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Brace Yourself! Nice program coming up on the new California Supreme Court analysis of community property


Hon. Margaret M. Mann, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of California
D. Edward Hays, Marshack Hays LLP
Roksana D. Moradi-Brovia, Resnik Hayes Moradi LLP

Richard Marshack, Marshack Hays LLP

Topics to Include:
• What will be estate property when filing for just one spouse?
• How can a transmutation avoid the result in Brace?
• Are transmutations avoidable as fraudulent transfers?
• Is bankruptcy advisable when a divorce is pending?
• What claims will community property pay?
• The type of interest in property required to support a homestead under In re Nolan, __ B.R. __ (Bankr. C.D.Cal. July 21, 2020, J. Clarkson)

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Hosted by the Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum – the flyer is here.  Brace Flyer_IEBF_9-10-209(b)

SFVBA Program on Homestead Exemption – this Friday, August 14, 2020 – noon

Email from Steve Fox:

Dear All:

We have a nifty program for you this time around.  We have an all-Riverside area panel, Judge Meredith Jury (ret’d), Todd Turoci and Summer Shaw speaking about two important topics: the homestead exemption; and abandonment.  They will dig deep into the meat of the subjects.  Attending attorneys will learn a lot.  We have good, thick materials.  I have been reading them.  If you feel that you know these topics, guess again.  I was lucky to participate in the early discussions the panelists had, discussions that were fast, furious and lively, arguing the homestead exemption and abandonment.  This is a practical program that will enhance your legal abilities including the quality of legal advice you can render.

The program will be held through Zoom so you need to register for the program in order to receive the link and access password.

Here is basic information about the program:

Friday, August 14, 2020   12 noon
1 and ¼ hour MCLE

Charges:              $20 member;
$30 non-members  (So much less expensive than other bar associations – and better programs to boot!)

Here are the signup options:  Read more…

Good points from the cdcbaa program “Meet the chapter 7 Trustees.”

These programs are absolutely fascinating!  I can’t comprehend that any attorney doing any appreciable amount of chapter 7 cases is not a member of this group and attending these meetings.  The program consisted of two hours of debtor’s counsel asking questions and each of the trustees responding (although the most common answer by far was “it depends.”

Points that jumped out at me:

1.  The trustees unanimously agreed that doing the 341(a) meeting by Zoom is great and will continue, certainly for now, and for some of them, hopefully forever.  One benefit is that attendance by the debtors has increased since there are fewer excuses for not attending.  More creditors are attending because it’s so easy to attend, trustees like creditors being involved (most of the time). Read more…

Recovering attorney’s fees in bankruptcy – great program

This program looks great!

Insolvency Law Committee
Zoom Webinar: Recovering Attorney’s Fees in Bankruptcy Court Litigation
Friday, July 10, 2020, 11 am – 12:15 p.m.

This webinar is co-hosted by the Insolvency Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association and Remedies Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Register Here

Our Speakers: Honorable Victoria S. Kaufman, United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California; Daniel J. Bussel, Professor, UCLA School of Law and Partner, KTBS Law LLP; Gregory M. Salvato, Partner, Salvato Law Offices. Moderator: Joseph Boufadel, Salvato Law Offices. Read more…

San Fernando Valley Bar Association – Bankruptcy Section and Business Section Joint Program on Landlord Tenant Lease Issues in the Age of Covid 19

Email from Steve Fox

Dear All:

We have a very timely program for all of you.  Attorney David Campbell Smith will be speaking about various lease issues including evictions in the Age of Covid.  For bankruptcy attorneys this problem will be hitting us over and over in bankruptcy cases where tenants file bankruptcy cases to try to save their leases or to stave off eviction.  Under California law, what arguments will be more effective?  Mr. Smith’s presentation will be a nuts and bolts look at the terrain.  The presentation is timely because now businesses are starting to reopen, landlords are getting their legs under them and the fireworks are about to begin.  The program is free to members. Read more…

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

UWLA Program Flyer rev

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.