Continuing Legal Education

The New Bankruptcy Rules and Advanced Topics in Consumer Bankruptcy

October 5, 2017
8:55 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5.50 MCLE hours

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
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Don’t miss this full-day seminar that explores the new changes to the bankruptcy rules, as well as the advanced issues you need to know when handling your next bankruptcy case. Attorneys with intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • The new Chapter 13 Plan;
  • How to present evidence in bankruptcy cases;
  • Dischargeability issues;
  • Motions to Dismiss under Section 707(b)(3) and objections under Section 727;
  • Recent student loan case law and legislative updates;
  • And much more.

Program Coordinator:
Paul M. Bach
, Bach Law Offices, Northbrook

Program Moderator:
Julia Jensen Smolka
, DiMonte & Lizak, LLC, Park Ridge


NOTE: Your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nominal fee via the registration page.



8:55 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction
Julia Jensen Smolka
, DiMonte & Lizak, LLC, Park Ridge

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  The New Bankruptcy Rules and the New Chapter 13 Plan
Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff (Ret.), Northern District of Illinois Bankruptcy Court, Oak Park

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Presenting Evidence in a Bankruptcy Case*
Join us for a mock hearing in Bankruptcy Court – complete with breaks at relevant times to discuss evidence and typical evidence issues – as we explore a Motion for Relief, stay/valuation issues, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and more.
Paul M. Bach, Bach Law Offices, Northbrook

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Motions to Dismiss 707b and 727 Issues
This segment presents an overview of U.S. Trustee motions to dismiss under Section 707(b)(3) and objections under Section 727. A general overview of the various frequently-encountered underlying issues, including budget issues, is also included.
M. Gretchen Silver, United States Trustees Office, Chicago

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.  Student Loan Dischargeability
Don’t miss this comprehensive review of recent student loan case law and legislative updates, as well as the national trends affecting student loan dischargeability.
Monette W. Cope, Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co. LPA, Chicago

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Dischargeability of Income Tax Liability, Federal Restitution Awards, and Other Monies Owed to the United States
The United States is a frequent creditor in consumer bankruptcy cases, holding a diverse portfolio of debts across its many agencies. This presentation discusses the dischargeability of federal debts in bankruptcy – with special emphasis on federal tax debt, the most prevalent of federal debts – and the sometimes surprising consequences those non-dischargeable debts have for consumers during their bankruptcies and afterward.
Michael J. Kelly, U.S. Attorney’s Office of Northern District of Illinois, Chicago