President’s Message


As the 2018-2019 President of the California Bankruptcy Forum (“CBF”), it is a privilege to welcome you.

CBF is the largest state-wide insolvency organization in California, and brings together lawyers, accountants, financial advisors, auctioneers, trustees, receivers and all other professionals involved in the insolvency practice. CBF consists of 550 members and is the preeminent insolvency organization in California providing education to insolvency professionals practicing in both the consumer and business insolvency settings, and is a forum for the free exchange of ideas to further the personal growth of our members and the professionalism of our industry.

In May 2019, CBF will celebrate its thirty first anniversary with the annual three-day Insolvency Conference. The Conference will take place this year in the tranquil desert setting of the Westin Mission Hills located in Rancho Mirage, California. In addition to its members, the Conference is well attended by bankruptcy judges sitting throughout California as well as those from outside California who sit on the 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. These judges attend and offer their insights on trending bankruptcy law issues.

CBF is also proud of its continuing dedication to and support of pro bono organizations. Each year CBF identifies one or more worthy non-profit organizations serving the region in which the annual Conference takes place. Last year, CBF raised in excess of $7,400.00 to support the Voluntary Legal Services Program of Northern California. That organization has provided free legal assistance for civil legal matters to low-income individuals in the Sacramento area since 1981, including individuals in need of bankruptcy assistance. CBF is looking forward to another successful pro bono campaign this year.

Finally, CBF continues its support to the California Bankruptcy Journal, a scholarly journal addressing cutting edge insolvency issues. The journal is published semi-annually. I am proud to report that the Journal continues to be cited as persuasive authority by courts around the United States, including the United States Supreme Court.

I look forward to this being an exciting year for the insolvency community. I hope you will join me and my fellow CBF board members at the May 2019 Conference in Rancho Mirage!

Christopher V. Hawkins
2018-2019 President


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.