2nd Annual “Careers in Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Secured Transactions”


The DFW Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers (“DAYBL”) presented its second annual “Careers in Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Secured Transactions” at UNT Dallas College of Law on April 4, 2016. Panelists included a former bankruptcy judge, former judicial clerks, and attorneys from law firms of various sizes:

  • Liz Boydston, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Areya Holder, The Law Office of Areya Holder
  • Matthias Kleinsasser, Kelly Hart
  • Hon. Judge Michael Lynn, Shannon Gracey, Ratliff, & Miller, LLC
  • Rakhee Patel, Shackelford, Melton, McKinley & Norton LLP

The esteemed bankruptcy professionals discussed their career paths, the types of cases they handle, and what their daily duties entail. The panel was attended by first and second year law students.  

Areya Holder discussed the process of becoming a trustee and the processes for the filing of Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 bankruptcies.

The Hon. Michael Lynn discussed his career path and the wide array of cases he presided over as a judge with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. He advised students to remain focused as a successful bankruptcy practice requires hard work.

Matthias Kleinsasser and Liz Boydston explained the differences between transactional work and courtroom litigation. Ms. Boydston explained that even when you are not in the courtroom, there may still be conflict as you negotiate complex legal issues. Rakhee Patel advised students to never forget the importance of collegiality in the profession when litigating. She stated that whether the panelists work for large companies or individual debtors, they all have a commonality which is their passion for bankruptcy law and the desire to help others.  

Mitch Abeita, a second year law student who attended the panel stated, “I was aware of the bankruptcy law reform in 2005. Hearing the panelists discuss this and how it affected their practices provided me with a much deeper understanding of the reform. It was also interesting to hear about the different bankruptcy filings and options for businesses and individuals.”

The Office of Career and Professional Development (“OCPD”) thanks the panelists and the DAYBL for their participation in this learning opportunity for our students. The OCPD has encouraged students to participate in 14 panels and programs throughout the 2016 semester.