2017-2018 OFFICERS  




Jennifer Kneeland

1765 Greensboro Station  Place, Suite 1000

McLean, VA  22102

(703) 749-1026    


President Elect
Patricia B. Jefferson
100 Light Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 385-3406



Craig Palik

6411 Ivy Lane, Suite 200
Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 441-2420

Asst. Secretary
G. David Dean

300 E. Lombard Street,  Ste.2000

Baltimore, MD 21202

(410) 528-2972



Christina Hamilton-Eisler

6110 Executive Blvd., Suite230

Rockville, MD 20852

(301) 525-9995



Asst. Treasurer
Frederick W.H. Carter

750 E. Pratt Street, Suite 900

Baltimore, MD 21202

(410) 244-7446


At-Large Directors
David G. Sommer

Laura Margulies

Immediate Past President
Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark




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September 20, 2017


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pushpin CLICK HERE TO GET CLE APPROVALS FOR SPRING BREAK 2017.  If you have any questions regarding CLE credit approvals please contact Steve Metz at smetz@offitkurman.com.


MVLS Needs Your Help - MVLS has been unable to keep current with the volume of low income individuals that need bankruptcy attorney representation. MVLS currently has a number of bankruptcy clients that are in need of volunteer attorneys. Interested attorneys should contact Michelle Swift, MVLS Pro Bono Program Manager at (443) 451-4068.


Sept. 21, 2015 Ethics Opinion Re: Pro Bono Representation of Debtors in No-Asset Chapter 7 Cases
Several months ago Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), with the assistance of Larry Coppel, asked the Ethics Committee to opine on the issue of whether it would be a conflict of interest under MRPC 1.7 (a) for a pro bono attorney to represent a Chapter 7 debtor in a no-asset bankruptcy case even though the attorney, or the attorney’s firm, represents one or more of the debtor’s unsecured creditors in unrelated matters and no waiver of the conflict is obtained. Several other jurisdictions’ ethics committees have all opined within the last few years that it would not be a conflict of interest under these circumstances since Chapter 7 bankruptcy is an in rem proceeding where the debtor and creditors are not directly adverse in the absence of an adversary proceeding. Where there is an adversary proceeding or contested matter, then a conflict waiver would be necessary for the representation.

Click here to view the MSBA Ethics Committee opinion. The Committee aligned itself with the other jurisdictions’ ethics opinions and has opined that a pro bono attorney may represent a Chapter 7 debtor in a no-asset case without a conflict waiver even though the attorney or the attorney’s firm represents creditors of the debtor in unrelated matters. Two members of the thirty member committee dissented.

 Educational Materials

BBA Case Reports:  the Bankruptcy Bar Association recently asked some of its members to serve as case reporters to make the membership aware of new Bankruptcy Court decisions from our district.  The case reporters are Bradley Swallow, Kristen Siracusa, Marissa Lilja, and Justin Fasano.

Click here to see recently added case summaries.


Newest Article


ABI’s Mentoring Program Seeking Mentors and Mentees, by Patricia A. Redmond, Edward T. Gavin, Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark and Timothy R. Bow, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Volume XXXIV, No. 2, February 2015. (Reprinted with permission from the American Bankruptcy Institute).



Here is a link to this month's educational materials.

pushpin The BBA wants to publish original articles written by members about aspects of bankruptcy law, practice and procedure. Interested? Contact Jennifer Kneeland at (703) 749-1026 and jkneeland@watttieder.com

Here is a link to our guidelines for submission and publication agreement.

  The contents of this Web site are for informational purposes only and are not intended to provide legal or professional advice regarding any matter.
Upcoming Events
Date/Time Description of Event


28 Sep. 2017

7:30-10 AM


Please RSVP by Wed., 20 Sep.


Anyone who would like to attend telephonically may contact Seth Diamond at email



Bankruptcy Bar of Maryland, Greenbelt Division,

Kickoff Breakfast Meeting 


Topic:  The State of the Court



-The Honorable Thomas J. Catliota

-The Honorable Wendelin I. Lipp

-The Honorable Lori S. Simpson 

-Mark Neal, Clerk of Court

United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland

-Gerard Vetter

Assistant United States Trustee Office of the United States Trustee



Greenbelt Marriott

6400 Ivy Lane

Greenbelt, Maryland 20770


13 Oct. 2017




Note: This is a PRE-PAID event.

Bankruptcy Bar of Maryland


Consumer Bankruptcy & Pro Bono/DAP Training Seminar for Attorneys & Paralegals


Click here for flyer.



U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland

101 W.  Lombard St.

Baltimore, MD 21201


18 Oct. 2017

12:30 - 2 PM


Please RSVP by 5pm on Fri., 13 Oct.


Anyone who is unable to attend in person but would like to attend telephonically may call Brad Swallow at (410) 659-8320

Bankruptcy Bar of Maryland, Baltimore Division,

Monthly Luncheon Meeting


Speakers:  TBD


IMPORTANT: All attendees of this event must bring a photo ID to gain access.



Miles Stockbridge

100 Light Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

Chapter Representatives

For information on any of the above-listed events, please contact the appropriate Chapter Representative.


Joint Events Chair

Brian A. Tucci


Chapter Events Chair

Catherine K. Hopkin


Chapter Events Assistant Chair

Lisa Y. Stevens