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San Fernando Valley Bar Association — Bankruptcy Section Program: Judge Russell and J. Scott Bovitz on Sec. 523(a)(2)(A)

I went to the presentation that Scott Bovitz and Judge Russell gave last year at the San Fernando Valley Bat Assoc. and it was amazing — Steve Fox sent out the following info re their program this year: 

We try each year to have Judge Barry Russell and J. Scott Bovitz speak about Section 523(a) issues of interest. They are an entertaining and informative pair. They educate; they delight; they teach and we learn. Here is a summary of material of what this duo will discuss:

• Tips for litigating fraud cases under 11 U.S.C. §523(a)(2)(A)” will be of interest to both debtors and creditors. Read more…

cdcbaa 9th Circuit Review Video Conferencing Went Very Nicely

We had a pretty big crowd again at the 9th Circuit Review last Saturday at Southwestern Law School.  The classroom on the third floor was definitely full.  Judge Zurzolo and Judge Taylor were great.

We set up the program for video conferencing.  I say “we,” but Peter Lively did the work.  We had 8 or 9 people attend the program by video conference and the feedback was pretty good.  It wasn’t perfect but it will be a little more perfect on February 11.  I think I’m going to try it myself.  If you sign up and connect, you can sit at your computer at home or in the office and watch and listen to the speakers – live.  There is a Zoom app for smart-phones and tablets, so viewing can be from anywhere.

To attend the programs by video conferencing you just need to get a free account at  Then you send an email to Peter Lively at  He will send you the materials for the program and the link the night before the program.  You must be a member of the cdcbaa as always to attend but there is no further cost after that.  The sign-in sheets and MCLE certificates are processed through emails with Linda after the program.

Give it a try.




Brown Bag on the Loan Modification Management Program – Feb 6, 2017 at Roybal

Judges Barash and Bason are going to host a brown bag lunch presentation on the Loan Modification Management Program (“LMM”) currently in the pilot phase in cases pending before Judges Barash, Bason, Bauer, Brand and Yun.  The luncheon will be held on 2/6/17 at 12:00 p.m. at the Roybal building.    This is the link to the event page on the Court’s website.

I highly recommend attending this.  The courts need our input.  If they don’t get our input, they are flying blind to some extent.  There is certainly the desire on the part of the courts to help.

See you there.

Inn of the Court Meeting Set for February 8, 2017

The James T. King Bankruptcy Inn of Court meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Your hosts for the evening will be Co-Presidents: Hale Antico 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  Read more…

Judge Barash to Hold Brown Bag on Loan Modification Management Program

This program is an excellent opportunity for you to get the inside scoop on the new Loan Modification Management Program.  This is a “pilot” program meaning there will be a “feeling out” period by everyone involved.  I think its a great effort and should be supported by the local bankruptcy bar.  Brown Bag Flier Barash Read more…

Online Training Seminars re Loan Modification Management Pilot Program

DMM, the program manager for the Court’s Loan Modification Management Pilot Program (“LMM”), is offering online training seminars on the use of the DMM web portal:

 Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 1:00 PM (Pacific Time), and Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at 10:00 AM (Pacific Time).
The free one hour online training seminar was specifically designed for attorneys practicing in California who represent borrowers/debtors.  Upon completion, participants will know how to gather and complete LMM paperwork and submit it directly to the loan servicer.  DMM Portal Training Topics include: Read more…

Top Ten Supreme Court Cases on Bankruptcy – This Friday at SFVBA

Email from Steve Fox

Dear All:

How many Supreme Court opinions that affect us bankruptcy practitioners can you name and discuss in court without notes?  If you are like most bankruptcy practitioners, the opinions of the Supreme Court too often seem to be mostly remembered in two ways: with uneasiness when the opinions are issued; and then later as some distant background as we forget what the Supremes held.

We have a really neat and intellectually important program on Friday, December 9th at 12:00 noon.  The MCLE is for 1 and ¼ hours.  Jon Hayes, David Gould and Alan M. Ahart (ret.) will discuss, argue, disagree and agree, analyze, tear apart and put back together, bring up fun trivia along the way, all while bringing to our attention why the Supreme Court matters to bankruptcy practitioners and how we can use their opinions to assist our clients.  Given that Jon Hayes prepared the materials, they have a very high quality. Read more…

FBA Program on Unbundling and Limited Scope Representation

I had a great time on Friday doing a program for the Federal Bar Assn with Judge Sandra Klein.  We tried to summarize the various code sections and rules that circumscribe unbundling and limited scope representation, at least in the central district.   The point was to show that there are really not very many black-letter rules. The point also is that attys may enter into agreements with persons which limit the efforts the atty will make on behalf of the person – subject to only a few rules.

I will summarize the rules.  It helps me get it clear in my head.

United State Constitution – nothing (tongue firmly in cheek). Read more…

ABI Consumer Connect December 2, 2016, Palos Verdes

This is an all day program called Consumer Connect aimed at consumer bankruptcy lawyers.  There are great speakers including Judge Martin Barash and Prof. Erwin Chemerinsky who will give the keynote address at the luncheon (which is included with the admission).  I will be doing two programs, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, called Consumer Law Update with Chapter 7 Trustee Wes Avery and UST attorney Jennifer Braun.

Here is the info and the website where you can sign up.  See you there.  Jon  Read more…

SFVBA Program: Ten Recent 9th Circuit Cases, Give or Take – This Friday

Email from Steve Fox:

To All:

We have a killer of a program for you this time around.  Here are the participants:

Honorable Maureen Tighe, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge

Christopher Wong, law clerk to the Honorable Maureen Tighe

Andrew Goodman (yes, Macky’s back)

Steven Fox Read more…