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Honorable Sandra R. Klein

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Address/Contact

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

Chambers
(213) 894-7741

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-5856

Court Recorder Contact
(213) 894-1480

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

 

Self-Calendaring
Forms
Instructions/Procedures
Chapter 13
Telephonic Instructions

PROCEDURES REGARDING TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES
BEFORE THE HONORABLE SANDRA R. KLEIN

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Judge Klein will be holding all hearings, including chapter 13 confirmation hearings, remotely until further notice.  Some hearings will be held via telephone and some hearings will be held via ZoomGov.  The cover page for the publicly posted hearing calendar will state whether the hearings that day will be held via telephone or via ZoomGov.  The calendar can be accessed at the following web address:http://ecf-ciao.cacb.uscourts.gov/CiaoPosted/?jid=SK (Click on the “Select Judge” tab on the upper left side of the screen and select Judge Klein).

Telephonic hearings:  For telephonic hearings, CourtCall is offering free access for pro se parties and discounted charges for attorneys through March 31, 2021.  If a hearing is being held via telephone, you must contact CourtCall at (866) 582-6878 at least thirty minutes before the hearing time to schedule a telephonic appearance.  If you experience any difficulty registering with CourtCall, contact Judge Klein’s chambers at 213-894-7741.

ZoomGov hearings:  For ZoomGov hearings, the first page of Judge Klein’s publicly posted hearing calendar will provide video and audio connection information for the hearings.  

You may appear by video and audio via ZoomGov using a personal computer (equipped with camera, microphone and speaker), or a handheld mobile device (such as an iPhone and/or Android phone).  Alternatively, you may participate by ZoomGov via audio only by using a telephone (standard telephone charges may apply).  Neither a Zoom account 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.

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 08/24/20

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About the Judge

Appointment:

 Education:

  • 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

JUDGE SANDA R. KLEIN
UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
LOS ANGELES DIVISION

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN CHAMBERS
 

EXTERNS

  • Judge Klein is accepting externship applications for the 2021 spring semester 

TERM LAW CLERK – Position currently filled

  • Judge Klein will begin accepting law clerk applications in May 2021 for the 2022-23 term

EXTERNS

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 or enrollment in a bankruptcy-related clinic.

General Job Description:  Primary responsibilities for externs include 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.  There are no prerequisites.  Externships are 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 the 2021 spring semester by email to: U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Attn: Stephanie Rettier, Law Clerk to the Honorable Sandra R, Klein, stephanie_rettier@cacb.uscourts.gov.

TERM LAW CLERK FOR 2022-23 TERM

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 the 2022-23 term law clerk position  by email 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
stephanie_rettier@cacb.uscourts.gov

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

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