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Ethics - Telling the Story on Your Timesheets: A Fee Examiner’s Tips for Creditors’ Lawyers and Bankruptcy Estate Professionals


Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 72 minutes
Recorded Date: January 28, 2021
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Agenda

  • The dynamic for estate-paid professionals
  • The "Bankruptcy Fees Disconnect"
  • Categories of Billing Mistakes
  • How and what we bill?
  • Potential Malpractice Risks
  • Substantive Legal Errors
  • Administrative Legal Errors
  • Intentional Wrongdoing
  • Managers and Supervisors Ethical Duty
Runtime: 1 hour, 12 minutes
Recorded: January 28, 2021

Description

We often forget that what we say and how we say it can signal more than we intended. One of the primary ways in which "what we say"/"how we say it" creates such signals is with the wording of time entries, whether or not those time entries are ever reviewed by a bankruptcy court. Clients read bills, too, so if one wants to communicate that their work was valuable and efficiently performed, the fable of Goldilocks comes to mind: The time entries need to be "just right." When they're not, clients and courts can draw conclusions that we never intended them to draw. This panel will discuss these issues and more.

This program was recorded as part of ABI's 2021 Virtual Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference on January 28th, 2021.

Provided By

American Bankruptcy Institute

Panelists

Prof. Nancy Rapoport

Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law
University of Nevada William S. Boyd School of Law

Nancy B. Rapoport is the Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics in the Lee Business School at UNLV.

After receiving her B.A., summa cum laude, from Rice University in 1982 and her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1985, she clerked for the Honorable Joseph T. Sneed III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then practiced law (primarily bankruptcy law) with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco from 1986-1991. She started her academic career at The Ohio State University College of Law in 1991, and she moved from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure in 1995 to Associate Dean for Student Affairs (1996) and Professor (1998) (just as she left Ohio State to become Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law).

Prof. Rapoport served as Dean of the University of Nebraska College of Law from 1998-2000. She then served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center from July 2000-May 2006 and as Professor of Law from June 2006-June 2007, when she left to join the faculty at Boyd. She served as Interim Dean of Boyd from 2012-2013, as Senior Advisor to the President of UNLV from 2014-2015, as Acting Executive Vice President & Provost from 2015-2016, as Acting Senior Vice President for Finance and Business (for July and August 2017), and as Special Counsel to the President from May 2016-June 2018.


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