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Join the 2019-2020 James T. King Southern California Bankruptcy Inn of Court

Email from Tamar Terzian

Your 2019-2020 Executive Board:

Tamar Terzian, President
Hon. Scott Clarkson, Program Moderator
Lucy Mavyan, President Elect
Nancy Zamora, Vice President
Stella Havkin, Secretary
Jeff Hagen, Treasurer

A message from our President:

As incoming President of the James T. King Southern California Bankruptcy Inn of Court, I am very excited to announce a few changes for the upcoming membership year.  Bankruptcy Judge Scott Clarkson, will be this year’s Program Moderator. We are enthusiastic to have his wealth of knowledge and experience as we dive into complex topics this year.  Our topics will mostly focus on Chapter 11 matters, Chapter 12 and Healthcare Cases. We have great venues this year as we will kick off the year at Judge Robles’s home, then the California Club, the Jonathan Club, Chapter 7 Trustee Wes Avery’s home and my home.  We are proud of the current and past members that attend each year and ask that you please join early. We also encourage you to bring a guest or two!  – Tamar Terzian Read more…

cdcbaa 6th Annual JIm King Program – September 7, 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Southwestern Law School, 3050 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sixth Annual James T. King Bankruptcy Symposium

Supreme Court: In re Taggart, Discharge Violations

SPEAKERS:

Daniel L. Geyser, Dallas, Texas
Prof. Dan Bussel, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law
M. Jonathan Hayes, Resnik Hayes Moradi, LLP

Dan Geyser argued the Taggart case before the Supreme Court in April, 2019 and of course obtained a badly needed reversal of the Ninth Circuit opinion. In fact, Dan argued four cases this year in front of the Supreme Court! He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a very entertaining speaker.

Dan has argued the following cases before the Supreme Court:

  • Taggart v. Lorenzen (creditor’s “good faith” does not preclude liability for discharge violations – reversing the Ninth Circuit).
  • Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP (non-judicial foreclosures not covered by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act).
  • U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n v. The Village at Lakeridge, LLC, (appellate standard of review in the “non-statutory insider” context).

His major cases at the circuit court of appeals level:

  • Garfield v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC (Bankruptcy Code does not broadly repeal the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in the discharge context). 811 F.3d 86 (2d Cir. 2016).
  • America’s Servicing Co. v. Schwartz-Tallard (In re Schwartz-Tallard) (attorney’s fees proper for prosecuting violations of the automatic stay – convincing the en banc court to overturn past circuit authority).

Prof. Dan Bussell teaches Bankruptcy and Contracts among other subjects at UCLA Law School. He is also a partner at Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanof & Stern LLP. Prof. Bussel received his law degree from Stanford Law School and clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor after that. Published opinions in which Prof. Bussel served as appellate counsel include Stern v. Marshall (US Supreme Court); In re Penrod (US Supreme Court (on cert.) and 9th Cir.); Continental Insurance Co. v. Thorpe Insulation Co. (9th Cir. and US Supreme Court (on cert.)); and Motor Vehicle Insurance Co. v. Thorpe Insulation Co. (9th Cir.).

This will be an very entertaining discussion about the Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Taggart, the discharge injunction, violations of the automatic stay and perhaps some predictions about where the court and the law is going.

 

Discharging Student Loans in Bankruptcy – Public Counsel program

Email from Christian Cooper:

You are invited to attend “Discharging Student Loans in Bankruptcy,” an MCLE program that will cover the fundamentals of litigating student loans in adversary proceedings.  It is approved for four (4) hours of general MCLE credit.

The program is presented by Public Counsel, and is cosponsored by the Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Association (cdcbaa) and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Read more…

Great cdcbaa Program June 8, 2019 – Handling Trial from Pre-Trial Proceedings until the Appellate Review

Please join us on June 8, 2019 as we present:
 
Judges on Trial! 
 
Hon. Catherine E. Bauer | U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Central District of California, Santa Ana Division 
Hon. Ernest M. Robles | U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Central District of California, Los Angeles Division  
Hon. Martin R. Barash| U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Central District of California, San Fernando Valley Division  
 
Moderator – Anerio V. Altman, Esq. 

 
Judges Bauer, Robles and Barash will discuss their approaches to handling trial from the Pre-Trial Proceedings until the Appellate Review.  The judges will submit themselves to the jurisdiction of the cdcbaa and answer questions from the audience.  Now the tables are turned!
 
Registration: 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Program: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
 
Southwestern Law School
Bullocks Wilshire Building Read more…

Individual Chapter 11s: An Overview – 5pm on Thursday, May 23, 2019

Back by popular demand, the following program is presented in collaboration with the cdcbaa and Orange County Bar Assoc. – Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section.

