December 28, 2011
Three New Bankruptcy Judges
Three California federal bankruptcy judges set to retire are being replaced
by an attorney from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, a partner from
Friedman Dumas & Springwater LLP, and a solo practitioner. The announcement
was made by the chief judge of the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ellen Carroll will be replaced by Pillsbury Winthrop
counsel Mark D. Houle, who will be sworn into the position on February 17
at the office of the Central District of California.
“Mr. Houle is an experienced practitioner who comes to the bench with a
thorough understanding of bankruptcy court operations,” Ninth Circuit Chief
Judge Alex Kozinski said in a statement Tuesday.
Mary E.Hammond, a partner from Friedman Dumas, will be taking over the
position of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Edward D. Jellen on February 2. The
position is for the Northern District of California.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Whitney Rimel will be replaced by Frederick E.
Clement in the Eastern District of California when sworn in on the 16 of
Houle has been employed by Pillsbury Winthrop since 2000, working in the
firm’s insolvency and restructuring group. He represented secured and
unsecured creditors, asset purchasers, and others in various
bankruptcy-related cases at the firm.
Houle worked as an associate at Winthrop Couchot PC before he joined
Pillsbury Winthrop. At the firm of Winthrop Couchot PC, Houle represented
Chapter 11 creditors’ committees, debtors, and Chapter 7 trustees. Prior to
that decision, Houle worked as a clerk for bankruptcy judges in the Central
District of California.
Houle earned a bachelor’s degree from Salem State College in Salem,
Massachusetts. Houle earned his law degree from Boston College Law School.
Houle is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Massachusetts Air
Hammond was hired by Friedman Dumas in 2003 and was made a partner of the
firm in 2008. Hammond’s practice includes commercial and bankruptcy law.
She particularly focuses on business debtors, trustees, and secured and
unsecured creditors. Hammond typically represents Chapter 9 and Chapter 11
debtors. Hammond was an associate at Murphy Sheneman Julian & Rogers, which
is now Winston & Strawn LLP, before she joined Friedman Dumas. She was a
clerk for Judge Jellen from 1998 to 2000 and served as a legal assistant
from 1996 to 1998 for the North Carolina General Assembly. As a legal
assistant, she worked for the Senate president pro tempore and
Appropriations Committee co-chair.
Hammond earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of
Law and earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.
Clement has been practicing law since 1993 in Redding, California. Clement
earned a bachelor’s degree from Westmont College and a law degree from the
University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
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Daniela Romero, Esq.
June 13, 2011
CDCB Rules that DOMA Is Not "Cause" for Dismissal of Married Gay Couple's Joint Petition
In a landmark decision, written by Judge Thomas Donovan and signed by 19 other members of the court, the Central District of California Bankruptcy Court has ruled that same-sex partners who are legally married in California may file a joint bankruptcy petition, despite Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which restricts the meaning of "marriage" in any federal law to "only a legal union between one man and one woman."
The opinion in In re Balas & Morales reasoned that recent 9th Circuit jurisprudence and the recent Holder memo describing the President's stance on the constitutionality of DOMA suggests that legislation which disadvantages people on the basis of their sexual orientation must be subjected to heightened judicial scrutiny. Applying this scrutiny, the court ruled that DOMA, as applied to invalidate the joint petition of a legally married gay couple in California, unconstitutionally violates the equal protection clause of the 5th and 14th Amendments.
Read the opinion here.
January 21, 2011
New Judges Seated in the Central District of California
Scott Clarkson and Mark Wallace were sworn in today by Chief Judge Peter Carroll, and will be working Monday. The announcement is here.
They will both have chambers in Santa Ana.
Judge Wallace will take 50% Riverside cases (presumably by video) and 50% Santa Ana cases; Judge Clarkson will take 100% Riverside cases, presumably by video.
Their case assignments will start with new filings immediately. Some if not all of the LA judges who had been handling Riverside calendars will turn over their calendars to Judges Wallace and Clarkson. Watch for announcements.
I don't know when Wayne Johnson will be sworn.
JASON WALLACH, ESQ.
Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane, ALC
Marina del Rey CA 90292-7925
Email: jwallach@ gladstonemichel.com
November 08, 2010
Judge Merideth Jury Reappointment
The Ninth Circuit is seeking comments on the proposed reappointment of Judge Merideth Jury. She certainly has my vote. The announcement is here.
October 28, 2010
Judge Geraldine Mund to Stay on for a While
UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
RE: JUDGE MUND TO CHANGE STATUS TO RECALLED BANKRUPTCY JUDGE
On February 9, 2011, Judge Mund will be changing her status from that of an active bankruptcy judge to a recalled bankruptcy judge. She will continue to receive new San Fernando Valley Division cases for several months. When her replacement has been appointed, she will no longer be assigned new cases, but will continue to handle cases already assigned to her. Judge Mund will continue to be located in the San Fernando Valley Division.
Please note that additional changes for bankruptcy judges in the Los Angeles Division and San Fernando Valley Division will be provided in the future by Public Notice.
