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UWLA will host the 2018 Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition

Dear Faculty, Students, and Alums,

The University of West Los Angeles School of Law is pleased to announce it will host the 2018 Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition on April 14-15, 2018 at the LAX campus of the law school.

Moot court is an extracurricular activity at most established law schools in which law students, competing as teams, take part in simulated appellate court proceedings.  Students draft written briefs and present oral argument to a panel of judges in a format that follows rules and procedures that apply to actual appellate litigation. Read more…

Welcoming David Goodrich to the State Bar Bankruptcy Specialist Commission

I’m at the state bar in San Francisco grading the essay questions from the Bankruptcy Specialists exam given a couple of weeks ago.  This is the first meeting attended by our newest commissioner, David Goodrich.   The commissioners are, besides myself (in my last year), Stella Havkin, Alan Vanderhof, Jim Selth, Cathy Moran, Dave Eldan, Phil Gillete, and Dave Goodrich.

Ten Tips from Judge Neil Bason on Rule Changes Effective December 1, 2017

In the Court News for November and December Judge Neil Bason has an excellent article pointing out some of the bigger changes in the new rules that we all need to be aware of.

The tips are:

1. Signatures – Get Original “Wet Ink” Signatures, File a Scanned PDF Copy, and Keep Them In Your Files
2. Proofs Of Claim – File Them Early And Often
3. Objections to Claims – Serve Them Correctly
4. Chapter 13 – § 341(a) Meetings and Confirmation Hearings
5. Chapter 13 – New Plan – Only For Cases Filed 12/1/17 or Later
6. Chapter 13 – New Plan – Up-Front Disclosures re: Liens (and Other Nonstandard Provisions)
7. Chapter 13 – New Plan – Secured and Priority Claims (Classes 1-4)
8. Chapter 13 – New Plan – “Pot,” “Percent,” and “Residual” Plans, and Possibly More Than
9. Chapter 13 – New Plan – Surrendered Collateral (Class 6) and Executory Contracts/Unexpired Leases
10. Valuing collateral and/or avoiding liens (§§ 506, 522(f))

Front Row Kids

This is such a great article.  I have posted before on how the Supreme Court Justices are basically carbon copies of each other.  They come from basically two elitist schools, have not been trial judges, have not been in the trenches with “the people.”  A tip of the hat to my Associate David Kritzer for pointing this article out to me.

‘Front Row Kids’ and values have taken over our courts

two mutually hostile camps: a largely coastal, urban party run by educated elites, and a largely rural and suburban “flyover country” party composed of people who did not attend elite schools and who do not see themselves as dependent on those who do. Read more…

Thanks and Tip of the Hat to NCBJ

I attended my first National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Annual meeting in Las Vegas a few weeks ago.   They comped me because of my position on the State Bar Bankruptcy Specialists Commission.  The programs were great, the materials were great, the camaraderie with the judges was great.  I especially enjoyed sitting in on the ABI Consumer Commission meeting.  I’m going to upload a little lesson I learned on LLCs in the next day or two.  Next year the program is in San Antonio – see you there.

UWLA Announces Bankruptcy Litigation Clinic

The University of West Los Angeles School of Law has formed a bankruptcy clinic which will focus on litigation aiming its efforts at those who have been sued and cannot afford an attorney.  The announcement is here.  I will be the leader to get it going.  To start, I will be at the self-help desk at the bankruptcy court in Woodland Hills this coming Friday November 3 and Friday December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  I will have a UWLA law student with me and will try to give some general advice on bankruptcy litigation to anyone who shows up.    UWLA students are being offered school credit for assisting the efforts for a semester.

No appointment or registration is necessary.  It will be first come first served.

FBA-LA’s 14th Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Symposium

FBA-LA’s 14th Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Symposium

November 17, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Roybal Federal Building, Conference Room 283
255 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90017 Read more…

Should Attorneys Fees in Chapter 7 be Non-Dischargeable – Your Chance to Chime in

This is a post from atty Danny Gill on Facebook.
LOOKING FOR COMMENTS. It has been suggested to the ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy that Congress make attorneys fees for filing a Chapter 7 non-dischargeable, to allow lawyers to be paid over time for filing a 7.  I’m looking for comments on the issue, either for or against that fix or suggesting other ways more very poor people can have access to Chapter 7 with no (or only a little) money down.  If you’re interested write me at Thanks.

Brown Bag on Chapter 13 in Woodland HIlls, October 26, 2017


Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury, as Chair of the Chapter 13 Committee, assisted in the preparation of the new Chapter 13 Plan and the amendments to LBR 3015-1, which becomes effective on December 1, 2017. She will explain the new forms and rules, as they pertain to Chapter 13 practice.

The Hon. Victoria S. Kaufman and Elizabeth F. Rojas, Chapter 13 Trustee, will join Judge Jury and provide additional practice tips.

Date: October 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Place: United States Bankruptcy Court, 21041 Burbank Blvd.,
Woodland Hills, Third Floor Library / Conference Room

You are welcome to bring your lunch.

First Meeting Of Inn of the Court Next Tuesday, Oct 10

Join us for the first meeting of the 2017-2018 Year of The James T. King Bankruptcy Inn of Court

 Our  meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10, 2017  at 6:00 p.m.

 Your hosts for the evening will be: Anthony Friedman, our President  and the Honorable Neil Bason, our Program Moderator

We will be meeting at Taix French Restaurant located at:

1911 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Pupillage Team 1 will be presenting this evening Read more…