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Craig Andresen

Jason Foster

Andrei Lebedev

Perry Berg

Steven Gale

Ralph Mitchell

Chad Bolinske

Bradley Halberstadt

Lee Mosher

Sara Bruggeman

Amanda Hall

Amy Norberg

John Cajacob

Mary Hoben

Steven Opheim

Julia Christians

Ruth Honkanen

Jeffrey Peterson

Katherine Constantine

Mary Jo Jensen-Carter

Charles Ries

Kenneth Corey-Edstrom

Melanie Johnson

David Runck

Mary Cox

Linda Jungers

Terri Running

Bruce Crawford

Douglas Kassebaum

Eric Sherburne

Stephen Creasey

Jasmine Keller

Jeffrey Smith

Margaret Culp

Gregory Kishel

Michael Stepan

Clinton Cutler

Faye Knowles

Patti Sullivan

James Dailey

Robert Kressel

Mikio Urano

Nancy Dreher

Connie Lahn

Lori Vosejpka

Jeremy Eiden

Jahn Lamey

Gregory Wald

William Fisher

Theodore Landwehr

Henry Wang

 

Dorraine Larison

Elaine Wright


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION

Minutes of Section Meeting May 20, 2008

A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy Section was held on May 20, 2008 at Kieran’s in Minneapolis.   Those in attendance are listed above.  Chair Clint Cutler called the meeting to order at approximately 6:12 p.m.  

A motion to approve the Minutes of the April meeting was made and passed on a voice vote.

Old Business:   None.

New Business:  Steve Creasey, Chair of the Nominating Committee, announced nominations for Section Officers. Mary Jo Jensen-Carter was nominated for Chair; Eric Sherburne for Vice-Chair; Mary Cox for Secretary; and Henry Wang for Treasurer.  A vote was held, and the slate of candidates was elected (as set forth above).

Nominations are open for an Education Chair for next year.  Interested parties should contact any Section Officer.

Report from the Court:   None.

Report from the U.S. Trustee:   None.

Pro Bono Committee Report:  Bill Fisher reported that VLN is still seeking volunteers for its debtor letter-writing program.  Mr. Fisher also moved to approve $7,500 in funding for the Pro Bono Committee for next year.  His motion was discussed then approved on voice vote.  

Bankruptcy Bulletin:  Henry Wang reported that the Bulletin is “a few issues behind.”

Local Rules Report:  Clint Cutler reported that the Standing Committee on Local Rules is continuing to make progress and will be breaking into sub-groups to address particularized area of concern.

Treasurer’s Report:  Mary Cox informed attendees of the “totally new menu” and reported that the Section remains solvent.

Educational Program:  Clint Cutler introduced the Honorable Gregory F. Kishel, who spoke on "Two Years into BAPCPA:  Current Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy Practice."
 
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:24 p.m.


James Baillie

David Galle

Stephen Mertz

Phillip Bohl

Mary Grams

Steven Meyer

James Brand

Amanda Hall

Ralph Mitchell

Sara Bruggeman

Mary Hoben

Irina Palchuk

Matthew Burton

Thomas Hoffman

Betsy Sanders

Julia Christians

David Hoiland

Jacob Sellers

Katherine Constantine

Lisa Jenks

Eric Sherburne

Mary Cox

Mary Jo Jensen-Carter

Jeffrey Smith

Stephen Creasey

Laurie Jones

Michael Stepan

Clint Cutler

Gary Kanwischer

Tom Stinson

Steven DeRuyter

Brian Kidwell

John Stoebner

Sarah Doerr

Katie Kimlinger

Mikio Urano

Michael Doty

Gregory Kishel

Henry Wang

Michelle Dove

Faye Knowles

James Whelpley

Michael Fisco

Dorraine Larison

Abby Wilkinson

William Fisher

Kent Lindquist

 

MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION

Minutes of Section Meeting April 15, 2008

A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy Section was held on April 15, 2008 at Kieran’s in Minneapolis.   Those in attendance are listed above.  Chair Clint Cutler called the meeting to order at approximately 6:10 p.m.  

A motion to approve the Minutes of the March meeting was made and passed on a voice vote.

Old Business:   None.

New Business:  Steve Creasey, Chair of the Nominating Committee, is accepting nominations for Section Officers.

Mr. Cutler announced that Bob Kalenda has organized a retirement dinner for Trustee Mike Farrell on April 24 in St. Cloud.  Contact Mr. Kalenda for more information.

Report from the Court:   None.

Report from the U.S. Trustee:   None.

Pro Bono Committee Report:  Mary Jo Jensen-Carter reported that VLN is seeking volunteers for its bankruptcy screening program.

Ms. Jensen-Carter announced, on behalf of the Bankruptcy Institute Planning Committee, that the Institute likely will be held October 6-7 at the Northland Inn.

Bankruptcy Bulletin:  David Galle reported that there should be two issues published within three weeks.

Treasurer’s Report:  Mary Cox reminded attendees to eat more chicken fingers and reported that the Section remains solvent.

Educational Program:  Henry Wang introduced Tom Stinson, Minnesota State Economist, who spoke on “The State of the Economy:  It’s Still the Stupid Economy.” 
 
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:15 p.m.


Ian Ball

Jason Foster

Mary Lockwood

William Bodensteiner

Lance Heisler

Ronald Lundquist

Chad Bolinske

Mary Hoben

Jessica McKinney

Jeffrey Bruzek

Lisa Jenks

Michael Mjoen

Thayer Butler

Mary Jo Jensen-Carter

Ryan Murphy

Sam Calvert

Thomas Johnson

Wayne Nelson

Roylene Champeax

Melanie Johnson

Steven Opheim

Mary Cox

Sara Kalis

Terri Running

Stephen Creasey

Kenneth Keate

Edward Russell

Margaret Culp

David Kelly

Eric Sherburne

Clint Cutler

Brian Kidwell

Patti Sullivan

Jeremy Eiden

Theodore Landwehr

Henry Wang

Oren Epstein

Dorraine Larison

James Whelpley

William Fisher

April Little

 

MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION

Minutes of Section Meeting March 18, 2008

            A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy Section was held on March 18, 2008 at Kieran’s in Minneapolis.   Those in attendance are listed above.  Chair Clint Cutler called the meeting to order at approximately 6:00 p.m.  

A motion to approve the Minutes of the February meeting was made and passed on a voice vote.

Old Business:   None.

New Business:  None.  Mr. Cutler informed the attendees about several relevant events including an upcoming judicial election webcast and opportunity to participate in a mock trial program. 

Report from the Court:   None.

Report from the U.S. Trustee:   None.

Pro Bono Committee Report:  Mary Jo Jensen-Carter solicited nominations for the upcoming pro bono service award.  Ms. Jensen-Carter also advised that the committee is working on a program for a clinic on representing debtor at reaffirmation hearings. 

Bankruptcy Bulletin:  Henry Wang reported that there should be several issue published shortly.

Treasurer’s Report:  Mary Cox  presented a detailed report.  In summary, the Section remains solvent.

Educational Program:  Henry Wang introduced Thomas E. Johnson and Jeff Bruzek.  The pair spoke on “Point/Counter-Point:  Hot topics in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy case under BAPCPA.” 
 
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:50 p.m.