KATHLEEN J. CAMPBELL
CLERK OF COURT
October 26, 2010
Passing of the Gavel, Central District of California
Passing of the Gavel
Honorable Vincent P. Zurzolo
Honorable Peter H. Carroll
U.S. Court of Appeals
January 25, 2011
Further details to follow
September 29, 2010
Retirement Goings On for Retiring Judges
The LABF is taking the lead in setting up a retirement party for all 3 of retiring Judges: Judges Bufford, Thompson, & Mund at one event to be held on Wednesday, November 17th (6-8) in a hall off of the 405 freeway just north of the new Getty Center at the Skirball Center in the Ahmanson ballroom and attached outside balcony. There is secured free parking. The event is from 6-8 pm. The cost is $85 per person. CDCBAA is planning to be a co-sponsor of the event.
Also a luncheon through the SFVBA at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills. October 22 @ noon. Call 818-227-0490 ext. 105 for more information.
April 21, 2010
Changes to 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate PanelThe 9th Circuit announcement re changes to the BAP can be accessed here.
March 12, 2010
Peter Carroll to be New Chief Judge in the Central District of CaliforniaPeter Carroll sitting in Riverside will move to Los Angeles in September of this year and will become the new Chief Judge on January 1, 2011 replacing Judge Vincent Zurzolo as Chief Judge. Judge Sam Bufford is retiring in September and will take a position at Penn State University. Geraldine Mund and Kathleen Thompson are retiring in January, 2011 - they are sure going to be missed. Judges Alan Ahart and Victoria Kaufman will move from downtown to the San Fernando Valley to fill the vacancies. As I understand it, Judge Mund will remain on some sort of temporary status and finish up the cases assigned to her.
December 16, 2009
New Bankruptcy Judges in San Diego and San JoseThe 9th Circuit has appointed Margaret Mann in San Diego and Charles Novack in Oakland as Bankruptcy Judges. Ms. Mann will replace retiring Judge James Meyers and Mr. Novack will replace retiring Judge Marilyn Morgan. Each will take the bench early next yeaar.
October 01, 2009
Congratulations to Two New Bankruptcy JudgesCatherine Bauer and Deborah Saltzman, both of whom will sit in Riverside, probably the first of next year. The announcement can be accessed here.
March 01, 2009
Article on Los Angeles Bankruptcy Judge Geraldine Mund
Judge Mund is one of my favorite people. The Daily News article can be accessed here.
February 19, 2009
Judge Positions Open in Riverside California
An email from Judge Sheri Bluebond:
The Circuit Council just approved our request to fill the two vacant bankruptcy judgeships in Riverside. Stay tuned for official notices and application procedures if you're interested.
December 05, 2008
New York Seeking Applications for New Bankruptcy Judge
November 17, 2008
Judge Robert L. Krechevsky 1922-2008
Thanks to Bob Hiller,
First chief judge of the Connecticut Bankruptcy District court died earlier this month at age 86. Article from the Connecticut Law Journal can be accessed here.
October 23, 2008
Ninth Circuit to Sit at McGeorge Law School
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hold oral arguments at McGeorge School of Law on October 29, 2008. The announcement can be accessed here. Kozinski, Thomas and Callahan will hear argument on two cases that morning including Video Software Deals v. Schwarzenegger, a case dealing with the distribution of violent vidoes.
September 12, 2008
Judge Sandra Lynch to Head First Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Lynch is the "first and only woman judge" on the 1st Circuit according to the announcement which may be accessed here.
September 11, 2008
Judge Dennis Montali Takes Over as Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit BAP
The announcement can be accessed here. Judge Christopher Klein has left the BAP after ten years as required under the local rules. There are six judges on the 9th Circuit BAP. A seventh position has remained open so that other judges may fill in as a pro tem and get the experience.
September 02, 2008
Judge Eileen Hollowell of Tucson Appointed to 9th Circuit BAP
The announcement is here. It doesn't say who she replaced.
August 28, 2008
A Little Short on Judges in Riverside
RE: RIVERSIDE DIVISION CASES ASSIGNMENTS TO LOS ANGELES DIVISION JUDGES RIVERSIDE DIVISION COURTROOM CHANGES
Effective September 1, 2008, a portion of newly filed Riverside Division bankruptcy cases will be assigned to Judges Bluebond, Donovan and Neiter of the Los Angeles Division.
Most hearings on Riverside Division cases assigned to the Los Angeles judges will be held by video conference. Parties appearing before Judge Bluebond and Judge Donovan are to appear at Riverside Division Courtroom 303, and parties for hearings before Judge Neiter are to appear at Riverside Division Courtroom 301.
Papers filed on Riverside Division cases assigned to the Los Angeles Division judges shall be filed either electronically or, for non-registered ECF users, at the Intake area of the Riverside Division. Chambers and courtesy copies of papers filed for these cases shall be delivered to the Intake area of the Riverside Division.
Note: Riverside has had four judges for a long time but two basically retired at the same time and no one has volunteered to move to Riverside.