Bankruptcy Skills Workshop

Bankruptcy Skills Workshop

Now in its 26th year the Bankruptcy Skills Workshop continues to present a unique perspective on consumer bankruptcy practice in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida. The full-day program is ideal for attorneys regardless of level of bankruptcy experience, and offers useful information on local practice in the Southern District of Florida and an opportunity to meet colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere.


8:00 – 8:30 AM Registration

8:30 – 9:30 AM Chapter 7 Practice and Exemptions
Topics include: Preparation of the debtor’s bankruptcy schedules; exemption planning and support; litigation and negotiations with the chapter 7 trustee.
Panel discussion featuring: Michael P. Dunn, Esq., Dunn Law, P.A.; Barry Mukamal, Chapter 7 Panel Trustee; Steven D. Schneiderman, Esq., Trial Counsel Office of the United States Trustee; James Schwitalla, Esq., Debtor’s Counsel Moderated by: Scott N. Brown, Esq.

9:30 – 10:30 AM Chapter 13 Basics—New Forms and Proofs of Claim; Dealing with Secured Creditors and Objections to Confirmation; Screening Clients for MMM Program; Preparing and Reading a Chapter 13 Plan
Panel discussion featuring: Taji Foreman, Creditor’s Counsel; Henry Hernandez, Esq., Debtor’s Counsel; Alexis Read, Esq., Creditor’s Counsel; Kelly Roberts, Esq., Debtor’s Counsel;
Moderated by: Ashley Prager Popowitz, Esq., creditor’s counsel

10:30 – 10:45 AM Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:15 AM Bankruptcy Judges’ View from the Bench—Panel Discussion
Topics include: Bankruptcy related United States Supreme Court decisions and developing case law in the Southern District of Florida. Panel discussion featuring: Bankruptcy Court Judges Moderated by: Patricia A. Redmond, Esq.

12:15 – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM Clerk of Court: Practice and Procedures in the Southern District of Florida
Topics include: Updates on statistics, budget, space and facilities, and current and future initiatives. A courtroom deputy/judicial assistant panel will also review filing and calendaring tips, submission of orders, and Guidelines for Courtroom Decorum, and digital audio recording (DAR) requirements.
Panel discussion featuring: Joe Falzone, Clerk of Court; Jose Rodriguez, Chief Deputy; Courtroom Deputies and Judicial Assistants

2:00 – 2:45 PM Chapter 13 Basics for 341 and Confirmation Appearances
Skit followed by panel discussion featuring: Nancy K. Neidich, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for Miami Dade and Monroe Divisions; Mitchell J. Nowack, Esq.; Robin F. Weiner, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for Broward and West Palm Beach Divisions

2:45 – 3:00 PM Coffee Break

3:00 – 4:00 PM Ethics: What to Do If You Are on the Receiving End of a Florida Bar Grievance or Audit
Topics include: What are the ethical issues commonly faced by a bankruptcy practitioner, and how should you respond if you receive a grievance? Florida Bar complaints filed against bankruptcy lawyers will be the topic of discussion. Also to be discussed will be how to respond to an audit of your trust account, accepting credit card payments, and electronic payments of filing fees from a trust account. Learn how to spot and prevent your non lawyer employees and third parties from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law.
Panelists: Thomas C. Duarte, CPA, CFE Florida Bar Miami Branch Auditor; Jacquelyn P. Needelman, Esq., Florida Bar Staff Counsel Unauthorized Practice of Law; Arlene K. Sankel, Esq., Florida Bar Chief Branch Disciple Counsel
Moderated by: Barbara L. Phillips, Esq. 

Registration is Closed

Thank you for your interest in the 26th Annual Bankruptcy Skills Workshop. Registration is now closed but we will be accepting registration at the door. Materials are available online only, so please be sure to bring a tablet or laptop to download documents during the conference. Parking passes will be available onsite. Should you have any questions, please feel free to email



7.5 FL CLE credits, including 1.0 in ethics pending approval 


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Friday, June 3, 2016 
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


The Storer Auditorium at
University of Miami School of Business
5250 University Drive
Coral Gables FL

“How to Basics” Program Focus

Attorneys new to the field and seasoned practitioners benefit from the program’s format of panel discussions followed by question and answer segments.

  • Chapter 7 segment on preparation of bankruptcy schedules and exemption planning, due diligence and documents for supporting exemptions, and litigation and negotiations with Chapter 7 Trustee.
  • Chapter 13 panels on starting a chapter 13 practice, interviewing client, screening clients for the MMM program, the new bankruptcy forms, means test, and Chapter 13 Trustees’ guide for attendance at 341 meeting of creditors and confirmation hearings.
  • Judges View from the Bench on bankruptcy related decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and developing case law in the Southern District of Florida.
  • Southern District Bankruptcy Clerk of Court and deputy/judicial assistant panelists on filing and calendaring tips, submission of orders, and Guidelines for Courtroom Decorum, and digital audio recording (DAR) requirements.
  • Bankruptcy Ethics panel on permissible, problematic and prohibited attorney conduct.



Registration fees support the Louis Phillips Scholarship Fund. Course materials, lunch, and parking are included in the cost of registration. Take advantage of early registration for a discounted price! We look forward to you joining us in the 26th Annual Bankruptcy Skills Workshop.

Early Registration Fee (by May 6, 2016): $290.00
Registration Fee (After May 6, 2016): $320.00
Miami Law Alumni Registration Fee: $290.00
Government Employee Fee: $25.00

Steering Committee

The Hon. A. Jay Cristol, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge Emeritus, Southern District of Florida; Barbara L. Phillips, Esq., Jerry M. Markowitz, Esq., Kelly K. Roberts, Esq., and Daniel N. Gonzalez, Esq.

All proceeds from the Workshop will benefit the Louis Phillips Scholarship Fund at the University of Miami School of Law.

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