Evidentiary Issues Arising from Attempts to Prove Alleged “Facts” Stated in The Monster Mash

By Alexander Schmidt1, Law Clerk, and The Honorable John P. Gustafson, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Toledo) You have never heard – or seen – the Monster Mash. What have you heard, is a song ABOUT the Monster Mash.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Inevitably, that . . . → Read More: Evidentiary Issues Arising from Attempts to Prove Alleged “Facts” Stated in The Monster Mash

A Sappy Farewell to Jeff Kellner as the Dayton Chapter 13 Trustee

By The Honorable Guy R. Humphrey, Southern District of Ohio

It is with heavy hearts that we in Dayton, Ohio say our farewells to Jeff Kellner as our Chapter 13 Trustee. Jeff will be concluding his duties as the Trustee on September 30th and handing the reins over to John Jansing on October 1st. . . . → Read More: A Sappy Farewell to Jeff Kellner as the Dayton Chapter 13 Trustee

Kellner Retires

By Academy Staff

Jeffrey M. Kellner graduated from THE Ohio State University in 1975. Between then and entering law school, Jeff worked in Montana for the park service. He graduated from Capital University College of Law in 1985. After law school, he worked for two years as a law clerk for Judge Calhoun in . . . → Read More: Kellner Retires

Johnson Retires

By Academy Staff

Jan P. Johnson served as a Chapter Standing 13 Trustee for the Eastern District of California, Sacramento Division, from 1998 to September 30, 2019. Prior to this appointment, he served as Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the District of Puerto Rico from 1989 where he was responsible for over 25,000 cases. . . . → Read More: Johnson Retires

When $400 Emergency Pushes You Over the Edge

By Cathy Moran, Esq. (Redwood City, CA)

The Federal Reserve reported that 40% of Americans couldn’t meet a $400 emergency without borrowing. A significant slice of them couldn’t pay it at all.

So, a Bloomberg economist devoted his column to deconstructing how the press and political figures, in his opinion, misused that finding.

OMGoodness.

. . . → Read More: When $400 Emergency Pushes You Over the Edge

The Bankruptcy Moot Court Experience - Duberstein 2019

By Cameron Kelly & Michael Carroll, Law Students, The University of Texas School of Law

I. Starting the Journey

Instead of starting class by cold-calling people, Professor Westbrook chose to suspend my terror briefly. While I was thankful for the reprieve from what would inevitably be a disappointing cold call, I was more thankful . . . → Read More: The Bankruptcy Moot Court Experience – Duberstein 2019

Chapter 12 and Act2/Conference Update

By Rebecca Garcia and Jan Sensenich, Chapters 12 and 13 Standing Trustees

The Association of Chapter 12 Trustees (ACT2) had a wonderful day and a half conference in advance of the NACTT Seminar on July 15 and 16 in Indianapolis. In addition to Trustee participants, we had judges, debtors, and creditors counsel and representatives . . . → Read More: Chapter 12 and Act2/Conference Update

Stop and Smell the . . . Well, Corn

By Jan Hamilton, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee (Topeka, KS)

I just got back from RAGBRAI, which is a bicycle ride across Iowa. This year, it was 468 miles, with lots and lots of hills. (Biking Across Kansas was over 500 miles this year.) Such beautiful country. Estimates vary on actual number of riders, but . . . → Read More: Stop and Smell the . . . Well, Corn

Ordinary Heroes Deliver Second Chances with Bankruptcy

By Robert (Bob) Schuman, Owner/Managing Broker, Network Financial Group

I’m a mortgage broker.

In that role, I see close up the immense relief that a homeowner feels when they file Chapter 13.

They are no longer forced to deal with collection calls and a multitude of letters that are aggressive and intimidating, threatening to . . . → Read More: Ordinary Heroes Deliver Second Chances with Bankruptcy

Meet A Newish Trustee

Tiffany M. Cornejo was appointed as the Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the District of New Mexico on December 1, 2017. She took the reins from retiring Kelley Skehen.

Ms. Cornejo received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism (B.S.J.) degree at the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 2002 and remained there to obtain . . . → Read More: Meet A Newish Trustee