Press Release

 Janet Northrup and Brendetta Scott of Hughes Watters Askanase

 to Speak at the University of Houston Law Foundation's
Collecting Debts and Judgments Seminar

HOUSTON, Texas (Sept. 3, 2008) - Janet Northrup and Brendetta Scott of Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P. ( are serving as speakers for the Collecting Debts and Judgment Seminar sponsored by the University of Houston Law Foundation offered live Sept. 11-12 in Dallas and Sept. 18-19 in Houston.

Northrup and Scott are included among several attorneys who have been chosen to deliver presentations for the course.  Their topic for the series is "After a Bankruptcy Filing, How to Continue the Collection Effort."  Northrup, who joined HWA last year in an of counsel role, is recognized as one of the top consumer bankruptcy experts in Texas. Scott, an associate, supports the Consumer Financial Services Practice Group at HWA.  

Northrup and Scott were asked to speak by Betty Bradley, director of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Houston.  The conference is geared toward creditor attorneys and collection entity's general civil practice attorneys. 

"Bankruptcy filings are increasing and becoming more and more prevalent around the country," said Northrup. "The general public, collection entities, and creditors' attorneys need to be educated on what their rights are and the debtors' responsibilities.  This will enable them to be in the best possible economic position."

Northrup has more than 25 years as a licensed and practicing attorney. She has been named a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine. She is certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been a Chapter 7 Trustee for the Southern District of Texas since 1986.  For a full biographical profile on Janet Northrup, please visit

Scott, who has been with HWA for five years, was named a Rising Star in the April 2007 and 2008 editions of Law & Politics and Texas Monthly magazines.   Scott is a member of the Law Week Committee (2006-2007 Co-Chair) and the Professionalism Committee (2008-2009 Co-Chair) and the Speakers Bureau Committee of the Houston Bar Association. She is also a member of the Arthur Moeller/David Foltz Bankruptcy Inns of Court, College of the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Young Lawyers Association. Her practice focuses on bankruptcy, creditors' rights and default servicing representing a variety of mortgage companies and credit unions. For a full biographical profile on Brendetta Scott, please visit

About the University of Houston Law Foundation Event

This comprehensive, practical course is designed for attorneys in civil practice and will give detailed instruction on the collection of debts before suit, during litigation, and after judgment. It will include an overview of the collections process, locating defendants and assets through the internet, exempt property, foreclosures and deficiencies, ethics and malpractice prevention, fraudulent transfer and conveyance, continuing the collection effort after bankruptcy,  promissory note claims, a judge's view of the collections process, turnover and receivership, discovery strategies after judgment, sequestration and pre-judgment garnishment, summary judgment, default judgments and service of process, how to renew judgments, and post-judgment remedies. The course is approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Bankruptcy and Consumer law and is approved for 12 hours of MCLE, including 2 hours of ethics credits.  For more information and to register for this course

About Hughes Watters Askanase

For more than 30 years, Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P. has helped business organizations, financial institutions and individuals succeed with their business endeavors. The firm's attorneys play a strategic role and support clients through every stage of existence and operation, from formation to liquidation. The practice focuses on the six interrelated areas which provide the greatest opportunities and most challenging obstacles: business bankruptcy, business planning and strategy, default servicing, real estate and finance, consumer financial services, and commercial litigation. For more information on Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P., please visit


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