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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…

Thanks and Tip of the Hat to NCBJ

I attended my first National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Annual meeting in Las Vegas a few weeks ago.   They comped me because of my position on the State Bar Bankruptcy Specialists Commission.  The programs were great, the materials were great, the camaraderie with the judges was great.  I especially enjoyed sitting in on the ABI Consumer Commission meeting.  I’m going to upload a little lesson I learned on LLCs in the next day or two.  Next year the program is in San Antonio – see you there.

FBA-LA’s 14th Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Symposium

FBA-LA’s 14th Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Symposium

November 17, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Roybal Federal Building, Conference Room 283
255 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90017 Read more…

Brown Bag on Chapter 13 in Woodland HIlls, October 26, 2017


Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury, as Chair of the Chapter 13 Committee, assisted in the preparation of the new Chapter 13 Plan and the amendments to LBR 3015-1, which becomes effective on December 1, 2017. She will explain the new forms and rules, as they pertain to Chapter 13 practice.

The Hon. Victoria S. Kaufman and Elizabeth F. Rojas, Chapter 13 Trustee, will join Judge Jury and provide additional practice tips.

Date: October 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Place: United States Bankruptcy Court, 21041 Burbank Blvd.,
Woodland Hills, Third Floor Library / Conference Room

You are welcome to bring your lunch.

First Meeting Of Inn of the Court Next Tuesday, Oct 10

Join us for the first meeting of the 2017-2018 Year of The James T. King Bankruptcy Inn of Court

 Our  meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10, 2017  at 6:00 p.m.

 Your hosts for the evening will be: Anthony Friedman, our President  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

Pupillage Team 1 will be presenting this evening Read more…

Nice Program with Judge Alex Kozinski – October 19, 2017

Judging the Judge: A Candid Conversation Between Judge Kozinski and Professors Ronald Collins and David Skover on Appellate Judging and the Politics of Law. Judge Kozinski will engage the authors in a spirited dialogue about partisan politics and the art of appellate judging, primarily at the Supreme Court level.
In their latest book, The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons (Oxford University Press, 2017), Professors Collins and Skover raise a provocative question: What flows from the proposition that law is politics, or that Supreme Court decision-making in controversial cases is greatly influenced by partisan beliefs? That is, ever more people believe that judicial power is a form of political power. If so, what then? The answer: the maximization of judicial power, which is where Machiavelli comes in by way of the 26 power-maxims urged by the authors. It is against this conceptual backdrop that Judge Kozinski will engage the authors in a spirited dialogue about partisan politics and the art of appellate judging, primarily at the Supreme Court level.

Honorable Alex Kozinski, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
Professor Ronald Collins, University of Washington School of Law
Professor David Skover , Seattle University School of Law Read more…

SFVBA Lunch Program September 15, 2017

Email from Steve Fox:

The Bankruptcy Section of the SFVBA is presenting this Friday its annual program looking at tentative opinions, the writings, of the Woodland Hills judges.  This is the annual meeting where our panel really analyzes the judge’s writings and offers insights into the judges, what they are concerned about, what their processes are, why they ruled the way they ruled.

I want to point out one area that the panel will focus on, a really nifty tentative opinion about awarding attorneys’ fees to the prevailing party, a debtor.  The debtor clearly believed it had a great argument but the court pushed back quite a bit as it (the court) really analyzed the problems with the Debtor’s arguments. Read more…

Prof. Chemerinsky Annual Supreme Court Review October 5, 2017

October 5, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Registration at 11:30 a.m.)
Location: The Biltmore Hotel (506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA Parking $22.00 Valet)
United States Supreme Court Review
Featuring Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Also Featuring Judge Barry Russell Federal Practice Award
The Honorable Barry Russell
Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California

San Fernando Valley Bar Association; Bankruptcy Section Program; “Settling with the Trustees” Friday, June 16, 2017, at 12 noon

Email from Steve Fox

Dear All:

This is the monthly message I send to you.

The SFVBA Bankruptcy Section monthly meeting will be this Friday.  The topic is a good one, one that we have gone back to repeatedly over the years because of many requests that we update and repeat the program. Each time, the panel of trustees and trustee attorneys look at the recent issues.  One issue will look at trustee efforts to go after the homestead exemption following the sale of the homestead.  Another will look at the goings on in a chapter 7 case where the trustee sold the family residence to a third party,  the various issues which arose and how the parties and the court dealt with the issues.  In that case, the IRS asserted that its penalty claim against the debtors had to satisfied from the Debtor’s homestead monies.  This particular case had its share of drama too. Read more…

29th Insolvency Conference May 2017

The California Bankruptcy Forum was kind to permit me to audit the Insolvency Conference this weekend on Coronado Island.  As a member of the State Bar Bankruptcy Specialist Commission, I am permitted to audit programs.  About a third of the Central District Bankruptcy Judges were there I would guess and several judges from other districts in California.  The value of sitting at tables and around the chairs in the lobby with the judges you appear in front of every day cannot be overstated.  The programs were great.  I highly recommend it.  Next year the meeting will be somewhere around Lake Tahoe.

Especially fun was the Brutzkus Gubner clambake at the Hotel Del Coronado on Friday night.  A special thanks to Steve Gubner for that.