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Honorable Catherine E. Bauer

Until further notice, Judge Bauer will only conduct telephonic hearings, unless you are notified that in-person appearances are required.  As of June 22, 2020, the Court only anticipates requiring in-person appearances for evidentiary hearings and trials.  A telephonic status conference will be held prior to any evidentiary hearing or trial to explain Court precautionary procedures and address any concerns parties may have with in-person appearances.

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United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse
411 West Fourth Street, Suite 5165 / Courtroom 5D
Santa Ana, CA 92701-4593

(714) 338-5450

Courtroom Deputy
(714) 338-5372

Court Recorder Contact
(714) 338-5372

Emergency Motion Contact
(714) 338-5450


Telephonic Instructions

Effective January 1, 2020


Telephonic appearances before Judge Catherine E. Bauer in Courtroom 5D are generally allowed.  No telephone appearances are allowed for the Chapter 13 calendar or any evidentiary hearings.  In order to appear telephonically counsel must adhere to the following procedure:

Standard procedure:

Telephone appearances may be arranged by calling Court Call, an independent conference call company until the start of the scheduled hearing.  Counsel may reach Court Call at (866) 582-6878.

Individuals choosing to appear telephonically do so at their own risk.  Hearings generally will not be rescheduled due to missed connections.  Furthermore, in deciding to appear telephonically, counsel is agreeing to waive any prejudice attributable to quality deficiencies or irregularities of the record that may result.

Please be advised that poor reception will cause counsel’s appearance to be disconnected.  Repeated poor connections may cause counsel to be banned from future telephonic appearances.

If an individual schedules a telephonic appearance and then fails to respond to the call of a matter on calendar, the court may pass the matter or may treat the failure to respond as a failure to appear.  Scheduling simultaneous telephonic appearances in multiple courts does not excuse a failure to appear when a matter is placed on calendar.

Before appearing, check Judge Bauer’s calendar and review any tentative ruling on WebPACER.

Printable version of Judge Bauer's Telephonic Appearance Procedures

About the Judge



  • University of California, Los Angeles, 1982
  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D., 1985

Career Record:

  • 1985-2000: Bank of America N.A., Office of General Counsel
  • 2001-2010: United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California
  • Admitted to the California Bar, 1985

 Professional Memberships:

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Financial Lawyers Conference
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
  • State Bar of California


  • Most Frequently Chosen Mediator in the Central District
  • Most Conferences Settled in Mediation in the Central District
  • Hon. William J. Lasarow Award for Outstanding Service
  • Public Counsel Advocate of the Year
Tentative Rulings
Chambers Employment

Current Opportunities

TERM LAW CLERK – Position currently filled

  • Next term of employment: August 1, 2022 to August 31, 2024


  • Currently accepting applications for Fall 2020
  • Applications for Spring 2021 accepted beginning August 1, 2020

Qualifications: Applicants should have an excellent academic record, demonstrate exceptional research and writing skills, and have a strong work ethic.  Priority will be given to students who have a demonstrated interest in bankruptcy practice – such as registration in, or completion of, a bankruptcy, restructuring or debtor/creditor class in law school; experience as an extern for a bankruptcy practitioner; or in a practice area related to the bankruptcy field.

General Job Description: Primary responsibilities for externs include extensive legal research and writing on a broad range of issues. Externs will prepare bench memoranda on a variety of substantive bankruptcy issues and will be provided with the opportunity to observe hearings and trials. In addition to working on core bankruptcy concepts, externs will assist with matters dealing with secured transactions, real property law, family law, evidence, and federal practice and procedure. Knowledge of bankruptcy and commercial law are helpful, but there are no prerequisites. Externships will be part-time (approximately 20 hours) during the school year and full-time during the summer.

Applications:  Please send a letter of interest with résumé, law school transcript, writing sample, and reference letters to: U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Attn: Ms. Ronghua Wang, Law Clerk to the Honorable Catherine E. Bauer, 411 West Fourth Street, Suite 5165, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4593, or via e-mail to:

Qualifications: The applicant must be a law school graduate as of August 1, 2020.  Substantial research and writing experience is required.  Applicants preferably are in the top 25% of their class if the school ranks. Law journal experience is a plus. Candidate’s coursework should reflect a foundation for practicing bankruptcy and corporate restructuring.

General Job Description: Law clerk duties include the following: conducting legal research, preparing bench memos, drafting orders and opinions, editing and proofreading the judge’s orders and opinions, verifying citations, consulting with the Judge and members of staff on legal matters affecting the administration of bankruptcy laws, and other duties as prescribed by the Judge.

Information for Applicants:  Employees of the United States Bankruptcy Court serve on an "AT WILL" basis and are required to adhere to a Code of Conduct.

  • Preference will be given to applicants who have externed in the Bankruptcy Court of the Central District of California and those who have a demonstrated interest in bankruptcy law. 
  • Due to the volume of applications received, communication will only be with those individuals who will be invited to interview for the position. 
  • Interviewees are subject to a full National Crime Information Center (NCIC) background check and FBI fingerprint analysis.
  • The court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement without prior notice.
  • The United States Bankruptcy Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Applicant must be either a U.S. citizen or a noncitizen eligible for employment by the federal judiciary.

Applications:  Please include a cover letter, résumé, law school transcript, writing sample, and reference letters.  Candidates may apply for this position by U.S. mail or email at the following addresses:

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Attn: Ms. Ronghua Wang, Law Clerk to the Honorable Catherine E. Bauer
411 West Fourth Street, Suite 5165
Santa Ana, CA 92701-4593

NOTE: Judge Bauer does NOT review applications submitted on OSCAR.

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