NCBJ Announces Blackshear Fellowship Opportunities for 2014 Conference
The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges is now accepting applications for its Honorable Cornelius Blackshear Presidential Fellowships for minority lawyers who practice bankruptcy law. Click on the link below for information about Judge Blackshear, the Fellowship criteria, the application form, and other information about the program: http://www.ncbj.org/?page=BlackshearFellowship
Named after esteemed Bankruptcy Judge Blackshear (now retired) of the Southern District of New York, the fellowship program provides both waived conference registration ($900 value) and a stipend of 50% (up to a $1,500 cap) for reasonable travel/hotel expenses for five up-and-coming minority bankruptcy practitioners (with less than 10 years' experience) who wish to attend the annual conference of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and who otherwise meet the selection criteria. This year's conference will be held October 8 - 11 in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency. To view this year's conference agenda, go to http://www.ncbjmeeting.org/
The deadline for submitting an application is AUGUST 1, 2014. The correspondence and attachments in .pdf format must be sent by e-mail
Memo from the Court regarding personal devices
Order from the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida regarding possession and use of personal electronic devices in federal courthouses.
Time to Renew your TBBBA Membership for 2013/2014!
Amendments to Local Rules (Effective July 1, 2013)
The Bankruptcy Judges of the Middle District of Florida have approved new and amended Local Rules, effective July 1, 2013. For more information, Click Here.
Notice from the Court: Courthouse to close at 5:00 p.m. sharp
Due to federal government budget cuts, the courthouse must close promptly at 5:00 p.m. to prevent the incurring of overtime pay for the U.S. Marshal's staff. Therefore, all hearings (no exceptions) must be concluded by 4:45 p.m. at the latest to ensure that the courthouse is closed on time.
Hearings that are not concluded by that time will have to be continued to another date and time. Counsel are urged to meet and confer before hearings to attempt to resolve disputes consensually.
Also, in order to ensure prompt courthouse closings, Judge McEwen will set no more than ten reaffirmation hearings on each 4:00 p.m. reaffirmation hearing docket, so counsel may experience a delay in the scheduling of reaffirmation hearings.
Notice of Change in Service Procedures
Effective May 1, 2013, the Clerk’s Office of the Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court will no longer serve copies of orders to interested parties in case. With very few exceptions, it will be the responsibility of the Movant, the prevailing party, or other party as directed by the Court (“Responsible Party”) to serve copies of signed orders to interested parties and file a proof of service with the Court. For more information, Click Here.
What is the TBBBA?
The Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association has over 300 members representing debtors, creditors and trustees in bankruptcy. All attorneys who practice in the Middle District of Florida are invited to join.
The Association sponsors monthly luncheons with speakers and frequent seminars which qualify for Florida Bar continuing legal education credit. In addition, there are monthly informal consumer attorney meetings to discuss practice pointers, often with the participation of one or more of the local bankruptcy judges.
A goal of the Association is to provide its members with information necessary to the bankruptcy practice in the Tampa Division. In addition to the Cramdown, a quarterly publication, periodic e-mail messages keep the membership informed of current bankruptcy issues.
Members are actively involved in a range of projects. One project is designed to assist debtors that cannot afford attorney representation. Another is working with the judiciary and the clerk's office to promote communication and meet the needs of all parties in the bankruptcy system.
Working together, Association members have developed a camaraderie among bankruptcy practitioners in this division that is noteworthy. Please join us in this endeavor and let us have your thoughts and ideas.
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Judge McEwen's Mentoring for New Bankruptcy Lawyers
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Mortgage Modification Mediation Portal Training
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TBBBA/HCBA Joint CLE Half Day Seminar
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View from the Bench Reception and Dinner
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