Always Learning More
At the Law Offices of Michael Jay Berger, my associate attorneys and I are always learning more. Every month, I take educational classes on bankruptcy topics. Tomorrow, I am attending a class at Southwestern Law School with United States Bankruptcy Court Judge Neil Bason. This program has the catchy title, “Attorney Conduct and What to Do to Avoid Disgorgement and Sanctions The Interplay Between 11 U.S.C. §§329(b), 526 & 707(b)(4) and FRBP 2017 & 9011”
On February 4, 2020, I attended the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum’s Joseph Bernfeld Distinguished Speakers Dinner Program at the Wilshire Country Club, where the topic was the history of bankruptcy reorganizations in the United States.
In January, I participated in the CDCBAA’s “14th ANNUAL REVIEW OF 9th CIRCUIT DECISIONS ON BANKRUPTCY IN 2019” With United States Bankruptcy Court Judge Julia Brand. I also attended The Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Program on the new Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 and added a page to my website with highlights of this Act, which become effective on February 19, 2019: https://www.bankruptcypower.com/bankruptcy/small-business-reorganization-act/
In December of 2020, I spent 3 nights and 2 days at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes participating in the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Winter Leadership Conference. Many Judges from all over the country attended with me, including United States Bankruptcy Court Judge Catherine Bauer and United States Bankruptcy Court Judge Martin Barash. Classes that I participated in covered Litigating Issues in Health Care Cases, New Bankruptcy Legislation in 2019 and 2020, Avoiding repeat bankruptcy filings, The Ethics Challenges of Bankruptcy Chapter 13 fees, How to Negotiate and Draft Sale Documents and Pleadings, and Ponzi Schemes, EB-5 Schemes and Other Schemes in Real Estate. There was also time to socialize with the Judges, attorneys from the United States Trustee’s Office and the US Attorney’s office, and other bankruptcy attorneys.
When going to bankruptcy conferences, I like to bring my girlfriend, CPA Jennifer Liu, and my dogs, Bonnie and Clyde. Here they are at Terranea before classes begin.
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