8 & Friday, January 10, 2014

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

CLE Credit: No

Event Description
Bankruptcy Training for Pro Bono Attorneys: 2-Part Series

Part one of the two-part series will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Part two will be held on Friday, January 10, 2014. Both sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, located at 1101 K Street NW, first floor.


For working people who live paycheck-to-paycheck, a prolonged illness or a layoff can mean financial disaster, despite the most careful budgeting. Seventy-five percent more personal bankruptcy petitions were filed in the District of Columbia in 2012 than 2006, a significant portion of which were filed pro se.


Two main types of relief are available to individual debtors under the federal Bankruptcy Code: (1) Chapter 7, where the debtor’s nonexempt assets are sold to pay creditors while most of the debtor’s debts are discharged; and (2) Chapter 13, where the debtor prepares a plan to pay off creditors. This course is prepares attorney volunteers to provide much-needed legal representation to Chapter 7 debtors through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program Bankruptcy Clinic.


The Bankruptcy training will cover: Client Interview Procedures; Case Screening and Evaluation; Pre-Bankruptcy Remedies; Overview of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code; Automatic Stay; Completion of Schedules; Exemptions; Discharge Provisions; Conflicts of Interest.


PLEASE NOTE:  This Training is appropriate for attorneys and attorney/paralegal teams (paralegals must attend with an attorney). No particular expertise is required to participate. Volunteers from firms that represent major banks, credit card companies, and other common creditors should contact the Pro Bono Program for more information before registering for this training.  Attorneys must be admitted to practice before the highest court of any state and must be willing to file a certificate stating that the attorney is providing representation without compensation.


Training participants must agree to accept two pro bono referrals from the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program Bankruptcy Clinic within twelve months after completing the training. Malpractice insurance is provided by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program for cases referred through the Bankruptcy Clinic. Pro Bono Program training sessions are not MCLE accredited.


Please feel welcome to bring your breakfast and/or lunch with you. Coffee and refreshments will be provided to attendees by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program.


Please note that this training was rescheduled from December 10 and 12, 2013 due to the winter snowstorm on December 10.


Pro Bono Training Refund Policy: To cancel a registration and receive a refund for a pro bono training offered by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, please call or send an e–mail request at least seven (7) days prior to the training session to Shannon Redd, staff attorney and training program manager, 202-737-4700, ext. 3293. All cancellation and refund requests for pro bono trainings conducted by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program must be received seven (7) days before the training session date to receive a refund. Registration fees cannot be applied to future trainings.

This training is presented with generous support from the American College of Bankruptcy and the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation. The training is sponsored by Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington, Legal Counsel for the Elderly. It is co-sponsored by the D.C. Bar Antitrust & Consumer Law Section, Corporation, Finance & Securities Law Section, and Litigation Section.

D.C. Bar Conference Center
1101 K Street, NW
First Floor
Washington DC 20005

Contact Information
Pro Bono Program
Phone: 202-626-3489
Fax: 202-942-9752


Attorneys Fee


Nonprofit Legal Service Providers


Paralegals Fee


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