San Fernando Valley Bar Association — Bankruptcy Section Program: Judge Russell and J. Scott Bovitz on Sec. 523(a)(2)(A)

I went to the presentation that Scott Bovitz and Judge Russell gave last year at the San Fernando Valley Bat Assoc. and it was amazing — Steve Fox sent out the following info re their program this year: 

We try each year to have Judge Barry Russell and J. Scott Bovitz speak about Section 523(a) issues of interest. They are an entertaining and informative pair. They educate; they delight; they teach and we learn. Here is a summary of material of what this duo will discuss:

• Tips for litigating fraud cases under 11 U.S.C. §523(a)(2)(A)” will be of interest to both debtors and creditors.
• Key cases under Section 523(a)(2)(A),.
• Venue issues which can arise.
• Working with the judge.
• How an economically strapped debtor might defend in the action.
• What pre-trial motions, discovery issues, etc. might an economically strapped debtor employ?
• How can a creditor prove false pretenses or actual fraud in the absence of direct evidence of a debtor’s intent? What are the creditor’s best sources of evidence while at the same time keeping a creditor’s legal fees in check?
• Some of the best ways to evaluate and settle 11 U.S.C. §523(a)(2)(A) claims (The story of the escrowed “fall on my sword” debtor’s declaration.
• Settling a section 523(a)(2)(A) claims when there are section 727 claims for relief attached. Perhaps mediation?
• At the pre-trial stage, how can you best help the judge prepare for trial? What does the judge want to see at trial?
• Trial tactics. The pros and cons of trial declarations for direct versus live direct testimony.
• Finally, some tips on making the record, keeping track of exhibits, and trial organization.

Bovitz and Russell have decades of experiences under their belts and they will have plenty of valuable nuggets and gems for attending attorneys.

Parking is free (behind the bar association office building or, if that parking lot is filled up, at the restaurant parking next door). Lunch is provided.

Here are the particulars:
Where: San Fernando Valley Bar Association, 2nd floor conference room, 5567 Reseda Blvd., Ste 200, Tarzana CA
When: Friday, March 3, 2017, noon to 1:30 p.m.
MCLE: 1 and ½ hours
Cost: members $35 in advance & $55 at door; non-members $55 in advance & $65 at door (check with Linda for the gov’t attorney rate and the law clerk rate)
Parking: FREE!

To make a reservation:
1. Make a reservation and pay at
2. Call Linda Temkin at (818) 227-0490 ext. 105 or email Linda Temkin at

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