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Sign up for the Legal Specialization Exam

The one-day State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization examination takes place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  The examination will not be offered again until 2019, so why wait to earn your board certification?

If you sign up before May 1, 2017, the fee is only $100.  If you wait it will be $650.

Attorneys can earn certification in the following areas: Admiralty and Maritime LawAppellate LawBankruptcy LawCriminal LawEstate Planning, Trust and Probate LawFamily LawFranchise and Distribution LawImmigration and Nationality LawLegal Malpractice LawTaxation Law and Workers’ Compensation Law.

The State Bar offers free preparation packets and information about the other certification requirements. For more information, see the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization website.

Bankruptcy Specialist Exam Coming Up in October 24, 2017

The California Legal Specialist Examination is a one-day examination that will take place on:

Date:    Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

Location:  Northern California – Oakland Convention Center
Southern California – Pasadena Convention Center

Examination Fee:  Special pricing for registration will be offered this year. The examination registration fee is $100 if valid payment is received on or before May 1. The fee increases to $250 on May 2 and to $350 on Sept. 2. Registration deadline is Oct. 2. Read more…

MCLE for Bankruptcy Specialists

At the last state bar specialist commission meeting I inquired about the MCLE requirements for BK Specialists.  The hours of bankruptcy needed must be bankruptcy oriented but that doesn’t mean specifically designated as specialist approved.  The program must be bankruptcy specifically and not something that is general law that helps bankruptcy lawyers but only in general.  For example, a program on how to do depositions helps bk lawyers but would not count as bk specialist hours.

Results of Bankruptcy Specialist Exam to be Mailed Today

SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2016 — The State Bar of California’s California Board of Legal Specialization reported today that 75 percent of the examinees passed the October 2015 Legal Specialist Examination. If the 551 people who passed the October 2015 exam satisfy the other requirements for certification, they will be able to hold themselves out to the public as certified specialists.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015 – The Ins and Outs of Discovery in Bankruptcy

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 12 noon – 1 p.m.

The Ins and Outs of Discovery in Bankruptcy

Jonathan S. Dabbieri (Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engle)
Uzzi O. Raanan (Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz LLP) Read more…

November 17, 2015 – Examining the Dischargeability of Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy Proceedings

Complimentary CLE-Accredited Webinar

Student loan debt is estimated to be more than $1 trillion nationwide, greater than all credit card debt of all Americans combined. Unlike credit card debt, student loan debt cannot be discharged in a bankruptcy without a showing of undue hardship. Prior to 1977, student loans could be discharged in the same way as credit card debt; however, concerns and fears over students abusing the bankruptcy system prompted Congress to add 11 U.S.C. Section 523(a)(8). Steven Werth, Associate with SulmeyerKupetz, Magdalena Bordeaux, Supervising Attorney of Public Counsel’s Debtor Assistance Project, will address:

The historical background of Section 523(a)(8) and how that statute has changed over the decades.

How courts now apply the test of undue hardship.
The differences among the circuits as to how undue hardship is determined, and potential arguments that can be made for interpreting undue hardship differently.

November 17, 2015

11:00 a.m. PT

November 12, 2015 – 2015 Bernard Witkin Lecture: A Conversation with Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court Leondra Kruger moderated by Presiding Justice Lee Edmon

2015 Bernard Witkin Lecture: A Conversation with Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court Leondra Kruger moderated by Presiding Justice Lee Edmon


Presented by: Los Angeles County Bar Association Read more…

Thursday, November 5 – Litigation Funding – Risks, Opportunities, and Shifting Leverage in Bankruptcy

Litigation Funding – Risks, Opportunities, and Shifting Leverage in Bankruptcy
Thursday, November 5

Jennifer Nassiri, Venable LLC
Courtney Pozmantier, Greenberg Glusker
Emily Slater, Burford Capital
Eric Winston, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP Read more…

Thursday, November 12, 2015 – Understanding Chapter 13

To all attorneys:

You are invited to Understanding Chapter 13, an MCLE program that will introduce you to the fundamentals of Chapter 13 bankruptcy law. It is approved for four (4) hours of MCLE credit

The program is presented by Public Counsel, and is cosponsored by cdcbaa and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Lunch will be provided. See attached flyer for additional program details. Read more…

Legal Specialist Exam Deadline Approaching

From the Board of Legal Specialization of the California State Bar

I’d like to take a moment to personally encourage you to take action by October 1, and to consider becoming a certified specialist and register for the examination by the October 1, 2015 deadline.  I have found it very beneficial to be a board certified specialist, and I’d like you to also enjoy the same advantages.  One of my colleagues explains it well here:  Legal Specialization Offers Unique Perks.   Read more…