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MSBA Bankruptcy Section
Annual Report
2011 - 2012

Section Membership
As of June 1, 2012, the Bankruptcy Section has 491 members.  This is an increase of 3 members since July 1, 2011.

Financial Status
The Bankruptcy Section has three accounts:  general section, pro bono, and pro bono – American College. 

On April 30, 2012, the balance, including investments, for each account was:

$6,285.42 General Section Account
$10,205.62 Pro Bono Account
$2,911.14 Pro Bono Account – American College

Continuing Legal Education Programs and Social Events
The Section hosted seven CLE programs.  In addition to the monthly CLEs, a holiday reception was sponsored in December.

Program Title

Date

Event Code

Credits

# of Attendees

Judge Kressel: Celebrating 30 Years of Service and Departing Words from the Bench

5/22/12

N/A

0

97

Preview of MN CLE’s Bankruptcy Practice in Minnesota Deskbook: Jurisdictional Issues

4/17/12

166534

1.0

52

Issues Regarding Effective Chapter 13 Lien Stripping

3/20/12

165711

1.0

72

Tips and Tricks for Attorneys Newer to Bankruptcy Practice

2/21/12

164001

1.0

46

Hidden Liens and the Search for First Priority: Select Issues Under the UCC and Other Applicable Law for the Bankruptcy Lawyer

1/17/12

163532

1.0

55

Holiday Social

12/20/11

N/A

N/A

62

Upcoming Amendments to Federal Bankruptcy Rules and the Bankruptcy Practice Committee’s Recommendations for Changes to Local Rules

11/15/11

161356

1.0

76

Changing Priorities and Role of the United States Trustee and Updated Procedures for Means Test Review

10/18/11

160660

1.0

79

Establishing Effective Attorney-Client Relationships with Low-Income Clients & Ethical Considerations and Challenges of Representing Debtors at the Intersection of Family Law and Bankruptcy Law

7/19/11

157945

1 EOB
1 Ethics

45

Legislation and Amicus Briefs
The Section did not submit legislative proposals or amicus briefs in the 2011 - 2012 term.

Annual Meeting and Election Results
The Section’s annual meeting and elections were held on May 22, 2012 at Kieran’s Irish Pub.  The following individuals were elected to serve as Section officers in 2012 – 2013:

David Galle (Chair)
Henry Wang (Past-Chair)
Jessica McKinney (Vice-Chair)
Ryan Murphy (Secretary)
Amy Swedberg (Treasurer)

After the annual meeting, Judge Robert J. Kressel shared his insights and experience and provided some departing words on the eve of his retirement and transition to part-time recall status.

Other Section Accomplishments: None 

Submitted By:  Henry Wang, Section Chair

 

Bankruptcy Law Section
2010-11 Annual Report

Section Membership
As of June 16, 2011, the Bankruptcy Section has 497 members.  This is an 8% increase in membership since July 1, 2010.

Financial Status
The Bankruptcy Section has three accounts:  the general account, the pro bono account and the American College grant account.  The American College grant account contains the funds that have been received as grants from the American College of Bankruptcy Judges.  The pro bono account contains the funds that have been designated for the use of the Pro Bono Committee pursuant to the annual budget requests and approvals made to and by the Section.  The general account contains the balance of the funds held by the Section.  The MSBA actually controls the accounts at the direction of the Section officers.  The Section Treasurer designates the particular account from which to pay expenses and disbursements.  This year an informal audit was performed to reconcile the account balances, and certain corrective transfers were requested in June.  Upon completion of same, it is anticipated that the general account balance will be less than $10,000. A certain amount of funds must be held in reserve at year end for two reasons:  (a) in July, the Section incurs a major expense, namely the hosting of the annual reception for the pro bono volunteers, with said expense requiring payment prior to the Section’s receipt of annual dues; and (b) a general reserve to cover the following year’s expenses in the event that annual dues revenues for the year decreases so that revenues are insufficient to fund the expenses budgeted for the year.

Continuing Legal Education Programs and Social Events
The Section hosted eight CLE programs in fiscal year 2010-11.  In addition to the Section’s monthly CLEs, a holiday reception was sponsored in December.