Jim Baillie

Thomas Hoffman

Dennis Ryan

Phillip Bohl

Mary Jo Jensen-Carter

Richard Salmen

Chad Bolinske

Thomas Johnson

Betsy Sanders

Brian Boysen

Laurie Jones

Barry Schermer

Alan Brown

Linda Jungers

Jeffrey Scott

Sara Bruggeman

Douglas Kassebaum

Jacob Sellers

Julia Christians

Ken Keate

Kelly Shannon

Monica Clark

Jasmine Keller

Eric Sherburne

Katherine Constantine

Gregory Kishel

Jeffrey Smith

Ken Corey-Edstrom

Faye Knowles

Peter Stein

Mary Cox

Robert Kressel

Samuel Stern

Bruce Crawford

Connie Lahn

John Stoebner

Stephen Creasey

John Lamey

Jeffrey Streiffer

Margaret Culp

James Lodoen

Rosalie Strommen

Clint Cutler

Ronald Lundquist

Patrick Summers

Sarah Doerr

Timothy Mahoney

Deborah Swenson

Nancy Dreher

Steven Meyer

Jerry Venters

William Fisher

Ralph Mitchell

Gregory Wald

Lara Glaesman

Timothy Moratzka

Henry Wang

Stephen Grinnell

Andrew Moratzka

Cass Weil

Troy Gunderman

Steven Opheim

Jane Welch

Bradley Halberstadt

Steven Prince

Elaine Wright

Cindi Harrison

Paul Ross

Curtis Zaun

Andrea Hauser

David Runck

 

Michael Hellwich

Terri Running

 

Mary Hoben

Edward Russell

 

MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION

Minutes of Section Meeting February 12, 2008

            A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy Section was held on February 12, 2008 at The Local in Minneapolis.   Those in attendance are listed above.  Chair Clint Cutler called the meeting to order at approximately 6:05 p.m.   A motion to approve the Minutes of the January meeting was made.

Old Business:   The Section is still working on the organization of a Standing Committee on Local Rules, with an expected kick-off in March.

New Business:  None.

Report from the Court:   None.

Report from the U.S. Trustee:   None.

Pro Bono Committee Report:  Mary Jo Jensen-Carter reported advised of the Equal Justice Conference scheduled for May 6-9; interested persons should contact Jim Baillie for more information.  Ms. Jensen-Carter also reported that there will be a new program for assisting otherwise-unrepresented debtors at reaffirmation hearings, and she will be soliciting volunteers for that program soon.

Bankruptcy Bulletin:  No report.

Treasurer’s Report:  Mary Cox reported that she will have a full report next month.

Educational Program:  Clint Cutler introduced BAP Chief Judge Kressel who introduced BAP Judges Schermer, Mahoney and Venters.  The three BAP Judges spoke on “The Top Reasons You Want Your Appeal Heard by the BAP.”  The presentation lasted approximately 40 minutes and was a conversational discussion of issues involved in bankruptcy appeals.  Topics discussed included, among others:

 
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:58 p.m.

 


Craig Andresen

Mary Jo Jensen-Carter

Steven Opheim

Ian Ball

Thomas Johnson

Terri Running

Jeffrey Bursell

Erin Kaspar

Dennis Ryan

Sam Calvert

David Kelly

Eric Sherburne

Mary Cox

Brian Kidwell

Jeffrey Smith

Stephen Creasey

Katie Kimlinger

Morgan Spah

Margaret Culp

Gregory Kishel

Michael Stewart

Oren Epstein

John Lamey

John Stoebner

William Fisher

Theodore Landwehr

Patti Sullivan

Jason Foster

Dorraine Larison

Henry Wang

Mary Hoben

Jessica McKinney

Cass Weil

David Hoiland

Ralph Mitchell

Elaine Wright

 

Ryan Murphy

 

MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION

Minutes of Section Meeting January 15, 2008

            A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy Section was held on January 15, 2008.  Those in attendance are listed above.  Vice-Chair Mary Jo Jensen-Carter called the meeting to order at approximately 6:10 p.m.   A motion to approve the Minutes of the November meeting was made and approved by a voice vote.

Old Business:   None.

New Business:  None.

Report from the Court:   Judge Kishel encouraged the bar to review the proposed changes to the “no look” chapter 13 fee, before the public comment period closed on January 31.

Report from the U.S. Trustee:   None.

Pro Bono Committee Report:  Mary Jo Jensen-Carter reported that “everything is just peachy.”

Bankruptcy Bulletin:  Henry Wang reported that there will be another issue soon.

Treasurer’s Report:  Mary Cox reported that “we have money and that’s all there is to report.”

Other Report:  Mary Cox reinforced Judge Kishel’s recommendation that the bar should review and comment on the proposed changes to the “no look” fee for chapter 13 cases.  Comments may be emailed to Lori Vosejpka through January 31.

Educational Program:  Henry Wang introduced Jeff Bursell of the Hoglund firm.  Mr. Bursell spoke on “Current Monthly Income – What is the ‘I’ in CMI?.”  The presentation lasted almost 30 minutes and was a practical discussion of issues involved in determining income.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:45 p.m.

REMINDER — The February Meeting will be February 12, one week earlier than usual.

 


Craig Andresen

Michael Keyes

David Runck

James Baillie

Brian Kidwell

Terri Running

Phillip Bohl

Gregory Kishel

Dennis Ryan

Chad Bolinske

Faye Knowles

Mark Schneebeck

Julia Christians

Robert Kressel

Jeffrey Scott

Gordon Conn

Colin Kreuziger

Eric Sherburne

Mary Cox

John Lamey

George Singer

Margaret Culp

Dorraine Larison

Jeffrey Smith

Clint Cutler

James Lodoen

Morgan Spah

Nancy Dreher

Jessica McKinney

Michael Stepan

William Fisher

Steven Meyer

Mark Stephenson

Jason Foster

Andrew Moratzka

John Stoebner

David Galle

Lee Mosher

Patti Sullivan

Mary Jo Jensen-Carter

Ryan Murphy

Lori Vosejpka

Thomas Johnson

Steven Opheim

Henry Wang

Mark Kalla

Larry Ricke

Jane Welch

Douglas Kassebaum

Paul Ross

 

Jasmine Keller

James Rubenstein

 

MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION

Minutes of Section Meeting November 20, 2007

A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy Section was held on November 20, 2007.  Those in attendance are listed above.  Chair Clint Cutler called the meeting to order at approximately 6:18 p.m.   A motion to approve the Minutes of the October meeting was made and approved by a voice vote.

Old Business:   None.

New Business: 
● Mary Cox identified the members of the newly-formed subcommittee on the chapter 13 “no-look” fee (Curtis Walker, Brad Halberstadt, Tom Johnson, Lori Vosejpka, and John Hedback).  Ms Cox called for input no later than November 29, insofar as the subcommittee intends to submit its report circa December 1. 
● Clint Cutler announced that the Holiday Reception will be December 18 at The Lexington in St. Paul.

Report from the Court:   Chief Judge Dreher expressed the Court’s call for a standing committee on the Local Rules and revisions thereto.  Judge Dreher praised the standing Pro Bono Committee and opined that a standing committee on the Local Rules might overcome the “sporadic” attention the Local Rules have received historically.  Faye Knowles and Michael Stepan each volunteered.  Other interested persons are urged to contact any Section Officer.

Report from the U.S. Trustee:   None.

Pro Bono Committee Report:  Mary Jo Jensen-Carter explained that the Committee is still seeking volunteers for its letter-writing program, including for the Duluth area.

Bankruptcy Bulletin:  None.

Treasurer’s Report:  Mary Cox reported that the Section is solvent.

Educational Program:  Henry Wang introduced Gordon Conn and Michael Keyes.  Mr.  Conn and Mr. Keyes presented the educational program on "Deepening Insolvency in Minnesota: Christians v. Grant Thornton LLP."  The presentation lasted 30 minutes and was an insightful discussion and recounting of events by the two opposing counsel in the case.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:01 p.m.


Craig Andresen

Michael Hellwich

Terri Running          

Jim Baillie     

Mary Jensen-Carter 

Dennis Ryan

Sara Bruggeman

Gary Kanwischer

Richard Salmen       

Jeffrey Bursell          

David Kelly 

Leanna Sartin

Matthew Burton

Chad Kelsch

Jeffrey Scott  

Sam Calvert  

Gregory Kishel        

Jacob Sellers

Mary Cox

Robert Kugler

Eric Sherburne         

Bruce Crawford

John Lamey  

Jeffrey Smith

Stephen Creasey      

Dorraine Larison

Peter Stein    

Margaret Culp

Christopher Lenhart

John Stoebner

Clinton Cutler          

James Lodoen

Amy Swedberg        

Steven DeRuyter

Ralph Mitchell         

Kesha Tanabe

Sarah Doerr  

Mark Mrnak

Gregory Wald          

Nancy Dreher

Ryan Murphy          

Henry Wang

William Fisher         

Larry Ricke

Cass Weil     

David Galle

Michael Rosow        

Jane Welch

John Hedback          

Paul Ross


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION

Minutes of Section Meeting October 16, 2007

            A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy Section was held on October 16, 2007.  Those in attendance are listed above.  Chair Clint Cutler called the meeting to order at approximately 6:03 p.m.   A motion to approve the Minutes of the May meeting was made and approved by a voice vote.

