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D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Training: Bankruptcy Training for Pro Bono Attorneys, Virtual 2 Part Series (Pre-Approval Required)

October 1 - 8, 2020
NOTE: All Trainees must be APPROVED before registering for this training. We thoroughly evaluate and interview each applicant. Priority acceptance of applicants will be given to those with bankruptcy law experience. Please find the application instructions below. You are not permitted to register for the training if you have not been approved.
Whether in good or bad economic times, personal financial crises can strike, and bankruptcy can provide a means to successfully address the situation.  Every year, hundreds of people in the District of Columbia, along with innumerable small businesses, seek protection under the bankruptcy laws while they figure out how best to address their difficult circumstances.
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 prepares attorney volunteers to provide much-needed legal representation to Chapter 7 debtors through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Bankruptcy Clinic.
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
Format of the Training
This training will incorporate pre-recorded training videos and two Zoom video calls to train volunteer attorneys in bankruptcy matters.
 1) Upon approval, trainees will receive a two-part pre-recorded training series totaling eleven (11) hours. Trainees will also receive an extensive training manual and volunteer handbook. These training videos are the core of the training and can be completed at your own pace. It is highly recommended to watch Part 1 prior to the first call and Part 2 prior to the second call.
2) On October 1 and October 8, we will host live training calls with our speakers from the pre-recorded trainings. The speakers will discuss new updates to bankruptcy law and trainees will have the opportunity to ask questions related to each part of the training.
3) The training Q&A call for Part 1 will be on Thursday, October 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Part 2 will be on Thursday, October 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Trainees are required to watch the entire 2-part pre-recorded training AND participate in both calls. Call-in information will be distributed to approved applicants.
4) Following the training, trainees will fulfill their pro bono requirement of two referrals through the Pro Bono Center’s Bankruptcy Clinic.
Important Information: 
  • This training series is appropriate for attorneys and attorney/paralegal teams (paralegals must attend with an attorney). 
  • No particular expertise is required to participate, but all volunteers must complete the entire training before participating in the Pro Bono Center's Bankruptcy Clinic.Volunteers from firms that represent major banks, credit card companies, and other common creditors should contact the Pro Bono Center for more information before registering for this training.
  • Training participants must agree to accept two pro bono referrals from the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Bankruptcy Clinic within twelve (12) months after completing the training.
  • Attorneys must be admitted to practice before the highest court of any state and must be willing to file a certificate saying that the attorney is providing representation without compensation.
  • Malpractice insurance is provided by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center for cases referred through the Bankruptcy Clinic.
  • Pro Bono Center trainings are not MCLE-accredited.
To apply:
1) Please visit Survey Link to complete the volunteer application; AND
2) Email your resume with subject line “BANKRUPTCY APPLICATION” to BankruptcyClinic@dcbar.org by September 18, 2020.
3) We will contact all applicants for a short phone interview.
4) If you are approved to attend the training, you will be notified via email by September 25, 2020.
5) You are NOT permitted to register for the training until you have been APPROVED.
Sponsors: American College of Bankruptcy and the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation
Co-sponsors: D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Bankruptcy Clinic; Antitrust & Consumer Law Community; Corporation, Finance & Securities Law Community; D.C. Affairs Community; Litigation Community
If you have any questions, please contact Alison Percich, Training and Volunteer Specialist, at probonotraining@dcbar.org.

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