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Richard Prosser

We are sad to report that Richard Prosser passed away on Sunday October 8, 2017. Dick was a founding board member of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Association, and served as president from 1990-1991. Dick was diagnosed earlier this year with an incurable progressive pulmonary condition, which had advanced to respiratory failure. He passed peacefully in his sleep as a result.

Dick served as law clerk to Judge Paskay. He was a solo practitioner until he joined Stichter Riedel (later renamed Stichter Riedel Blain & Prosser) in 1990. Dick retired in 2015. He is survived by his sons Damien and Emerson, and three granddaughters. As those of us who knew him well can attest, he was personable, dynamic, witty, and formidable in the courtroom. He will be missed.

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CRAMDOWN, Fall 2017.

Pro Bono Opportunities

The Pro Se/Pro Bono Clinic has been very successful because of the assistance of all our volunteers.  One of the upgrades to the clinic is that the creation of a new email account for the Pro Bono Clinic with links to the sign-up sheet.  Now the sign-up sheet is in one location for everyone to reach and sign up for time slots.  Thank you for all your help and dedication. The Pro Se Assistance Clinic has been very successful because of the assistance of all our volunteers. To sign up, click the links below:

November 2017 sign up |  February BALS Cases

This website allows you to place a check by the date and time slot you would like to volunteer for, go to the bottom of the page to click “Submit & Sign Up”, and then enter your name and email address. You do not have to create an account.

Florida Pro Bono Matters
Finding just the right pro bono case is now a snap – or at least just a couple of clicks – thanks to a new interactive website funded by The Florida Bar Foundation. Search through available pro bono matters by filtering for subject matter and locale. When you find the right opportunity, fill in your information and submit. The posting organization will then contact you with more information. It’s really that simple.
https://thefloridabarfoundation.org/florida-pro-bono-matters/

CARE Opportunities 

With the new school year now underway, we are actively seeking opportunities to present our new CARE materials here in the Tampa Bay area.  If you know of a school or other group who would be a good audience for the CARE message, please let Brad deBeaubien know and he will be glad to reach out to set up a presentation.

From HCBA

Military Veterans Affairs Committee assists Tampa Bay’s military and veterans in legal matters.  Lawyers can sign up to do pro bono or reduced fee cases for vets. The committee is in need of bankruptcy attorneys.

Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice

The Judges of the Middle District of Florida have revised the Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice.  Attached for your review is a copy of the now operative Civil Discovery Handbook.  The Civil Discovery Handbook is also available for download on the Court’s website, located at www.flmd.uscourts.gov. Download the file 

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.