Old Business:   None.

New Business: 
● Mr. Cutler announced that the MSBA has set up a hotline to assist victims of the recent flooding in southeastern Minnesota, and they have a need for an attorney to consult on bankruptcy issues involving mortgage loans. 

●  Mr. Cutler announced that the Minnesota Justice Foundation is holding an anniversary celebration on Nov. 15 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at International Market Square, whereat Walter Mondale is a scheduled speaker on the topic of search & seizure. 

●  Mr. Cutler reported that there were approximately 290 participants in the 2007 Bankruptcy Institute.  He solicited feedback on the past Institute and suggestions for next year’s Institute, which input may be directed to any Section Officer.  

●  Mr. Cutler welcomed Judge Dreher as the new Chief Judge.  

● Mr. Cutler reported that Chief Judge Dreher has called for the formation of a subcommittee to provide input on the chapter 13 “no-look” fee.  Mary Cox will chair the subcommittee, and is the contact person for data or comments Section member may wish to provide.  There is a Dec. 1 target date for the subcommittee’s report to the Bankruptcy Judges.

Report from the Court:   None.

Report from the U.S. Trustee:   None.

Pro Bono Committee Report:  Mary Jo Jensen-Carter explained that VLN in seeking additional volunteers for its letter-writing program.

● Judge Kressel is encouraging participation of bankruptcy attorneys in an effort in Duluth to establish a bankruptcy screening program.  A similar program may be studied for the Rochester-Mankato region. 

● Judge Kishel, on behalf of Nauni Manty, described the CARE (Credit Abuse Resistance Education) program generally.  He also described the effort to adapt and implement the program in Minnesota and solicited participation in the program.  He further solicited “school contacts” from anyone who may know a high school teacher who might be able to facilitate the CARE program’s objective to provide credit education presentations to high school students.

Bankruptcy Bulletin:  David Galle reported that the next issue in planned for mid-November.

Treasurer’s Report:  Mary Cox reported that the Section has received the annual dues income and “has money.” 

● She revealed that she orders the fare for Section meetings and solicited constructive feedback on the same.

Educational Program:  Henry Wang introduce Ryan Murphy.  Mr. Murphy presented the educational program on “Changes to the Minnesota Homestead Exemption and Other Exemption Issues.”  The presentation lasted 30 minutes and focused on exemption issues involving homesteads, retirement accounts, residence/domicile, and pre-bankruptcy planning.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:49 p.m.


Crais W. Andresen William J. Fisher Larry Ricke
James L. Bailli Lara O. Glaesman Randall Seaver
Ian Traquair Ball Jay M. Halverson Jacob Sellers
Megan Barnett Thomas E. Johnson Eric Sherburne
Sara L. Bruggeman Jasmine Keller Jay Sorlien
Sam Calvert David Kelly Peter Stein
Roylene Champeaux Dorraine Larison John Stoebner
Julia A. Christians April M. Little Patti Sullivan
Mary L. Cox James Lodoen Jeffrey Timmerman
Margaret Culp Marie F. Martin Henry Wang
Ken Corey Kelly McCormack William Wassweiler
Edstrom Clinton Cutler Steven Opheim Cass S. Weil
Sarah Doerr    


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of Section Meeting April 17, 2007

A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy Section was held on April 17, 2007. Those in attendance are listed above. President Bill Wassweiler called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m. A motion was made and seconded to approve February and March's minutes. The minutes were approved by a voice vote

Old Business: None.

New Business: None.

Report from the Court: None.

Report from the U.S. Trustee: None.

Pro Bono Committee Report: The committee representative reported on the continuing need for volunteers to write letters on behalf of VLN clients. A sign-up sheet was distributed at the meeting.

Bankruptcy Bulletin: None

Local Rules Committee: None.

Treasurer's Report: Eric Sherburne reported that the section is solvent. He also asked that meeting attendees register ahead of time, if possible, to facilitate budgeting and food ordering.

Educational Program: Randall Seaver spoke on the recent "Addison" decision and §522(o).

The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.


 

Crais W. Andresen Hon. Gregory Kishel Terri A. Running
Alan E. Brown Hon. Robert J. Kressel Jeffrey Scott
Sara L. Bruggeman Connie A. Lahn Kelly Shannon
Sam Calvert Dorraine Larison Jeffrey Smith
Julia A. Christians James Lodoen Michael J. Stepan
Mary Cox Nauni Jo Manty Patti Sullivan
Margaret Culp Marie F. Martin Deborah C. Swenson
L. Corey Edstrom Jessica McKinney Lori A. Vosejpka
Kaarin Foede Hon. Dennis O'Brien Gregory Wald
Lara O. Glaesman Steven Opheim William Wassweiler
Mary Jo Jensen-Carter Paul Ratelle Cass S. Weil
Thomas E. Johnson David E. Runck Abby E. Wilkinson


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of Section Meeting March 20, 2007


A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy Section was held on March 20, 2007. Those in attendance are listed above. President Bill Wassweiler called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m.

Old Business: None.

New Business:

CARE: Bill Wasweiller reported on the CARE (Credit Abuse Resistence Education) committee that has been working on an education program to be given to high school and college students to help them to understand credit issues. Two members of the committee, Bill Fisher and Terri Running, will be making an educational presentation to students at the University of Minnesota later this month. The committee has requested an allocation of $1,000 to pay for the printing of brochures which will be used in the presentation. Wassweiler recommended that the allocation be made in light of the fact that the section has approximately $6,000 of available funds. A motion to make the allocation was made and seconded. The motion was approved unanimously on a voice vote.

Report from the Court: Judge Kishel reported that the Russians are coming. A group of Russian Federal commercial court judges will be visiting Minnesota in June. The group will include two justices of the Supreme Commercial Court from Moscow, two regional court judges and at least one trial court judge. Judge Kishel will act as the primary host of the group, but would like the section and its members to participate in several activities during the visit. There will be a special meeting of the Bankruptcy Section on Wednesday, June 13th. The current plan is to hold it at the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis. More details will be coming out soon, and Judge Kishel encourages all section members to take part in the festivities.

Report from the U.S. Trustee: None.

Pro Bono Committee Report: Dorrie Larison reported on the current need for several volunteers to write letters on behalf of VLN clients. A sign-up sheet was distributed at the meeting.

Bankruptcy Bulletin: None

Local Rules Committee: None.

Treasurer's Report: Bill Wassweiler reported that the section has approximately $6,000.00 and is solvent.

Educational Program: Mary Cox introduced Judge Dennis D. O'Brien who spoke on the topic of electronic discovery.

At the conclusion of Judge O'Brien's presentation, the meeting was adjourned at 6:50 p.m.


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of Section Meeting February 20, 2007

Crais W. Andresen Peter C. Greenlee Urosh Piletich
Jessie Baird Jay M. Halverson S. Steven Prince
Ian Traquair Ball John A. Hedback Robert Raschke
Perry A. Berg Mary C. Hoben Larry B. Ricke
Sara L. Bruggeman Thomas E. Johnson Michael Ridgeway
Jeffrey Bursell Jasmine Z Keller Terri A. Running
Sam Calvert Robert J. Kressel Richard Schreibe
Roylene Champeaux Robert T. Kugler Jeffrey Scott
Andrea L. Cobery Dorraine Larison Kelly Shannon
Gordon B. Conn April M. Little Eric Sherburne
Katherine Constantine Ronald J. Lundquist Joseph Skokan
Mary Cox Marie F. Martin Jeffrey Smith
Margaret Culp Jessica M. Mason Patti Sullivan
Rene K. Diebold Kelly J. McCormack Deborah C. Swenson
William J. Fisher Jessica McKinney Timothy Theisen
Karen Foede Wayne Nelson Lori A. Vosejpka
Habbo Fokkena Steven Opheim Henry Wang

A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy Section was held on February 20, 2007. Those in attendance are listed above. Treasurer Eric Sherburne called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m. A motion was made and seconded to approve January's minutes. The minutes were approved by a voice vote.

