Education Programs

2019 Programming for The 31st Annual Conference at the Westin Mission Hills:
FRIDAY MAY 17, 2019
 
GENERAL SESSION EDUCATION
 
11:00am – 12:00pm
A Star is Born: Navigating Legal Ethics for the Social Media Bankruptcy Influencer
Social media platforms are everywhere. It has grown into an essential marketing for lawyers, who unlike many other working professionals, are bound by strict ethical codes of conduct when it comes to marketing and communicating with non-lawyers. This panel will focus on how attorneys can successfully navigate the minefields of social networking to grow their business while still adhering to the new California Rules of Professional Conduct.
 
Producers:

KAILEY WRIGHT
Grobstein Teeple LLP
Los Angeles

CLAIRE WU
SulmeyerKupetz
Los Angeles
Speakers:

HON. MARTIN R.BARASH
US Bankruptcy Court, Central District of CA
Los Angeles

CAROLINE DJANG
Best Best & Krieger LLP
Orange County

JOSEPH R. DUNN
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC
San Diego
12:45pm – 1:45pm
Lunch / Keynote Address featuring Dean L. Song Richardson, UC Irvine School of Law
Promoting Equity: The Influence of Unconscious Biases on Decisions and Judgments (CLE)
Many individuals believe in racial and gender equality and reject discrimination in any form. Yet, unconscious mental processes which are shaped over time by history and culture can lead us to view the world through a biased lens and to behave contrary to our deeply held egalitarian values. Dean Richardson will discuss these unconscious mental processes and how they can influence decision-making and judgment. She will end with some recommendations for safeguarding against the influence of these unconscious biases.
1:45pm – 2:45pm
Judges' Roundtable
 
Producers:

IVO KELLER
SSL Law Firm LLP
San Francisco

C. JOHN M. MELISSINOS (In Memoriam)
Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
Los Angeles
3:15pm – 4:15pm
Concurrent Session
Fly Me to the Moon: Are Bankruptcies and Receiverships Jointly Available to the Cannabis Industry?
Can bankruptcy protection ever be an option for cannabis and cannabis-related businesses? This panel examines the current state of the law for businesses that operate in the cannabis industry, whether any of those can be eligible for bankruptcy relief, the rights, remedies, and the mechanics of bankruptcy alternatives such as receiverships or assignments for the benefit of creditors available to restructure or liquidate a distressed cannabis business.
 
Producers:

NATALIE B. DAGHBANDAN
Daghbandan Legal APC
Orange County

THOMAS HWANG
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
San Francisco
Speakers:

HON. ROGER L. EFREMSKY
US Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of CA
San Francisco

CASSIA FURMAN
Vicente Sederberg LLC
Los Angeles

ARAM ORDUBEGIAN
Arent Fox LLP
Los Angeles

DOUGLAS P. WILSON
Douglas Wilson Companies
San Diego
3:15pm – 4:15pm
Concurrent Session
Beam It Up, Scotty! Practicing Law in the E-Discovery Era – What Every Bankruptcy Attorney Needs to Know
The demands and costs of e-discovery in bankruptcy litigation continue to grow. Most bankruptcy litigation involves some level of e-discovery, and it is essential to know how to effectively and fairly handle the many issues that can arise. This panel will provide an assessment of the current state of e-discovery practice. It will provide tips and strategies for avoiding pitfalls, and discuss important ethical issues in light of court decisions imposing discovery sanctions and outlining the duties of clients, outside and in-house counsel.
 
Producers:

THOMAS P. JEREMIASSEN
Development Specialists Inc
Los Angeles

DARA LEVINSON SILVEIRA
Keller & Benvenutti LLP
San Francisco
Speakers:

HON. DANIEL P. COLLINS
US Bankruptcy Court, District of AZ
Phoenix

STEVEN KATZMAN
Bienert Katzman PLC
Orange County

JAMES VAUGHN
iDiscovery Solutions Inc
Orange County

MONIKA WIENER
Jones Day
Los Angeles
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Concurrent Session
A Space Odyssey: Understanding LLC Reorganizations, Rights and Remedies
Limited liability companies are outpacing corporations as the preferred business form. But the Bankruptcy Code does not deal specifically with these popular entities. This panel will discuss the rapidly evolving law addressing many of the unique issues that LLCs present, such as the interaction between the Bankruptcy Code and state law relating to member-managed and manager-managed LLCs, single- member LLCs, LLCs as assets of an estate, charging liens, restrictions on attachment or transfer of membership interests, and forced insolvencies.
 
