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Honorable Gregg W. Zive

Judge Tabs

Address/Contact

United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1652 / Courtroom 1645
Los Angeles, CA 90012
 

Chambers
(213) 894-2798

Courtroom Services Specialist
(213) 894-6172

The Honorable Gregg W. Zive is a recalled bankruptcy judge assisting the Court with its heavy caseload. He maintains his chambers in Reno, Nevada.

Tentative Rulings
About the Judge

Judge Zive was sworn in as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Nevada in its Reno office on January 23, 1995 and was reappointed in 2009. He was Chief Judge from October 1, 1999 to September 30, 2008. He was the Chair of the Ninth Circuit Conference of Chief Bankruptcy Judges from October 2005 to September 2006.

Judge Zive graduated from the University of Nevada in 1967 with a B.A. in journalism. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1973 where he was a member and an editor of the law review. He was admitted to the bars of California (1973) and Nevada (1976) and to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States . Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Zive's practice was as a general civil litigator, concentrating in the areas of commercial, contract, real property, and employment relations law.

Judge Zive is a past president of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. He is a Fellow of The American College of Bankruptcy (inducted in 2005). Since 2008 he has been a director of the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is a member of the Washoe County Bar Association (president, 1992-1993), Nevada State-Federal Judicial Council, State Bar of Nevada Advisory Commission on Law Related Education and Master Emeritus of the Bruce R. Thompson Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He has been a member of the Ninth Circuit Public Information & Community Outreach Committee and the Ninth Circuit Standing Committee on ADR.

He has taught and been a presenter at numerous seminars regarding various bankruptcy-related topics as well as civil procedure, evidence, real property, employment law and trial techniques and has published articles relating to those topics.

2024 Order re: Temporary Transfer to the Central District of California

2023 Order re: Temporary Transfer to the Central District of California

2022 Order re: Temporary Transfer to the Central District of California

2021 Order re: Temporary Transfer to the Central District of California

2020 Order re: Temporary Transfer to the Central District of California

2019 Order re: Temporary Transfer to the Central District of California

2018 Order re: Temporary Transfer to the Central District of California

2017 Order re: Temporary Transfer to the Central District of California

Judge Location: 

Honorable Barry Russell

Judge Tabs

Address/Contact

United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1660 / Courtroom 1668
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Chambers
(213) 894-6091

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-3687

Court Recorder Contact
(213) 894-5011

Emergency Motion Contacts
(213) 894-3687
(213) 894-6093

 

Self-Calendaring
Phone/Video Appearances

NOTICE OF JUDGE BARRY RUSSELL’S PROCEDURES FOR HEARINGS TO BE CONDUCTED IN PERSON AND/OR VIA ZOOM FOR GOVERNMENT
(Updated September 28, 2023)

Judge Russell will be holding hearings both in person and via Zoom for Government (“ZoomGov”) (https://cacb.zoomgov.com). It is extremely important that counsel and all interested parties read the Judge’s tentative rulings on his law and motion/trial calendar very carefully as the tentative rulings will indicate whether an in person appearance at a hearing is mandatory.

The calendar with tentative rulings will be posted approximately one week prior to the scheduled hearing(s) and can be accessed at the following web address: http://ecf-ciao.cacb.uscourts.gov/CiaoPosted/?jid=BR Click on the “Select Judge” tab on the upper left side of the screen and select Judge Russell.

All participants (whether attending in person or remotely) must observe the formalities of the courtroom, exercise civility, and otherwise conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the dignity of the Court. This includes appropriate courtroom attire for those participants appearing in person or by video.

In Person appearances:  If an in person appearance is required, all counsel, parties and witnesses are to appear in Courtroom 1668 at 255 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 and no appearance(s) will be allowed by any person either telephonically or via ZoomGov.

All persons present in the courtroom must abide by all Covid 19-related safety procedures at all times including, but not limited to, the wearing of face masks and the observation of social distancing. For the sake of everyone’s safety and respect for others, there will be no exceptions to this Covid 19 policy. Water is no longer provided at the counsel tables.

