Education Programs

PRECONFERENCE SPECIAL PROGRAMS – FRIDAY MAY 18, 2018
 
9:30am – 10:30am: 1 Hour MCLE Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society

Time for a New Trail: Confronting the Blaze of Sexual Harassment, Abuse and Assault in Our Society

In recent months, sexual harassment and assault claims against politicians, news anchors and Hollywood celebrities have been heavily publicized. Of course, such behavior is not limited to those industries, and it is important that we remain focused on eliminating discrimination in our workplaces and in society as a whole. This panel will discuss the current climate, what we can do to try to prevent sexual harassment from occurring, and how to effectively respond to claims when they arise.
 
Producers

KELLY POPE
Downey Brand; Sacramento

CATHY TA
Best Best & Krieger LLP; Riverside
10:45am – 11:45am: 1 Hour MCLE Ethics Credit

Who’s Your Client and What Should You Do? Navigating the Right Path When You Receive Competing Instructions or Instructions with Questionable Motives

What should you do when your client is suffering from corporate deadlock and you receive competing instructions? What happens when the chief restructuring officer receives instructions from the board of directors that are at odds with the fiduciary duties owed to the estate? How do you ensure your closely held corporate debtor client fulfills its fiduciary duties? Learn how to handle these and other difficult situations that arise when it’s not crystal clear where your instructions are coming from or how best to respond.
 
Producers

ANTHONY BISCONTI
Bienert Miller & Katzman PLC; San Clemente

MEGHANN TRIPLETT
Margulies Faith LLP; San Luis Obispo
GENERAL SESSION – FRIDAY MAY 18, 2018


12:30pm – 1:30pm

Climbing the Peak of Appellate Victory: Best Practices Before the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel

A moderated discussion between two sitting BAP judges and appellate experts covering best appellate practices and avoiding pitfalls at trial. Topics will include the critical distinctions between the roles of the trial court and the appellate court, building a record, and tips on effective appellate advocacy.
 
Producers

LISA TORRES
Gates O ’Doherty Gonter & Guy LLP; San Diego

VALERIE BANTNER PEO
Buchalter; San Francisco
1:30pm – 2:15pm

Judges’ Roundtable: Evidence

Rappel and traverse through evidentiary issues in a lively discussion with bankruptcy judges from throughout California. Participants will have a unique opportunity to discuss best practices and hot topics with regard to admissibility of evidence, objections to evidence, and evidentiary issues on appeal, as well as other topics of practical interest.
 
Producers

IVO KELLER
SSL Law Firm LLP; San Francisco

COREY WEBER
Brutzkus Gubner Rozansky Seror Weber LLP;
Los Angeles
2:30pm – 3:30pm

The Role and Importance of Financial Advisors and Investment Bankers in Ensuring a Successful Climb Out of the Valley of Debt

With retail bankruptcies expected to continue and the number of distressed companies expected to increase, the role of financial advisors, valuation experts, and investment bankers becomes integral to the process. This panel will discuss the importance of a proper valuation, the sale process, the difficulties that arise with intellectual property assets, purchase price adjustments, and strategic versus financial buyers.
 
Producers

GEORGE DEMOS
GlassRatner; Bakersfield

BETH GASCHEN
Lobel Weiland Golden Friedman LLP; Costa Mesa
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Debate Night: Mining for Gold in Recent Bankruptcy Cases

It’s another election year! Our expert “candidates” will debate and discuss hot bankruptcy topics ranging from equitable tolling to the definition of “initial transferee” under section 550(a), and our moderator-judges will tell us which candidate wins the day.
 
Producers

MAGGIE SCHROEDTER
Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP;San Diego

KELLY ANN TRAN
Mulvaney Barry Beatty Linn & Mayers LLP;
San Diego
GENERAL SESSION – SATURDAY MAY 19, 2018


8:30am – 9:30am

Concentration: Round Two

A battle of memory between contestants will ensue when Judge Bluebond returns as the beloved game show host for a game of Concentration. This interactive format will cover recently decided bankruptcy cases and offer timely insights.
 
Producers

MONIQUE JEWETT-BREWSTER
Hopkins & Carley; San Jose

BRIAN OSBORNE
Rust Omni; Los Angeles
10:15am – 11:15am

Keynote Speaker : Cara Hale Alter, Author of The Credibility Code

Credibility. Leadership presence. Personal power. We know these qualities when we see them, but what are the cues that lead us to these impressions? Cara Hale Alter deconstructs what it takes to carry yourself like a leader. She emphasizes the power of the “sub-textual” conversation and identifies the specific “codes of conduct”—for posture, gestures, vocal skills, eye contact, and more—that influence the perception of credibility. Individually, these behaviors are easy to implement; together they form a skill set that can transform your career.

