“Modernized” Bankruptcy Forms Webinar: Full overview on what Official Bankruptcy Forms will be replaced with substantially revised, reformatted and renumbered versions effective December 1, 2015. For Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys by Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. The 60 minute webinar will take place on Thursday, November 19, 2015, 3 PM Eastern / 2PM Central / 1PM Mountain / 12 PM Pacific.


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Norma Hammes, Esq.
Gold & Hammes, San Jose, CA

Norma Hammes received her A.B. degree in Communication and Public Policy from UC Berkeley, and was employed as an urban planner for the City of San Jose in the early 1970s prior to and while attending law school. She received her J.D. from Santa Clara University in 1977.

Norma also co-founded the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), served as its Treasurer (1992-1996), its President (1997-2001), and served on its Board of Directors (1992-2009). She continues to serve NACBA in the capacity of President Emeritus. Norma managed NACBA’s annual conventions until 2007. She was instrumental in preparing much of the curriculum and organizing NACBA’s nationally-acclaimed two-day workshops (Chicago – July 2005 and Orlando – September 2005), at which she was an instructor of more than 3,000 consumer bankruptcy attorneys from across the country who learned how to practice under the new law. For NACBA’s Fall 2007 – 2009 workshops, she developed the curriculum for (and moderated) the full-day session on preparing a bankruptcy case for filing.

In addition, Norma serves on the Board of Directors of the National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center, Inc. (NCBRC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to help represent the position of consumer bankruptcy debtors in appellate litigation nationwide.

In July 2009, Norma was appointed by NACBA to serve as its liaison with the Obama Administration regarding the implementation of HAMP. In late 2009, at the U.S. Treasury Department’s invitation, she served on its Bankruptcy Working Group that proposed improvements to the HAMP program regarding bankruptcy debtors.

Norma also received the Fresh Start Award and has served as Chair of the Chapter 13 Committee. She has testified before Congress (1998), the National Bankruptcy Review Commission (1996-1997), and has served as a panelist for numerous educational seminars across the country. In July 2008, she was appointed by the Bankruptcy Judges of the Northern District of California to its Bench-Bar Liaison Committee. She chaired that committee in 2010-2011.

Carey Ebert Esq.
Ebert Law Offices, Hurst, TX

Ms. Ebert received her B.A. degree from H. Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University, cum laude in Public Policy in 1982. She received her J.D. in 1985 from Texas Tech University. She has been a member of the firm, Ebert Law Offices, P.C. since 1989, and is a member of the State Bar College. Ms. Ebert is admitted to the U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas and the United States Supreme Court. She served as a panel trustee in the Northern District of Texas. She has been recently appointed the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the Eastern District of Texas. She is board certified in Consumer Bankruptcy by the State Bar of Texas and the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification.

Ms. Ebert is President Emeritus of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) Ms. Ebert served on the Board of Directors from 1999 to 2011. Ms. Ebert has also served as President of the Northeast Tarrant County Bar Association and is a frequent lecturer at Bankruptcy seminars and has served as a panelist at NACBA conventions since 1998.

Walter Oney Esq.
Oney Law Offices, Boston, MA

Walter Oney received the degrees of S.B. and S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969. He is a 1978 summa cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He was a member of the winning team in the Tom C. Clark Moot Court competition and a Case Comment editor of the Suffolk University Law Review.

Following law school graduation, Attorney Oney clerked for Justice Francis J. Quirico in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Thereafter, he joined the firm of Nutter McClennen & Fish as an associate attorney in the business department. After two years, he returned to the field of software engineering. He has distinguished himself as an expert on Windows systems programming and has authored several books and numerous magazine articles in that field.

Attorney Oney returned to the practice of law in 2003 in order to help ordinary people obtain high quality legal services at affordable prices. He has a particular interest in consumer privacy and protection.

Oney devotes a significant portion of his practice to pro bono representation of low-income bankruptcy clients through Community Legal Aid and the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association. He has helped clients deal with staggering student loan debts, threatened welfare cutoffs, abusive debt collectors, and other credit problems. He received the 2006 Denis Maguire pro bono award and the 2010 Equal Justice VLS Bankruptcy Award for these contributions.