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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
Telephonic Instructions


Telephonic appearances will be allowed in matters before Judge Sandra R. Klein in Courtroom 1575, except as follows:

  1. Adversary proceeding initial status conferences and pretrial conferences (all counsel and all self-represented parties must appear in person).
  2. Trials and evidentiary hearings (all counsel, all self-represented parties, and all witnesses must appear in person).
  3. Chapter 11 status conferences (debtor’s counsel or self-represented debtors must appear in person at every status conference; other parties in interest may appear telephonically).
  4. Chapter 11 disclosure statement hearings and chapter 11 confirmation hearings (all counsel and all self-represented parties must appear in person).
  5. Chapter 13 hearings (all counsel and all self-represented parties must appear in person).
  6. Reaffirmation hearings (debtor and debtor’s counsel (if applicable) must appear in person; other parties in interest may appear telephonically).
  7. Any other matters for which the Court indicates that a personal appearance is required in a tentative ruling.

All self-represented parties and all counsel must adhere to the following procedures and rules to appear telephonically:

1. Standard Procedure

Telephonic appearances may be arranged by calling Court Call, (888-882-6878) an independent conference call company, by 2:00 p.m. the day before the hearing.

2. Emergency Procedure

If an unexpected emergency arises that prevents a self-represented party or counsel from following the “Standard Procedure,” the self-represented party or counsel must contact chambers at (213) 894-7741 to request permission to arrange a telephonic appearance. 
3. Rules during Telephonic Appearances; Waiver of Appearance

The following rules apply for a telephonic appearance:

a. Parties appearing telephonically must use a landline with a handset or a headset.
b. Parties appearing telephonically may not:

i. Use a cellular phone.
ii. Use a speakerphone.
iii. Participate from any location with significant ambient noise.

Any self-represented party or any counsel choosing to appear telephonically do so at their own risk.  Hearings will not be rescheduled due to missed connections.  The Court will not consider any excuses regarding why a connection was not made or why someone is not available when a particular matter is called.  If the Court calls a matter and if a self-represented party or counsel does not respond, the self-represented party or counsel will be deemed to have consented to the granting or denial of the motion, whatever the case may be.  The Court will not entertain any requests for “second call” for anyone appearing telephonically.  Further, when a self-represented party or counsel appear telephonically, they agree to waive any prejudice attributable to resulting quality deficiencies or irregularities of the record.

Updated 01/18/17

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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
Tentative Rulings
Chambers Employment




  • Externships for summer and fall 2018 have been filled

TERM LAW CLERK – Position currently filled

  • Next Term of Employment: August 1, 2019 to August 31, 2021
  • Applications Accepted Beginning: April 1, 2018


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 send a letter of interest with résumé, law school transcript, writing sample, and a list of references to: U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Attn: Stephanie Rettier, Law Clerk to the Honorable Sandra R, Klein, 255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1582, Los Angeles, CA 90012.


Qualifications:  The applicant must be a law school graduate as of August 1, 2017.  Substantial research and writing experience is required.  Applicants preferably are in the top 10% of their class.  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 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 by U.S. mail or email at the following addresses:

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Attn: Stephanie Rettier, Law Clerk to the Honorable Sandra R. Klein
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1582
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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

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