20th Annual Ethics Symposium


Bankruptcy Best Practices from the Bench and Bar

FRIDAY, October 25, 2013


8:15            Registration Opens       


8:15            Breakfast Sponsored by the Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers

   – 8:45              Atrium, South Texas College of Law


8:45           Welcoming Remarks

   – 9:00              Associate Dean John Worley, VP, Assoc. Dean, & Prof. of Law


9:00           Sanctions in Bankruptcy Court: The Fifth Circuit and Beyond

   – 9:30              Ms. Robin Russell, Houston Office Managing Partner, Andrews Kurth


9:30           Debtor’s Responsibility to Update the Court with Changes

   – 10:00             Ms. Amy Dinn, Partner, Patel Ervin


10:00          Chapter 7 Debtor’s Duty to Cooperate with the Trustee

   10:20             Ms. Rhonda Chandler, Of Counsel, Hughes Watters Askanase


10:20          Break

   – 10:30

10:30          Debtor Responsibility Panel Discussion

   – 11:10              Judge Marvin Isgur, Ms. Rhonda Chandler, Ms. Amy Dinn, and Ms. Robin Russell


11:10           The Chapter 11 Individual Debtor Out of Possession: Ethical and Practical Considerations
  – 11:40                   for Trustee's Counsel and Debtor's Counsel

                            Mr. Aaron Power, Associate, Porter Hedges, and Mr. Matthew Cavenaugh, Associate, Jackson Walker

11:40          Trustee’s Duties and Ethical Obligations in Selecting Counsel

   – 12:10             Mr. Spencer Solomon, Associate, Nathan Sommers Jacobs


12:10          Lunch Break (Treebeards)

   – 12:20

12:20          Lunch Session: Open Forum with Judge Jeff Bohm, Judge David R. Jones, and

   – 1:00               Judge Letitia Z. Paul

                           U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas


1:00            Removal of the Trustee From Office Under § 324 of the Bankruptcy Code 

   – 1:30               Ms. Theresa Mobley, Senior Associate, Cage, Hill & Niehaus

1:30            Trustee Responsibility Panel Discussion

   – 2:10               Judge David R. Jones, Mr. Matthew Cavenaugh, Ms. Theresa Mobley, Mr. Aaron Power, and Mr. Spencer Solomon


2:10             Break

   – 2:20

2:20           Ethics of Solicitation of Bankruptcy Representation

   – 2:50              Judge Karen K. Brown, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, and

                           Mr. Patrick Hughes, Partner, Haynes and Boone


2:50           Ethical Issues When Litigating Against a Pro Se Debtor    

   – 3:20              Ms. Ashley Gargour, Associate, Berg & Androphy


3:20           Action Taken When Unethical Conduct Occurs  

   – 3:50              Judge Jeff Bohm, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas


3:50           Lawyer Responsibility Panel Discussion  

   – 4:30              Judge Jeff Bohm, Judge Karen K. Brown, Ms. Ashley Gargour, and Mr. Patrick Hughes


4:30           Closing Remarks