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Honorable Sandra R. Klein

Judge Tabs


United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1582 / Courtroom 1575
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 894-7741

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-5856

Court Recorder Contact
(213) 894-1480

Emergency Motion Contacts
(213) 894-0992
(213) 894-0994


Chapter 13
Phone/Video Appearances


Although the Roybal Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse is open for in-person proceedings, the bankruptcy bar has indicated its overwhelming support for continued virtual appearances.  Judge Klein will continue utilizing ZoomGov in a hybrid format holding hearings by video, with an option for in-person hearings for evidentiary hearings, trials and other matters specially set with the Court’s prior approval.  Parties are directed to review Judge Klein’s self-calendaring instructions for calendaring hearings, either by ZoomGov or in-person.


The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has now mandated that the public may not observe by video any court proceedings unless they are actual parties or counsel with matters before the Court in which they have an official interest. As an accommodation to the public, many court proceedings will still be accessible by audio. The audio accommodation is limited to: 1) non-trial matters; and 2) non-live witness testimony hearings. 

During non-trial matters and hearings where no live testimony is being given, the Court may permit the public to access the hearings by audio, but not video.  Please note that the Court may choose to terminate audio accessibility at any time, regardless of the type of hearing. Audio services for hearings that will not include live testimony are accessible through ZoomGov, and the public may utilize the telephone number login, but not the video login, presented by the Court on its publicly posted hearing calendar, which may be viewed online at: and then selecting “Judge Klein” from the tab on the left-hand side of the page.

The public may always appear in court for any proceedings.  Judge Klein’s courtroom is located in the Roybal Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 255 E. Temple Street, Courtroom 1575, Los Angeles, CA 90012. 

On virtual hearing days, Judge Klein’s courtroom will be open so that individuals who wish to observe a hearing will be able to view ZoomGov participants. There will be video monitors on and viewable during all hearings.  The parties, including counsel, their clients, and self-represented individuals, may virtually join the hearing via ZoomGov. No testimony, however, will be permitted by ZoomGov unless specifically authorized by the Court either before or during the hearing.  

For matters set for an in-person hearing in which any party does not wish to appear in-person, virtual appearances may be permitted utilizing ZoomGov, with prior Court approval, by contacting Judge Klein’s chambers at least seventy-two (72) hours before the hearing09 to arrange the virtual appearance.

ZoomGov: Video and audio connection information for each hearing are posted on Judge Klein's hearing calendar, which is available at: and then selecting “Judge Klein” from the tab on the left-hand side of the page.

As noted above, hearing participants may view and/or listen to hearings before Judge Klein using ZoomGov free of charge.  Individuals may appear by ZoomGov video and audio using a personal computer (equipped with camera, microphone and speaker), or a handheld mobile device (such as an iPhone).  Individuals may participate by ZoomGov audio only using a telephone (standard telephone charges may apply).  Neither a Zoom nor a ZoomGov account are necessary to participate, and no pre-registration is required.  The audio portion of each hearing will be recorded electronically by the Court and constitute its official record. Members of the general public, however, may only view the hearings from the Courtroom, which will remain open, or by audio access, as noted above.

 Important: All persons are strictly prohibited from making any recording of court proceedings, whether by video, audio, "screenshot," or otherwise. Violation of this prohibition may result in the imposition of monetary and non-monetary sanctions. The Clerk of the Court maintains an audio recording of all proceedings, which recording constitutes the official record of those proceedings.

Tips for a Successful ZoomGov Court Experience

  1. Test the video and audio capabilities of your computer or mobile device before the hearing (i.e., at least one day in advance).
    1. You can do this by clicking on the ZoomGov meeting link posted for the hearing and/or check your video and audio using the ZoomGov app.
  2. If you intend to speak during the hearing, please find a quiet place from which to participate.
  3. If you are connecting to a hearing using a wireless device, make sure to have a strong wireless signal.
  4. Until your matter is called, please turn off your video and mute your audio to minimize distractions and background noise.
    1. If you are connecting to ZoomGov by video, you can turn your video on/off by clicking on the video camera on the lower left side of the screen and mute/unmute your audio by clicking on the microphone on the lower left side of your screen.
    2. If you are connecting to ZoomGov by telephone, you can mute or unmute your connection by pressing *6 on your phone.
  5. If you are participating via video:
    1. Please change your Zoom screen name to include your calendar number, your first initial and last name, and your client’s name in parentheses (e.g., 1, R. Jones (ABC Corp.)).  You can change your Zoom screen name by moving the cursor over the upper right corner of your video tile, clicking on “. . .” and then clicking on “rename.”
      1. If you are appearing on more than one matter, after your first matter is finished, please change your screen name to reflect the next matter on which you will appear.
    2. Please wear attire consistent with the decorum of court proceedings.
    3. If you choose to use a virtual background, please avoid backgrounds that are offensive or distracting.
    4. Try to avoid having a window or bright background behind you. Otherwise, you may appear on video as a shadow.  If you cannot avoid a bright background, a desk lamp or other light source might help to brighten your face.
  6. When you first speak—and each time you speak after someone else has spoken—please say your name.  This is essential to make a good court record.  The only part of the hearing being recorded is the audio.  If a transcript is requested, it is sometimes difficult for the transcriber to know who is speaking.  
  7. If available, a headset-microphone often provides better sound quality for listening and speaking.
  8. Participants and members of the public should remember that although conducted remotely, ZoomGov hearings are official court proceedings, and individuals should act accordingly.

Updated 09/22/2023

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Tentative Rulings
Chambers Employment




  • Externships for summer 2022 have been filled
  • Judge Klein is currently accepting externship applications for fall 2022

TERM LAW CLERK – Position currently filled

  • Next Term of Employment: August 2023 to August 2024
  • Applications Accepted Beginning: April 1, 2022


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 24 hours) during the school year and full-time during the summer. 

Applications:  : Please include a cover letter, résumé, law school transcript, writing sample, and a list of references.  Candidates may apply for externships by email at the following address: U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Attn: Stephanie Rettier, Law Clerk to the Honorable Sandra R, Klein,


Qualifications:  The applicant must be a law school graduate as of August 2022.  Substantial research and writing experience is required.  Applicants preferably are in the top 10% of their class, with law review/journal experience.  Candidates’ coursework should reflect an interest in bankruptcy.

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 for the Central District of California and those who have a demonstrated interest in bankruptcy law. 
  • 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 three (3) reference letters.  Candidates may apply for this position via OSCAR or by email at the following address:


About the Judge



  • University of California Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management, M.B.A., 2009, UCLA Anderson School of a Management Honor Society
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, J.D., 1992, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Senior Note & Comment Editor, Loyola Int'l & Comp. L.J., 1991 – 92
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA (formerly University of Lowell, Lowell, MA), B.M., Music Education, 1982, Magna Cum Laude

 Career Record:

  • 1997 – 2011, United States Department of Justice
  • 2009 – 2011, Acting Assistant Director of Office of Criminal Enforcement, United States Trustee Program
  • 2003 – 2009, Bankruptcy Fraud Criminal Coordinator, United States Trustee Program
  • 1997 – 2003, Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California (on permanent detail from the United States Trustee Program)
  • 1995 – 1997, Associate, O'Melveny & Myers, LLP, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1994 – 1995, Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • 1992 – 1994, Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Lourdes G. Baird, United States District Court for the Central District of California

 Professional Memberships:

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
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