ZoomGov appearances: For ZoomGov hearings, the first page of Judge Russell’s publicly posted hearing calendar will provide video and audio connection information for the hearings. All ZoomGov appearances by attorneys shall be by video on a laptop computer or on a ZoomGov interface on a mobile device or tablet.

If an unexpected emergency arises on the day of the hearing, attorneys who wish to appear by calling in to the ZoomGov telephone conference line must contact chambers at (213) 894-6091 and obtain approval to appear telephonically on ZoomGov. The Courtroom Deputy will be in court and unavailable to contact by phone on the day of each hearing.

Attorneys who are aware prior to the hearing date that they cannot appear at an in person hearing must contact the Courtroom Deputy at  (213) 894-3687 prior to the hearing date to obtain approval to appear telephonically via ZoomGov.

All parties must notify the Court of his/her appearance, whether in person or via ZoomGov, no later than 2:00 p.m. on the day prior to the hearing by emailing the Courtroom Deputy at stacey_fortier@cacb.uscourts.gov. In the subject line of the e-mail, please specify the date, time and calendar number(s) of the hearing(s) (for example: Re: September 15, 2023, 10:00 a.m., Calendar No. # , In Person/ZoomGov).

The audio portion of each hearing will be recorded electronically by the Court and shall constitute its official record.

 

IMPORTANT MEMORADUM REGARDING PROHIBITIONS OF PUBLIC
VIDEO AND AUDIO BROADCASTING OF COURT MATTERS

The Judicial Conference of the United States Courts has set forth the following policies with respect to video and audio broadcasting (aka remote conduct and appearances) of courtroom matters.  The full policy is attached to this memorandum.

  1. The current exceptions to “Cameras in the Courtroom Policy” terminate on September 21, 2023.
     
  2. The new policies will govern all civil and bankruptcy proceedings (District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts).  They do not apply in criminal matters.
     
  3. Importantly, the policy change addresses only public access and does not impact a judge’s authority to use teleconferencing and videoconferencing technology to facilitate civil and bankruptcy proceedings with respect to case participants, including parties, counsel, witnesses, and interpreters.
     
  4. The new policy permits judges, in their discretion, to provide remote audio access to members of the public and the media for certain proceedings (see more detail below). This means that members of the public and media may access some proceedings without physically attending the proceeding by listening to live audio.  Video is not permitted for use by the public or the media.
     
  5. The new policy does not have an expiration date and may be a first step toward increased public access (i.e., video) at a later date.
     
  6. The new policies are as follows:
    1. In district and bankruptcy courts, a judge may permit remote public audio access to any portion of civil and bankruptcy non-trial proceedings as long as a witness is not testifying. (Video is not permitted.)

    2. The judge may not offer remote public audio access to any portion of a proceeding in which a witness is testifying. In addressing this situation, a judge may choose to mute the remote public audio access line while the witness is testifying (which may be practical if the testimony is expected to be brief) or to terminate remote public audio access for the remainder of the hearing.

    3. The policy does not permit a judge to offer remote public audio access to any trial proceeding or portion thereof, even if the proceeding involves no witness testimony.
       

Revised: October 4, 2023

Printable version of Judge Russell's Telephonic and Video Appearance Procedures

Tentative Rulings
About the Judge

Appointments:

  • Appointed in 1974 by the Judges of the District Court
  • Reappointed August 27, 1986, August 27, 2000, and August 27, 2014 by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Current term expires August 26, 2028)
  • Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, March 1988 - December 2001; Chief Judge, 1999 to 2001
  • Chief Judge, Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, 2003-2006

 Education:

  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.S., 1962 (engineering); J.D., 1966

 Other Government Service:

  • 1966-67, U. S. Treasury Department
  • 1967-70, Los Angeles County Public Defender
  • 1970-74, Assistant U. S. Attorney, U. S. Department of Justice

 Publications and Other Media:

  • Bankruptcy Evidence Manual, West Publishing Co., since 1987, new edition published annually

 Awards:

  • Franklin N. Flaschner Judicial Award, American Bar Association, 1987
  • First American invited by Supreme People's Court, People's Republic of China, to lecture on bankruptcy law, 1988
  • Judges' Award, Southern California Mediation Association, for distinguished service for promoting mediation in the courts
  • Emil Gumpert Judicial ADR Award, Los Angeles County Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Service
  • "2004 Outstanding Jurist," Los Angeles County Bar Association

Teaching:

  • 1977-present, Faculty Member, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, DC
  • 1975-present, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (Law), University of Southern California

 Professional Memberships:

  • Federal Bar Association, since 1971; National president, 1990-91
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association since 1967
  • Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, inducted 1992
  • Board of Directors for the Western Justice Center, 1996
  • Mensa, 1970
Judge Location: 

Honorable Sandra R. Klein

Judge Tabs

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
Phone/Video Appearances

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.
 

