Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy Law Committee

MEETING WITH ASSISTANT TRUSTEE JOSEPH ALLEN TO DISCUSS THE SMALL BUSINESS REORGANIZATION ACT OF 2019 (“SBRA”) AND COVID-19 RELATED CHANGES TO BANKRUPTCY COURT PRACTICE

In an effort to both move forward with “business as usual”, while also maintaining appropriate “social distancing”, the next meeting of the Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy Committee will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 12:15PM via Zoom Conference Call.

As previously promised, Assistant United States Trustee Joseph W. Allen will be discussing how the US Trustee’s Office will be implementing the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (“SBRA”), which became effective in late February. SBRA creates a new, optional, Subchapter V of Chapter 11, which requires the appointment of a Chapter 11 Trustee in all small business cases who will have powers and duties akin to trustees in Chapter 13 and Chapter 12 cases.

Additionally, we will be discussing a number of Covid-19 related changes to Bankruptcy Court Practice which either are now in place or which will be coming soon. The Bankruptcy Court has entered an Administrative Order regarding proceedings before Chief Judge Bucki, Judge Warren and Judge Kaplan (copy attached). Among other things, the order directs that, through April 30, 2020, the Court will only allow telephonic appearances. Judge Warren has also signed an order (copy attached) stating that he is conducting all weekly Motion Terms, Chapter 13 Confirmation Hearings and all other Hearings and Conferences in both Buffalo and Rochester by telephone conference only.

Please see the information below to participate as well as attached for some helpful tips on using the Zoom platform. If you need assistance, please contact BAEC Executive Assistant, Daniel Ortega at dortega@eriebar.org

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/874580638?pwd=d3VPb1lxWEcyZWRNeWVLWjAxZzZsUT09

Meeting ID: 874 580 638
Password: 257913

Dial by Phone
1 (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 874 580 638

Please also check out the Bar Association’s Covid-19 web pages by clicking here, which attempt to collect in one place all notices and changes related to local New York State and Federal practice which have been put in place during the current health crisis.

Date

Apr 03 2020

Time

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Location

Zoom Web Conferencing
See meeting details for access info

Organizer

Bar Association of Erie County
Phone
716.852.8687
Email
mail@eriebar.org
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