Bankruptcy Training Inspires Pro Bono Attorneys

By Kathy Lugo

July 21, 2017

June 2017 Pro Bono Center Bankruptcy Training

“Absolutely phenomenal” and “fantastic” are just a few of the words attendees used to describe the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s two-part Bankruptcy Training for Pro Bono Attorneys held on June 12 and 15. The twice-yearly training, presented with the generous support of the American College of Bankruptcy and the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation, was led by Jeff Sherman of the Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Sherman. Sherman, a solo practitioner specializing in creditors’ rights and bankruptcy issues instructed more than 20 attorneys on how to represent individuals filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitions who fall within 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

For people who live paycheck-to-paycheck, a prolonged illness or layoff can mean financial disaster, despite the most careful budgeting. Personal bankruptcy petitions filed in the District of Columbia have continued to rise sharply, and a significant portion of these petitions are filed pro se. This training, covering such topics as client interview procedures, pre-bankruptcy remedies, and Chapters 7 and 13 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code, prepares attorney volunteers to provide much-needed legal representation to debtors through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Bankruptcy Clinic.

Participants consistently rate the training as “excellent,” and one attorney praised the “invaluable practical guidance and insight” Sherman brings as the training’s instructor. Sherman is the recipient of the 2016 Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award and a founder of the Bankruptcy Assistance Center at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia.

For questions about this or other Pro Bono Center trainings, please email the Pro Bono Training Program, and be sure to register now for the Pro Bono Center’s fall schedule of pro bono trainings.