LACBA Program with Our Own Peter LIvely, May 8, 2012

Stepping Closer to Equality: The Post in Re: Balas and Morales Bankruptcy Landscape for Same-Sex Couples  


Presented by: Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section

Program Information: In June 2011, 20 judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California issued a joint opinion holding that lawfully married (i.e., pre-Prop. 8) same-sex couples have the same right to file joint bankruptcy petitions as lawfully married opposite-sex couples. However, where does that leave same-sex registered domestic partners, who are also subject to California’s community property system yet lack the ability to file a joint bankruptcy petition? Judge Robert Kwan and practitioners Peter Lively and Rob Pfister (the attorneys who litigated In re Balas & Morales) will provide an overview of the issues and challenges for bankruptcy attorneys advising same-sex couples, and will discuss possible solutions – including joint administration, substantive consolidation, and the possibility of a change in the Local Bankruptcy Rules.

Speakers: Hon. Robert R. Kwan, Los Angles Division of the United States Bankruptcy Court
Peter M. Lively, Law Offices of Peter M. Lively
Robert J. Pfister, Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP

Location: Los Angeles County Bar Association 1055 West 7th Street, 27th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90017

Parking: Self Parking is available for $10.00.

Times: Registration: 11:30 AM-12:00 PM Meal/Reception: 11:30 AM-12:00 PM Program: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Custom Communication: Appropriate For All Levels

Prices: CLE+ Members (meal not included) FREE CLE+ Plus Members with meal $20.00 Law Students with meal $25.00 Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section Members with meal $55.00 Family Law Members with meal $55.00 Diversity Committee Members with meal $55.00 LACBA Members with meal $65.00 All Others with meal $95.00

1 hr CLE Credit

Registration Code: 011663

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