Old Business: None.

New Business: None.

Report from the Court: None.

Report from the U.S. Trustee: Dorrie Larison is retiring from the Chapter 7 trustee panel. U.S. Trustee will be seeking applications for a new panel trustee.

Pro Bono Committee Report: Tom Johnson reported on the current activities of the committee and the ongoing need for volunteers.

Bankruptcy Bulletin: None

Local Rules Committee: Lori Vosejpka reported on local rules changes.

CARE: Eric Sherburne identified the new committee and invited attendees to watch for further news.

Treasurer's Report: Eric Sherburne reported that the section is solvent.

Educational Program: Bob Raschke introduced Mike Ridgeway, an attorney with the U.S. Trustee's office, who spoike on Means Testing.

At the conclusion of Mr. Ridgeway's presentation, the meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of Section Meeting January 16, 2007

Sara L. Bruggeman Julia Christians Katherine Constantine
Roylene Champeaux Ken Corey-Edstrom Mary Cox
Steven Creasey Margaret Culp Clint Cutler
Mary L. DeBates Hon. Nancy Dreher Karen Foede
Lara Glaesman Michael Gordon Troy A. Gunderson
Mary Jo Jensen-Carter Thomas E. Johnson Katie Kimlinger
Faye Knowles Hon. Robert Kressel Dorraine Larison
Christopher Lenhart James A. Lodoen Marie Martin
John McDonald Ralph Mitchell Andrew Mortazka
Jeffrey Scott Terri Running Dennis Ryan
Steven Opheim Kelly Shannon Eric Sherburn
Jeffrey Smith Laura Steadman-Jones Peter B. Stein
Patti Sullivan Henry Wang Bill Wassweiler


A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy Section was held on January 16, 2007. Those in attendance are listed above. Section Chair Bill Wassweiler called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m. A motion was made and seconded to approve November's minutes. The minutes were approved by a unanimous vote.

Old Business: None.

New Business: The MSBA is taking nominations for the David Graven Award, which awards the recipient for substantial commitment to public services. Nominations must be received by the MSBA by February 16, 2007. For more information and an application form, contact Bill Wassweiler.

Report from the Court: None.

Report from the U.S. Trustee: None.

Pro Bono Committee Report. Mary Jo Jensen-Carter reported that we are in need of volunteers to write letters on behalf of debtors. A sign-up sheet was distributed at the meeting.

Bankruptcy Bulletin: A new issue will be out on January 17, 2007.

Treasurer's Report: Eric Sherburne, the Treasurer, reported that the section is solvent. We have also implemented a new procedure of signing up for these meetings on the MSBA website. Anyone with any feedback about the new process should contact Eric.

Educational Program: The education program featured Hon. Nancy Dreher, whose presentation was entitled "New Rules (or Forgotten Old Ones) in Practice Before Judge Nancy Dreher.

At the conclusion of Judge Dreher's presentation, the meeting was adjourned at 7:00 p.m.

 


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of Section Meeting November 21, 2006

Roylene Champeaux Ken Corey-Edstrom Mary Cox
Margaret Culp William Fisher John Hedback
Mary Jo Jensen-Carter Shannon Hoagland Hon. Gregory Kishel
Thomas Johnson Adam Maier Steven Opheim
Terri Running Kelly Shannon Eric Sherburne
Michael Stepan Henry Wang Bill Wassweiler
Mary Lockwood Jasmine Keller Mark Halverson
Michael Stewart Craig Andreson Katie Kimlinger
Patti Sullivan Marie Martin Jeff Smith
Brian Boysen    


A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy Section was held on November 21, 2006. Those in attendance are listed above. Section Chair Bill Wassweiler called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m. A motion was made and seconded to approve last month's minutes. The minutes were approved by a unanimous vote.

Old Business: None.

New Business: None.

Report from the Court: Judge Kishel reported that the Court website would be down on Friday, November 24, 2006.

Pro Bono Committee Report: Mary Jo Jensen-Carter reported that Sam Calvert and Steven Opheim received the Raeder Larson Award for pro bono service at the recent Pro Bono reception. She also reported that VLN was looking for volunteers to write letters for outstate clients and to participate either in person, or by telephone, in counseling sessions at the Hennepin County Government Center. Sign up sheets for these volunteer positions were distributed at the meeting and members were encouraged to sign up to volunteer.

Treasurer's Report: Eric Sherburne, the Treasurer, reported that the section is solvent.

Educational Program: Mary Cox, this year's Educational Program chair, introduced Prentiss Cox, Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, who spoke on "An Individual's Claim for Rescission of Refinanced Home Mortgages Under the Truth in Lending Act."

At the conclusion of Mr. Cox's presentation, the meeting was adjourned at 6:55 p.m.


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of Section Meeting October 24, 2006

Roylene Champeaux Julia Christians Monica Clark
Mary Cox Margaret Culp Clint Cutler
Theresa Dykoschak Jay Halverson Mary Jo Jensen-Carter
Thomas Johnson Faye Knowles Jeffrey Klebucar
James Lodoen Sara Lommel Andrew Moratzka
Ryan Murphy Steven Opheim Michael Rosow
Kelly Shannon Eric Sherburne Michael Stepan
Michael Stewart Jonathan Strauss Andrew Urano
Bill Wassweiler Abby Wilkinson Michael Fisco
Henry Wang Hon. Nancy Dreher Jessica McKinney
Craig Andresen Chris Lenhirt Ralph Mitchell
Steve Creasey Hon. Gregory Kishel Hon. Robert Kressel


A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy Section was held on October 24, 2006. Those in attendance are listed above. Section Chair Bill Wassweiler called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m. No motion was made to approve last month's minutes because they were not attached to the notice. They will be submitted for approval at the November meeting.

Old Business: None.

New Business:

Bill Wassweiler reported that the Bankruptcy Institute went well and that the comments received today were positive. The Bankruptcy Institute committee will meet on Thursday to do a more thorough review of the Institute.

The section gave Nauni Manty, the outgoing chair, a gift certificate to Axel's Restaurant and a bottle of wine to thank her for her service.

Wassweiler also indicated that the CARE Education committee will be meeting on November 10th. Anyone interested in serving on the Committee or volunteering can contact Nauni Manty, who is chairing the Committee.

Pro Bono Committee Report: None.

Treasurer's Report: Eric Sherburne, the Treasurer, reported that the section is solvent.

Educational Program: Mary Cox, this year's Educational Program chair, introduced Judge Robert J. Kressel, who spoke on the new Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code.

At the conclusion of Judge Kressel's presentation, the meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting, April 18, 2006

Craig Andresen
Roylene Champeaux
Julia Christians
Katherine Constantine
Mary Cox
Margaret Culp
Clint Cutler
Bradley Halberstadt

Michael Hellwich
Mary Jo Jensen-Carter
Tom Johnson
Gary Kanwischer
John Lamey
Dorraine Larison
Nauni Manty
Marie Martin

Steven Opheim
Richard Raschke
Dennis Ryan
Eric Sherburne
Michael Stepan
Lori Vosejpka
Michael Weaver
Clark Whitmore

A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy section was held on April 18, 2006. Those in attendance are listed above. Section Chair Nauni Manty called the meeting to order promptly at 6:30 p.m. The March 2006 minutes were unanimously approved.

There was no old business. For new business, Ms. Manty announced that Steve Creasey is acting as the nominating committee for new section officers for next fall. Ms. Manty noted that the current officers who are willing to serve next year are Bill Wassweiller, as Chair, Clint Cutler, as vice-chair, Mary Jo Jensen-Carter as secretary and Eric Sherburne who is Education chair. Anyone else interested in serving as section officers should contact Mr. Creasey at (612) 664-5262.

