Vol. 84, No. 3, March 2011
• The primary source of bankruptcy law is the Code, consisting of the Bankruptcy Code proper along with the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.
• State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLETM has just published Collections and Bankruptcy, a single-volume Wisconsin-specific manual providing a detailed overview of both collections and bankruptcy, which also is available by subscription in the Books Unbound library. PINNACLE also publishes No Small Change: The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, which is a helpful quick-reference tool. For more information about these publications, visit www.wisbar.org/PINNACLE.
• An excellent, comprehensive treatise is Robert E. Ginsberg, Robert D. Martin & Susan V. Kelley, Ginsberg & Martin on Bankruptcy (5th ed. 2010). Judge Martin is the chief bankruptcy judge for the Western District of Wisconsin, and Judge Kelley is an Eastern District bankruptcy judge.
The following websites provide valuable information:
• Eastern District of Wisconsin Bankruptcy Court, www.wieb.uscourts.gov/.
• Western District of Wisconsin Bankruptcy Court, www.wiwb.uscourts.gov/.
• National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, www.nacba.org/.
• American Bankruptcy Institute, www.abiworld.org/AM//Template.cfm?Section=Home.
Wisconsin lawyers should consider joining the State Bar Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors’ Rights (BICR) Section. The section’s most important resource is its electronic list, which provides members an invaluable question-and-answer forum. For more information about the section or to join, please visit www.wisbar.org/sections.
Several seminars are presented regularly in Wisconsin. The State Bar’s Bankruptcy Update, the BICR Section’s two-day Kohler Retreat, and Judge Martin’s CLEW-sponsored Debtor-Creditor Conference are held annually. The Northwestern Wisconsin Bankruptcy Institute, organized by Western District Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Utschig, is held biannually in Eau Claire and is also sponsored by the State Bar. Upcoming State Bar PINNACLE seminars include the following:
• Build Your Practice – Bankruptcy, presenting basic to advanced concepts, step-by-step instruction on how to work through the bankruptcy process, discussion of common issues for creditors, the trustee’s role, and more. The live and webcast seminar is March 18 in Madison, the video replay is April 14 at statewide locations, and the webcast replay is May 18.
• Chapter 7 and Chapter 13: Beyond the Basics, exploring more advanced issues and concepts introduced in the BYP – Bankruptcy seminar. The live and webcast seminar is April 15, the video replay is May 27, and the webcast replay is June 21.
For more information and to register for either State Bar PINNACLE seminar, visit www.wisbar.org/PINNACLE.