Due to the continued concerns and issues surrounding COVID-19, the ALFN had to make the difficult decision to cancel the in-person ANSWERS – ALFN’s 18th Annual Conference, that was scheduled for July 19-22, 2020.  We offered the 9 educational sessions that were planned for this conference in an online webinar format between July 22-August 18, 2020, free of charge.  

View the on-demand webinar videos and access the materials below for each of the 9 webinars.

Bankruptcy Hot Topics
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
2-3:15 PM Central Time
Join us for an update on the latest topics in bankruptcy including the impact of Subchapter V that took effect Feb. 22, 2020; escrow and payment change updates; the Supreme Court to determine constitutionality of debt collection violation statutes; recent case law on rules and legislation and any proposed rules and legislation we see coming. 
Moderator: Bill Schiller, Esq., Partner, Schiller Knapp Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP 
  • John Crane, Esq., Managing Partner, RAS Crane 
  • Glen Rubin, Esq., Managing Partner, Rubin Lublin, LLC 
  • Michael Bates, Esq., Executive Director and Managing Attorney, USAA Federal Savings Bank   
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Dealing with Deceased Borrowers & Heirs
Monday, August 17, 2020
1-2:15 PM Central Time
This session addresses questions of how to foreclose on the interests of deceased borrowers, with a particular emphasis on litigation. 
Moderator: Tony Van Ness, Esq., President, Van Ness Law Firm 
  • Daniel Van Slyke, Esq., Associate Attorney, Mackie Wolf Zientz & Mann, P.C.
  • Geoffrey Milne, Esq., CT Litigation Managing Partner, McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC 
  • Clayton Gordon, Esq., Manager, Litigation Operations, Carrington Mortgage Services 
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Foreclosure Discovery and Trial Practice
Friday, August 14, 2020
1-2:15 PM Central Time
Foreclosing plaintiffs are increasingly required to navigate complex discovery and evidentiary issues to prove its entitlement to foreclose. For instance, loan servicing transfers or default notices mailed by vendors cause hearsay objections which cause further delay to the foreclosure. These delays can be addressed by preparing your attesting witness with the requisite background and evidentiary proofs.
Moderator:  Joseph A. Camillo, Jr., Esq., Managing Partner, Brock & Scott, PLLC 
  • Sasha Cohen, Esq., First Vice President and Corporate Counsel, Bayview Loan Servicing 
  • Marissa Yaker, Esq., Managing Attorney of Foreclosure, Padgett Law Group 
  • Jeff Myers, Esq., Managing Attorney, ZBS Law 
  • Sally Garrison, Esq., Managing Member, The Mortgage Law Firm 
  • James M. Garnet, Esq., Associate Attorney, Brock & Scott, PLLC 
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Cyber Security and Financial Privacy
Thursday, August 13, 2020
1-2:15 PM Central Time
This is a high-level presentation that includes a live, fact-tailored Cyber Drill Simulation that permits participants to practice their incident response plan to a cyber incident so they can respond effectively if it happens.  We will include information on data incident responses and timelines, business continuity and disaster recovery, data governance and compliance plans, due diligence and gap analysis.  These are the issues that are coming up in regulatory audits as well as the audits that the industry is performing on law firms.