Ms. Jensen Carter reported that the section was solvent. The Pro Bono Committee is seeking applications for the Raeder Larson award, to be announced in July.

A motion was unanimously approved to adjourn the meeting at the conclusion of the educational speakers remarks.

Eric Sherburne introduced George Singer of Lindquist & Vennum, who presented case law developments under the BAPCPA. A copy of Mr. Singer's written materials are attached.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:16 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Clinton E. Cutler


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting, March 21, 2006

Kurt Anderson
Craig Andresen
Brian Boysen
Kenneth Corey-Edstrom
Margaret Culp
Clint Cutler
Michael Dove
Theresa Dykoschak
Corey Eders
William Fisher
Hubbo Fokkena
Lara Glaesman
Jay Halverson
Virginia Housum
Michael Iannacone
Mary Jo Jensen-Carter

Tom Johnson
Gary Kanwischer
Jasmine Keller
Katie Kimlinger
Gregory F. Kishel
Robert Kressel
Connie Lahn
John Lameyn
Dorraine Larison
James Lodoen
Nauni Manty
Marie Martin
Jessica McKinney
Andrew Moratzka
Lee Mosher
Arleen Nand
Steven Opheim

Jessica Palmer-Denig
David Runck
Terri Running
Edward Russell
Jeff Scott
Kelly Shannon
Eric Sherburne
Pete Stein
Michael Stepan
Patty Sullivan
Lori Vosejpka
Henry Wang
Bill Wassweiler
Jane Welch
Justin Weinberg
Clark Whitmore
Abby Wilkinson

A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy section was held on March 21, 2006. Those in attendance are listed above. Section Chair Nauni Manty called the meeting to order promptly at 6:30 p.m. The February 2006 minutes were unanimously approved.

There was no old business. For new business, Ms. Manty solicited volunteers for the CARE program, which makes bankruptcy professionals available nationwide to speak and work with high school and college students regarding use of credit. Materials on the program are attached.

Ms. Manty then introduced United States Trustee Habbo Fokkena. Mr. Fokkena spoke about the need to ensure greater accuracy on the petition and schedules, and the need for trustees to spend more time and attention to the schedules in section 341 meetings. He indicated that there is an annotated set of petitions, schedules and SOFA forms available on the US Trustee Region 12 website (http://www.usdoj.gov/ust/r12/index.htm). Mr. Fokkena also noted that there is an opening for a panel trustee in Crookston, MN.

Pro Bono Committee Chair Bill Wassweiller announced that Volunteer Lawyer Networks is in need of attorneys to provide debt counseling and letter writing for pro bono clients. Those interested should contact Mr. Wassweiller ((612) 340-7973) or Bill Fisher ((612) 632-3063). Mr Wassweiler also announced that the committee is accepting nominations for the Rader Larson award, to be awarded at a reception for pro bono volunteers in July.

Treasurer Jo Jensen-Carter reported that the section is solvent.. The Chair then entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at the conclusion of the speaker's presentation. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.

The Honorable Dennis D. O'Brien, United States Bankruptcy Judge, presented the education portion of the program. His talk was entitled "On Substance and Practice of Bankruptcy Law A Few Observations." A copy of his materials are attached.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Clinton E. Cutler


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting, February 21, 2006

Amy Amundson
Craig Andresen
Jan Ball
Roylene Champeaux
Monica Clark
Kenneth Corey-Edstrom
Steve Creasey
Margaret Culp
William Fisher
Kaarin Foede
Lara Glaesman
Michael Gordon
Jay Halverson
Michael Hellwich

Michael Iannacone
Tom Johnson
Laurie Jones
Katie Kimlinger
Gregory F. Kishel
Faye Knowles
Robert Kressel
Andrea Lobany
Nauni Manty
Marie Martin
Jessica McKinney
Steve Meyer
Andrew Moratzka
Ryan Murphy
Steven Opheim

Stacie Otte
Robert Raschke
Edward Russell
Eric Sherburne
Jonathon Strauss
Jeff Streiffe
Daniel Strunk
Clarke Sugur
Patti Sullivan
Trina Swanson
Amy Swedberg
Henry Wang
Bill Wasswelier
Kristen Whelchel
Curtis Zaun

A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy section was held on February 21, 2006. Those in attendance are listed above. Section Chair Nauni Manty called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. On motion made and seconded, the Minutes of the prior meeting were approved.

New Business. Faye Knowles inquired whether anyone had experience with a small business bankruptcy case under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. Mike Gorden responded.

Judge Kishel gave a short presentation on Care - a program for high school students on credit responsibility and bankruptcy. He gave an overview and noted that the program is looking for speakers. The program provides the written materials. The speakers are asked to discuss those materials with students and give their insights. Those who are interested are directed to contact Nauni Jo Manty. A committee is being formed to care for the Care program.

Judge Kishel also discussed the developing jurisprudence on the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. Recent decisions in this district including decisions of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel are available free of charge on the Bankruptcy Court's website.

Announcement from U.S. Trustee's Office. Bob Raschke announced that the U.S. Trustee's Office is organizing a seminar for attorneys to address certain reoccurring issues with respect to the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act. The topics will likely include practice tips in compiling form 22(b) (the means test) and Congressional intent.

Pro Bono Committee Report. Bill Wassweiler announced that the pilot pro bono website went live on February 21, 2006. It is available on the Eighth Circuit's website.

Treasurer's Report. The treasurer reported that the section is solvent.

Educational Program. Eric Sherburne introduced Curtis Zaun who spoke on Student Loans - A Deal With The Devil. Curtis provided written materials and addressed the Higher Education Act scheme, its social benefits, borrower's benefits and obligations, and undue hardship. A copy of Mr. Zaun's materials are attached.

At the conclusion of Curtis Zaun's presentation, the meeting was adjourned.


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting, January 17, 2006

Jeff Butwinick
Roylene Champeaux
Julia Christians
Gordon Conn
Mary Cox
Margaret H. Culp
Bill Fisher
Habbo Fokkena
Lara Glaseman
Jay Halverson
Mary Hoben

Michael Iannacone
Mary Jo Jensen-Carter
Tom Johnson
Gregory Kishel
John Lamey
James Lodoen
Nauni Manty
Lee Mosher
Robert Raschke
Terri Running
Dennis Ryan

Eric Sherburne
M. Andrew Urano
Henry Wang
Randy Seaver
Jessica McKinney
Patty Sullivan
Kelly Shannon
Megan Blazina
Katie Kimlinger
Steven Opheim
Mike Warren

Nauni Manty called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. On motion made and seconded, the Minutes of the prior meeting were approved.

New Business:
Judge Kishel gave a short presentation on a program for high school students on credit responsibility and bankruptcy. The Minnesota Judges have met to discuss this program and ask that the Section form a committee to develop and propose presentation of the program in area high schools. Judge O'Brien will act as the judicial participant on the committee. The program includes prepared materials. Anyone interested in being on the organizing committee or in being a speaker should contact Nauni Manty.

Pro Bono - Judge Kishel announced that the Eighth Circuit pro bono web site goes active March 1, 2006. It will have links to many other pro bono providers and web sites. The Section is working with other pro bono providers to start a clinic in Moorhead. If anyone is interested, contact a pro bono committee member.
Judge Kishel also announced that Local Rule Amendments are promulgated and can be accessed on the court web site.

Bob Raschke announced that with the new legislation, the United States Trustee's Office is authorized to hire an additional paralegal (salary range: $36,000 to $77,000) and an attorney (salary range: $77,000 to $139,000). Anyone interested or knowing of anyone who might be interested should contact the United States Trustee's Office. The position is being advertised on-line and in local papers.

Treasurer's Report:
The Treasurer reported that the Section is solvent.

Speaker Randy Seaver:
Nauni Manty introduced Randy Seaver who spoke on the Minnesota Homestead Exemption - What it is and What it is Not. Randy provided materials and addressed Minnesota statutory and case law on homestead identification, area, value, disclosure in bankruptcy, and other issues.

