March 23rd Update on CORONAVIRUS ISSUES – 341 MEETINGS

Please see the updated information from Gary Dyer at the U.S. Trustee’s office.


For last week’s 341 meetings, which were all in Spokane, here is the new date and time, and the conference line is Spokane/ Richland:  1-877-953-9294  Access code:  4822893# :

Kevin O’Rourke

March 17th  at 9 AM moves to March 31st at 11 AM

March 17th at 10 AM moves to March 31st at noon.

John Munding

March 18th at  9 AM moves to April 1 at 1:30 pm

March 18th at 10 AM moves to April 1st at 2:30 pm

Chapter 13s – Dan Brunner

March 19th at 10 AM moves to April 2nd at 11 AM

For the meetings scheduled for March 31st, April 1st and April 2nd, they will be by telephone at the same date and time.  Spokane/ Richland: 1-877-953-9294  Access code:  4822893#.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Meetings of Creditors

Monday, March 16, 2020

The United States Trustee has announced the following:  Effective immediately, all in-person chapter 7, 12, and 13 section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020, are hereby continued until a later date to be determined.  Absent special circumstances, section 341 meetings may not proceed during this period except through telephonic or other alternative means not requiring personal appearance by debtors.  Appropriate notice will be provided to parties in accordance with bankruptcy law and rules.   This effects meetings scheduled for chapter 7s set on March 17th, and 18th, and  chapter 13 cases set on March 19th, 2020.   Meetings already noticed as telephonic meetings may proceed as scheduled.

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR 2020 RETREAT AND CLE at the Beautiful Campbell’s Resort at Lake Chelan, WA.  May 29, 2020 and May 30, 2020.

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The Eastern District Bankruptcy Bar Association 2020 Retreat and CLE will be held at the beautiful Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan on May 29, 2020 through May 30th, 2020!.  Put it on your calendar now.  More information will follow as the event draws near.  In the interim, check out the resort at https://campbellsresort.com/.

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2019 Fall Bankruptcy Seminar. Keep an eye on this site for information about our upcoming CLE in Spokane, Washington.

Thanks to all of you who joined us on  June 28-29, 2019, for the 29th Annual Bankruptcy Seminar and Retreat at Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop, Washington.  We will be moving locations for the coming year, as indicated above.

L. Warden Hanel Memorial Bankruptcy Scholarship:

Congratulations to the 2019 L. Warden Hanel Memorial Bankruptcy Scholarship recipient, Eric Geiger!  Click here to read his article entitled,  The Issue Checklist: Discharging Unsecured Tax Debts for Individual Debtors.  

2018 Fall Bankruptcy Seminar.  An extra special thank you to all who attended our Fall Bankruptcy Seminar on Friday, November 9, 2018.  This includes a hearty welcome to Tecla Druffel, a bankruptcy practitioner new to our District.  Welcome!!  Please be sure to get to know Tecla when you have the opportunity.  If you couldn’t make it to join us this time around, we missed you and look forward to seeing you at Sun Mountain next June.  Topics included Common Objections and Frequent Issues in Chapter 13 cases, Treatment of 3rd Party Claims, a Case Law Update, a discussion of how to handle traffic citations in bankruptcy, a discussion of the perils of cutting corners, reasons why proposed electronic orders are rejected by the Court, common procedural errors in consumer bankruptcies, and the intersection of divorce and bankruptcy.

2018 Retreat/CLE – 28th Annual Bankruptcy Seminar and Retreat.  A special thank you to those of you who joined us at Sun Mountain this year.  We hope that in addition to a great CLE program, you were able to network and spend time learning about one another in the beautiful Methow Valley.  Next year is going to be a huge celebration, honoring Judge Kurtz, so plan early and invite your friends, family, and colleagues.

Bankruptcy Filings Continue to Decline.  According to statistics released by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, national bankruptcy case filings fell 0.7% for the 12-month period ending December 31, 2017, compared to the previous year. This is the smallest one-year decline in national bankruptcy case filings since 2010. In the Eastern District of Washington, bankruptcy case filings fell by 6.5% for the 12-month period ending December 31, 2017. Since 2010, the annual decline in local bankruptcy case filings has ranged from 13.5% to 5.5%, with the smallest one-year decline occurring between 2015 and 2016.  (Source: https://www.waeb.uscourts.gov/news/bankruptcy-filings-continue-decline-1)


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Pictures from the Bankruptcy Fall Seminar, October 2017