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D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program Bankruptcy Training for Pro Bono Attorneys: Two-Part Series

Friday June 07

  • By: D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • Location:
    D.C. Bar Conference Center
    1101 K Street, NW
    First Floor
    Washington, DC
  • Contact:
    Ally Amerson
    D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program
    (202) 737-4700 ext. 3360

Please join us for a two part training on bankruptcy for pro bono attorneys!

Wednesday, June 5 and Friday, June 7, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (both days)
D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, First Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005

For working people who live paycheck-to-paycheck, a prolonged illness or a layoff can mean financial disaster, despite the most careful budgeting. Between 2006 and 2012, 75% more personal bankruptcy petitions were filed in the District of Columbia, a significant portion of which are 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 is designed to prepare attorney volunteers to provide much-needed legal representation to Chapter 7 debtors through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program's Bankruptcy Clinic.

The 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

Please note that participants must attend both sessions and agree to accept two pro bono referrals from one of the sponsoring organizations. Malpractice insurance is provided by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program Bankruptcy Clinic. No particular expertise is required to participate. The training is not MCLE accredited.

Cost of Attendance: $25.

Registration: Click here to register.

Support for this training is provided by the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation. The training is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Legal Network, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program Bankruptcy Clinic and the Legal Counsel for the Elderly, with the Antitrust and Consumer Law Section, the Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section, the D.C. Affairs Section and the D.C. Bar Litigation Section.

If you have any questions about our Training Program, please contact Ally Amerson at (202) 737-4700, extension 3360.


Thanks to PBN Sponsors:

  • Practising Law Institute

Visit the DC Consortium of Legal Services Providers site to learn more about the Consortium and its member organizations.


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D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center