On motion made and seconded, at the conclusion of Randy's presentation, the meeting was adjourned.



MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting, November 15, 2005


Roylene Champeaux
Kenneth Corey-Edstrom
Mary L. Cox
Margaret Culp
Clint Cutler
William Fisher
Habbo Fokkena
Lara Glaesman
Jay Halberson
Theresa Hodnett
Mary Jo Jensen-Carter

Tom Johnson
Gregory F. Kishel
John Larney
Dorraine Larison
Nauni Manty
Jessica McKinney
Andrew Moratzka
Lee Mosher
Ryan Murphy
Steven Opheim
Robert Raschke

Eric Sherburne
Michael Stepan
Brian Boysen
John Stoebner
Greg Wald
Lori Vojsepka
Patti Sullivan
Mike Stewart
Craig Andresen
James Ladoen
Terri Georgen-Running


A meeting of the MSBA Bankruptcy Section was held on November 15, 2005. Those in attendance are listed above. Section Chair Nauni Manty called the meeting to order at 6:36 p.m. by saying "Escuse me, Hello." The May 2005 minutes were unanimously approved.

There was no old business. For new business, Ms. Manty reported that the December section meeting will be held on December 20, 2005 at W.A. Frost in St. Paul. Ms. Manty also reported that the section had contributed $750 each to the Hurricane Katrina law office relief and the Legal Aid Office relief funds of the MSBA.

Judge Kishel reported on the meeting of the pro bono committee. He gave an update on the 8th Circuit website project and discussed an upcoming VLN seminar on representation of pro bono clients under the new bankruptcy legislation.

Judge Kishel also mentioned that the Bankruptcy Court has posted new local rule amendments on the Court's website and solicited comments on the rules in advance of the approval of them by the Judges. Judge Kishel also noted that proposed interim national rules were accessible through the Court's website.

Treasurer Jo Jensen-Carter reported that the section is flush, with an approximately $16,000 balance in all accounts.

A motion was then made to adjourn the meeting at the conclusion of the speaker's presentation. the motion was seconded and unanimously approved.

Bankruptcy Court Clerk Lori Vojsepka gave a scintillating presentaiton on the flood of bankruptcy petition filings leading up to the October 17, 2005 effective date of the new bankruptcy law. Her presentation was entitled "The 2005 Bankruptcy Blip." Sadly, Lori did not sing her presentation. A copy of her materials is attached.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Clinton E. Cutler


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting, May 17, 2005

James Baillie
Edward Russell
Chuck Ries
Mike Stewart
Corey Eilers
Tom Johnson
Michael Warren
Margaret Culp
Steve Opheim
Doug Paul
James Lodoen
Ruth Honkanen
Will Tansey
Marie Martin
David Galle
Laurie Jones
Henry Wang
Michael Stewart
Craig Andresen
Gregory Wald
Ryan Murphy
Bill Wassweiler
Jay Halverson
Katie Kimlinger
Drew Moratzka
Stephen Creasey
Roylene Champeaux
Michael Stepan
Kelley Shannon
Chief Judge G.F. Kishel



Steve Creasey called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. Minutes from the April 19, 2005 meeting were approved.

New Business: Creasey announced the formation of the Publications Committee to revive the Bankruptcy Bulletin. Members of the Committee were announced.

SMRLS needs volunteers to counsel debtors in St. Paul on May 21 & 24. VLN also needs 2-3 volunteers. Brad Thorsen spoke to the Section about VLN and its need for volunteers.

Judge Kishel announced that CM/ECF should be up and running sometime in late October or early November.

Committee Reports:

a. Nominating Committee – Tom Johnson announced the officer nominees for 2005-2006. The following members were elected as officers of the Section: Nauni Manty – President; Bill Wassweiler – Vice President; Clint Cutler – Secretary; and Mary Jo Jensen-Carter – Treasurer.
b. Local Rules – The Judges have revised the Local Rules to address some of the bankruptcy reform. The Bankruptcy Court will publish the revised rules for comment in a few weeks.

Treasurer's Report: The Section has adequate funds to cover all proposed expenditures for this year.

Education Program: Judge Kathleen Sanberg presented Expert Witnesses.

The meeting was adjourned around 7:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, William P. Wassweiler


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting, March 15, 2005

Ian Ball
Margaret Culp
Tom Johnson
Steve Opheim
Dennis Ryan
Michael Stewart
John Stoebner
Michael Warren
Habbo Fokkena
Doug Paul
Roylene Champeaux
Bill Fisher
Laurie Jones
Craig Andresen
George Singer
John Lamey III
Henry Wang
Stephen Creasey
Jasmine Keller
Jessica McKinney
Julia Christians
John Hedback
Ryan Murphy
Patti Sullivan
Michael Stepan
Lames Lodoen
Chief Judge G.F. Kishel
Robert Raschke
Mark Halvorsen


Stephen Creasey called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Minutes from the February 15, 2005 meeting were approved.

Committee Reports:

a. Legislative - None
b. Pro-Bono – The Pro Bono Committee reports no new business, but continues to work on the Out-state clinic programs
c. Technology – Steve Creasey announced that the Technology Committee was looking for volunteers who are familiar with the District Court CM/ECF system as well as other electronic filing venues in other states in order to make some comparisons between the systems.

Treasurer's Report: The Section has adequate funds to cover all proposed expenditures for this year.

Education Program: The United States Trustee, Habbo Fokkena, spoke on the pending bankruptcy reform legislation and its potential impact on consumer bankruptcy attorneys. He was hoping that the impact would be minimal, believing that most attorneys were already in compliance with many of the requirements of the new bill, but offered no guarantees.

The meeting was adjourned around 7:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Stephen J. Creasey


MSBA BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting, February 15, 2005

Lara Glaesman
Arleen Nand
Megan Blazina
Bill Fisher
Chief Judge G.F. Kishel
Clint Cutler
Mary Jo Jensen-Carter
Ruth Honkanen
Nauni Jo Manty
Jane Welch
Judge Robert Kressel
Bill Wassweiler
Margaret Culp
Tom Johnson
Kelly Mangan
Kelly Shannon
Michael Stepan
Jasmine Keller
Dennis Ryan
Lori Vosejpka
Dorraine Larison
David Galle
Corey Eilers
Ellen Cha
Chris Camardello
Chad Kelsch
Henry Wang
Katie Kimlinger
Doug Paul
David Galle


Nauni Manty called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Minutes from the January 18, 2005 meeting were approved.

Committee Reports:

a. Legislative - None

b. Pro-Bono – The Pro Bono Committee has agreed to pay the filing fees for the first 5 indigent debtors. Katie Kimlinger will post a notice on the pro bono website. The MSBA has agreed to host an 8th Circuit pro bono website. The Moorehead clinic is up and running.

c. Technology - Lara Glaesman announced that in the coming months, she will be gathering information on the rollout of CM/ECF in the Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota. Specifically, she will meet with individuals from the Bankruptcy Court Clerk's office to understand the differences between other CM/ECF programs and ours. The Minnesota Bankruptcy Court is combining components from the current program (ERS) with CM/ECF. Therefore, once our Court converts to the CM/ECF format, it will be a little different
from the CM/ECF programs we use in other Bankruptcy Courts. So, once the information is gathered, the Technology Committee of the Bankr. Sec. will provide a summary of those differences to our section members, as well as post it on the Bankr. Section web site.

Treasurer's Report: The Section has adequate funds to cover all proposed expenditures for this year.

Education Program: Chief Judge Gregory F. Kishel presented Doing Bankruptcy in Bosnia.

