The Judges and Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court are pleased to announce the approval of wireless internet access for use by counsel in connection with hearings before the Court. The access is made possible through funding provided by the United States District Court and will be available within the next few months, depending on contractor installation schedules, in all three Court locations in the District. The access will be available both in the courtrooms and attorney-client conference rooms. Further announcements of policies and restrictions on use of wireless access and registration requirements will follow.
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Seventy (70) paralegals or legal assistants have registered for the Paralegal Seminar to be held in Columbia in the 3d floor main courtroom on November 3, 2006 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding by 4:00 p.m. Just a few people requested separate sessions in either Spartanburg or Charleston, so there will be just the one seminar in Columbia. An important CM/ECF training session on the changes in new version 3.1 will be included in the seminar which will satisfy separate training requirements that electronic filers will need. There will also be helpful substantive presentations by the Clerk's office, Office of United States Trustees, Chapter 13 and 7 Trustees, and the Judges. The South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association will sponsor a refreshment break.
Registration will end on Friday, October 27, 2006. We look forward to a great seminar.
In association with the South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association, you are invited to a meeting/social gathering between the Judges of the SC Bankruptcy Court and the SC Bankruptcy Bar, Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at Soby's Restaurant, 207 South Main Street, Greenville, SC from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Due to limited space please RSVP by November 3 to Weyman Carter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Judge Beth Burris will lead the discussion regarding the scheduling of hearings and other issues of interest to the Upstate SC Bankruptcy Bar at 5:00 with a social gathering following immediately thereafter. Judge John Waites and Judge David Duncan are scheduled to attend as well. (This meeting is in lieu of the "brown bag" lunch mentioned in earlier announcements.)
As previously announced, the Court will be sponsoring a seminar for paralegals and legal assistants to be held on Friday, November 3, 2006 commencing at 9:00 am in Columbia, at the United States Bankruptcy Courthouse, 1100 Laurel Street in the 3rd floor courtroom. The seminar would be expected to end around 4:00 p.m. Presentations will be made by the judges, members of the Clerk's office, United States Trustee's office, and trustees. Topics will include new CM/ECF filing requirements and suggestions to ensure the better processing of cases and pleadings. The approval of CLE credit is anticipated for attendance. Please register with Jacque Phillips by email at Jacque_Phillips@scb.uscourts.gov or telephone at 803-765-5657 no later than Friday, October 27, 2006 if you are planning on attending.
If you are unable to attend the Columbia seminar and there is sufficient interest, the Court may consider an abbreviated session (which will not include as detailed a presentation/demonstration on the new CM/ECF requirements) in Spartanburg and/or Charleston at some later date. If you would prefer to attend an abbreviated session in either of those divisional court sites, please indicate that as your first choice in your responding email. To ensure you attend some session you should register for the Columbia date if you could attend, but indicate your preference for a divisional session. A decision will be made as soon as possible after the registration date on the feasibility of separate sessions.
This is the fourth annual paralegal seminar and we hope that it will be an informative and helpful day.
Effective immediately, the new telephone and telefax numbers for Judge Burris’ chambers in Spartanburg are as follows:
Main incoming line:
- 864-591-5315 Telefax number:
(for emergency filings per the Guidelines for the Filing of Documents or other authorized purposes)
Judge Duncan has reported that over 30 attorneys have already signed up for the "brown bag" lunch with the judges on October 10, 2006. Unfortunately, the kitchen area in the courthouse will not accommodate more attendees, so registration has been closed. The judges thank all participants for their interest and look forward to the gathering.
The judges of the court would like to invite members of the bar to the next "brown bag" lunch meeting on October 10, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. at the Bankruptcy Courthouse in Columbia. The general topic for discussion will be issues related to the automatic stay, from both the debtor and creditor perspective. The discussion will be lead by Judge Duncan, with the participation of Judges Waites and Burris. The lunch will be held in the kitchen area on the basement level and is expected to last an hour. Attorneys who wish to attend should telephone Judge Duncan's judicial assistant Jacque Phillips at 803-765-5657 or email her at Jacque_Phillips@scb.uscourts.gov.
Other "brown bag" lunch gathering with the judges will be held in November at a location in Greenville/Spartanburg and in Charleston in January. Judge Burris will lead the discussion of a topic to be announced in the Greenville/Spartanburg meeting and Judge Waites the Charleston meeting. Information on both will be provided in a future announcement.