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
Court Recorder Contact
Emergency Motion Contacts
Combined Disclosure Statement and Plan of Reorganization
Instructions for Telephoning Chambers
Judge Klein's Chapter 13 Procedures
Judge Klein's Judicial Variance Statement
Judge Klein Requires Individual Chapter 11 Debtors To Use Local Bankruptcy Rules Forms
Procedure For Approval of Disclosure Statement and Confirmation of Chapter 11 Plan When the Debtor is Not an Individual
Procedures for Auction Sales
Tentative Ruling Procedures
Chapter 13 Calendar 11/09/2023
Motion Hearing Calendar 11/09/2023
NOTICE RE VIDEO AND TELEPHONIC APPEARANCE PROCEDURES FOR
JUDGE SANDRA R. KLEIN’S CASES
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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING PROHIBITIONS OF PUBLIC
VIDEO AND AUDIO ACCESSIBILITY OF COURT MATTERS
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: http://ecf-ciao.cacb.uscourts.gov/CiaoPosted/?jid=SK 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: http://ecf-ciao.cacb.uscourts.gov/CiaoPosted/?jid=SK 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.
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JUDGE SANDA R. KLEIN
UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
LOS ANGELES DIVISION
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN CHAMBERS
TERM LAW CLERK – Position currently filled
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, email@example.com.
TERM LAW CLERK
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org