The meeting was adjourned around 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
William P. Wassweiler


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting, January 18, 2005

Jay Halverson
Steve Meyer
David Galle
Julia Christians
Corey Eilers
Ellen Cha
Chris Camardello
Ryan Murphy
Kelly Shannon
Chad Kelsch
Henry Wang
Steve Creasey
Dan McGarry
Doug Paul
Richard Schreiber

Craig Andresen
Bill Wassweiler
Marie Martin
Margaret Culp
Bill Fisher
Chief Judge G.F. Kishel
Clint Cutler
Terri Running
George Singer
Michael Stepan
John Lamey
Katie Kimlinger
Mike Meyer
Edward Russell
Lori Vosejpka
Kristen Whelchel
Gerald Workinger
Daniel Beck
Jeffrey Bruzek
Tom Johnson
Kelly Mangan
Jessica McKinney
Theresa Hodnett
Mike Kallas
Gary Underdahl
Ruth Hondanen
Nauni Jo Manty
Steve Opheim
Richard Salmen


Steve Creasey called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Since the Bankruptcy Section holiday party was held in December, no minutes were approved.

Old Business: None

New Business: Judge Kishel discussed the St. Paul Court’s pending move to Minneapolis while the St. Paul Courthouse is renovated. Judge Kishel also noted that the CM/ECF system will be fully operational this year. Eyleen Burnside attended the meeting and is the new section liason with the MSBA. The MSBA is presently looking for a section member to serve on the new MSBA Assembly. Interested persons are asked to contact Steve Creasey.

Committee Reports:

a. Legislative - None
b. Pro-Bono – Bill Wassweiler asked members to volunteer to screen potential bankruptcy candidates for the Volunteer Lawyers Network. Wassweiler also introduced two law students who are available to assist lawyers with pro bono matters.
c. (New) Local Rules – The proposed revisions to the Local Rules were submitted to the Bankruptcy Court Judges in December, 2004. The Judges will meet in February to discuss the revisions.

Treasurer's Report: The Section has adequate funds to cover all proposed expenditures for this year.

Education Program: Mike Iannacone presented Homestead Exemptions After Kipp.

The meeting was adjourned around 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
William P. Wassweiler


MSBA BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting, November 16, 2004

Roylene Champeaux
Julia Christians
Margaret Culp
Judge Nancy Dreher
Corey Eilers
Bill Fisher
Steve Heim
Tom Johnson
Chief Judge G.F. Kishel
Judge R. J. Kressel
James Lodoen
Kelly Mangan
Jessica McKinney
Daniel McGarry
Ralph Mitchell
Ryan Murphy
Ben Rust
Kelly Shannon
George Singer
John Stoebner
Michael Stepan
Gary Underdahl
Henry Wang
Michael Warren
Ruth Hondanen
Steve Creasey
Katie Kimlinger
Andrew Tofley
Kathie Constantine
Jasmine Keller
Monica Clark


Steve Creasey called the meeting to order at 6:40 p.m. The October minutes were approved. The following announcements were made: There will be a Bankruptcy Section party in December at W.A. Frost in St. Paul. More information to follow.

Old Business: None

New Business: None

Committee Reports:

a. Legislative - None
b. Pro-Bono – Committee is working on website. They need volunteers, please contact Bill Wassweiler at Rider Bennett.
c. Technology – Lara Glaesman would like ideas from people.
d. (New) Local Rules – Working on final markup on changes. After a final read-through, the rules will be presented to the judges the first or second week of December.

Treasurer's Report: The section remains solvent, but Clint Cutler is verifying the account balance with the MSBA.

Education Program: Andrew Moratzka presented In re Eveleth Mines and Extinguishable Interests Under Section 363(f) of the Bankruptcy Code

The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
William P. Wassweiler


MSBA BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting October 19, 2004


Dan Beck
Matt Burton
Chris Camardello
Kenneth Corey-Edstrom
Steve Creasey
Margaret Culp
Clint Cutler
Corey Eilers
Bill Fisher
David G. Galle
Lara O. Glaesman
Jay M. Halverson

Theresa Hodnett Ruth Honkanen
Mary Jo Jensen-Carter
Tom Johnson
Laurie K. Jones
Connie Lahn
Dorrie Larison
James Lodoen
Daniel McGarry
Andrew Moratzka
Steven Opheim
Ben Rust
Kelly J. Shannon
Eric Sherburne George Singer

Michael Stepan
Mark Stephenson
Amy Swedberg
Will R. Tansey
Gary Underdahl
Henry Wang
Michael Warren
Clark Whitmore
Patti Sullivan
Craig Andresen
David Runck
John Lamey


Steve Creasey called the meeting to order at 6:40 p.m. The May minutes were approved.

The following announcements were made:

(New) Local Rules – Chapter 13 Subcommittee has completed its work, and will forward a draft to the Local Rules Committee shortly.

David Runck presented "Chapter 11 Secured Claim Valuation: Does My Pre-Petition Security Interest Attach to Post-Petition Collateral"

The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
William P. Wassweiler


MSBA BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting May 18, 2004

Matthew R. Burton
Roylene Champeaux
Judge Steve Creasey
Margaret Culp
Michelle Dove
William Fisher
Terri Georgen
Lara Glaesman
Ruth Honkanen
Michael Iannacone
Laurie Jones
Gary Kanwischer
Jasmine Keller
Katie Kimlinger
Lorie Klein
Judge Robert Kressel
Dorraine Larison
James Lodoen
Nauni Manty
Jessica McKinney
Andrew P. Moratzka
Maria Martia
Paul E. Ross
David Runck
Michael Stepan
Jeff Streiffer
Patti Sullivan
William Wassweiler
Cass Weil
Curtis Zaun

Terri Georgen called the meeting to order at 6:45 p.m. The April minutes were approved.

The nominations committee, through Michael Dove, presented the nominated officers and the following section officers were approved. Stephen Creasey as President, Nauni Manty as Chair, William Wassweiler as Secretary, and Clinton Cutler as Treasurer.

Faye Knowles presented "Three Issues in Preference Law."

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Nauni Manty


MSBA BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting April 20, 2004

Terri Georgen called the meeting to order and the March minutes were approved.

William Wassweiler reported that the Local Rules Committee is hopeful that it will have a preliminary draft of the new proposed local rules to present to the Judges by July 2004. Roger Stagberg gave a presentation on behalf of the MSBA.

Judge Dreher went through her new calendaring system for scheduling matters on her calendar as well as the new procedures for servicing of her orders. She then presented Objections to Exemptions, Bad Faith and the Equitable Powers of the Court.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Nauni Jo Manty.


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting February 17, 2004

Steve Creasey called the meeting to order. The January minutes were approved.

Bill Wassweiler reported that the Rules Committee is still gathering comments on proposed changes to the rules and believes the Committee will have a draft by the end of March. The proposed changes would not be completed before the Bankruptcy Institute.

The treasurer, also Bill Wassweiler, reported that the section has “plenty of money”.

Habbo Fokkena presented an Update on Current Issues with respect to the U.S. Trustee's Office. The U.S. Trustee's Office is continuing to pursue civil enforcement in connection with bankruptcy cases. The District of Minnesota is fourth in the Nation for staff inquiries regarding 11 U.S.C. § 707(b) issues. A lively discussion then ensued regarding payment of post-petition attorneys' fees in Chapter 7 cases. Habbo indicated that there have been class actions brought against attorneys in connection with this practice. The case that was discussed at length was Bethea v. Adams, 2003 WL 22961377 (7th Cir. 2003). The Seventh Circuit held that the post-petition collection of attorneys' fees earned before the filing is a violation of the 11 U.S.C. § 524 discharge injunction. The claim for the attorneys' fees is fixed prepetition, regardless of whether the attorneys perform services post-petition. If the attorneys' fees are collected post-petition, they should be refunded to the debtor.

Habbo also covered concerns he has with case administration. For example, he believes the attorney who signs the petition should have actually met with the debtor. The attorney appearing at the 341 should actually know something about the case. And, some firms are using the same valuation for common items such as household goods, computers, clothing, etc. in all of their filed cases – the schedules should reflect real values.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Nauni Manty


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting October 21, 2003

Terri Georgen called the meeting to order and the September minutes were approved.

Patrick DeWane reported on the Bankruptcy Court's new fee structure effective November 1, 2003 and provided the section with a handout summarizing the fee increase.

