Bankruptcy Training for Pro Bono Attorneys: 2-Part Series - Thursday, November 2nd and Monday, November 6th, 2017 (Pre-Approval Required)

Date & Time: Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

CLE Credit: No

Event Description

Part 1: Thursday, November 2nd, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Part 2: Monday, November 6th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All Trainees must be APPROVED before registering for this training. This is a 2-part training held on November 2nd & November 6th, 2017. Please find the application instructions below!  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 prepares attorney volunteers to provide much-needed legal representation to Chapter 7 debtors through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center 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  


Important Information: This training series is appropriate for attorneys and attorney/paralegal teams (paralegals must attend with an attorney). No particular expertise is required to participate, but all volunteers must attend the entire training before participating in the Pro Bono Center's Bankruptcy Clinic. Volunteers from firms that represent major banks, credit card companies, and other common creditors should contact the Pro Bono Center for more information before registering for this training.

Training participants must agree to accept two pro bono referrals from the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Bankruptcy Clinic within 12 months after completing the training. Attorneys must be admitted to practice before the highest court of any state and must be willing to file a certificate saying that the attorney is providing representation without compensation. Malpractice insurance is provided by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center for cases referred through its Bankruptcy Clinic.


To apply to the Bankruptcy Clinic Training:

Federal government volunteers should also contact Nakia Matthews at before registering for pre-approval.

Please visit to complete the volunteer application AND

Email your resume with subject line “BANKRUPTCY APPLICATION” to  by Friday, October 20th.  

We will contact all applicants for a short phone interview.

If you are approved to attend the training, you will be notified via email by Wednesday, October 25th.

You are NOT permitted to register for the training until you have been APPROVED.


This training series is presented by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Bankruptcy Clinic, the American College of Bankruptcy, and the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation.  



Co-Sponsors: Antitrust & Consumer Law Community; Corporation, Finance & Securities Law Comunnity; D.C. Affairs Community; Litigation Comunnity


Please note that we are unable to provide refunds.  If you have registered for a training with the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center and are unable to attend, we do permit someone else from your organization/firm to attend the training in your place with twenty-four hours of prior notice. Please direct any questions or comments to        

D.C. Bar Conference Center
1101 K St., NW
Conference Center
Washington DC 20005
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Contact Information
Stanley Augustin
Phone: 202-737-4700 x 3293
Fax: 202-942-9752

Attorney, Paralegal, and Law Students Fee $35.00

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