Western Mass. Bankruptcy Conference features 'State of the District'

Issue January 2014

Several dozen members of the legal community participated in the Massachusetts Bar Association's 12th Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy conference on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Western New England University School of Law. The conference provided insights relative to the dischargeability of student loans, strategies dealing with tax debt, and cases of note on appeal and before the U.S. Supreme Court during the past year.

Four U.S. Bankruptcy Court judges from the District of Massachusetts were among the conference faculty: Hon. Frank Bailey (Chief Judge, Boston), Hon. Henry J. Boroff (Springfield), Hon. Joan N. Feeney (Boston), and Hon. Melvin S. Hoffman (Worcester). They were joined by conference co-chairs George I. Roumeliotis of Roumeliotis Law Group PC and Spencer A. Stone of Bacon Wilson PC. Henry E. Geberth Jr. of Hendel & Collins PC and Kara S. Rescia of Eaton & Rescia LLP also served as panelists.

Boroff spoke highly of the entire conference and highlighted some of the major presentations: "Chief Judge Frank Bailey gave a 'State of the District' presentation and Judge Joan N. Feeney discussed upcoming critically important United States Supreme Court cases. Both were well received."

He went on to thank those who help make the conference possible and ensure its continued success. "We are indebted to the Massachusetts Bar Association, to Western New England University and the four Western Massachusetts county bar associations for their sponsorship and support of this program," said Boroff. "It has become a hallmark of continuing legal education in bankruptcy for the District of Massachusetts."