This program, taught by Bill Smelko, Of Counsel at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch and a Lecturer in Bankruptcy Procedure & Bankruptcy Law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, will provide attorneys with the information and tools they need to advise businesses and individuals who are considering bankruptcy due to COVID-related financial hardships. The course will begin by discussing the resources available to avoid financial troubles, the legal strategies involved in minimizing financial troubles during the pandemic, and the strategies that will help people and businesses emerging from the pandemic financially intact.
This program will benefit lawyers, accountants, and business executives affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bill brings more than thirty-five years of experience to his representation of clients in litigation, with an emphasis on business bankruptcy, restructuring and corporate governance disputes. Bill has successfully litigated all aspects of bankruptcy matters from both the creditor’s and debtor’s perspective. His practice also involves advising banks, credit unions and other financial institutions on a variety of bankruptcy related matters, including plan confirmation objections, asset disposition and use motions, stay relief litigation, lease disputes and the prosecution and defense of discharge objections and nondischargeability complaints. Bill has successfully argued a number of appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and California's Fourth District Court of Appeal. Bill teaches Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Procedure and Workouts, Collections & Foreclosures at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law while also coaching Thomas Jefferson's Bankruptcy Law Moot Court and Negotiation Teams.
Bill is an experienced federal and state court litigator with extensive experience in defending and prosecuting writs, due process violation claims and political challenges based upon both statutory and constitutional rights claims for relief. Most recently, in October 2016, Bill successfully defended the Ballot Statement Writ Challenge brought against the Proponents of Measure A in the San Diego Superior Court. In addition to his experience as a litigator in state and federal courts, Bill also served as a Member of the Board of Adjustment for the City of La Mesa directly evaluating challenges to various ordinance, zoning and planning determinations made by the Board for project developments. Bill worked with public agencies and municipalities in connection with claims seeking reimbursement of insurance benefits and bankruptcy crossover related claims and defenses. Bill also prosecuted and defended class action litigation for private clients in state and federal court proceedings. As the Chief Legal Counselor for the past 37 years at the California Boys State Program, Bill annually revises and updates the Manual of California Government used in the Program to educate student delegates about state, county and municipal governance issues and concerns.
Thorough exam of difficult issues.
Bill did a great job!
Very informative and well done!
Very good course! Practical, helpful and timely Thank you
Excellent presenter. Real world examples. Thank you!
Excellent - Period.
I love this guy - he was awesome - thanks for the great program and life advice, thanks so much
Enjoyed this one. Lots of common sense, good overview. Thanks.
Outstandingly valuable presentation.
The speaker appeared to be typing and distracted through much of the course
Nice overview Thank you
Good program. Thank you!
Slow start, but later a very "how to do it" presentation.
Presenter was distracting by typing right under the monitor during presentation, but seemed knowledgeable.
Great content and delivery.
This lawyer knows his field off the top if his head and is clearly an expert. Very good CLE.
Course is adequate as a primer.
Incredibly practical info—great update on implications of the CARES Act.
I was expecting mote substantive bankruptcy law content
Nicely delivered presentation. Good advice and pointers. Detailed but not confusing.
Great job. Thank you for providing this timely CLE.
THANK YOU FOR OFFERING FOR NO COST AT THIS TIME WE ARE ALL GOING THROUGH
I thoroughly enjoyed.
The presenter managed to make a the topic engaging and relevant. Great course!
He was very good especially when he got to the nuts and bolts of sub chapter 5 and chapter 11.
The content was generic and it gave me an overall understanding of Bankruptcy which I am considering to practice in the near future.
Very informative, easy to follow.