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February 2017 Bar Pass Rates Announced

The announcement from the Bar with bar exam statistics is here.  The overall pass rate for the February 2017 exam was 34.5% (the lowest in over a decade for a February administration).  The in-state ABA first time pass rate average was 45% and the California Accredited Law School (CALS) first time pass rate average was 18%.

The University of West Los Angeles where I teach had a first time pass rate of 26% (5/19 examinees).     Read more…

29th Insolvency Conference May 2017

The California Bankruptcy Forum was kind to permit me to audit the Insolvency Conference this weekend on Coronado Island.  As a member of the State Bar Bankruptcy Specialist Commission, I am permitted to audit programs.  About a third of the Central District Bankruptcy Judges were there I would guess and several judges from other districts in California.  The value of sitting at tables and around the chairs in the lobby with the judges you appear in front of every day cannot be overstated.  The programs were great.  I highly recommend it.  Next year the meeting will be somewhere around Lake Tahoe.

Especially fun was the Brutzkus Gubner clambake at the Hotel Del Coronado on Friday night.  A special thanks to Steve Gubner for that.

 

LACBA Event – Judge Ernest M. Robles: Pet Peeves and Best Practices 6/15/17

Join United States Bankruptcy Judge Ernest M. Robles and moderator J. Scott Bovitz as they discuss Judge Robles’ pet peeves, reveal the best way to handle the most common motions/trials in Judge Robles’ court, and make suggestions for improving practice in consumer and business cases.

Speakers:
Hon. Ernest M. Robles
, United States Bankruptcy Court
J. Scott Bovitz, Bovitz & Spitzer

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Prober & Raphael Employment Opportunities

Message from Lee Raphael:

My firm is hiring. We are looking to hire:

- Bankruptcy Law Clerk/Paralegal
- Bankruptcy Drafter
- Collections Case Manager/Legal Assistant

Neighborhood Legal Services Job Opening for Staff Attorney

The flyer is attached.  Staff Attorney 5.3.17

SFVB Assn Program May 12, 2017

Email from Steve Fox

Dear All:

Usually we focus on one theme for an hour to an hour and one half.  Our May program panel goes the other way.  Read more…

Congratulations to Diane Weil – new Partner at Danning Gill

I got a notice today that Diane Weil has become a partner at Danning Gill Diamond & Kollitz.  Congratulations.

Prof. Chemerinsky Explains Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger

The 9th Circuit was reversed by the Supreme Court on Tuesday in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, — S. Ct. —, 2017 WL 1377379 (2017).  The case deals with a court’s inherent powers to sanction parties and attorneys.   The rule is pretty clear that a court may sanction a party using its inherent power if the party’s conduct was “bad faith, wanton, vexatious, or oppressive,” i.e., more than reckless or even frivolous.  But how much?  The unanimous Supreme Court said the sanctions “must be compensatory rather than punitive in nature.”  It said that the “fee award may go no further than to redress the wronged party ‘for losses sustained’; it may not impose an additional amount as punishment for the sanctioned party’s misbehavior.”  Thus, “a court’s shifting of fees is limited to reimbursing the victim.”  That is not to say that the sanctions cannot be punitive but if they are, that is essentially a criminal proceeding and the sanctionee has the same rights as other criminal defendants.

In Goodyear, certain reports favorable to the Plaintiff were not turned over to the Plaintiff.  The Plaintiff, not knowing that the reports existed, ultimately settled with Goodyear.  A year later, the reports were discovered.  How is the district court going to figure out “the losses sustained” because of the failure to turnover the reports? Read more…

ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy – First Public Meeting is May 6, 2017

From Prof. Bob Lawless,

As you may have read, the American Bankruptcy Institute has announced the formation of a Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy (https://consumercommission.abi.org/). The Commission has been given the task of recommending improvements in consumer bankruptcy at all levels. Chaired by retired Bankruptcy Judges William Houston Brown and Elizabeth Perris, the Commission is composed of seventeen experts who broadly represent the various stakeholders in the consumer bankruptcy system. The Commission has been saddled with me as its reporter. The Commission will issue a final report in December 2018.

The Commission’s first public meeting will be held during the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys’ (NACBA) 2017 Annual Convention on May 6 from 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM in Oceanic Room 1 of the Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel, the conference hotel. The Commission invites interested persons to request time to make an oral statement at this public meeting, and in addition (or alternatively) to submit a written statement to the Commission. To request a time for a public statement or to send a written statement, please use the Commission’s public email address: ConsumerCommission@abiworld.org. (I monitor this account.) Read more…

Sign up for the Legal Specialization Exam

The one-day State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization examination takes place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  The examination will not be offered again until 2019, so why wait to earn your board certification?

If you sign up before May 1, 2017, the fee is only $100.  If you wait it will be $650.

Attorneys can earn certification in the following areas: Admiralty and Maritime LawAppellate LawBankruptcy LawCriminal LawEstate Planning, Trust and Probate LawFamily LawFranchise and Distribution LawImmigration and Nationality LawLegal Malpractice LawTaxation Law and Workers’ Compensation Law.

The State Bar offers free preparation packets and information about the other certification requirements. For more information, see the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization website.