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Bankruptcy & Collections Seminars


Update: The Bankruptcy & Collections Seminars scheduled for June 17-18 in Dallas has been postponed. Check back later for more information.

Dates & Locations

Dallas, June 17-18

Early Bird Deadline: May 8

Cornerstone Credit Union League
6801 Parkwood Blvd.
Plano TX 75024
Phone: 469-385-6630
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Houston, October 20-21

Early Bird Deadline: Sept. 7
MemberSource Credit Union
10100 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77042 


Day One: Collections Seminar

Most credit unions assume that their internal repossession procedures and repossession notices and forms comply with applicable law. Unfortunately, experience has shown that is simply not the case.

As a result, it is more critical than ever that credit unions ensure that their staff understands the law, that repossession procedures are complete, and that all required letters, notices, and forms are in full compliance to avoid potential liability. In short, credit union collectors and collection departments must have a thorough and correct understanding of what not to do, what to do, and how to do it.

This daylong training seminar covers key legal issues impacting delinquent vehicle loans, repossessions, and the disposition of collateral. Attendees will learn how to identify and spot any operational errors and correct them with proper repossessions procedures and forms.

Day Two: Bankruptcy Seminar

Consumer bankruptcy case filings rose in 2019 for the first time in eight years. To help you sharpen your skills for 2020 and show you how to best handle member bankruptcies, the Cornerstone Credit Union League is offering Bankruptcy Seminars across the region. Creditor attorneys Tom Sharp and Sharon Sjostrom, who handle bankruptcy cases every day, will show you how to develop strategies and techniques that work effectively in Texas courts and districts across the state.

These seminars will provide an examination of credit union best practices, beginning when a member bankruptcy notice arrives to when the case is completed. Topics include:

  • Successful handling of Texas Chapter 13 Member Bankruptcies;
  • Critical proof of claim procedures, forms, redaction, and more;
  • Reaffirmation advice, such as forms completion and negotiation with debtor and debtors’ counsel;
  • Key collateral recovery methods, such as dealing with the automatic stay in bankruptcy; and
  • Issues critical and unique to credit unions.

The day begins with information to help you gain a better understanding of bankruptcy and then progresses to a detailed examination of specific, common scenarios for credit unions in Chapters 7 and 13.

Who Should Attend?

Collectors of all experience levels will benefit from attending this seminar and will emerge, knowing precisely what not to do, what to do, and how to do it.

Little Changes Making a Big Difference

We care about you, so as you make a commitment for business as usual, know that your League is taking steps to protect your health and finances:

  • We are limiting the number of registered attendees for each live event to incorporate social distancing.
  • We will ensure proper handwashing stations and hand sanitizers are available.
  • We have relaxed our refund policy to cover issues that may arise from the Pandemic. Express your interest by registering but rest assured, if the climate related to COVID-19 changes, we will offer a refund of registration fees if applicable if we have to cancel.
  • We are monitoring local, state, and national pandemic updates, preparing to support our live events with virtual enhancements.

Business casual dress is appropriate. Bring a jacket or sweater as room temperatures vary.


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Session

*Includes 2 refreshment breaks

Presenters - The Blalack | Williams Team

The Blalack & Williams firm represents well over 100 credit unions. The firm consists of 10 attorneys, supported by a 17-person support staff who assist their many credit union clients with advice and counsel on operational, regulatory, bankruptcy, collection, and compliance matters daily.

Collections Seminar: Mike Blalack

Mike BlalackMike Blalack is an attorney from Dallas, Texas, with the law firm of Blalack and Williams, P.C., who has represented credit unions for more than 40 years. He provides collections, regulatory, and compliance training in-house and at conferences throughout Texas for the Cornerstone Credit Union League where he is consistently one of the highest-rated speakers. In addition, Blalack regularly advises, counsels, and trains the many credit union boards he represents, focusing on practical advice designed to help volunteers properly fulfill their fiduciary duties and avoid liability. Blalack is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Collections Seminar: Rob Woodcock

Rob Woodcock is a credit union attorney who has been practicing with the law firm of Blalack & Williams, P.C. for more than 15 years. He is part of the litigation group focused on collections and creditors' rights.

Bankruptcy Seminar: Tom Sharp

Tom Sharp has been with the Blalack & Williams team for more than 20 years, representing credit unions in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts across Texas. He has handled more than 10,000 bankruptcy cases for credit unions and has appeared in person in all four districts of Texas. Sharp conducts seminars on bankruptcy and collection matters regularly. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in Waco and a juris doctorate from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Bankruptcy Seminar: Sharon Sjostrom

Sharon Sjostrom is a partner with the law firm of Blalack & Williams. In addition to assisting credit union clients with advice and counsel on an individual basis, Sjostrom presents seminars and provides in-house training for credit union employees. She has vast real-world knowledge and extensive experience on a wide variety of credit union issues, including bankruptcy, foreclosures, litigation, operational issues, vendor contract reviews, regulatory and compliance matters, and personnel issues. The unique breadth and depth of Sjostrom ’s experience helps her clients make larger recoveries in bankruptcy cases. She is a graduate of Baylor Law School.

Educational Investment

Fee Per Person/Per Seminar

League Member Early Bird - $250
League Member Regular Rate - $300

A limited number of spots are available. Register early to secure your seat. Walk-ins will be accommodated according to availability. Your investment includes instruction, handouts, continental breakfast, lunch, and two refreshment breaks.

Please be advised that photographs may be taken at the event for use in Cornerstone Credit Union League marketing materials. By registering for and attending any event, you agree that your image may be used at any time, without further notification, for printed materials, web sites, social media, and other marketing purposes.

Cancellation Policy

The Cornerstone Credit Union League reserves the right to cancel or reschedule an event due to unforeseen circumstances. If the seminar is rescheduled to another date or is modified (virtual or hybrid), your registration will automatically transfer. If the event is rescheduled, or the location is changed, and you are unable to attend, your fees will be refunded. Cornerstone encourages you to send a substitute in your place if you cannot attend.

If you submit a written cancellation:

  • 60 days before the start of an event, you will receive a full refund.
  • 31-60 days before the start of an event, 50% of your fees will be refunded.
  • 0-30 days before the start of an event, you will not receive a refund.


If you have questions regarding these seminars, call 800-442-5762 ext. 6630 or 469-385-6630 or email

If you have physical, medical, or dietary needs requiring special attention, please contact us for proper arrangements to be made. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaint or refund, please contact us at 800-442-5762 ext. 6630.