2014 NorthLegal General Bankruptcy Conference: Conference Details

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About the General Conference

The NorthLegal General Bankruptcy Conference is designed to provide participants of all experience levels with specific, detailed, and understandable information and strategies they need to analyze bankruptcy filings, to comply with bankruptcy law requirements so that their financial institution is not sanctioned or otherwise penalized, and to aggressively act to protect their financial institution's interests to the extent bankruptcy law allows.

At the conference, those new to bankruptcy or who have moderate experience will develop an understanding of basic and intermediate concepts to prepare them to have case handling authority at their financial institution. Experienced bankruptcy analysts will learn advanced skills and techniques that will allow them to obtain the maximum recovery for their financial institution.

During the conference, participants learn about and discuss:


Monday (8/11) 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch included
Tuesday (8/12) 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
Wednesday (8/13) 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
Thursday (8/14) 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Registration Fee

Until June 27, 2014, the early registration fee is $675.00. From June 28 until July 18, 2014, the registration fee will be $750.00. Registrations received after July 18 will be accepted at the rate of $825.00.

To register, click here.


There are no experience-level prerequisites for this program. The NorthLegal Bankruptcy Conference curriculem is open to everyone from those with little knowledge of the consumer bankruptcy process to those with many years' experience, and the curriculem is designed to provide useful training for all.

Participants must be employees of consumer lending institutions such as banks, credit unions or automobile finance lenders, or financial institution agents such as attorneys or collection agencies.

Topics Covered

A strict scheduled "agenda" is not available in advance of the program, because the speaker believes participants benefit from the ability to cover some topics as they arise. However, the following topics, among others, will be covered in detail during the three-and-a-half day conference:

» Introductory Topics

  • Where bankruptcy law comes from, and how the laws passed by Congress, laws passed by states, and court decisions, relate to each other.
  • The types ("chapters") of bankruptcy, how each compares to the others, why debtors choose each type, and how each type affects the creditor's rights and obligations.
  • Important bankruptcy terms.


  • Duties of the debtor before the bankruptcy is filed. (Mandatory credit counseling, and more.)

» Debtor Protection During and After Bankruptcy

» Sources of Information

» Handling Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Cases

» Handling Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Cases
» Advanced and Controversial Issues. To the extent time permits, the conference will include a general discussion of one or more of the following issues. (These issues will be addressed in more detail in the NorthLegal Advanced Bankruptcy Conference.)

Course Materials

Each participant will receive one free pass to attend the archived online NorthLegal Webinars "Bankruptcy 101: Introduction to Bankruptcy" and "Bankruptcy 102: The Automatic Stay" during the week prior to the time the program begins. (This will help new participants prepare for the conference, and will help experienced analysts check and refresh their knowledge prior to the program.)

At the conference, each participant will receive extensive handout materials that outline, discuss, and analyze bankruptcy law as it pertains to consumer lending. Although these course materials are not intended to serve as a "stand alone book" (in fact, they are not sold to those who do not attend the conference), many conference participants have told us they use the course materials as a reference guide to assist them in handling cases throughout the year.


The primary speaker for the conference is Eric North. Eric is a practicing attorney who has devoted his legal practice to representing the interests of consumer lending institutions for more than twenty-five years.

Prior to beginning the practice of law, Eric worked within various financial institutions in lending, collections, and operations departments, and managed several of those institutions. This experience allows Eric to bring practical, as well as "legal" information to those who attend his programs.

In addition to practicing law, Eric dedicates a significant portion of his time each year to the training of hundreds of consumer credit professionals throughout the United States through local programs presented on behalf of dozens of state and national trade associations, through monthly NorthLegal Webinars, and through the annual NorthLegal Bankruptcy Conference.

It is anticipated there may be one or more guest speakers at the conference, although that is not for certain. Further information will be posted here as it becomes available.

What Participants Say

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