Total Credits: 6.0 MCLE, 1.0 Ethics, 1.0 Elimination of Bias, 6.0 Kansas Credit, 1.0 Kansas Ethics
Fri, Mar 13, 2020 - 09:00a to 03:45p CDT - St. Louis, Missouri
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Moderator: Laura Toledo, Lathrop Gage, LLP, St. Louis
8:30 – 9:00 AM | Registration
9:00 – 9:50 AM | Case Law Update & Current Developments
Speakers: Hon. Kathy A. Surratt-States, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Missouri; Adam G. Breeze, Watton Law Group, St. Louis; Kathryn A. Klein, Riezman Berger, PC, St. Louis; Eric C. Peterson, Spencer Fane LLP, St. Louis
9:50 – 10:05 AM | Break
10:05 – 10:55 AM | Stay Violations & Discharge Injunctions – post Taggart
Speakers: Christopher D. Lee, Millsap & Singer, LLC, St. Louis; Sarah E. Tomlinson, Law Clerk for Hon. Charles E. Rendlen III, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Missouri; Abigail B. Willie, Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis
10:55 – 11:45 AM | New Bankruptcy Legislation
Speakers: Bonnie L. Clair, Summers Compton Wells LLC, St. Louis; Paul A. Randolph, U.S. Department of Justice, St. Louis; Thomas H. Riske, Carmody MacDonald PC, St. Louis
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM | Lunch | included with program
1:00 – 1:50 PM | Advocacy Skills
Speakers: Sonette T. Magnus, Lewis Rice LLC, St. Louis; Marshall C. Turner, Husch Blackwell LLP, St. Louis; Gary L. Vincent, Attorney at Law, Sunset Hills
1:50 – 2:40 PM | Chapter 13 Issues
Speakers: Diana S. Daugherty, Office of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee, Eastern District of Missouri, St. Louis; Corrine E. Edwards, Walters & Edwards, LLC, St. Charles; John P. Miller, Dunn & Miller, PC, Chesterfield; Bryan T. Voss, Adams Law Group, St. Peters
2:40 – 2:55 PM | Break
2:55 – 3:45 PM | #MeToo, Bias & Bullying
Speaker: Kimber H. Baro, Baro Law Firm, Florissant; Tracy A. Brown, Law Office of Tracy A. Brown, PC, St. Louis; Leonora S. Long, Law Offices of Leonora S. Long, St. Louis
3:45 PM | Adjourn
Hon. Kathy A. Surratt-States received her B.A., cum laude, from Oklahoma City University in 1988 and J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 1991. She clerked for Bankruptcy Judge James J. Barta from 1991 to 1993 and then joined Campbell & Coyne, P.C. She joined Ziercher and Hocker. P.C. in 1998 and became partner in 2000. Ziercher & Hocker, P.C. merged with Husch & Eppenberger, L.L.C., now known as Husch Blackwell where she practiced until her appointment to the Bankruptcy Court in 2003. She also served on the Panel of Bankruptcy Trustee for the Eastern District of Missouri from 1997 to 2003.
Adam Breeze is an associate attorney and has vast experience in consumer bankruptcy and related litigation. He has served as an expert witness on the duties of care required by bankruptcy counsel. He also has experience in all facets of civil litigation. Mr. Breeze received his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2007 and his undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems and Management from Park University in 2002 while on active duty in the United States Air Force. Mr. Breeze is admitted to practice in the state courts of Missouri, Illinois (provisionally), and Arizona (inactive), as well as the Eastern and Western Federal District Courts of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois.
Kathy Klein has represented creditors in all aspects of bankruptcy since 1991, primarily consumer cases. Kathy practices in the bankruptcy courts of Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and North Dakota. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and her law degree from Saint Louis University.
Christopher Lee received his law degree from Saint Louis University in 2010 and his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University. During law school he was an editor on the Saint Louis University Law Journal and was selected for publication.
Sarah Tomlinson serves as a law clerk to the Hon. Charles E. Rendlen, III for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the E.D.Mo. She received her J.D. from Saint Louis University. She is the Co-Chair for Special Projects for the ABI Veterans Task Force and a contributing author to the ABI Journal.
Abigail Willie has served as law clerk to Judge Charles E. Rendlen, III since 2006. Prior to that, she served as law clerk to Judge Raymond W. Gruender of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2005-06) and as law clerk to Judge George P. Kazen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (2000-01). She also practiced corporate insolvency law for several years at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Willie graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 2000, and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996.
Bonnie L. Clair “fixes broke” by advocating for creditors and debtors in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings, handling debtors’ and creditors’ rights matters both inside and outside of court, and counseling businesses on legal compliance, procedures, and due diligence. She speaks and publishes regularly on bankruptcy and commercial law, serves on the Missouri Bar’s Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, and sings and cracks jokes in the Lawyers Association of St. Louis’s annual Gridiron show. Outside of the law, Ms. Clair enjoys trivia, poker and food and wine. If you think that you saw her on Jeopardy! in 2006, on Who Wants to be a Millionaire in 2002, or even on Food Heaven in 2017, you are correct!
Thomas H. Riske is a partner with Carmody MacDonald P.C. He represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees and bankruptcy trustees and regularly handles all aspects of complex bankruptcies, workouts, reorganizations, debt restructuring, appellate bankruptcy litigation, and other matters related to debtors’ and creditors’ rights and remedies.
Sonette Magnus counsels clients through all phases of commercial litigation, including pre-suit evaluations, discovery, mediation, expert witness preparation, trial preparation and when advisable, trial. Sonette represents clients in courts throughout the State and Federal Courts in United States. Sonette is a former law clerk to Chief Bankruptcy Judge Kathy A. Surratt-States.
Corrine Edwards graduated from Washington University in St. Louis. She then obtained her law degree from St. Louis University. She then worked for two years as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Phelps County. Corrine returned to St. Louis to work in bankruptcy and open her law firm six years ago.
John P. Miller is a partner at Dunn & Miller. Mr. Miller practices in the areas of Real Estate, Bankruptcy, and Estate Planning. Mr. Miller represents financial institutions in matters under Chapters 7 and 13. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri, the EDMO, the SDIL.
Bryan T. Voss is an attorney at Adams Law Group in St. Peters, Missouri. He practices in bankruptcy, representing debtors in chapter 7 and 13. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
Kimber Baro received her JD degree from St. Louis University in 1984. She has been representing clients in consumer bankruptcy cases for 30 years. In 2014 she formed Baro Law Firm with her son Adam. She is licensed in the EDMO, the Eighth Circuit and the US Supreme Court.
Leonora Long is recently retired from her career as a trial attorney with the United States Trustee Program. During her tenure she served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and was a frequent lecturer at the Department of Justice National Advocacy Center. She currently is in private practice. She is the 2008 recipient of the Robert E. Brauer Award for Innovations in Bankruptcy and the 2016 recipient of the Roser Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy Practice.
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