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Bankruptcy

The Bankruptcy Subsection of the Business Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association consists of bankruptcy attorneys who are members of the Bar Association, Bankruptcy Court law clerks, the U.S. Trustee and its staff attorneys, the Chapter 13 Trustee and its staff attorneys, the Chapter 12 Trustee, and Chapter 7 Trustees. Subsection members are involved in virtually all aspects of bankruptcy law, including the representation of debtors, creditors, trustees, and committees in business and consumer cases under Chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.

The Subsection regularly sponsors free continuing legal education programs with entities such as Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, Inc., and Subsection members present lectures and participate in panel discussions at such seminars. The Subsection offers free C.L.E. programs at many of its regularly scheduled meetings at the Bar Association offices.

The Subsection sponsors a series of "Brown Bag Luncheons with the Bankruptcy Judges," which are held at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Customs House, 721 19th Street, Room 154. For this program there is no agenda & no sign-up, just bring your lunch and drink. Come share your ideas, suggestions, questions, issues and concerns on case management, court procedures, and general practice matters. The U.S. Trustee's Office also sponsors this program. 

Most of the Subsection C.L.E. programs are for one (1) general C.L.E. credit, and all are free of charge. The Subsection also co-sponsors the annual Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference with the American Bankruptcy Institute.

One of the more important functions of the Subsection is to act as a liaison between the bankruptcy bar and the Bankruptcy Judges. In that capacity, the Subsection has worked with the Judges to establish and update Local Bankruptcy Rules, and it has conducted several surveys of bankruptcy practitioners to improve systems, procedures, and facilities. Subsection members have also worked with the bench to improve pro bono services and representation in bankruptcy cases and in adversary actions. Furthermore, when a procedural change is proposed or instituted, or an important new decision is handed down, the Subsection disseminates the information to the Bankruptcy Bar for comments and/or action.

The Chairman of the Subsection is selected by vote of the members in May, and serves a two (2) year term. The Chair is also a member of the Executive Council of the Business Law Section. The Subsection establishes subcommittees on an ad hoc basis to address various issues and problems, which arise during the year. The Subsection has worked on legislation both nationally and locally on matters related to the practice of bankruptcy law in Colorado.

The 2014-2015 Co-Chairs for the Bankrupcty Subsection are Leigh A. Flanagan and Andrew D. Johnson

CBA Staff Liaison: Jill Lafrenz, jlafrenz@cobar.org