2016-2017 OFFICERS  

 

 

President

Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark
500 East Pratt St.
Suite 900
Baltimore, MD 21202-3133
(410) 332-8797

mruark@saul.com


President Elect
Jennifer Kneeland
7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 961-5205

jkneeland@linowes-law.com

 
Secretary
Richard Costella
100 Light Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 385-3440

rcostella@milesstockbridge.com


Asst. Secretary
Gabrielle Duvall
7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 961-5264

gduvall@linowes-law.com


Treasurer
Patricia Jefferson
100 Light Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 385-3406

pjefferson@milesstockbridge.com


Asst. Treasurer
Craig Palik

McNamee Hosea
6411 Ivy Lane, Suite 200
Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 441-2420
cpalik@mhlawyers.com

 
I
mmediate Past President
Stephen Metz

DIRECTORS
Frederick Carter

David Dean

Steven Goldberg
Christina Hamilton-Eisler

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 25, 2016

 

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MVLS Needs Your Help - MVLS has been unable to keep current with the volume of low income individuals that need bankruptcy attorney representation. MVLS currently has a number of bankruptcy clients that are in need of volunteer attorneys. Interested attorneys should contact Michelle Swift, MVLS Pro Bono Program Manager at (443) 451-4068.

 

Sept. 21, 2015 Ethics Opinion Re: Pro Bono Representation of Debtors in No-Asset Chapter 7 Cases

Several months ago Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), with the assistance of Larry Coppel, asked the Ethics Committee to opine on the issue of whether it would be a conflict of interest under MRPC 1.7 (a) for a pro bono attorney to represent a Chapter 7 debtor in a no-asset bankruptcy case even though the attorney, or the attorney’s firm, represents one or more of the debtor’s unsecured creditors in unrelated matters and no waiver of the conflict is obtained. Several other jurisdictions’ ethics committees have all opined within the last few years that it would not be a conflict of interest under these circumstances since Chapter 7 bankruptcy is an in rem proceeding where the debtor and creditors are not directly adverse in the absence of an adversary proceeding. Where there is an adversary proceeding or contested matter, then a conflict waiver would be necessary for the representation.

Click here to view the MSBA Ethics Committee opinion. The Committee aligned itself with the other jurisdictions’ ethics opinions and has opined that a pro bono attorney may represent a Chapter 7 debtor in a no-asset case without a conflict waiver even though the attorney or the attorney’s firm represents creditors of the debtor in unrelated matters. Two members of the thirty member committee dissented.

 Educational Materials
 

BBA Case Reports:  the Bankruptcy Bar Association recently asked some of its members to serve as case reporters to make the membership aware of new Bankruptcy Court decisions from our district.  The case reporters are Bradley Swallow, Kristen Siracusa, Marissa Lilja, and Justin Fasano.

Click here to see recently added case summaries.

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Newest Article

 

 ABI’s Mentoring Program Seeking Mentors and Mentees, by Patricia A. Redmond, Edward T. Gavin, Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark and Timothy R. Bow, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Volume XXXIV, No. 2, February 2015. (Reprinted with permission from the American Bankruptcy Institute).

 

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Here is a link to this month's educational materials.

pushpin The BBA wants to publish original articles written by members about aspects of bankruptcy law, practice and procedure. Interested? Contact Lori Simpson, Articles Editor, at 410-468-0054.

Here is a link to our guidelines for submission and publication agreement.

 

  The contents of this Web site are for informational purposes only and are not intended to provide legal or professional advice regarding any matter.
 
 
Upcoming Events
Date/Time Description of Event

Friday,

9 Sept.

12:30 PM

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Please RSVP by

Tues. 6 Sept

Anyone who is unable to attend in person but would like to attend telephonically may call Bradley J. Swallow at (410) 659-8320

Bankruptcy Bar of Maryland, Baltimore Division,

Kickoff Luncheon Meeting

 

Speakers:

 

 - The Honorable Nancy V. Alquist Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland

 

 - Mark Neal, Clerk of Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland

 

 - Gerard Vetter, Assistant United States Trustee

 

 - Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark, BBA President  

 

Topic:  State of the Court

Location: 

   Hotel Monaco

   2 N. Charles Street

   Baltimore, Maryland 21201

6 PM

cocktails

7 PM

program

 

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Bankruptcy Bar of Maryland, Greenbelt Division, Cocktail Meeting

 

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Chapter Chairs

For information on any of the above-listed events, please contact the appropriate Chapter Chair.

Baltimore Chapter Chair
Bradley Swallow
bswallow@fblaw.com

 

Greenbelt Chapter Chair

Seth Diamond
seth@thediamondlawgroup.com

 

Baltimore Asst. Chapter Chair

Joe Selba

 

Greenbelt Asst. Chapter Chair
Lisa Stevens

 
 

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