Consumer Bankruptcy Journal Summer 2015 - Page 4

PRESIDENT’S REPORT By Edward C. Boltz Partner, John T. Orcutt View Bio “ “My thanks go out to all of the speakers, and particularly Gene Melchionne and Pam Stewart for heading up the convention, with special appreciation to the NACBA staff for putting it all together.” Fellow NACBA Members, Whether its seeing friends and colleagues that I’ve only interacted with through the listserv for the last year, meeting eager newbies for the first time, or learning about bankruptcy until my brain is about to burst, it is always a bit of a letdown after our annual convention. This year after the Chicago Convention was no different, as it was a roaring success on all counts. My thanks go out to all of the speakers, and particularly Gene Melchionne and Pam Stewart for heading up the convention, with special appreciation to the NACBA staff for putting it all together. But bankruptcy, even in times of slow filings, waits for no one, so NACBA has continued to be busy since then. We have continued to work with not only our allies in Congress on legislation 4 CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY JOURNAL regarding student loan discharge, but also with the Obama administration to expand the access that Chapter 13 Debtors have to other forms of student loan relief, including participation in income-driven repayment plans. Following one settlement of a mortgage class action by the Executive Offices of the United States Trustees, NACBA, in conjunction with the Chapter 13 Trustees, has been working to ensure that the settlement with JPMorgan Chase in the Belzak case is administered fully and fairly and that any future settlements with other mortgage servicers improve on the resolution obtained here. Also with the U.S. Trustee and both NABT and NACTT, we continue to meet to discuss the Trustee Best Practices, which can be found at: Summer 2015 http://tinyurl.com/ndmnmov, and have been gladdened to see that our concerns about onerous §341 Meeting of Creditors questionnaires are starting to be taken seriously, with increasing examples of excessive requests being reined in. If you are still having troubles with these Best Practices being applied, please let us know. I am very excited about the upcoming months. With a number of webinars already scheduled (more on the way) and the Virtual Fall