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

January 15 - 17, 2019

Training Fee: $35


Bankruptcy Training for Pro Bono Attorneys: 2-Part Series (Pre-Approval Required)


Part 1 - Tuesday, January 15, 2019 

Part 2- Thursday, January 17, 2019 

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)


NOTE: All Trainees must be APPROVED before registering for this training. Please find the application instructions below! 


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 


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 attend 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 Pro Bono Center's Bankruptcy Clinic within twelve 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 Pro Bono Center for cases referred through the Bankruptcy Clinic.


Pro Bono Center trainings are not MCLE-accredited.


Coffee and refreshments will be provided by the Pro Bono Center. Participants are welcome to bring breakfast and/or lunch along with them to the training sessions.




To apply:

1) Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5YTP7VV to complete the volunteer application AND

2) Email your resume with subject line “BANKRUPTCY APPLICATION” to BankruptcyClinic@dcbar.org by Wednesday, December 19th.  

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 Friday, January 4th.

5) You are NOT permitted to register for the training until you have been APPROVED.


Pro Bono Training Refund Policy: Please note that we are unable to provide refunds. If you have registered for a training with the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center and are unable to attend, we do permit to someone else from your organization or firm to attend the training in your place with 24 hours of prior notice. Registration fees cannot be applied to future trainings. Please direct any questions or comments to ProBonoTraining@dcbar.org.


Sponsors: American College of Bankruptcy and the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation


Co-Sponsors: Antitrust & Consumer Law Community; Corporation, Finance, & Securities Law Community; Litigation Community; Catholic Charities Legal Network; Legal Counsel for the Elderly


If you have any questions about this training, please contact Kathy Lugo, Communications Specialist, at klugo@dcbar.org or (202) 780-2735. 



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