DVD - Advanced CLARO Training: Consumer Bankruptcy for CLARO and Other Volunteers

This training will provide an overview of consumer bankruptcy for volunteer attorneys assisting consumers, including: an overview of the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 filings; consumer debt defense and its relation to consumer bankruptcy; identification of eligible debtors for referral for consumer bankruptcy assistance; and client interaction with regard to consumer bankruptcy.

Filmed February 22, 2017

  • CLE Credits
    Areas of Professional Practice: 2.00
  • Format
    On-Demand/Recorded - Audio/Video File
  • Practice Area(s)
    Consumer/Bankruptcy Law
  • Price: $0
  • Materials
    Contains 3 training item(s)

About the Faculty

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    Sheldon Barasch (Speaker)

    Sheldon Barasch is the Supervising Attorney of the Debt and Bankruptcy Unit at District Council 37 Legal Services. He was Secretary of the Civil Court Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is an Arbitrator in Small Claims Court. He was on a committee, established by Chief Judge Carla Craig of the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York, which resulted in Loss Mitigation being offered in that bankruptcy court. He is one of the CLARO volunteer“experts”, mostly in the Bronx. Mr. Barasch is also an inactive Certified Public Accountant and is one of the founders of Community Tax Aid, Inc., a non-profit organization that, since 1969, has prepared income tax returns, for free, for low income taxpayers of New York City. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1974, was admitted in February, 1975, and previously worked as a staff attorney in the office of the Consumer Advocate at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.
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    Dora Galacatos (Speaker)

    Senior Counsel to the Feerick Center, is a Fordham Law alumna (1996), with experience working in city government, the not-for-profit sector, and legal services for low-income individuals. Prior to coming to Law School, Dora worked for the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice and the New York City for Mayor's Office of Drug Abuse Policy from 1989 to 1993, where she focused on program development, program evaluation, and policy analysis. As part of a Skadden Fellowship (1997-98), Dora helped establish a family day care network at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Dora had served as Staff Director to the New York City Family Homelessness Special Master Panel, working alongside John Feerick. Dora also served as a law clerk to the late-Honorable Milton Pollack (1996-97) and, more recently, to the Honorable Paul A. Crotty (2005-2006), both District Judges in the Southern District of New York. Dora is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History (1987), and the New School for Social Research, where she was a Kaplan M. Fellow and received a Master of Science in Urban Policy (1993).
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    John McBride (Speaker)

    Mr. McBride has practiced primarily as a consumer bankruptcy attorney since 1995, having practiced in several private firms and as solo practitioner in New York's Capital District and in Westchester County. He is now retired and devotes his entire legal practice to pro bono and volunteer work. Mr. McBride's first position in the legal world was as investigator for the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. He left that position to attend Albany Law School, where he graduated Cum Laude having been earned several awards for academic excellence. Mr. McBride spent his first two years of legal practice with the Office of Legal Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, where his primary responsibility was representing the IRS in Bankruptcy Court. Mr. McBride has been a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) for many years. In 2014, Mr. McBride was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from NACBA, in recognition for his service advocating for the interests of consumer debtors and consumer bankruptcy attorneys in the US Congress, the New York legislature and the community at large.
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    John McManus (Speaker)

    Prior to joining the Justice Center, Mr. McManus served as the Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society's Bronx Neighborhood Office and as Attorney-in-Charge of The Legal Aid Society's Rockaway and Queens Neighborhood Offices, practicing in the areas of housing, governmental benefits, family, consumer and bankruptcy law. He also was the Private Attorney Involvement Coordinator and the Coordinator of the Consumer Law Unit of The Legal Aid Society's Civil Division. As a member of the City Bar's Committee on Bankruptcy & Corporate Reorganization Mr. McManus oversaw the production and publication of a bankruptcy guidebook for consumers, Personal Bankruptcy: Is It Right For You?, which is distributed in English and Spanish by The Bankruptcy Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York to debtors seeking information about their rights. Mr. McManus is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law.