May 1, 2010
Supreme Court Statistics for this Term
I love this "Stat Pack" from Scotusblog.com. Roberts has been in the majority on 40 of 42 decisions. There have been five decided cases from the 9th Circuit; one affirmed and 4 reversed. There are 11 9th Circuit cases that have been heard but not yet ruled upon. In all the Supremes have affirmed 6 times so far and reversed 32 times. The Stat Pack can be accessed here.
April 30, 2010
Former Chapter 7 Trustee in Running for Supreme Court?Judge Sidney Thomas from Billings, Montana is reputed to the on the "short list" of ten I believe for the soon-to-be vacant Supreme Court seat. He was a chapter 7 trustee in the early 80s. His Wiki biography can be accessed here.
April 29, 2010
Supreme Court Historical Society Annual Meeting
The Supreme Court Historical Society 35th Annual Meeting and Dinner
The Society will hold it's 35th Annual Meeting and Dinner on Monday, June 7, 2010. It is our privilege to host The Honorable Judith S. Kaye (Retired) as our Annual Lecture speaker. Chief Judge Kaye served on the Courts of the State of New York for 15 years, the first woman to serve in that position, she is also the first person to complete a full 14 year term.
The Schedule of Events is as follows:
2:00 pm - Annual Lecture The Supreme Court and Justice for Children, Judith S. Kaye (Retired)
6:00 pm - General Meeting of the Membership, Annual Trustees Meeting
7:00 pm - Reception (Attire: Black Tie)
8:00 pm - Thirty-fifth Annual Dinner
Tours of the building will be offered before and after the lecture at 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm.
There is no charge to attend the tours, the Annual Lecture or the Meeting of the Membership. However reservations are required and can be obtained by filling out response cards included with the invitation. Each active member of the Society will receive an invitation to the Annual Meeting in the mail approximately six weeks prior to the event. There is a charge for the Reception and Dinner and reservations are required. Response cards for the dinner will also be included in the invitation packet.
April 27, 2010
Bruce Schildkraut - UST AttorneyDear Friends of Bruce,
After a long and courageous battle, my husband and your friend and colleague Bruce Schildkraut succumbed to his illness and peacefully passed away in his sleep Saturday morning, April 24.
Despite that he made it difficult for many to be his friend, he cherished the time he worked with you, was forever appreciative of your friendship with and spoke highly of you over the years.
Let us pray that his soul will be for a memory.
Final arrangements are pending but they will be private. Should you wish to make a donation in his memory, please consider the UCLA Lung Transplant Program.
UCLA LUNG TRANSPLANT PROGRAM
c/o Stephanie Lackey
1001 Westwood Blvd., Suite 200
Los Angeles, 90095
On a personal note, thank you for being one of his friends. I know you made a positive difference in his life.
Best personal regards,
April 26, 2010
Brown Bag with Judge Samuel BuffordJudge Sam Bufford is having a "Brown Bag" on May 5, 2010 from Noon to 1:15pm in his courtroom. The program is called "How to Get Your Orders Signed." RSVP is Linda Quan, Judicial Assistant (213) 894-0992.
April 25, 2010
Circuit Court of Appeals Cases from Last Week
7th Circuit Court of Appeals, April 15, 2010
In the Matter of Altheimer & Gray, --- F.3d ---, 2010 WL ----------------- (7th Cir 2010)(In a law firm chapter 11, partner's claim not paid as the reorganization plan subordinated partners' claim to those of other creditors, and here, petitioner is a non-unit partner under the plan)
8th Circuit Court of Appeals, April 13, 2010
Bremer Bank, N.A. v. John Hancock Life Ins. Co., --- F.3d ---, 2010 WL ----------------- (8th Cir 2010)(plaintiff's equity in an aircraft and lease was not improperly extinguished by a bank, acting on defendant's instructions, where: 1) the bank properly informed plaintiff that the lease of the aircraft was in default, as required by the lease agreement; 2) given the lease's expansive language, it was reasonable to consider as a remedy the 11 U.S.C. section 1110(b) stipulations requiring the airline to maintain the aircraft and to make monthly payments despite the bankruptcy stay)
9th Circuit Court of Appeals, April 13, 2010
In re Sabban, --- F.3d ---, 2010 WL ----------------- (9th Cir 2010)(monetary award under California's unlicensed contractor statute, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code section 7031(b), was dischargeable, since under section 523(a)(2)(A) it was not premised on either fraud or actual harm)
Thanks to Findlaw.com.