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Bankruptcy Issues for Superior Court Judges

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm UTC


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Taught by two U.S. Bankruptcy Court judges and two Superior Court judges, this evening program for both new and experienced Superior Court judges will focus on the intersection of bankruptcy law and Massachusetts state law. In addition to learning various general bankruptcy fundamentals, judges will gain a better understanding of the effect of a bankruptcy proceeding on an action pending in Superior Court, learn how to verify the status of a bankruptcy, and learn how to best manage different bankruptcy-related scenarios in the courtroom.

Chief Judge Christopher J. Panos, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Judge Frank J. Bailey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Judge Maynard M. Kirpalani, Superior Court
Judge Brian A. Davis, Superior Court

Program topics:

  • The various types of bankruptcy relief (Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13), and definitions of standard bankruptcy terms such as “claim,” “automatic stay,” “adversary proceeding,” “discharge” and “dismissal”;
  • The typical players in a bankruptcy proceeding, including the debtor, the debtor-in-possession, the creditors, and the creditors’ committee;
  • The respective roles of the Bankruptcy Court Judge, the Case Trustee, the U.S. Trustee, and the Examiner;
  • A chronology of typical proceedings in Chapter 7, 11, and 13 actions;
  • Automatic stay issues;
  • Discharge issues; and
  • Typical post-bankruptcy issues.

Time will be allotted for a Q&A session with the panelists. In addition, every attending judge will receive, courtesy of the American Bankruptcy Institute, a complimentary copy of “Bankruptcy Issues for State Trial Court Judges (Fourth Edition),” a valuable reference guide that covers the 2005 amendments to the Bankruptcy Code and important bankruptcy concepts, such as property of the estate, claims, bankruptcy stays and injunctions, dischargeability, and criminal proceedings.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019
5:30pm - 7:30pm UTC
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