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cdcbaa Program: How to Get a Chapter 13 Case Confirmed and Post Confirmation Issues

Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association

How to Get a Chapter 13 Case Confirmed and Post Confirmation Issues

 May 19, 2012

 Speakers:

Omid Moezzi, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Trustee Nancy Curry

Angela Gill, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Trustee Kathy Dockery

 Where:  Southwestern Law School

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Shinbrot’s Five Rules of Litigation

We had a great cdcbaa meeting on Saturday.  Jeff Shinbrot and Judge Mitchell Goldberg (Ret.) discussed dischargeability litigation.  Jeff regaled us with his five rules of litigation.

  1. Keep your judge happy.  File your motions timely, show up to hearings on time, solve your discovery disputes without court intervention, be professional, open minded.  Judge Goldberg commented that a better way of saying rule 1 is “Keep your judge neutral.”
  2. Develop a good story.  Trials, he said, are about telling a story.  Make sure you have your story straight, and present it at trial.  Judge Goldberg commented that it would be nice if the lawyers understand the rules of evidence and use the rules to tell the story.
  3. Know the local rules and the local, local rules.  Look up your judge’s page on the bankruptcy court website.  Ask around about the judges preferences.  Follow the local rules specifically made for trials, like lodging depo transcripts, timely pre-trial orders, the judge’s trial rules.
  4. Learn and follow FRCP 26.  This is huge.  Rule 26 requires disclosure throughout the process without a request by the other side.  It requires continuing disclosure and will result in striking your evidence if you have not followed rule 26.
  5. Have a good trial notebook.  Your trial notebook will include the entire trial.  It will remind you of what you need to do.  All the witnesses, all the exhibits, checklists, legal briefs, opening and closing statements.  In a trial, he said, you are caught up in the moment, you are focusing on the witness in front of you and the judges comments at the time.  A trial notebook will help you remember to ask the court to “admit” the exhibits for example.

cdcbaa Program, January 21, 2012, Sixth Annual Review of 9th Circuit Cases

cdcbaa
Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association  
Sixth Annual Review of 9th Circuit Published Decisions and Selected Other Cases on Bankruptcy for 2011

January 21, 2012

Speakers:
Hon. Sandra R. Klein Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California, Los Angeles Division
M. Jonathan Hayes

Where: Southwestern Law School

3050 Wilshire Boulevard
Westmoreland Building – 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010   Parking is $8.00

Times: Registration: 10:00am – 11:00am
cdcbaa Membership Meeting: 10:30 am – 11:00 am
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