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cdcbaa Program Saturday May 30, 2020

To Help Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19, this CLE Program will ONLY be available as a WEBINAR via Zoom

Please join us on May 30, 2020 as the cdcbaa presents:

“CARES Act – Adjusting to the New Landscape and Understanding the Impact on Small Business Subchapter 5″

Aki Koyama, Esq. – Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Trustee Kathy Dockery
Nancy Clark, Esq.
Nicholas Gebelt, Esq.
Jon Hayes, Esq.

SFVBA Bankruptcy Section Meeting, Friday May 22, 2020, at 12 noon: Program: Really Interesting Bankruptcy Matters Emphasizing Consumer Issues: By ZOOM

Email from Steve Fox.  I think I’ll sign up for this one.  My two partners are among the presenters.

Dear All:

This is a fun program.  I have asked a lot of different bankruptcy attorneys and one judge to each contribute one case or topic that interests each of them and to take 5 to 10 minutes to speak about the matter.  For example, Jim Selth will speak about a recent unpublished opinion by one of our local judges which considered the means test, a high income individual and non-consumer debt in the context of a motion by the UST to convert.  Judge Ahart will speak about recent changes to the CA exemption laws and their impact on debtors.  Shai Oved will discuss a fascinating local case in Santa Ana where a family law attorney objected to a debtor’s discharge, lost and then what happened when the debtor sought attorneys’ fees of about $1,000,000 from the objecting family law attorney under Section 523(d) for the cost of defense.  Jeremy Rothstein looks at a recent BAP opinion on the ability of the bankruptcy court to modify a plan near the end of the 5 year term where the debtor has received unexpected monies.   Our other speakers include Matt Resnik and Roksana Moradi, Jeff Hagen and Stella Havkin, Lew Landau and Richard Brownstein, all on consumer issues. Read more…

Learn the ABCs of Bankruptcy – May 14, 2020 – Free through UWLA School of Law

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Chapter 13 Webinar featuring Cathy Moran

Another FREE Webinar in
The Academy’s Series
Prompted by COVID19 and The CARES Act

 1:00 eastern/12:00 central/11:00 mtn/10:00 pacific
As the economy lurches back into motion, bankruptcy lawyers will confront a clutch of troubled Chapter 13 cases.  In the face of disruption, distress, and the unknown, debtor attorneys will be called on to guide clients forward, in one direction or another.  In this webinar, with a combined SEVENTY-NINE years of experience representing individual and small business debtors, Certified Specialists Cathy Moran and Jill Michaux will review questions you will need to answer in order to provide the sharpest analysis for your clients.  This webinar is Part 2 and will focus on conversion and hardship discharge. Part 1 looked primarily at modification.

This webinar is part 2 of a 2-part series on COVID-19 and its impact on Chapter 13s.
If you cannot attend the live presentation, the Academy will post a recording of the webinar at - Access to the recording will be free to Academy subscribers – or we offer a pay per view option.
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  (Registration for this webinar automatically places registrant on the Academy’s email list)      

Great Judicial Profile of Judge Margaret Mann

I told Judge Mann in San Diego once that she always has a smile on her face.   One of my favorite people.  Now I find out she is catholic and from the south side of Chicago!  We are kindred obviously – although my family left Chicago when I was three.  Take a look at the Judicial Profile just published by the California Lawyers Association.   

Meet the BAP judges at The James T. King Southern California Bankruptcy Inn of Court – February 27, 2020

The James T. King Southern California Bankruptcy Inn of Court with our President Tamar Terzian invites you to join us on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. for the reception and 6:30 p.m. dinner and presentation of

– Nomenclature Education:

Ex. Roll ups, Whole Premiums, DIP Financing and Who is in Control, Interest Pre vs. Post Petition

by pupillage team 3 Team Leaders Roksana Moradi-Brovia and Adojoa Anim-Appiah with special guests, the BAP Judges

Our program moderator for the meeting is the Honorable Judge Sheri Bluebond Read more…

San Fernando Valley Bar Assn 9th Circuit Review

Email from Steve Fox:

Dear All:

This is one of our perennial programs.  Usually a 9th circuit review program tries to run through 50 or 60 opinions in one hour’s time.  Our program is different.  We try to get through as many as 20 opinions in 75 minutes.  The difference allows our panelists, the Honorable Victoria Kaufman, Stella Havkin and Nancy Zamora, to take time to examine each case, to consider them a bit more slowly and to draw out their meanings.  I understand that a key rule in cigar smoking competition, yes there is such a thing (and a recent speaker for the section was recently in an international competition in cigar smoking contest) is to take your time.  We do the same with the Ninth Circuit review program.

This is a good program.  Good speakers.  Good location.  Good food.  Great price, far, far below that which the other bars charge and parking is validated.  You cannot spent a better lunchtime than with us on Friday.

Here are the details.

Location:             San Fernando Valley Bar Asso, 20750 Ventura Blvd #140, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Date/Time:         Friday, February 21, 2020, lunch, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Read more…

14th Annual Review of 9th Circuit Decisions Saturday January 18, 2020, Southwestern Law School

14th Annual Review of 9th Circuit Decisions on Bankruptcy in 2019

January 18, 2020
Presented by:
Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Association

Hon. Christopher Klein
Bankruptcy Judge, Eastern District of California

Hon. Julia Brand
Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California, Los Angeles Division, and member of 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel

M. Jonathan Hayes
Resnik Hayes Moradi LLP

Southwestern Law School Read more…

San Fernando Valley Bar Association; Small Business Reorg Act Program Friday, 12/13, 2019 at 12 noon

Email from Steve Fox

Dear All:

We have a really timely and good program for you.

Starting in February, 2020, small businesses (including individuals) will have a new means to reorganize under chapter 11, the Small Business Reorganization Act (or “SABRA”).  The Act packs a lot of power, a lot of issues and a lot of food for thought.  Perhaps 90% of all businesses filing under chapter 11 could be eligible to opt in to SABRA and its provisions.  SABRA may also be a means to handle oversized chapter 13 cases.

The panel has been working hard on this topic.  Lew Landau is an experienced chapter 11 practitioner.  Jeremy Rothstein of Greenberg & Bass is the author of an article about SABRA.  Judge Ahart (ret) is well known to section members as a fine speaker and thinker. Yours truly is also on the panel.  Given the amount of material and issues, the panel will speak for 2 hours instead of the normal 1 and ¼ hours.  The panel has spent hours debating the statutes, what they mean or what they could mean.  If the panel does not have definitive answers, something which happens when a new law is passed, the panel will have the right questions. Read more…

CLA Business Law Section Program – Hard Money Lending Issues in Bankruptcy – October 29, 2019

Hard Money Lending Issues in Bankruptcy

Presented by the Business Law Section Insolvency Law Standing Committee

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Alston & Bird
333 S. Hope Street, 16th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Parking will be validated for cars arriving after 5:30 p.m.


Kit Gardner, Law Offices of Kit J. Gardner
Steven Kurtz, Levinson Arshonsky & Kurtz, LLP
Eve Karasik, Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill LLP
Honorable Scott H. Yun, United States Bankruptcy Court Read more…