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2015 Bankruptcy Law Update in Great Falls, MT will be held at the Holiday Inn on August 20 & 21 along with the annual banquet dinner. This CLE preapproved for 10.5 Montana CLE Credits, including 1.5 Ethics.

When: 8/20/2015
1:00 AM
Where: Holiday Inn, Great Falls
1100 5th Street South
Great Falls, Montana  59405
Contact: Tawna Meldrum

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Bankruptcy Seminar Agenda: 


August 20th



1:00 – 1:45

Jared LeFevre, Keith Jones & Amanda Myers - Tax liability and discharge issues in Bankruptcy (Potpourri of topics).Moderated by J. Andrew Patten

1:45 – 2:30

Professor Jonathan Byington, UM School of Law – Meaning of Fiduciary Capacity under 523(a)(4)

2:30 – 3:00

Malcolm Goodrich – Proposed Changes to the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code

3:00 – 4:00

Judge James B. Haines – U.S. Supreme Court Update

4:00 – 5:00

Judge Eugene R. Wedoff – Update on Proposed National Chapter 13 Plan

6:00 – 7:00

Cocktails & Reception, C.M. Russell Museum, followed by dinner



August 21st



8:15 – 8:45

Consolidation of the U.S. District Court Clerk’s Office and U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s Office – Judge Dana L. Christensen, Judge Ralph B. Kirscher, and Clerk of Court Tyler P. Gilman

8:45 – 10:00

Prof. Laurie Levenson – Bankruptcy & Evidence Drill

10:00 - 10:15


10:15 – 11:45

Travis Marker - (Ethics CLE – Literature & the Law) Using Literature as a source, Marker will address the themes and ideas found in the preamble to the Model Rules relating to "respect for the legal system," "the lawyer's duty to uphold the legal process," and the obligation to avoid prejudices to the "administration of justice."

11:45 – 1:00

Lunch & Section Business

1:00 – 2:15

Judges’ Panel (Hon. Ralph B. Kirscher, Terry L. Myers, Eugene R. Wedoff, James B. Haines, Jr., Dana L. Christensen)

2:15 – 3:15

Manny Newburger – The Eleventh Circuit vs. The World – Proofs of Claim and the FDCPA

3:15 – 3:45

Kelli Harrington, Terry Healow, Valerie Grubich –Clerk’s Panel and a comment on revisions to the Local Rules

3:45 – 4:00


  This CLE has been pre-approved for 10.5 Montana CLE Credits, including 1.5 Ethics.  

Hotel information:  The seminar will be held at Holiday Inn Great Falls 1100 5th Street South. Our room block has expired, (all this means is that rooms are not being held back from the general public) please call DeGe directly at 406-268-2803 for the discounted room rate rate of $89 for a King or Double Queen Room, they will still honor “State Bar” discounted rate. 

The annual reception and banquet will be held at the CM Russell Museum, 400 13th Street N, after Thursday's CLE.  Tickets for the banquet are $40 per person and includes a no host bar reception and a prime rib dinner catered by Great Falls' Clark and Lewie's.  The show on display during this time is called the Harmless Hunter, Wildlife Without hunting.  Works on display will be from the museum’s collection along with others from around the country.  This display will be open and attendees will be able to browse throughout the museum and a docent will be available to answer questions.  

If you are interested in a sponsorship or have already generously pledged to this year's reception, you can make your donation HERE.