Producers:

RENO F.R. FERNANDEZ III
Macdonald Fernandez LLP
San Francisco

DEEPALIE MILLIE JOSHI
Joshi Law Group
San Diego
Speakers:

HON. RONALD H. SARGIS
US Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of CA
Sacramento

CHRISTOPHER CELENTINO
Dinsmore & Stohl LLP
San Diego

GAIL GREENWOOD
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones
San Francisco

PAUL LEEDS
Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP
San Diego
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Concurrent Session
Strategies and Remedies to Recover Hidden Assets Even the Hubble Telescope Can’t See
Creditors and trustees frequently face the challenge of seizing hard-to-reach assets that debtors either fail to disclose or identify as being unavailable to pay creditor claims. Last year’s conference discussed the standards that meet the full disclosure requirement in bankruptcy. This year, our panel will discuss investigative measures to discover hidden assets, “consent directives,” and other rights and remedies available to overcome debtors’ creative attempts to shield estate property from the reach of creditors and trustees.
 
Producers:

MICHAEL J. GOMEZ
Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato LC
Fresno

GARY B. RUDOLPH
Sullivan Hill Rez & Engel
San Diego
Speakers:

HON. ALAN M. AHART (RET)
US Bankruptcy Court, Central District of CA
Los Angeles

CATHERINE M. CASTALDI
Brown Rudnick LLP
Orange County

LEONARD L. GUMPORT
Gumport Law Firm PC
Pasadena

RICHARD M KIPPERMAN
Corporate Management Inc
San Diego
 
SATURDAY MAY 18, 2019
8:30am – 9:30am
Starry Decisis: Concentration Part III
Producers:

SHARON KOPMAN
Oak Point Partners
Los Angeles

BRIAN OSBORNE
Omni Management Group
Los Angeles
Host:

HON. SHERI BLUEBOND
US Bankruptcy Court, Central District of CA
Los Angeles
10:00am – 11:00am
What Planet Are You On? An Examination of Caselaw Influencing Corporate Debtors to Seek Bankruptcy Protection in Jurisdictions Other than California
You’ve heard the usual reasons given for filing bankruptcy cases outside of California. This panel will move beyond those and examine divergent case law that debtors and their advisors should consider when determining where to file a chapter 11 business case, as well as legal factors that courts consider when evaluating requests to transfer cases to venues that are arguably more convenient to creditors, employees and other stakeholders.
 
Producers:

ERIN N. BRADY
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Los Angeles

MARCUS O. COLABIANCHI
Duane Morris LLP
San Francisco
Speakers:

HON. VINCENT P. ZUROLO
US Bankruptcy Court, Central District of CA
Los Angeles

WHITMAN L. HOLT
Klee Tuchin Bogdanoff & Stern LLP
Los Angeles

RICHARD A. LAPPING
Trodella & Lapping LLP
San Francisco

JENNIFER NASSIRI
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
Los Angeles
11:00am – 12:00pm
Judges' Roundtable
 
Producers:

NICHOLAS A. KOFFROTH
Venable LLP
Los Angeles

VALERIE BANTNER PEO
Buchalter
San Francisco
AFTERNOON SPECIAL SESSIONS
 
YIP EDUCATION
 
The Young Insolvency Professional (YIP) programming is geared toward providing YIPs with the tools and support they need to further their professional development in the fields of bankruptcy and insolvency. The CBF envisions its YIP constituents as being either within their first five to eight years of practice, generally or within the insolvency community.
 
12:30pm – 1:30pm
YIP Registrant Luncheon
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Navigating the Meteor Showers: A Primer for Young Lawyers on Keeping It Ethical
This keynote presentation and the following roundtable discussion will include an examination of ethical issues young attorneys may face in bankruptcy cases, including, for example, fraud and concealment of assets. The keynote will encourage young lawyers in standing firm with clients and/or partners when ethical concerns arise.
 
Producers:

CHRISTOPHER D. HUGHES
Nossaman LLP
Sacramento

JESSICA NADLER
SL Biggs, A Division of SingerLewak
Los Angeles
Featured Speaker:

HON. MAUREEN A. TIGHE
US Bankruptcy Court, Central District of CA
Woodland Hills
2:45pm – 3:45pm
Appealing to a Higher Power: A Primer on the Appellate Process for Young Bankruptcy Professionals
This panel will provide a skills-oriented discussion on the appellate process for bankruptcy professionals. Topics will include when to appeal to the BAP versus the district court; standards of review, what they mean, and how to try to frame them favorably in your case; how to put together the excerpts of the record; how to cite to the record; and when to address jurisdictional deficiencies.
 