Tom Johnson reported on the success of the Chapter 13 Office's Brown Bag Luncheon. Approximately 30 attorneys attended the October luncheon and will receive 1 CLE credit. The Chapter 13 Office intends to hold these luncheon's on a quarterly basis.

Chief Judge Kishel reported on the formation of the Local Rules Committee. A meeting is scheduled for December 2, 2003 between the committee and representatives of the AO's Bankruptcy Judges Division to discuss changes to the Local Rules in light of the new CM/ECF system. Judge O'Brien will be the judicial appointment to the committee.

Steve Creasey, Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, and Katie Kimlinger reported on the status of the new pro bono website. The site will be located at practicelaw.org.

Steve Creasey, law clerk to the Honorable Nancy Dreher, presented the educational program on the "Insider Secrets of a Law Clerk."

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by William Wassweiler


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting May, 2003

Mike Dove called the meeting to order and the April minutes were approved.

The golf outing is scheduled for June 26th, with a picnic following at Judge Dreher's house.

Mike Dove discussed the availability of a list serve option for the section.

The Pro Bono Reception is scheduled for July 22nd. At 3:00 (and prior to the reception) the Pro Bono Committee is hosting a CLE on adversary proceedings to determine dischargeability of debt. Two CLE credits have been applied for. The CLE and the reception will both be held at the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis.

The Bankruptcy Institute will be held September 22nd and 23rd at the Hyatt Regency on Nicollet Mall, with dinner at the King and I.

The nominating committee nominated the following members as officers of the section for 2003-2004. Unanimously approved as officers were: Stephen J. Creasey as Vice-Chair, Nauni J. Manty as Secretary, and William P. Wassweiler as Treasurer. This year's Chairperson is Terri Georgen (how did that happen?).

The Pro Bono Committee requested that the section approve $6,000 to fund the pro bono reception, hosting the annual CLE, and for grants to VLN and MJF. The motion was approved. The pro bono committee also reported that the $7500 award from the American College of Bankruptcy will be allocated to the pro bono web-site development and the out state debtor counseling program.
The Honorable Dennis D. O'Brien presented the education program. Judge O'Brien talked about ex parte communication with the Court regarding scheduled matters prior to hearings. Judge O'Brien also talked about the propriety of attorneys discussing a case with other judges, contact with the judge's clerks and staff, and other issues to think about.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m. Respectfully submitted by Terri Georgen.


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting April 22, 2003


Mike Dove called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. The March minutes were amended to strike the
reference to Jasmine Keller. The minutes were subsequently approved with the amendment.

Mike Dove announced that the Bankruptcy Section is seeking nominations for Bankruptcy Section Officers for 2003-2004. Steve Meyer is chairperson of the nominating committee. Nominations are to be submitted to Steve Meyer at smeyer@oppenheimer.com on or before May 9, 2003.

The Bankruptcy Institute is set for September 22 and 23, 2003. Section members are encouraged to submit questions prior to the Institute.

The Pro Bono Committee reported that it was successful in obtaining a $7,500.00 grant from the American College of Bankruptcy. Dorrie Larison was recognized for her time and effort in preparing and submitting the grant application.

The Pro Bono Committee is now accepting nominations for the annual Raeder Larson Public Service
Award. The nomination form will be circulated through the MSBA.

Nauni Manty reported that the Section remains solvent. Mike Dove reported that the Section will not
increase its section dues for the upcoming year.

Mark Halverson gave a legislative report on the pending bankruptcy legislation.

Lara Overton gave an update regarding the Technology Committee. Lara is still looking for additional
committee members.

Roylene Champeaux, Assistant U.S. Attorney, presented the education program. Roylene discussed
various items including practice tips for bankruptcy cases in which the United States is a creditor.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting March 18, 2003


Mike Dove called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. and the February minutes were approved.

The section is presently looking for a Golf Chairperson for the summer golf outing.

Judge Kishel announced that the complex case committee recommendations on procedures were accepted as modified by the Judges and is presently available on the court website under “Instructions for Filing a Chapter 11 Case”.

Section 363 sales procedures will soon be available on the website.

Review of the local rules will commence in approximately 6 months. The Judge’s anticipate some
retooling of the local rules will be necessary especially as they relate to the electronic filing requirements. Judge O’Brien will be the judicial member of the committee.

Nauni Manty reports that the section remains solvent.

The Pro Bono Reception and CLE will be held on July 22, 2003. The Reception will be held in the foyer of the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis. The location of the CLE will be announced. The topic of this years CLE will be credit card dischargeability.

The Pro Bono Committee is presently looking for volunteers for a Committee for Outstate Programs.
Interested members should contact Terri Georgen or Steve Creasey.
The Pro Bono Committee is also working on a website to offer assistance to pro bono volunteers.

An e-mail will be sent to members seeking nominations and providing the criteria for the selection of this years recipient of the Raeder Larson Pro Bono Award.

Lara Overton, Judge Kishel’s law clerk, has agreed to serve as Chairman of the Technology Committee. It is presently a committee of one. Anyone interested in serving on the Committee should contact Lara.

Faye Knowles presented the educational program on her musings on set-off and recoupment.

Jasmine Z. Keller, Chapter 13 Trustee, presented the education program on statistics in Chapter 13 cases, including information concerning the number of cases completed, converted, and dismissed.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 p.m.


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting February 18, 2003


Mike Dove called the meeting to order and the January minutes were approved.

Patti J. Sullivan, member of the Pro Bono Committee reported that the Committee has submitted a grant request to the American College of Bankruptcy. She also reported that there will be a CLE on credit card dischargability on July 22, 2003, immediately preceding the Pro Bono Reception, at the Minneapolis Federal Courthouse.

The Section remains solvent.

Jasmine Z. Keller, Chapter 13 Trustee, presented the education program on statistics in Chapter 13 cases, including information concerning the number of cases completed, converted, and dismissed.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Patti J. Sullivan.


MSBA
BANKRUPTCY SECTION
Minutes of the Section Meeting January 21, 2003

Mike Dove called the meeting to order and the November minutes were approved.

Terri Georgen, Chair of the Pro Bono Committee reported that the Committee was in the
process of requesting a grant from the American College of Bankruptcy. She also reported that
the Committee was close to completing work on the initial phase of the Pro Bono website.

The Section remains solvent.

Judge Dreher reported that Complex Case Committee’s recommendations for Chapter 11
filing instructions, after final approval by the Judges, are now posted on the Bankruptcy Court’s
website.

David Runck of Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, presented the educational program on
the case of General Electric Capital Corp. v. Sinclair (In re Dial Business Forms, Inc.), 283 B.R.
537 (B.A.P. 8th Cir. 2002) and its implications on the effect of a confirmed chapter 11 plan on a
secured creditors rights under Article 9. Mr. Runck’s presentation was well received and
prompted a lively discussion with the audience.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Steve Creasey.


Minutes of the Section Meeting May 21, 2002

Steve Meyer called the meeting to order and the April minutes were approved.

Judge Kishel reminded everyone of the October 1, 2002 electronic filing requirements, commented on Margaret Dosal, and talked about the impending visit by Russian legal professionals this summer.

The section golf outing will take place on June 11th. Judge Dreher has graciously agreed once again to host the barbeque after the golf outing at her home in Edina.

Mark Halverson reported on the status of the bankruptcy reform bill, which is still in committee with disagreement over the abortion clinic provisions.

Mike Dove gave an update on the pro-bono committee. A creditor counseling clinic will be held in Duluth this fall.

Kathy Constantine reported on the status of the Large Case Committee, which has submitted a report to the bankruptcy judges for review. Judge Kishel will be speaking on this topic at the institute.

The section has less money in its account than at the beginning of the year.

The nominating committee recommended the following slate of officers for 2002-2003: Mike Dove, Chair; Terri Georgen, Vice-Chair; Steve Creasey, Secretary; and Nauni Manty, Treasurer. A motion to approve the slate of officers was approved.

Frank McGill gave the educational presentation on the treatment of bankruptcy fraud by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Terri Georgen.