Mission: The committee’s purpose is to act as a focal point for New Haven County business and consumer bankruptcy attorneys, to provide continuing education in relevant subject matters to the bar, and to act as a liason between the Committee members and the bankruptcy court. The bankruptcy committee met recently to formulate a continuing education seminar, and discussed ways of attracting new lawyers into bankruptcy law, as the number of bankruptcy practitioners appears to be shrinking, while case filings are increasing.
|The U.S. Supreme Court recently published its long-awaited decision in the Milavetz case (Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz v. U.S., 08-1119) in which it rejected in large part the appellant’s challenge that BAPCPA’s restrictions on attorney advise regarding incurring debts prior to bankruptcy, and mandatory disclosure that bankruptcy attorneys are “Debt relief agencies” are an unconstitutional abridgement of free speech. The unanimous decision, authored by Justice Thomas is notable in its obscurity, in that more than half the decision is contained in numerous lengthy footnotes.
Judge Dabrowski recently put out a request for more lawyers to sign up to take a pro bono case assignment from the court. Contact Clerk Debra Hunt if you are willing, as the need is great. (860) 240-3675, extension 118.