January 17, 2009
15 Years Since the Northridge Earthquake
Yep, 4:37am, 15 years ago today. My home was and is about 5 blocks from the apartment in Northridge that collapsed. The big one started out as the big one - no build up, warning. I thought hell was here. The violence and deafening noise was incalculable for about 10 seconds - then it became just a big earthquake for about 40 more seconds. Everything in my home that could break broke. My family and I made it through it fine, our neighbors got a lot closer over the next few days. Our power came on before our friends across the street so we ran a big extension cord to their home to give them power. We cooked for a few days as a community on someone's barbecue. Makes you think. JH
Circuit Court of Appeals Cases from Last Week
5th Circuit Court of Appeals, January 16, 2009
Morrison v. W. Builders of Amarillo Inc, --- F.3d ----, 2009 WL ------ (5th Cir. 2009)(debtor personally liable for a nondischargeable debt incurred by the company he controlled)
8th Circuit Court of Appeals, January 15, 2009
Leonard v. Dorsey & Whitney LLP , --- F.3d ----, 2009 WL ------ (8th Cir. 2009)(plaintiffs did not have standing to sue law firm since they were not direct and intended beneficiaries of the attorney-client relationship between the defendant and its client)
Thanks to Findlaw.com
January 16, 2009
Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Program on New Local Rules at Southwestern Law School
Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Assn:
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP ASSEMBLY & ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2009
January 24, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
Southwestern Law School www.swlaw.edu
3050 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010
MCLE Program, Co-Sponsored by Southwestern Law School at 11:00 a.m.
“NEW LOCAL BANKRUPTCY RULES FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT”
Hon. Judge Thomas Donovan
David Tilem, Esq.
2009 Membership Dues of $150.00 are due by or payable at the meeting: All MCLE programs are free to members.
Other Upcoming Events:
February 21, 2009 MCLE: “Annual Case Review” to be presented by the Hon. Judge Meredith Jury and Professor M. Jonathan Hayes
January 15, 2009
California Bar Assn Education Institute This Weekend
The 2009 Section Education Institute put on by the California Bar Assn is taking place this weekend in Berkeley. The information can be accessed here. There are two bankruptcy programs that look pretty interesting:
• "Bankruptcy 101: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Bankruptcy "
• “Survivor California 2008: Current Issues in Real Estate Insolvencies.”
January 14, 2009
I know that foreclosures are up - so do you. But I was reading the Los Angeles Daily News at lunch and the numbers just jumped out at me again.
"From 2006 to 2008, the number of home foreclosures in [Los Angeles] county increased from 3,151 to 35,811."
The article was on the number of mortgage foreclosure consultant scams there are out there and how the politicians are "cracking down on those who prey on unsuspecting members of the public." I'll see that when I believe it.
Website Launched for ABI Law Student Writing Competition Submissions
Thanks to Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport, Gordon Silver Professor of Law
William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV:
January 12, 2009, Alexandria, Va.— The American Bankruptcy Institute has launched http://papers.abi.org/ for law students looking to submit a paper for the First Annual ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition. Students from participating law schools can currently submit an entry until March 15. The Web site allows students to create an account and track the status of their entry. All submissions must be reviewed by a law professor prior to submission, and the scope has been expanded to topics focusing on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence issues related to bankruptcy cases or proceedings. For clarification, papers submitted focusing on the previous scope of (A) §363 sales or (B) plan confirmation will still be considered. Winners of the competition will be announced on May 1, 2009.
The first-place writer will receive $1,000 cash, publication of the paper in the ABI Journal and a one-year ABI membership. The second-place writer will receive a cash award of $750, publication of the paper in the ABI Bankruptcy Litigation Committee’s quarterly newsletter and a one-year ABI membership. The third-place writer will receive a cash award of $500, publication of the paper in the ABI Bankruptcy Litigation Committee’s quarterly newsletter and a one-year ABI membership. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABA Bankruptcy Boot Camp Program Webcast Tomorrow
This is a 90 minute audio webcast that is going to concentrate on filing out the schedules. It is not too late to register. The details can be accessed here.
January 13, 2009
Michael Vick Disclosure Statement
102 pages can be accessed here, here2, here3, here4, here5. There is a hearing to approve the Disclosure Statement on January 30. The statement says that the Creditor's Committee has approved the plan.
January 12, 2009
Self-Help Desk in San Fernando Valley Receives Funding for Another Year
The Self-Help Desk, spearheaded by Judge Maureen Tighe and Chancela Al-Mansour, has announced that it has received funding of roughly double the amount as last year to allow it to continue the great work in did in its inaugural year. The desk is open every Monday from 1 to 3pm at the bankruptcy courthouse in Woodland Hills. It is staffed by a great paralegal from Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County, Angelica Carrillo, and a rotating volunteer attorney. Forms can be obtained at the desk and general information to help persons wend their way through the bankruptcy maze.