Program Date

Program Title

CLE Event Code and Credit

# of Attendees

7/20/2010

That's the Stuff You Got to Watch: Avoiding Missteps in Representing Chapter 7 Consumer Debtors

147563; 2.0 Standard

45

9/21/2010

Moving Receivership Law and Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors from the Nineteenth Century to the Twenty-First Century: A New Comprehensive Statute

148744; 1.0 Standard

44

11/16/2010

The Code is Only the Beginning: Consumer Bankruptcy Practice in the Trenches

150704; 1.0 Standard

71

12/7/2010

Holiday Reception

NA

55

1/18/2011

Trustee Communications with Debtors

152063; 1.0 Ethics

76

2/15/2011

Retention Issues in Representing Debtors in Possession and Trustees

153216; 1.0 Ethics

39

3/15/2011

To Vest or Not to Vest: Post-Petition Property in Chapter 13

153657; 1.0 Standard

65

4/19/2011

The Foreclosure Crisis: Current Realities in Foreclosure Defense

155026; 1.0 Standard

61

5/17/2011

Until Debt Do Us Part

156072; 1.0 Standard

78

Legislation and Amicus Briefs
The Section did not submit any legislative proposals or amicus briefs in the 2010-11 term.  The historical practice of the Section is to remain neutral on such matters.

Annual Meeting and Election Results
The Section’s annual meeting and elections were held on May 17 at 5:30 p.m. at Kieran’s Irish Pub in Minneapolis, MN.  The Section conducted a brief business meeting and the election of Section officers for 2011-12 (see below).  After the business meeting and elections, a CLE, “Until Debt Do Us Part” was presented.  There were 78 attendees at the annual meeting.

The following individuals were elected to serve as Section officers in 2011-12: David Galle was elected to be Vice Chair; Jessica McKinney was elected to be Secretary; and Ryan Murphy was elected to be Treasurer.

The following individuals automatically succeeded to the noted offices per the Section Bylaws:  Mary Cox succeeded to Past Chair, and Henry Wang succeeded to Chair. 

Submitted By:
Mary Cox, Section Chair


2000-2001 Annual Report

The Bankruptcy Section was very active during the past year in several different arenas. The activities included the following:

Early in the year one of our solo practitioner’s died suddenly at a young age. This prompted the Section to address the ethical and practical issues surrounding the death of a solo practitioner at one of its monthly meetings. As a result of this work, a committee was formed at the MSBA to address some of these concerns.

The Section sponsored the annual Bankruptcy Institute which was attended by over 250 registrants. The institute speakers included Bankruptcy Judges from four other states as well as the local Bankruptcy Judges.

The Pro Bono Committee of the Section created several new programs to serve the disadvantaged. Those programs included representation in adversary matters, debtor-creditor counseling programs in the twin cities and the out state, and a program to use students from the Minnesota Justice Foundation to assist in pro bono work. As a result of the Committee’s work over 60 volunteers worked on pro bono projects this year. The Section hosted a reception in July to honor all of those members who have worked on pro bono projects this year.

The Section continued its tradition of monthly educational dinner meetings. The topics of these presentations were varied and included discussions on tax issues, rules, case law updates and others.

Dorraine A. Larison
Chairperson


MSBA Bankruptcy Law Section
1996-97 Annual Report

The Bankruptcy Section was active in the last year in the educational and legislative areas. The Bankruptcy Section drafted and sponsored legislation, which was eventually enacted into law, allowing municipalities to seek the protection of the Bankruptcy Code. The Bankruptcy Section continued its tradition of monthly educational dinner meetings with the highlight of the year being the 1996 Bankruptcy Institute. The Bankruptcy Institute was attended by over 250 registrants. National speakers along with top speakers from around the state participated. All four Minnesota bankruptcy judges participated in the Institute, which included mock hearings on four different motions in a bankruptcy case.

The section has continued its commitment to pro bono activities including funding its pro bono program. The section will also sponsor a reception for a number of bankruptcy judges from around the country who will be attending a conference in Minneapolis in July.

Molly T. Shields,
Chairperson

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