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TBBBA is now on social media. Stay in touch on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @tampabaybba

Reappointment of Catherine Peek McEwen, United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Middle District of Florida at Tampa. Read the notice

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CARE Program Training Session Postponed

The CARE Program training session that was previously announced for September 28 has been postponed. The ABI will soon be releasing a new CARE slideshow and, once released, the training session will be rescheduled.

Congratulations to Russ Blain, debut recipient of Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association’s highest honor, the McClurg Award. The McClurg recognizes those attorneys who have demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding effectiveness in the presentation of matters to the Bankruptcy Court; a reputation for thorough preparation; civility and courtesy to opposing counsel; appropriate courtroom demeanor; ethical conduct and professionalism at the highest level; and long-term service to the bankruptcy bar.

Latest Cramdown

CRAMDOWN, Winter 2017.

Pro Bono Opportunities

Below is the link to reach Sign Up Genius for anyone interested in volunteering at the Tampa Bay Bar Association Pro Bono Clinic for the month of September.    The clinic is open Monday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m..

Should anyone have a question, please feel free to contact Robert M. Geller at rgeller@robertgellerlaw.com or by phone at 813 254-5696.   Thank You!

December sign up link

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.