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Nice cdcbaa Program on Student Loans

Austin smith program








Leigh Ferrin from Public Law Center, Austin Smith and Christine Kingston.

I have to admit that I have told many debtors and prospective debtors that student loans are almost never discharged.  I definitely have a new view after the cdcbaa program last Saturday.  Loans made by the government, guaranteed by the government or made by a non-profit organization are clearly “student loans” and are not discharged unless the substantial hardship works.  But all other loans, made to students for the purpose, at least in part, of attending school, are not necessarily “student loans.”   The loan has to be an “educational loan that is a qualified education loan, as defined in section 221(d)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.”  Take a look at that code section.  The loan must be made by an “eligible student,” at an “eligible institution,” and for “eligible expenses.”  Loop holes all over the place there.

LA County Bar Program March 28, 2018 at Noon – Detecting Psychopaths in the Legal and Other Industries

Detecting Psychopaths in the Legal and Other Industries

Psychopaths make up 1% to 4% of the population. While serial killers tend to get the
most press, the high concentration of psychopaths in leadership positions and
businesses is a pervasive problem.

Learn about the specific traits of psychopaths and the professions with the highest percentages of
psychopaths to best be able to interview and detect psychopaths. This program will discuss: Read more…

cdcbaa Program on Student Loan Dischargeability on Saturday, March 17 at Southwestern Law School

This should be good.   The program is at Southwestern Law School, Westmoreland Building – 3rd Floor, 3050 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010.  

Speakers are


  • Leigh E. Ferrin, Esq. – Public Law Center
  • Christine E. Kingston, Esq.
  • Austin C. Smith, Esq.

Information on this exceptional panel follows: Read more…

Is There a Duty of Adult Children to Support Their Parents?

Yes says California Family Code Section 4400:

Except as otherwise provided by law, an adult child shall, to the extent of his or her ability, support a parent who is in need and unable to maintain himself or herself by work.

Thanks and a tip of the hat to Shai Oved for pointing this out at the cdcbaa program on Elder Abuse last Saturday at Southwestern Law School.  I immediately forwarded the code section to my kids lest they forget.

LABF Program – March 12, 2018

How You Do D&O and Bankruptcy
Join our esteemed panelists as they explore issues regarding D&O litigation and bankruptcy.  Our panelists will discuss the differences in D&O litigation between California law and Delaware law; how you choose the forum: State Court vs. District Court vs. Bankruptcy Court; as well as the payment and advancement of defense fees and costs, covered vs. uncovered claims, and who owns the D&O insurance proceeds.

Hon. Martin R. Barash — United States Bankruptcy Court
Cynthia M. Cohen — Glaser Weil
Richard L. Wynne — Jones Day
William N. Lobel — Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones Read more…

Ben Reznik to be Honored by Jewish World Watch

Ben and I worked together a long time ago, very early in my career.  I’m happy to pass on the information on the program.

From the flyer,

Ben Reznik, with his wife, Janice Kamenir-Reznik, was a critical moving force in helping to establish Jewish World Watch nearly 15 years ago in response to the Darfuri genocide. He has been a leader for decades in the Los Angeles business and real estate communities as well as in the Jewish community.  Read more…

San Fernando Valley Bar Assn to Honor Judge Geraldine Mund

Email from Steve Fox,

Dear All:

The bankruptcy section is not conducting a meeting in February.  We will be back soon with some really good programs.

At the SFVBA’s annual judge’s night event on Thursday February 22, 2018 , Judge Mund is being honored.  The program will have a number of bankruptcy judges in attendance (along with state court judges) and it would be great to have a lot of bankruptcy attorneys in attendance for Judge Mund. Read more…

Nice LACBA Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section Program – February 15, 2018

Thanks for the heads-up from Nina Javan.  You can register here.

 Insolvency and International Agreements:

Introduction and Alternatives

 Thursday, February 15, 2018

 Registration/Lunch: 11:30 a.m.
Program: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Los Angeles County Bar Association
1055 W. 7th Street, 27th Floor
Los Angeles. CA 90017

1.5 hr. CLE credit

Bankruptcy Inn of the Court Meeting – February 13, 2018

Please join us for our 3rd installment of the James T. King Bankruptcy Inn of Court Meeting

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

reception at 6:00 p.m. &

dinner/presentation at 6:30 p.m.

located at Taix French Restaurant

Read more…

cdcbaa 9th Circuit Review is this Saturday at Loyola Law School

Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Association

12th Annual Review of 9th Circuit Decisions on Bankruptcy in 2017

January 27, 2018 


Hon. Julia Brand
Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California, Los Angeles Division and member of 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel

Hon. Charles Novack
Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of California,

M. Jonathan Hayes
Simon Resnik Hayes LLP Read more…