Co-sponsored by the NACTT Academy and the Hawaii Bankruptcy Bar Association, is designed for all practitioners: attorneys who represent debtors or creditors, trustees, creditors, paralegals, and other key consumer bankruptcy staff members.

Join our esteemed faculty at the beautiful Japanese Cultural Center (Honolulu): Peter C. Fessenden, John P. Gustafson, Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Howard M. S. Hu, and Professor Michaela White. During the morning sessions, you will learn how best to incorporate child support and alimony payments into a plan. You will examine, line by line, the means test form and discuss the dangers of legal counsel engaging in social media. Just before lunch, attendees will receive an update on the hottest issues, guaranteed to be information you need to know to enhance your consumer bankruptcy practice.

Want to increase your plan confirmation rate? After lunch, panelists will address the top five reasons Chapter 13 plans are not confirmed.

Then the fun really begins. ALL attendees will actively participate in breakout group discussions about the newly released, proposed national plan and will explore Qualified Written Requests under RESPA.

(Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks are included in the registration price.)


7:45-8:15 Continental Breakfast
8:15-8:30 Welcome, Introductions and Instructions
8:30–9:15 Divorce and Bankruptcy – What’s Your Priority?
9:15-10:15 The Means Test – Sixty Easy Steps to Projected Disposable Income
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:15 OK, No Sexting Clients – Are There Any Other Social Media Ethical Rules I Need To Know?
11:15-12:30 What’s Hot – From Social Security to Lien Stripping
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Five Ways to Get Your Plan Confirmed or (if you are a glass half empty person) Five Ways to Guarantee an Objection
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:30 Interactive Problem Solving – The National Plan and QWR Under RESPA
(come prepared to participate in the discussion)


Peter C. Fessenden has served as the Chapter 13 Trustee for the District of Maine for over 30 years. He also serves as the Chapter 12 trustee and on occasion as Chapter 11 trustee. Mr. Fessenden is active in the Maine State Bar and is a frequent lecturer at national conferences including NACBA, NACTT, NCBJ, and ABI. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching the Maine School of Law’s Duberstein teams.

John P. Gustafson was appointed as the Chapter 13 Trustee for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, in 2007. Mr. Gustafson is a prolific author and has penned multiple substantive legal outlines which can be found at ConsiderChapter13.org. Mr. Gustafson is active with his local bar and is an avid outdoorsman.


Henry E. Hildebrand, III, has been the Chapter 13 Trustee for the Middle District of Tennessee for over 30 years. He is one of the most sought after national speakers in the bankruptcy arena and he often shares the stage in partnership with the Honorable Keith M. Lundin, whom he assists in the authorship of the Case Law Update. Mr. Hildebrand’s trusteeship distributes more money to unsecured creditors than any other district.

Howard M. S. Hu has served as the Chapter 13 Trustee for the District of Hawaii for over 30 years and for the Territory of Guam and for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands since 2005. He is also the Chapter 12 Trustee for the District of Hawaii. As a Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Hu’s practice spans 35 years and specializes in tax preparation and planning.

Professor Michaela White is Editor and Advisor to the NACTT Academy. She is a Professor of Law at Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, NE. Professor White is a frequent author for ConsiderChapter13.org and a respected national speaker on domestic support obligation (DSO) issues in bankruptcy. Professor White is a prolific horsewoman. She regularly competes in reining competitions and owns a champion reining horse.