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Court is Asking for Local Students to Participate in 9th Circuit Civics Contest

The U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Central District of California are encouraging high school students to participate in the 2017 Ninth Circuit Civics essay and video competition (the “Contest”).

The theme of the Contest is “Not to be Forgotten: Legal Lessons of the Japanese Internment.”  Students are asked to relate the legal history of the Japanese internment to current government efforts to protect the nation against terrorism.  The focus is on constitutional conflicts that can arise when national security and individual rights are both at stake. Student winners will receive cash prizes and other recognition.

For more information, please review the attached flyer.


Chief Judge Sheri Bluebond has announced that the Central District has established a Loan Modification Management Pilot Program (“LMM”).  Currently, the LMM is just a pilot program and not a district wide program.

Five Judges are participating in the pilot program, Judge Julia W. Brand, Judge Neil W. Bason, Judge Scott H. Yun, Judge Catherine E. Bauer and Judge Martin R. Barash.

There are forms and procedures as you can imagine.  The forms may be accessed here.  The procedures may be accessed here.

The 11 pages of procedures state: Read more…

Video Overview of New Forms

The Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California has prepared a video overview of the new forms that are effective December 1, 2015 and it is available on our court’s website under the News and Announcements section.

Thank you,

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, NDC
Information Technology Division

RDM’s Roundup

Starting December 1, we all have to use the new national forms. Although you can hypothetically e-file a case using the old forms and get a case number (and automatic stay…) you will immediately be hit with a case deficiency notice requiring the uploading of the correct/missing forms within seventy-two hours or the case will be dismissed.

The general vibe I get is that attorneys are not that worried about the new forms as the BK software “we” (all!?) use will just spit them out organized correctly, after “we” have input the info the way we always have. Read more…

CM/ECF Signatures

I have been questioned about an /s/ signature we uploaded recently.  It made me pull out the Court Manual and remind myself of the actual requirements for using an /s/ signature.  After 8-9 readings of the same few lines, I think I’ve got it down.

  1. If the signature is of the actual registered user, i.e., the attorney, i.e., me, the hard copy still must be signed and the original signature maintained for five years after the closing of the case.  The /s/ signature may be uploaded by itself.
  2. If the signature is of the debtor, the hard copy must be signed and an ecf Declaration must be signed by the debtor and the registered user.  The /s/ signature can be uploaded with the ecf Declaration.  The original signature must retained for 5 years.
  3. If the signature is someone other than the debtor, but is a client of the registered user, follow number 2 above.  Remember, if you represent a corp, the owner is not the client.  If you represent a bank, the person signing the pleading is not the client.
  4. If the signature is not the debtor and not your client, you cannot use the /s/ signature.  You must upload the actual signature, which they love to call the holographic signature.  Another example of this would be a person in your firm who is not the registered user.  You must upload the holographic signature except when it is a signature of the proof of service.  See next number.
  5. If the signature is an employee of the firm or the registered user, you can upload the /s/ signature on the proof of service – only.

From the Court: Samples and Instructions for New Forms required on Dec. 1, 2015

Samples of many of the forms that will be required as of December 1, 2015 are now available on the Court’s website, along with drafts of lists of required forms by chapter and instructions for new forms. You can access these forms by clicking the Forms Changes Effective December 1, 2015 link at the bottom of the homepage at, or by clicking here. If you have any questions regarding the forms, contact the e-Filing Help Desk by e-mail at, or by phone at 855-542-0992. Read more…

ABI’s Proposed Changes for Small and Mid-Size Businesses

Below is a great article discussing the American Bankruptcy Institute’s proposal to help small business debtors.  The article first apppeared in the WSJ’s DealB%k by Prof. Michelle M. Harner.

When small and middle-market companies fail, families and founders often lose a business to which they have devoted not only most of their time but also most of their life savings. Others lose as well: employees, suppliers, communities and lenders. Consequently, a federal bankruptcy system that effectively and efficiently rehabilitates distressed small and middle-market companies is essential.

Read more…

Bankruptcy Fees to Increase Dec. 1st

Appealing a bankruptcy order directly to Court of Appeals (bypassing District Court) will go from $157 to $207. 

Motion to Redact information from previously filed records – new charge $25 per case.

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You’re Invited! Reception in Honor of Paula Roe at Roybal




Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Association


Saturday June 21, 2014

Presented by:
Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Association


Jeff Cozad
Law Clerk to Judge Vincent Zurzolo

Hilda Montes de Oca
Law Clerk to Judge Maureen Tighe

Lindsay Milchiker
Law Clerk to Judge Victoria Kaufman

Gerrick Warrington
Law Clerk to Judge Scott Clarkson

David Riley
Law Clerk to Judge Neil Bason

Laila Masud
Extern to Judge Vincent Zurzolo

Moderated by
Matthew D. Resnik
Simon Resnik Hayes LLP

Southwestern Law School
3050 Wilshire Boulevard
Westmoreland Building – 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Parking is $9.00

Registration: 10:00am – 11:00am
cdcbaa Membership Meeting: 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Program: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

2 Hours of MCLE Credit Provided – Limited Space

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