2016 Pro Bono Auction Items
In the years since the passage of the
Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 and the
Great Recession, the number of debtors participating in bankruptcy
cases without the benefit of legal counsel have increased. The
California Bankruptcy Forum recognizes the significant impact that this
increase has had on the bankruptcy courts and the administration of
justice. The CBF is committed to respond to this situation by
supporting pro bono efforts of the various local Bankruptcy Forums and
County Bar Associations throughout the state.
The CBF reached a consensus that the organization and its members
should assist various pro bono projects that support access to the
bankruptcy courts in California. Its Pro Bono Project furthers the
CBF’s purpose to “promote and enhance the value of the bankruptcy
system and process in California” by increasing access for the indigent
and assisting the courts by reducing limited court resources diverted
for unrepresented bankruptcy filers and litigants.
Some guidelines for the Project are:
A portion of the CBF's Annual Conference
fees and other voluntary contributions will provide for a special CBF
Pro Bono Fund.
It is recognized that the local
Bankruptcy Forum(s) are most familiar with each area’s needs and in the
best position to identify organizations that can use the funds
consistent with CBF’s Project.
The Funds shall be donated to a
designated project, as determined after consultation with the local
Bankruptcy Forum(s) that are hosting or are regionally supporting the
CBF Annual Conference for that year.
The Funds will go to a non-profit
organization that will assist prospective bankruptcy filers or
The CBF’s Vice-President will administer
the Project, subject to CBF Board of Directors' oversight.
Other statewide projects may develop as
the Project is implemented and developed. Your assistance to support
this important outreach to pro per filers and litigants in the
bankruptcy system is needed and would be greatly appreciated. Please
feel free to contact the CBF, any of its officers or the Bankruptcy
Forum in your local area to learn more about the Project and to
contribute via the CBF website or the annual conference registration
form. Thank you.