Bankruptcy Dog


This is a calendar of events of interest to Los Angeles bankruptcy professionals. If you would like an event to be posted on "the dog," please send your announcement to J. Scott Bovitz. Include the link to the registration page on your group's web site. Thank you.


Effective as of July 30, 2020, the Hon. Martin Barash modified self-calendaring procedures:

Judge Barash has decided to have hearings using ZoomGov for the foreseeable future.  His new procedures contemplate that any moving party filing a motion that requires a hearing, or anybody otherwise requesting a hearing, provide notice that the hearing will be held remotely and provide the ZoomGov login/call-in details.  Judge Barash's ZoomGov meeting information for upcoming hearings is available on his public calendars posted on the Court’s website. ...

Until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of Judge Barash's hearings will be conducted remotely, using ZoomGov audio and video.  Accordingly, in addition to all other applicable noticing requirements, and pursuant to the authority granted under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9007,  Judge Barash requires that a moving party or other party noticing a ZoomGov hearing before him (i) file and serve a completed Supplemental Notice of Hearing to Be Held Remotely Using ZoomGov Audio and Video ("Supplemental Notice"), at the same time the principal notice of such hearing is to be filed and served, or (ii) incorporate conforming language into such principal notice.  The form of Supplemental Notice approved by Judge Barash for a hearing in a bankruptcy case can be found here.  The form of the Supplemental Notice approved by Judge Barash for a hearing in an adversary proceeding can be found here.  The unique ZoomGov connection information for each day's hearings before Judge Barash -- which information is necessary to complete the Supplemental Notice -- is posted on his public calendar, which can be located at:


July 30, 2020 -- Bankruptcy judgeship openings in Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Portland:

"The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit invites applications from highly qualified candidates for ... Bankruptcy Judgeships for the Central District of California. These positions are available immediately, however, the selection process may take up to 18 months to complete. The official duty stations for these positions are Riverside, CA, and Santa Barbara, CA." Bankruptcy Dog has heard a rumor that bankruptcy judgeship candidates should be able to solve Judge Bluebond's CBF puzzles in 30 seconds or less, such as:

Enhanced screening at the courthouse in Los Angeles and Riverside. See

In accordance with the safety and mitigation measures in the Court’s Plan for Phased Resumption of Operations, the Court will begin enhanced entry screening services on Monday, July 20, 2020 in each courthouse. All individuals including judicial officers, employees, contractors, jurors, and members of the public, will be required to undergo screening in order to seek entry to a courthouse. The screening process will include a temperature check with a no contact thermometer and five health screening questions, listed below.

  1. Are you experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19? The symptoms are; cough, feeling feverish, and/or difficulty breathing.
  2. Within the last 14 days, have you been in close physical contact (meaning within six feet or closer) with a person you know to have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19?
  3. In the last 14 days, have you received instructions from a public health authority to self-observe, self-isolate, or self-quarantine?
  4. Have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (including fever, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, or loss of taste or smell)?
  5. Have you taken fever reducing medication in the last 24 hours?

The total process will take approximately a minute and a half per person. If the temperature check and answers meet the requirements, a wristband will be issued to the individual which will indicate that they are permitted entry into the courthouse. Anyone with a temperature greater than or equal to 100.4° F or answered “yes” to any of the screening questions will not be permitted to enter a courthouse.


See District Court Order No. 20-07 ("... every attorney who has been a member of the Bar of the Central District of California for at least one year must pay an annual renewal fee of $25"). Pay the fee before September 1 (every year) at


On July 31, 2020, the Hon. Catherine E. Bauer will retire from the bench. We all thank Judge Bauer for her years of service. Judge Bauer's cases will be reassigned to the sitting judges.


The bankruptcy court issued a Zoom Video Hearing Guide. The court's official position is that, "[If] clapping hands or a thumbs up ... is enabled, you should never use this feature without prior, express permission of the judge." Really?!


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August 17, social, Zoom:

Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum. Virtual Wine Tasting Party.


August 30, fees due to district court (bankruptcy lawyers need to pay this fee):

See District Court Order No. 20-07,("every attorney who has been a member of the Bar of the Central District of California for at least one year must pay an annual renewal fee of $25"). Pay the fee before September 1 (evey year) at


September 14, Zoom:

Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum board meeting. Board members only. Direct questions to Eve Karasik.


October 8, 12:30 p.m. Zoom:

Beverly Hills Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Tax Law Sections. Tax(wo)man at the Door: Exemption Planning, Collection Powers, Liens and Horror Stories. Brager, Walker, Tanner, Bovitz, Aronoff.


October 13-17 canceled:

The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges -- canceled.


November 5 dinner:

Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association ("c"). Calvin Ashland Awards Dinner Honoring Judge of the Year: Chief Judge Maureen Tighe. Los Angeles (LA Grand Hotel).


November 20 ethics seminar (Zoom -- you are responsible for your own bagel this year):

Federal Bar Association, 17th Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Symposium. Los Angeles (Roybal). Will include a session on "Attorney Competence 101: The Latest Scams And Technical Dangers For Lawyers And Other Human Beings."


January 11, 2021 movie club (not 100% sure about the date, the film, or whether the movie club regulars want to sit all that close to you):

According to, "Regal Cinemas, the second-largest theater chain in the U.S., has postponed its planned reopening indefinitely. The company had previously set its reopening date for July 31. However, the chain's website was recently updated, which confirms that they have decided to delay those plans indefinitely."

When the governor permits, and once the Regel has reopened, members of the Monday Night Lawyer Movie Club Unless It's On Tuesday will gather for a bite (usually at a restaurant at LA Live, next to Staples Center, 800 West Olympic Boulevard) and watch the latest film at the Regal Cinema (also at LA Live, 1000 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles). For upcoming film selections, dates, and times, visit or send a note to Bring your no-touch-thermometer; during 2021, the group will conduct non-contact temperature checks of all draft beers.


March 4, 2021:

American Bankruptcy Institute. Bankruptcy battleground west. Beverly Hills.


May 14-16, 2021:

California Bankruptcy Forum. 33rd Annual Insolvency Conference. Carlsbad (Omni La Costa Resort & Spa).


October 5-9, 2021 conference:

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Indianapolis (J.W. Marriott).


May 20-22, 2022:

California Bankruptcy Forum. 34th Annual Insolvency Conference. Monterey (Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course).


October 18-22, 2022 conference:

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Orlando (Marriott World Center).


May 19-21, 2023:

California Bankruptcy Forum. 35th Annual Insolvency Conference. La Quinta (La Quinta Resort & Club).


October 10-14, 2023 conference:

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Austin (J.W. Marriott).


September 17-19, 2024 conference:

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Seattle (Hyatt Regency Seattle).


September 16-19, 2025 conference:

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Chicago (Marriott Marquis Chicago).