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

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

Speakers:
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…

Thursday, November 12, 2015 – Public Counsel – 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.

DATE: Thursday, November 12, 2015
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Roybal Federal Building, 255 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
FLOOR: 12th Floor
ROOM: Assembly Room 1268 Read more…

Thursday, October 29, 2015 – U.S. Trustee Brownbag – 341(a)’s

The U.S. Trustee is hosting a unique Brownbag program on Thursday, October 29, 2015 from noon to 1:30 p.m. We will be discussing issues and concerns related to all matters 341(a)—particularly the rules and rationale behind the smooth and effective conduct of this essential piece of the bankruptcy process.

Proposed topics include:  Read more…

Thursday, September 24, 2015 – OCBA – Exemptions Case Law and Statutory Update

ORANGE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
COMMERCIAL LAW & BANKRUPTCY SECTION

September Meeting

Exemptions Case Law and Statutory Update
 Learn about 2014-2015 developments regarding exemptions including recent case law imposing the burden of proof on the Debtor and allowed surcharges after Law v. Siegel;
 Discover best practices for maximizing exemptions without risking denial of discharge; and
 The panelists will also discuss proposed Senate Bill 308 increasing the homestead exemption to $300,000 across the board and eliminating the requirement to reinvest exemption proceeds.

D. Edward Hays, Esq., Partner, Marshack Hays LLP
Jeffrey I. Golden, Esq., Partner, Lobel Weiland Golden Friedman LLP Read more…

Last Day for Early Bird Sign Up for Bankruptcy Specialist Exam

Today is the deadline for early bird pricing to register for the Legal Specialist Examination, so if you have friends who are interested in taking the examination, this would be a good time to forward this reminder to them.

Legal Specialist Examination Early Bird Registration Rates through September 1: Attorneys who have been practicing in a specialty since January 2014 or longer can register to take the legal specialist examination on October 27, 2015.  Registration is open until October 1, 2015, but early bird prices are in effect until September 1, 2015.  NEW this year, many private providers are offering preparation classes for the examination.  Learn more at www.californiaspecialist.org, a State Bar website.  Certified specialties are available in the following areas of law: AdmiraltyAppellateBankruptcyCriminalEstate PlanningFamilyFranchiseImmigrationLegal Malpractice,Taxation and Workers’ Compensation.

Read about how legal specialization offers unique perks, from the perspective of current certified specialist Michael Berg.

For additional questions, interested applicants should e-mail legalspec@calbar.ca.gov or call (415)538-2120.

Sincerely,

The Department of Legal Specialization

Awndrea Lee | Administrative Assistant II
Office of Admissions, Department of Legal Specialization
The State Bar of California | 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105
415.538.2377 | Fax: 415.538.2180 | Awndrea.Lee@calbar.ca.gov

Specialization Exam Class Coming Up

Counsel:

Our next monthly class (with MCLE credit) to prepare for the October, 2015 Exam will be held from noon to 1:30 pm on June 19, 2015 in the basement of 6055 E. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90012.  Free parking.  Dennis (this is the second of the two classes he always teaches alone) will be discussing Chapter 21 of the Blum Book (viz. Chapter 11 practice).  The texts for the free course are as follows (available on Amazon.com):

(1)     Blum, Brian A. – Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor Examples and Explanations 6th Edition (ISBN 1454833912); [Class Textbook]

(2)     EZ Rules for the Bankruptcy Code (ISBN 978-0-7355-7197-6) [Bankruptcy Code translated into Layperson English];

(3)     Martin, Nathalie – The Glannon Guide to Bankruptcy (ISBN 978-0-7355-0728-9); [Problem Sets]

(4)     AWHFY, L.P. – Annotated Mini Code Mini Rules Western Edition (ISSN 1553-264X) [9th Circuit Caselaw]; and

(5)     Markell, Bruce A. – Questions & Answers: Bankruptcy (ISBN 978-0-8205-5673-4) [Problem Sets]

Wesley H. Avery

Note:  The forms to sign up for the exam and information about the exam can be accessed here.  

5/15/15 – San Fernando Valley Bar Association; The Messed Up Chapter 13 Plan and the Hunt Through the Brier Patch

From Steve Fox:

Dear All:

Friday’s program has a little bit of everything, some fun, some serious detective work, some argument, some collaboration and something to learn.

In recent weeks, a small number of attorneys have been putting together the most flawed chapter 13 plan they can devise. Some flaws are obvious; others are subtle. Some flaws are policy issues; some flaws are red herrings. Some tweaks to the plan are meant to stir thought. The program will require all attending attorneys and judges to form into small groups and to put their heads together and develop lists of these flaws. The groups with the best lists will earn prizes. When time for the groups is up, we will reconvene as a whole and analyze the plan together.

If you do not do chapter 13 work, you still want to attend the program. One, creditor attorneys will enjoy finding the flaws and issues. Second, you will learn a lot about plan drafting and that learning can transfer over to chapter 11 plans. Third, most MCLE programs could be a lot more interesting; this one will be.

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5/21/15 – CLB Event: Winning Strategies for Debtor and Creditor Counsel

Orange County Bar Association
Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section Meeting
May 21, 2015
11:45 AM – 1:30 PM
Tustin Ranch Golf Club

Topic:
Individual Chapter 11s – Winning Strategies for Debtors and Creditors Counsel

The panelists will discuss multiple issues that arise in individual Chapter 11 cases, and provide tips and strategies for successfully practicing in this area. This program seeks to provide practice-based advice and solutions for navigating this complicated area of law that often involves new and evolving legal issues. Topics will include: budgets; tax issues such as short year elections; lien stripping; the anti-lien modification statute; property of the estate; strategies for confirming or objecting to a plan; cram down and absolute priority rule strategies; post-confirmation plan modification; case closing and discharge issues; and issues arising upon appointment of a chapter 11 trustee.

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