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Shout Out to Jardee Transcription Service

The thought occurred to me that I should compliment Barb Jardee on the great job she did on the Meredith Jury transcript.  I sent her the video tape of Judge Jury at the Ashland Awards dinner and asked her to do her best.  With the echoes and other noise, it was very difficult to understand any of what Judge Jury was saying.  I thought there was a chance that it was impossible and would never get done.  But somehow Barb got about 80% of the words into a word file.  I sent that to Judge Jury and she was able to remember what she said and complete the transcript.

Barb was referred to me by Judge Mund a few years ago.  She has transcribed many things for me; oral histories, 341(a) transcripts, audio tapes I have made of client statements etc.  She is very quick, very accurate and very reasonable.  She is in Arizona so we do everything by email and Box Drop.

Barb’s email is  I highly recommend her to you.  Her website is

Judge Meredith Jury’s Comments at the cdcbaa Ashland Awards Dinner

Judge Jury received the cdcbaa award as Judge of the Year at our annual Ashland Awards dinner last month.   Her comments were epic and the award so well deserved.  Luckily I was able to track down someone who taped her statement on an IPhone (or something).  I had the comments transcribed with Judge Jury’s permission and posted on the cdcbaa website.  You can read her statement here.   It is one of my greatest honors to count her as a friend.

Very Nice Article on Paid Preparers

How to Get Away With Bankruptcy Fraud

This article by Paul Kiel for ProPublica is really nice.  We all know it goes on and most of us wish we could help fix the problem.  The article shows why Judge Maureen Tighe should be up for canonization.

I sent Paul an email thanking him for the investigative work and the great article.  Here is his response:”

Thanks, Jon. I hope it leads to something!  Please let me know if you see any evidence of stepped-up enforcement or anything like that, because we publish our stories with the goal that they bring change.  There has been some chatter about a kind of task force between the debtor and creditor bar on the CACBA listserv, I think.

CFPD Biennial Report on the Credit Card Market (352 pages!)

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) 2017 report on the state of the credit card market is here.  Lots of charts and info.  The cynic in me wonders how much was spent by the government preparing this report.    The CFPB annual budget is $630 million.  Its budget report discusses four goals:

1.  Prevent financial harm to consumers while promoting good practices that benefit them  ($286 million) Read more…

Alberta Stahl RIP

Alberta P. Stahl ObituaryChapter 7 trustee Alberta Stahl passed away this week.  I never heard a single person say something bad or unpleasant about her.  The LA Times Obituary is here.  An email from Heidi Kurtz is below.

Dear Friends:

I am very sad to tell you that Alberta Stahl passed away yesterday at Cedars Sinai hospital.  Although she was receiving treatment for a cancer diagnosis, her death was unexpected for her family who had recently travelled to Las Vegas with her a month ago. Read more…

Occam’s Razor

One of the side benefits of writing all the briefs I write is learning new words and phrases.  In her dissent in Henry v. Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (In the Matter of Wlldesign, Inc.), — F.3d —, (9th Cir. Oct. 2017), Judge Jacqueline Nguyen commented (quoting from another case),

“To avoid this result, the court opted to ‘slice these [steps] off with Occam’s Razor and leave a more functional rule’ in their place.” Read more…

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…