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Learning to Litigate in Bankruptcy Adversary Proceedings (March Madness)
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When: Monday, March 2, 2020
9:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Where: State Bar of GA, Room 3
104 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, Georgia  30303
United States
Contact: (404) 521-0781

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3 CLE Hours, including 1 Professionalism 


About The Program:

The Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association operates a pro bono program that matches volunteer attorneys with qualified litigants in bankruptcy adversary proceedings.  The program serves both plaintiffs and defendants, who are parties to adversary proceedings pending before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia.  The basic mechanics of the program are straightforward.  The Bankruptcy Judges of the Northern District identify pro se parties in adversary proceedings who may benefit from pro bono representation.  Those parties are referred to the program's administrator who in turn refers interested parties to a volunteer attorney. Notably, participation in the program can provide opportunities for younger lawyers to gain experience managing clients, managing cases, preparing for trial and trying cases.


Participation in the program does not require extensive knowledge of bankruptcy law. Volunteers who do not regularly represent litigants in bankruptcy adversary proceedings are encouraged to attend this program, although no formal training is required. This CLE includes an overview of bankruptcy court jurisdiction, rules of procedure applicable in adversary proceedings and substantive issues typically arising in adversary proceedings in individual bankruptcy cases, including determining the dischargeability of particular debts and violations of the automatic stay and discharge injunction.


Registration Fees:

Atlanta Bar Members: $50

Non-members: $110

Law Student Members: $5

Law Student Non-Members: $10

Legal Support Staff: $5


Register for three Pro Bono March Madness CLE Programs and save $20! (must use the below registration form when registering for multiple CLE events)

Atlanta Bar Members: $130; Non-members: $310


Non-Members must register via THIS registration form





Gregory M. Taube, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
John Mills, Taylor English Duma LLP

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Registration & Check-in

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Bankruptcy Litigation Procedure and Nuances
• Overview of Rules of Procedure
• Procedural Nuances of Bankruptcy Litigation (Differences from Civil Court)
• Jurisdiction
• Core and Non-Core Claims

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Adversary Proceedings – Discovery, Evidence, Settlements
• Differences Between Adversary Proceedings and Contested Matters
• Unique Rules for Service of Process in Bankruptcy Court
• Drafting Pleadings
• Discovery Procedure

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Introduction to Contested Matters and Dischargeability Actions
• Relief From Stay
• Objections to Confirmation
• Dismissal of Bankruptcy Case
• Violation of the Automatic Stay or Discharge Injunction
• Objections to Discharge Under 727
• Dischargeability Actions Under 523
• Focus on Dischargeability of Student Loans

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM BREAK

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Reaffirmation Agreements
• The Reaffirmation Project
• Overview of Reaffirmation
• The Debtor’s Three Options
• Advising Debtors as to Pros and Cons of Reaffirmation

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Volunteering to Assist Pro Se Debtors in Bankruptcy


Bring a non-member to this event at the Section Member price and get entered into a drawing for multiple prizes, including free membership, discounts to area attractions and restaurants, and more! Visit the Atlanta Bar 2 for 2 webpage for rules and more information. Use #ATLBar2for2



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