Bankruptcy Bar Association
for the District of Maryland




Stephen Metz
12505 Park Potomac Ave.
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 230-6564

President Elect
Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark
500 East Pratt St.
Suite 900
Baltimore, MD 21202-3133
(410) 332-8797

Jennifer Kneeland
7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 961-5205

Asst. Secretary
Richard Costella
100 Light Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 385-3440

Gabrielle Duvall
7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 961-5264

Asst. Treasurer
Patricia Jefferson
100 Light Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 385-3406

mmediate Past President
Lisa Tancredi

David Dean
Catherine Hopkin
Christina Hamilton-Eisler
Craig Palik











Page Last Updated:

September 1, 2015


September 5, 2009
Bankruptcy Bar Assn

News / Announcements
pushpin 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.
 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 initial case reporters are Bradley Swallow, Kristen Siracusa, Marissa Lilja, and Lauren Ford.


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 Lori Simpson, Articles Editor, at 410-468-0054.

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


Sept. 11, 2015 12:30 to 2 p.m.



Please RSVP by Tue., Sept 8 

Bankruptcy Bar of Maryland, Baltimore Division, Kickoff Luncheon



 --The Honorable Nancy V. Alquist, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
-- Mark Neal, Clerk of Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
-- Gerard Vetter, Assistant United States Trustee
-- Stephen Metz, BBA President

Topic:   State of the Court


Location:  Hotel Monaco
     2 N. Charles Street
     Baltimore, Maryland 21201


Sept. 24, 2015

8:00 to 9:45am



Please RSVP by Mon., Sept 21 

Bankruptcy Bar of Maryland, Greenbelt Division, Kickoff Breakfast


Speakers: Hon. Wendelin Lipp, Hon. Thomas Catliota, Clerk Mark Neal, AUST Catherine Stavlas, and Stephen Metz


Location:  Greenbelt Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room


Oct. 15, 2015

6 PM


7 PM




Please RSVP by Tue. , Oct. 13


Bankruptcy Bar of Maryland, Greenbelt Division, Cocktail Meeting


Speaker:  Larry Katz


Topic:  Baker Botts Decision


Location:  Shulman Rogers Large Conf. Room


Oct. 21, 2015

12:30 PM



Please RSVP by Mon., Oct 19

Bankruptcy Bar of Maryland, Baltimore Division, Luncheon Meeting


Speaker: Patti Jefferson


Topic: TBA


Location:  Miles & Stockbridge, 100 Light St., Baltimore

pushpin 2015 Spring Break CLE Weekend

Here are forms to apply for 2015 Spring Break CLE Credit


Letters approving 2015 Spring Break for CLE Credit from several states will be posted here as received:

  • Delaware

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • Pennsylvania

  • Virginia

  • West Virginia

Chapter Chairs

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

Baltimore Chapter Chair
David Sommer


Greenbelt Chapter Chair
Brian Tucci


Baltimore Asst. Chapter Chair

 Bradley Swallow


Greenbelt Asst. Chapter Chair
Seth Diamond



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