November 1, 2007
Judge Erithe Smith Reappointed in Central District of California
Judge Erithe A. Smith who sits in Santa Ana has been reappointed to a second 14-year term on the Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. The reappointment is effective May 2, 2008. Judge Smith was first appointed to the court in 1994. She also recently completed three years of service on the Ninth Circuit BAP.
Judge Smith graduated from my alma mater, Loyola Marymount in 1979, and received her J.D. in 1982 from Boalt Hall School of Law. According to her biography, Judge Smith was a law clerk to Judge Marcus Kaufman of the California Courts of Appeal from 1982 to 1983, and to Judge Peter Elliott of the Central District bankruptcy court in Santa Ana from 1983 to 1985. She practiced with McKittrick, Jackson, DeMarco & Peckenpaugh in Newport Beach from 1985 to 1987, and with Lobel Winthrop & Broker as an associate/partner from 1987 until her appointment to the bench.
According to the BAP website, the Central District of California is authorized 24 judges and received 17,802 bankruptcy filings in 2006.
October 28, 2007
There has been a lively discussion of chapter 15 on one of the list serves. I thought the law review article cites might be helpful. See Brooklyn Journal of International Law . . . a symposium volume entitled "Bankruptcy in the Global Village: The Second Decade." The volume can be found online here.
From Professor Jay Westbrook: Avoidance Of Pre-Bankruptcy Transactions In Multinational Bankruptcy Cases, 42 Tex. Int'l L.J. 899 (2007); Universalism and Choice of Law, 23 Penn State Int. L.J. 625 (2005); Choice of Avoidance Law in Global Insolvencies, 17 Brook. J. Int. L. 499 (1991).
Also, as many of you know, Judge Samuel Bufford is writing a book on chapter 15. I will post when it becomes available.