To Build your Bankruptcy Business, invest in your own continuing legal education.Specifically, I urge you to learn more about bankruptcy and bankruptcy procedure. As we come to the end of the year, now is the time to plan to join specialized bankruptcy bar associations to gain the knowledge you need to grow your practice.
As we sit in our offices,we are sheltered and not exposed to what is going on in the bankruptcy world. One way to be exposed to the bankruptcy community is to join the local or national bankruptcy bar association.
By joining bankruptcy bar associations, we learn about new laws and procedures and we meet new people (we touched on this last week).
The person giving the presentation imparts knowledge we may be able to use. Those around the table or in the audience are also resources that you can call upon. Remember, one of the Build your Bankruptcy Business principles is that we can learn something from everyone we meet and do not be afraid to ask questions. The people sitting in the audience at bankruptcy seminars are often smarter than the ones presenting. Meet your fellow attendees and ask questions.
When I was a new bankruptcy attorney, I attended a meeting of the Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum. At my table was a former bankruptcy trustee named Ralph Garner. Mr. Garner had been an attorney for over 40 years. He told me that he always attended the bankruptcy education meetings as he always learned something that he could use. Here was a person who had forgotten more bankruptcy law than I will ever know and he was still going to meetings at 70+ years of age. Mr. Garner gave me wise advice that I still use today.
Here are a list of the local consumer bankruptcy bar associations or other organizations to join or visit for your bankruptcy education:
Central District of California Bankruptcy Attorney Association (CDCBAA)bklawyers.org $250 per year from January to December.8-10 educational meetings a year and the Calvin Ashland Award Dinner in NovemberNo registration fees apply to attend the meetings or annual dinner.
Members can participate in the CDCBAA’s listserv in which members pose questions to the other members and receive answers.
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Association (NACBA)nacba.org $250 per year for dues, anniversary term
Two or three national conventions each year, registration fees apply to attend convention.Members can participate in the NACBA’s listserv in which members pose questions to the other members and receive answers.
Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum (IEBF)
IEBF.org $70 per year from January to December
Six meetings a year and Annual Survey of Consumer Bankruptcy Law, registration fees apply to attend the meetings.
The meetings are usually in Riverside.
Orange County Bankruptcy Forum (OCBF)
OCBF.org $100 per year from January to December
six to eight meetings a year, registration fees apply to attend the meetings.
Another valuable resource is Bankruptcy Inns of Court in which bankruptcy lawyers and trustees and Judges get together six times a year for dinner presentations.
Southern California Bankruptcy American Inns of Court
Meets six times a year in Los Angeles
$450 per year
Contact Jim King at 818-334-2952