Upcoming CFBLA Events

July 1st - an e-Exhibits Portal and Electronic Exhibits Training - followed by a Happy Hour!

On Wednesday, July 1st, beginning at 3:45pm, our Bankruptcy Court is hosting a critical training on its new eExhibits Portal and electronic exhibits. The training is a necessity for practitioners who intend to present evidence to the Bankruptcy Court as the Court is moving towards taking all exhibits electronically. The training will be in Courtroom B on the Sixth Floor.  Please CLICK HERE for a flyer containing more details.

Remember, you don't have to be a CFBLA member to attend the training (staff/paralegals are welcome). 1 hour of general CLE has been applied for.

Immediately following the training, CFBLA is hosting a happy hour at Ember (42 W Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801). All CFBLA members will get one free drink ticket, and if you attend the eExhibits Training, you will get an extra drink ticket. Non-members will get happy hour pricing from Ember.

Please send an email to Noreen at cfblabankruptcybar@gmail.com if you plan to attend.


Thursday, July 16, 2015 – CFBLA's Monthly Luncheon, "Why Appraisal Law is Important to Your Case"


"Why Appraisal Law is Important to Your Case" – presented by Megan Johnson Judd, President of Metropolis Real Estate Solutions, LLC.  Ms. Judd will address the purpose and how USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) applies to your client; and USPAP Rules, Appraisal Development, Appraisal Reporting, and Appraisal Review. 


Our lunch will begin at noon at the offices of Gray Robinson, 301 E. Pine Street, Suite 1400, Orlando.  1 hour of CLE credit has been applied for and is being processed.  The cost is $15.00 for CFBLA Members and $20.00 for Non-Members.  You can pay on line through our website http://www.cfbla.org or pay at the door.  Please RSVP to Noreen no later than Monday, July 13, 2015 at cfblabankruptcybar@gmail.com to reserve a seat and please let me know if you have any dietary requirements.  Noreen tries to remember who likes vegetarian dishes and who may have food allergies, but she asks that you remind her just in case.  Also, please remember, if you make a reservation but fail to attend, you will be billed for the reservation.

To pay with your credit or debit card via PayPal, please click the button below.  If you need to purchase tickets for both CFBLA members AND non-members, you will have to make two separate purchases.  Please contact Robert Davis at robert.davis@hklaw.com if you have any questions.

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Other Upcoming Events

Table for Eight

We do not have a Table for Eight for the Month of June.  We are calling all hosts for future Table for Eight Dinners.

Help continue the success of the Table for Eight Program by hosting a dinner!  The theme, style and location of the dinner is completely up to you.  You can host the dinner at your home, at a restaurant, or at any other location you may come up with, as long as it is conducive to the spirit of the program.  The dinner can be as fancy or as low-key as you want.  You can even join forces with another member of CFBLA and co-host a dinner together!  We are looking for volunteers to fill host positions in the coming months.  If you are interested in hosting a dinner, please email Jamie Blucher at jblucher@zkslawfirm.com.

CARE Financial Literacy Program



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Lien Stripping in Chapter 7 Not Permitted - Bank of America v. Caulkett

On June 1, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Bank of America v. Caulkett and rejected Eleventh Circuit precedent stemming from McNeal. Please click HERE for a copy of the opinion.  In its opinion, the Court applied its reasoning in Dewsnup to wholly unsecured mortgages, holding that, without overruling Dewnsup, its prior interpretation of section 506 requires no distinction between undersecured mortgages (strip down) and wholly unsecured mortgages (strip off). Accordingly, lien stripping in chapter 7 is not permitted by the Bankruptcy Code. 


Amended Administrative Order FLMB-2015-4

The Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida issued Amended Administrative Order FLMB-2015-4 effective June 1, 2015. In addition to the existing requirement that every unrepresented party, including debtors wishing to file a voluntary bankruptcy petition and petitioning creditors wishing to file an involuntary petition, provide acceptable photo identification those filers must include the required signatures on the petition at the time of filing. Additionally any individual filing a petition on behalf of an unrepresented party also must provide acceptable photo identification at the time of filing. Failure to supply acceptable photo identification or the required signatures will result in an immediate hearing before the Court to determine whether the Clerk should accept the papers.

To view the New Amended Administrative Order, click HERE.


Administrative Order FLMB-2015-3 / Prescribing Procedures for Filing Papers Under Seal

Please see the attached Administrative Order FLMB-2015-3 Prescribing Procedures for Filing Papers Under Seal.


CARE In the News!!

Check it out!  CFBLA's CARE (Credit Abuse Resistance Education) sub-committee was recognized in the April, 2015 edition of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal for its great efforts in speaking with local youth about the importance of "financial literacy," including proper credit use and the ins and outs of loan programs!


The Court Connection

Click here to download the latest edition of "The Court Connection" and learn about what's happening in the Middle District!