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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…

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))

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.

F. Lee Bailey Files Chapter 13 In Portland Maine – Chapter 13 Trustee Annoyed

Think your chapter 13 trustee is tough?  This is what the trustee filed last week in F. Lee Bailey’s Chapter 13 case.

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT District of Maine

In the matter of F. LEE BAILEY Chapter 13 Debtor Case # 17-20323

TRUSTEE’S COMMENTS ON CONFIRMATION OF DEBTOR’S PLAN

NOW COMES the standing Chapter 13 trustee Peter C. Fessenden and submits the following comments in connection with confirmation of the debtor’s plan. Read more…

Scotus Blog Stat Pack for Last Term

I just love these.  Every possible statistic you can imagine about last term can be found here.

A few tidbits:

The Supreme Court issued opinions on only 62 cases the entire year.  They also issued 7 summary reversals.

They affirmed only 15 of total 71 cases or 21%.  As to the 9th Circuit, they affirmed 1 out of 8 cases.  Only the 1st Circuit (1-0) had more affirmations than reversals.    Even the Federal Circuit was reversed 6 out of 7 cases.  State courts were reversed in 14 out of 17 matters. Read more…

Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society (Sept. 26, 2017 – City Club, Los Angeles)

Email this morning from Misty Perry Isaacson:

Good morning colleagues.  I hope you all had a wonderful time at the Ninth Circuit’s Judicial Conference in San Francisco last week.  For those of you who were unable to attend, we missed you.

Please see the attached Save the Date and Sponsorship flyers that I received from the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society (“NJCHS”) regarding their upcoming gala event set for September 26, 2017 at the City Club in Los Angeles.  Tickets and sponsorship are also available off their website.  Read more…

State Bar “Sections” to Separate from the State Bar, Effective as Early as January 1, 2018

From Jim Hill, Chairman of the Business Law Section of the State Bar:

The bar restructuring legislation, SB 36, passed unanimously in the Senate and has been sent to the Assembly for its consideration in the early days of the summer.  If all stays on track, we are looking for the Sections to emerge into the new entity as early as January 1, 2018.

The summary of Senate Bill 36 provides:    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…

Sixth Annual LCL 5K Benefiting Public Counsel’s Debtor Assistance Project!

Registration is now open for the Sixth Annual LCL 5K Benefiting Public Counsel’s Debtor Assistance Project (“DAP”)!

For over 17 years, Public Counsel’s DAP has helped thousands of individuals and families struggling under crushing debt loads navigate the bankruptcy system. The DAP provides greatly needed pro bono legal services to close to 3,000 individuals and families every year.

This premier event is happening on Saturday, April 22 at 8 am at beautiful Dockweiler Beach in Playa Del Rey!   The 5k is an all flat, 100% ocean front, chip-timed course that will be enjoyable for everyone from elite runners to casual walkers (strollers welcome).  Free race photo downloads will be available for all participants.  Easy parking in the beach lot at the race start or free parking on Vista del Mar.  We are limited to 400 participants so please register soon, before the race fills up! Read more…

State of Washington & State of Minnesota v. Trump

From Judge Martin Barash

For those of you that may be interested in following the Ninth Circuit appeal of the TRO enjoining the President’s executive order regarding immigration, here’s a link to the public webpage containing the case docket. This page contains links to all of the legal briefs filed in the appeal–on all sides of the issue–as well as the orders of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The final reply brief of the government is due later today, at 3pm Pacific.

The link is here.