Producers:

KEVIN D. MEEK
Robins Kaplan LLP
Los Angeles

MIGUEL SALDAÑA
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP
San Francisco
Speakers:

HON. LAURA S. TAYLOR
US Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of CA
San Diego

GARY E. KLAUSNER
Levene Neale Bender Yoo & Brill
Los Angeles

SARAH STEVENSON
Bankruptcy Appellate
Panel for the 9th Circuit
Pasadena
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Choosing Your Trajectory: Bankruptcy vs. Receivership vs. ABC Proceedings
Co-sponsored with the California Receivership Forum, this panel will provide young bankruptcy professionals with a primer on the main differences between bankruptcy proceedings, receiverships, and ABC proceedings, and strategies for choosing the appropriate avenue for clients. Co-produced by California Receivers Forum. Any registrant is welcome to attend this session.
 
Producers:

ROKSANA MORADI-BROVIA
Resnik Hayes Moradi LLP
Los Angeles

ANDREW STILL
Snell & Wilmer LLP
Orange County
Speakers:

BENJAMIN KING
Loeb & Loeb
Los Angeles

RICHARD P. ORMOND
Buchalter
Los Angeles

KEVIN SINGER
Receivership Specialists
Los Angeles
CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY
The Consumer Bankruptcy program is dedicated to serving the needs of consumer bankruptcy attorneys. Although the goal of the Consumer Bankruptcy program is to educate consumer bankruptcy lawyers, the program frequently covers topics that transcend the consumer bankruptcy practice. Because topics are not necessarily limited to the consumer bankruptcy practice, all bankruptcy professionals are encouraged to attend.
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Keeping Your Case from Getting Lost in Space: The Ever-Expanding Scope of Property of Estate and the Use of Turnover Motions to Invalidate Exemptions
This panel will focus on recent issues relating to the scope of property of the estate. It will also discuss possible strategies for addressing delays in case administration, such as motions to compel abandonment and motions for interim distributions. Finally, the panel will discuss the use of turnover motions by trustees to invalidate exemptions.
 
Producers:

KERRY ANN MOYNIHAN
Moynihan Law Office PC
Orange County

LARRY D. SIMONS
Law Offices of Larry D. Simons
Los Angeles
Speakers:

HON. SCOTT C. CLARKSON
US Bankruptcy Court, Central District of CA
Orange County

THOMAS H. CASEY
Thomas H. Casey Inc.
Orange County

FANNY CHERNG
Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.
San Diego
2:45pm – 3:45pm
Avoiding Black Holes: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Debtor’s Pursuit of an Award of Attorney’s Fees
This panel will discuss the Ninth Circuit’s rulings in Penrod and Bos, and strategies for pursuing an award of attorney’s fees under contract, statute, and the Bankruptcy Code (e.g., sections 362, 523 and 524) and rules (e.g., FRBP 3002 and 9011).
 
Producers:

JOSEPH BOUFADEL
Salvato Law Offices
Orange County

STELLA HAVKIN
Havkin & Shrago
Los Angeles
Speakers:

HON. ERITHE A. SMITH
US Bankruptcy Court, Central District of CA
Orange County

KRISTEN DITLEVSEN RENFRO
Desmond Nolan Livaich & Cunningham
Sacramento

JEFFREY S. SHINBROT
The Shinbrot Firm
Los Angeles
4:00pm – 5:00pm
The Ever-Changing Cosmos of Chapter 13: Hot Button Topics
This panel will explore new and evolving issues in chapter 13. Topics will include: modifying the automatic stay to assist debtors in classifying student loans; the importance of responding to Rule 3002 notices when lenders add costs and expenses post-bankruptcy or modify escrow accounts; responding to final cure notices before it’s too late; and end-of-plan issues to watch out for before the end of your client’s case, when it MIGHT be too late.
 
Producers:

CHARITY J. MANEE
Reid & Manee LLP
Riverside

LUCY MAVYAN
The Bankruptcy Law Center
Los Angeles
Speakers:

HON. MARGARET M. MANN
US Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of CA
San Diego

NANCY B. CLARK
Borowitz & Clark LLP
Los Angeles

AMRANE COHEN
Chapter 13 Trustee
Orange County
 

Association News

You can get involved!  The 2020 Conference Planning Committee has volunteer leadership opportunities available for the May conference at Bacara in Santa Barbara. Initial 2020 planning meeting is Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 5 pm at the Westin Mission Hills Conference. If you are not able to attend the planning meeting, please let Deborah Kincade, CBF account executive know of your leadership interest before May 13, 2019.