As founder and president of SpeechSkills, Cara has provided training to some of the world’s best-known companies, including Allianz, Caterpillar, eBay, Gap Inc., Google, IDEO, and Williams-Sonoma. A guest lecturer at UC Berkeley, Harvard University, Stanford University, and UC Hastings College of Law, Cara has also worked with numerous top-100 law firms, including DLA Piper, Morgan Lewis, O’Melveny & Myers, and White & Case. She is a frequent media resource, with appearances in Forbes.com, The Globe and Mail, USA Today, and countless other media outlets. In addition to penning The Credibility Code: How to Project Confidence and Competence When It Matters Most, Cara has produced award-winning educational videos on public speaking and managing nervousness.
11:150am – 12:15pm

Judges’ Roundtable: It’s Your Turn to Crack the Code

Following the closing keynote, practice the Credibility Code skills using examples arising from an insolvency case – from the courtroom to the boardroom, and everything in between.
 
Producers

SUMMER SHAW
Doling Shaw & Hanover APC; Palm Desert

THOMAS RUPP
McNutt Law Group LLP; San Francisco

  SATURDAY MAY 19, 1:30pm – 5:00pm




1:30pm – 2:30pm

Hiding in the Valley or Shouting from the Mountain – Debtor’s Schedules and Full Disclosure

What meets the standard of full disclosure in Debtors’ schedules? How do you address non-filing spouse separate property, valuation and other property which may not be property of the estate? Our panel discusses relevant case law on this balancing act between too much and not enough information in Debtor’s schedules and provides practical tips to avoid the many pitfalls.
 
Producers

LYNDA BUI
Shulman Hodges & Bastian LLP; Irvine

MICHAEL DAVIS
Brutzkus Gubner Rozansky Seror Weber LLP;
Los Angeles
3:00pm – 4:00pm

The Travails of the Western Homestead – Section 724 and Priority Non-dischargeable Debt

Trustees are using Section 724 to sell debtors’ residences, not pay homestead exemptions and may be leaving debtors homeless with priority non-dischargeable debt. Learn what you need to know when your debtors have tax liens on their family home.
 
Producers

RICHARD GOLUBOW
Winthrop Couchot Golubow Hollander LLP; Newport Beach

BRAD SMITH
GlassRatner; Los Angeles
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Strategies to Avoid the Darkness of the Mountain Shadows – Jacobson Revisited

Jacobsen requires reinvestment of homestead exemption proceeds within 6 months. Our panel will explore realistic compliance concepts for poor credit clients in the overpriced California housing market.
 
Producers

DAVID GOODRICH
SulmeyerKupetz; Los Angeles

BRIAN LANDAU
SLBiggs, a Division of SingerLewak; Los Angeles

  SATURDAY MAY 19, 12:30 – 3:40pm




12:30pm – 1:30pm

Keynote & Judicial Luncheon: The Peaks of Practice Excellence

Following the keynote address, this judicial roundtable will match judges with groups of young attorneys attempting to ascend the peaks of practice excellence. Discussion questions will elicit concrete and practical advice on professional advancement, trial practice, courtroom technology, oral argument, tentative rulings, local rules (and “local, local rules”) and other hot topics.
 
Producers

RENO FERNANDEZ – YIP Co-Chair
Macdonald Fernandez LLP; San Francisco

MATT SORENSON
Development Specialists, Inc; Los Angeles
1:35pm – 2:35pm

Discovery 101: Basics of Discovery for the Young Professional

This program will provide attendees with the “nuts and bolts” on the basics of discovery, including best practices for propounding and responding to discovery, common pitfalls to avoid, and practical pointers for young professionals. The presentation will be followed by a mock motion to compel to illustrate these newly-learned strategies.
 
Producers

CLAIRE WU – YIP Co-Chair
SulmeyerKupetz; Los Angeles

CHAD HAES
Marshack Hays; Irvine
2:40pm – 3:40pm

How to Build a National Bankruptcy Practice from California

The reality of today’s corporate bankruptcy practice is that most significant chapter 11 cases are filed outside of California. This panel will explore what young California lawyers can do to practice meaningfully in chapter 11 cases on the East Coast and other jurisdictions and discuss some practical tips and highlight the differences in appearing before other bankruptcy courts.
 
Producers

JANE KIM – YIP Co-Chair
Keller Benvenutti LLP; San Francisco

YI SUN KIM
Greenberg & Bass LLP; Los Angeles
 
 
 

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Community Giveback: The 29th Annual Conference donated 250 hygiene kits to the San Diego Rescue Mission and raised over $13,000 in onsite donations to benefit the San Diego Legal Aid Society and CARE San Diego Chapter.