Consumer Bankruptcy Journal Summer 2017 - Page 11

ATTENDING MY FIRST NACBA CONVENTION bankruptcy lectures, interspersed with meeting more and more bankruptcy practitioners. Saturday capped off with a featured lecture by Billy Corben about his documentary, “Broke (ESPN 30 for 30).” Corben covered the grim subject of athlete insolvency in an engaging and entertaining way. On Sunday, the convention wound to a close as vendors disassembled their booths. The closing plenary, “25 Years of Raising Hell, the Education, Advocacy & Litigation That Shaped NACBA,” was a treat. Veteran NACBA leaders gathered on stage and swapped stories of NACBA’s origins. It was a great insight into how a “band” of determined lawyers could enact large scale and systemic change. The NACBA convention was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I have already put many of the insights I gained into my bankruptcy practice, and I am still in contact with several of the new friends I made. I know that my time at the conference will be a great benefit to my work, and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to attend. I am thankful for the fact that NACBA has stepped up to support legal services by creating this scholarship. Now more than ever, support for legal aid is crucial. The important work we do helps keep the system functioning for everyone by cutting down on the number of unrepresented parties and by breaking down barriers to accessing justice. National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Summer 2017 Furthermore, the relationship between the private consumer bankruptcy bar and legal aid attorneys is crucial. The consumer bankruptcy bar has long been a vital source of knowledge, mentorship, and pro bono assistance to legal services, in addition to being a crucial referral destination. Working together, we can ensure no one is left out of the promise of a “fresh start.” I look forward attending my next NACBA convention. CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY JOURNAL 11