President’s Message


Thank you for your interest in the California Bankruptcy Forum (“CBF”).

CBF is the leading voluntary organization for insolvency attorneys in California, with nearly 1,000 members in seven local forums located throughout California. Membership consists of attorneys specializing in bankruptcy and insolvency-related law, as well professionals from related disciplines including accountants, brokers, trustees, turnaround specialists and other insolvency professionals Since 1988, the CBF has been committed to providing professional education, improving and clarifying practices and procedures in California bankruptcy courts, and providing a forum for dialogue between insolvency professionals and bankruptcy judges.

CBF advances its mission primarily through the organization of a large annual conference each May, and the regular publication of scholarly articles in the California Bankruptcy Journal. For the last five years, the CBF has also provided financial support of pro bono bankruptcy clinics throughout California. Finally, the CBF oversees the activities of the seven local forums in California, each of which actively advances the mission of the CBF at the local level by sponsoring educational and professional programs.

CBF’s local forums are located in Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire, and San Diego. Each of the local forums is led by its own Board of Directors, and each forum selects three representatives to sit on the CBF Board of Directors. These regional forums provide their members with educational and social programs throughout the year. Upon becoming a member of a local forum, you will become a member of the Forum as well.

In 2017, the Forum’s 29th Annual Insolvency Conference will be held at the Loew’s Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego. The 2017 conference will be a unique opportunity to attend excellent educational programs in a relaxing and fun setting, and to connect with colleagues and friends. The conference will feature programming options geared toward both business and consumer issues, and programs for Young Insolvency Professionals.

In connection with the 2017 conference, the Forum will continue its support of non-profit organizations throughout California that provide services to unrepresented bankruptcy filers and litigants. Each year, a portion of the conference registrations and voluntary contributions are set aside to create a Pro Bono Fund, which is then donated to a project to improve and enhance the services provided to pro se filers. Being involved with the Pro Bono Project and witnessing firsthand the meaningful difference it can make has been one of the highlights of my time as an officer of the Forum.

As noted above, CBF also publishes a scholarly journal called the California Bankruptcy Journal. The Journal typically publishes two to four issues each year. It is available on Westlaw and has been cited in more than 70 published opinions, including those of the U.S. Supreme Court. All Forum members receive a subscription to the California Bankruptcy Journal as a benefit of membership.

I look forward to meeting you at the scheduled events organized by the local and state leadership groups. Please do not hesitate to contact me or any other board member to become more involved with the Forum activities or to share your thoughts on how we can continue to improve the organization.

Thank you for your participation,

Thomas R. Phinney

2016-2017 President


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