Top Ten Supreme Court Cases on Bankruptcy – This Friday at SFVBA

Email from Steve Fox

Dear All:

How many Supreme Court opinions that affect us bankruptcy practitioners can you name and discuss in court without notes?  If you are like most bankruptcy practitioners, the opinions of the Supreme Court too often seem to be mostly remembered in two ways: with uneasiness when the opinions are issued; and then later as some distant background as we forget what the Supremes held.

We have a really neat and intellectually important program on Friday, December 9th at 12:00 noon.  The MCLE is for 1 and ¼ hours.  Jon Hayes, David Gould and Alan M. Ahart (ret.) will discuss, argue, disagree and agree, analyze, tear apart and put back together, bring up fun trivia along the way, all while bringing to our attention why the Supreme Court matters to bankruptcy practitioners and how we can use their opinions to assist our clients.  Given that Jon Hayes prepared the materials, they have a very high quality.

The panel will be reviewing a good number of opinions.  Here are some questions attendees can learn about.

  • Can we rely on the Supreme Court for authority upholding exemptions?
  • What did the Supreme Court say in 1917 about the farmer who paid back a loan to a family member shortly before he was placed into bankruptcy?
  • In another opinion, the Supreme Court held that the right to a seat at a stock exchange was a property interest.  How can attorneys use that opinion in daily practice?
  • What has the Supreme Court held about schemes intended to defraud creditors?
  • Have you ever wanted to give the bankruptcy court the proper cite for the language” the “honest but unfortunate debtor”?  For chapter 11 and 13 practitioners,
  • How about a Supreme Court opinion which curtailed the ability of bankruptcy practitioners to favor junior creditors over senior creditors and perhaps what you can do about it?
  • How about a Supreme Court opinion which tells us when we can get a bankruptcy court to look behind a state court judgment and disallow a claim based on equity?  This question alone is worth the price of admission.

You need to attend the program.  Here are the particulars

San Fernando Valley Bar Association
5567 Reseda Boulevard, Suite 200 ,
Tarzana, CA 91356
Tel: 818-227-0490, extension 104, Fax: 818-227-0499


Program Date:  Friday, December 9, 2016, 12:00 p.m. section meeting begins.  Program ends by 1:30

Charges:             Members $35; Non-members $55; Members at the door $45; Non-members at the door $65

Parking:              FREE in the rear of the building or next door at the restaurant.

RSVP:                  To; to Linda Temkin at the phone number and extension above.


Steven R. Fox

Law Offices of Steven R. Fox

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