  • Matt White, Esq., CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, Shareholder, Baker Donelson 
  • James McDowell, Chief of Cyber Operations, Alabama Securities Commission 
  • Alex Koskey, Esq., CIPP/US, CIPP/E, Associate, Baker Donelson 
  • Jamie Stewart, Western Region Operations Manager, Janeway Law Firm 
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Ethics at the Movies
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
12-1:15 PM Central Time
Learn about ethical rules and professional responsibility through movie clips including such classics as The Pelican Brief, Legally Blonde, I am Sam, A Time to Kill, My Cousin Vinny, and A Few Good Men.  
Moderator: Natalie Grigg, Esq., Partner, Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP 
  • Ari Miller, Esq., Managing Partner, Choice Legal Group 
  • Kip Bilderback, Esq., Partner, Millsap & Singer, PC 
  • Jeff Weisserman, Esq., Managing Partner, Trott Law, PC 
  • Kim Hammond, Esq., Attorney, Keith D. Weiner & Assoc. Co., LPA 
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2020 Vision – Forecasting Default Industry and Housing Market Trends
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
1-2:15 PM Central Time
Join our panel of economic and industry experts to explore the current economic environment, along with the housing and mortgage markets. Our discussion will include insights on what’s coming next in the foreclosure marketplace, which will be important to all stakeholders to prepare for future fluctuations and market conditions in our industry space.
Moderator: Rick Sharga, President & CEO, CJ Patrick Company 
  • Leonard Kiefer, Deputy Chief Economist, Freddie Mac 
  • Dr. Mark Palim, Vice President & Deputy Chief Economist, Fannie Mae 
  • Daren Blomquist, VP of Market Economics, 
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Diversity in the Workplace: Why it is so Hard to Achieve
Thursday, July 23, 2020
1-2:15 PM Central Time
A diverse work environment provides access to a greater range of talent, not just the talent that belongs to a particular world-view, age, gender, ethnicity or some other restricting definition. It helps provide insight into the needs and motivations of all of your customers, clients, and investors, rather than just a small part of it. A diverse workforce can make an organization more effective, more successful and more profitable.  This session will discuss reasons why even the best intentions can result in a homogeneous workforce and how a more diverse workforce can add value to a company’s culture and pocket book. We will also plan to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected diversity in the workplace.  This session includes speakers from a diverse background with a commitment to creating an open dialogue around diversity by sharing personal experiences, successes and failures, and suggestions for ways organizations can embrace and support their current employee base.     
Moderator:  Andrea Tromberg, Esq., Owner, Tromberg Law Group 
  • Alicia Byrd, Bankruptcy Oversight, JP Morgan Chase 
  • Emily Chavarriaga, Default Operations Manager, Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC 
  • Julius Drayton, Vendor Management & Oversight, Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing 
  • Kathleen Kramer, Director of Operations, Kluever & Platt, LLC 
  • Hilary Bonial, Esq., Director, Bonial & Associates, PC 
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Foreclosing eNotes and eMortgages, and Remote Notarization 
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
1-2:15 PM Central Time
As more originations are being closed through eNotes and eMortgages, foreclosing on an electronically signed loan requires a full understanding of the rules, procedures and standards used in the eClosing process.  This session will examine the statutes that govern electronic signatures, eRegistry of eNotes and eMortgages and Control of the Transferable Record.  We will also discuss the impact that Remote Notarization could have on closings, document reviews, affidavits and litigation.  Some of the legislative changes will also be reviewed and discussed.
Moderator: Deanne Stodden, Esq., Partner, Messner Reeves, LLP 
  • Andrew Houha, Esq., Senior Attorney, Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC
  • Roy Diaz, Esq., Managing Shareholder, Diaz, Anselmo, Lindberg, PA 
  • David Greene, Esq., Associate General Counsel, Fannie Mae 
  • Sharon Horstkamp, Esq., General Counsel, ICE Mortgage Services, LLC / MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. 
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Hindsight is 2020 - A Year in Review, Top Issues of the Past Year
Friday, July 31, 2020
1-2:15 PM Central Time
This panel will discuss some of the most significant developments in foreclosure and bankruptcy in the past year, lessons learned, and best practices and strategies for servicers and law firms going forward.  Some of the topics we will cover include:  The renewed relevance of loss mitigation; Litigation: When holds are warranted; The SCRA and its application in a COVID world; The legality of state COVID related moratoriums; Cramdowns and PPFN litigation/BK hot topics from the servicer perspective; Impact of moratoriums/COVID on servicers including investor protections and internal processes; Standing to sue: new life to an old defense; Litigation trends; Law firm survival.
Moderator:  Randy Miller, Esq., Owner, Randall S. Miller & Associates 

  • Christianna Kersey, Attorney, Cohn, Goldberg & Deutsch, LLC 
  • Magalie Creech, Esq., Partner, Finkel Law Firm LLC 
  • Mike Catalfimo, Esq., Partner, Rowlands, LeBrou & Griesmer, PLLC 
  • Jim Noonan, Esq., Partner, Noonan & Lieberman 
  • L. Graham Arceneaux, Esq., Managing Attorney, Graham, Arceneaux & Allen, LLC 
  • Michelle Gilbert, Esq., Managing Partner, Gilbert Garcia Group, PA 
  • Will Pace, Esq., Assistant General Counsel, MidFirst Bank 
  • Phillip Pluister, Director of Foreclosure, Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing 
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ALFN’s Attorney Hardship Tuition Policy
Attorney attendees from select states who are unable to afford continuing legal education course registration fees due to financial hardship may apply for financial hardship assistance. A request for financial hardship assistance must be filed at least 30 days prior to the Attorney attendee registering for the program. To apply, please submit a request via email to Susan Rosen at Please include the attending Attorney’s name, program title, and an explanation of the circumstance warranting financial hardship assistance in your request.  This assistance only applies to the $75/state CLE credit fee.

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