Individual Chapter 11s: An Overview

Speakers:

Honorable Neil W. Bason | U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Central District, Los Angeles Division
Steven R. Fox, Esq. | Law Offices of Steven R. Fox
Stella A. Havkin, Esq. | Havkin & Shrago
Peter M. Lively, Esq. | Law Office of Peter M. Lively
Dennis E. McGoldrick, Esq. | Law Office of Dennis McGoldrick
Roksana D. Moradi-Brovia, Esq. | Resnik Hayes Moradi LLP
Moderated by D. Edward Hays | Marshack Hays LLP

Join us for an engaging discussion on the nuts and bolts of individual Chapter 11 practice with our expert panel. Follow the life of a Chapter 11 case from prepetition planning to drafting the plan and getting it confirmed.

The OCBA is offering the member rate of $95 to all cdcbaa members — call (949) 440-6700 to sign up.

Date: May 23, 2019

Time: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Catered Events – 300 S. Flower Street, Orange, CA

More details here: https://www.ocbar.org/ Calendar/Event-Detail/ sessionaltcd/CLBMAY2019 https://www.ocbar.org/Calendar/Event-Detail/sessionaltcd/CLBMAY2019

San Fernando Valley Bar Program this Friday – March 22, 2019

Email from Steve Fox:

Dear All:

We practice law in a corner of the USA often without thinking about what the rest of the bankruptcy bar is doing.  They have a lot of good idea what we in the Valley, debtor and creditor attorneys, can use.

Judge Sandra Klein, Cassandra Richey and Roksana Moradi-Brovia will examine cases from other bankruptcy courts and appellate courts to give us some sense of what the rest of the country is doing in bankruptcy.  This is the type of program where you take notes because you get ideas which you can use in your own cases.  The cases are intended to make you think.

The panelists are well known and well respected.  Your time will be well spent.  Here are the program particulars: Read more…

Great Program by Judge Scott Clarkson – April 30, 2019

Rembrandt: The Bankrupt Printmaker: His Life and Bankruptcy Proceedings of 1656

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

5:30 p.m. – Registration & Reception
7 p.m. – Program [1 Hour MCLE Qualified]

REGISTER HERE

First Street U.S. Courthouse
350 W 1st Street, Los Angeles

Lecture & Visual Presentation by Hon. Scott C. Clarkson, United States Bankruptcy Judge

This delightful lecture and presentation will combine art and insolvency law to reveal fascinating insights into the Dutch artist Rembrandt’s life (l606-1669), his Amsterdam workshop, his loves, real estate and art investing, and his eventual insolvency. Fraudulent transfers, secret corporations, asset auctions, and jurisdictional issues not seen since Stern v. Marshall.

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Host Judge: Hon. Neil W. Bason, United States Bankruptcy Judge Read more…

SFVB Program Tomorrow, Friday Feb 8, 2019 – “10 Local Cases”

Email from Steve Fox

Dear All:

Friday of this week, the bankruptcy section of the SFVBA is presenting a panel (Judge Geraldine Mund, Dean Rallis and David S. Hagen).  They will discuss, dissect and argue through 10 local cases (meaning in California) which have impacted bankruptcy practices of creditor attorneys, debtor attorneys and trustees.  The cases go back to 1980 covering a wide range of consumer and business issues including lien stripping, personal liability for claims, enforceability of stipulations in subsequent proceedings and a conflict between the general presumption under Calif. law that property compulsory aquisition valuer during marriage is community property and CA. Evid. Code Section 662.  These are ten cases which the panelists believe have had impact on our practices so this is not a year in review program. Read more…

Henry Sommer Comments at the Calvin Ashland Award Dinner

Henry’s comments at the cdcbaa Calvin Ashland dinner were stirring and meaningful.  I recorded his comments which he looked at and approved.

Comments by Henry Sommer

 upon receiving CDCBAA Attorney of the Year Award

 Recorded by M. Jonathan Hayes

November 15, 2018

Ken Klee:  [00:00:31]  And for the record, let me read the plaque.  “CDCBAA, Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association, Henry J. Sommer, Attorney of the Year 2018, Calvin K. Ashland Award, an annual award presented to those individuals who exemplify in the course of their profession, compassion, understanding, and concern for the individual consumer.” Each recipient has upheld these values that were found in the heart and in the courtroom of the Honorable Calvin K. Ashland.  This award alternates between judges, trustees, and attorneys, each of equal importance in our bankruptcy system of justice.

Henry Sommer:  [00:01:13]  Thank you.  (applause)  Thank you, Ken, for that very generous introduction.  And thank you to the CDCBAA for honoring me with this award.  I can see from the distinguished past recipients, of which Ken was the first, what an honor it is. Read more…

cdcbaa 9th Circuit Review Coming Up January 12, 2019

Saturday, January 12, 2019

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

13th Annual Review of 9th Circuit Decisions on Bankruptcy in 2018

SPEAKERS:

Hon. Neil Bason, U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Central District of California
Hon. Christopher M. Klein, U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Eastern District of California
M. Jonathan Hayes, Resnik Hayes Moradi, LLP Read more…