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Bankruptcy Law

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Overview

The Bankruptcy Law Section allows solo and larger-firm practitioners from the consumer and business bankruptcy worlds to connect, share experiences, and explore evolving legal issues. The Section sponsors the popular Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference each spring and a variety of community service opportunities throughout the year.

Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference

Recently celebrating the 25th year of this annual conference, the Section has produced a history of this notable program.

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M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program

Through this program, the Bankruptcy Section, in collaboration with the United States Bankruptcy Court, teaches high school students about the importance of making informed decisions regarding their finances.

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Chapter 7 Pro Bono Initiatives

The Bankruptcy Section facilitates trainings throughout the year, providing volunteers with the fundamentals of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy law.  Recent trainings were developed in anticipation of an increased need for volunteer attorneys due to COVID related bankruptcy filings.

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The Charles P. Normandin Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation

Established in 2006 to support the Boston Bar Association’s bankruptcy-related public service projects, the Normandin fund most notably supports the operational expenses of the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program.

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Section Leadership

Morgan Nighan

Morgan Nighan

Section Co-Chair Nixon Peabody LLP
Kathleen R. Cruickshank

Kathleen R. Cruickshank

Section Co-Chair Murphy & King, P.C.
David A. Mawhinney

David A. Mawhinney

Public Policy Co-Chair Bowditch & Dewey, LLP – Framingham
Marcella Alvarez Morgan

Marcella Alvarez Morgan

Bankruptcy Public Service/ Veterans Initiatives Committee Ch Sherin and Lodgen LLP
James Britton

James Britton

New Lawyers Co-Chair ArentFox Schiff LLP
Andrew C. Helman

Andrew C. Helman

Finance Co-Chair Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
Christine E. Devine

Christine E. Devine

Education & Bench Bar Law Office of Christine E. Devine LLC
Michael E. Jusczyk

Michael E. Jusczyk

Communications Co-Chair Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Marcus E. Pratt

Marcus E. Pratt

Consumer Bankruptcy Committee Chair/Co-Chair Korde & Associates, P.C.
John Edward Murray

John Edward Murray

Bankruptcy Finance and Business Committee Chair/Co-Chair Nixon Peabody LLP
Kate Elizabeth Nicholson

Kate Elizabeth Nicholson

Bankruptcy Public Service/ Veterans Initiatives Committee Ch Nicholson P.C.
John F. Sommerstein

John F. Sommerstein

Consumer Bankruptcy Committee Chair/Co-Chair Law Offices of John F. Sommerstein
Tristan G. Axelrod

Tristan G. Axelrod

Bankruptcy Diversity, Inclusion and Membership Committee Cha Brown Rudnick LLP
John G. Loughnane Esq.

John G. Loughnane Esq.

M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Committee Chair/Co-Cha Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Jessica Hopton Youngberg Esq.

Jessica Hopton Youngberg Esq.

Financial Literacy Co-Chair U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Hanna J. Ciechanowski

Hanna J. Ciechanowski

Membership and Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair Locke Lord LLP
Ryan Kelley

Ryan Kelley

Communications Co-Chair Pierce Atwood, LLP – ME Office
Justin Kesselman

Justin Kesselman

Bankruptcy Public Policy Committee Chair/Co-Chair ArentFox Schiff LLP
Richard L. Levine

Richard L. Levine

Bankruptcy Public Policy Committee Chair/Co-Chair Sassoon & Cymrot, LLP
Carlos Loredo

Carlos Loredo

Education & Bench Bar Co-Chair Cambridge Public Schools
Nina M. Parker Esq.

Nina M. Parker Esq.

At-Large Strategic Thought Leadership Parker & Associates LLC
Joan N. Feeney (Ret.)

Joan N. Feeney (Ret.)

Bankruptcy Strategic Thought Leadership Committee Chair/Co-C JAMS
Kate P. Foley

Kate P. Foley

Bankruptcy Communications Committee Chair/Co-Chair Mirick O'Connell – Worcester Office
Donald R. Lassman

Donald R. Lassman

Strategic Thought Leadership Co-Chair Law Office of Donald R. Lassman
Jacob T. Simon

Jacob T. Simon

Consumer Co-Chair Simon Law
Marc Tetreault Jr.

Marc Tetreault Jr.

At-Large New Lawyers/New Lawyers Forum Liaison Goodwin Procter LLP
Lynne Xerras

Lynne Xerras

Bankruptcy Finance and Business Committee Chair/Co-Chair Holland & Knight LLP

Past Bankruptcy Law Events

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