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

Click here for a printable version of these procedures

Tentative Rulings
Chambers Employment

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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN CHAMBERS
 

EXTERNS

  • 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

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; 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, stephanie_rettier@cacb.uscourts.gov.

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.

  • 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: stephanie_rettier@cacb.uscourts.gov

 

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
Judge Location: 

Honorable Julia W. Brand

Judge Tabs

Address/Contact

United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1382 / Courtroom 1375
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Chambers
(213) 894-6080

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-7341

Court Recorder Contact
(213) 894-1437

Emergency Motion Contacts
(213) 894-6080

 

Self-Calendaring
Forms
Instructions/Procedures
Chapter 13

Confirmation Hearings Calendar  02/14/2024

Phone/Video Appearances

Judge Brand’s Procedures Regarding Phone/Video Appearances and Requests for Priority and Second Call

Judge Brand holds hearings in person.  Parties appearing in person must comply with all applicable guidelines of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California regarding social distancing, use of face masks, etc., which may be in effect at the time of the hearing.

Phone/Video Appearances

Phone/video appearances before Judge Julia W. Brand in Courtroom 1375 are generally allowed without prior approval. Parties may file an application to appear via Zoom for Government (“ZoomGov”) on in person matters for good cause shown. No phone/video appearances are allowed on the following types of matters: 

  1. Sale Motion
  2. Cash Collateral Motion
  3. Motion for Post-Petition Financing
  4. Disclosure Statement
  5. Chapter 11 Plan Confirmation
  6. Trials and Other Evidentiary Hearings
  7. Chapter 13 Plan Confirmation
  8. Motion to Dismiss Adversary 
  9. Motion for Summary Judgment 

Parties may appear via phone/video for hearings remotely using the services of ZoomGov, which permits remote participation by video or by telephone.  Hearing participants and members of the public may view and listen to hearings before Judge Brand using ZoomGov free of charge.  Video and audio connection information for each hearing will be provided on Judge Brand’s publicly posted hearing calendar, which can be viewed online at: http://ecf-ciao.cacb.uscourts.gov/CiaoPosted aand going to “Select Judge” Julia W. Brand to see the Court’s Tentative Rulings Viewing Calendar.  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.

Unless otherwise ordered by Judge Brand, no party or witness may appear remotely for any trial or evidentiary hearing.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND THE PRESS MAY ONLY CONNECT TO THE ZOOM AUDIO FEED, AND ONLY BY TELEPHONE.  ACCESS TO THE VIDEO FEED BY THESE INDIVIDUALS IS PROHIBITED.  IN THE CASE OF A TRIAL OR EVIDENTIARY HEARING, NO AUDIO ACCESS WILL BE PROVIDED.  HOWEVER, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND THE PRESS MAY OBSERVE SUCH PROCEEDINGS IN PERSON.

ALL PERSONS (OTHER THAN AUTHORIZED COURT STAFF) ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED FROM MAKING ANY AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDING OF COURT PROCEEDINGS, BY ANY MEANS.  VIOLATION OF THIS PROHIBITION MAY RESULT IN THE IMPOSITION OF MONETARY AND NON-MONETARY SANCTIONS.

Please read “Tips for a Successful ZoomGov Court Experience” posted on Judge Brand’s section of the Court’s website.  If you appear by video, you must have a professional background.  If you intend to speak at the hearing, please find a quiet place from which to participate.

All participants (whether attending in person or remotely) must observe the formalities of the courtroom, exercise civility, and otherwise conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the dignity of the Court. This includes appropriate courtroom attire for those participants appearing in person or by video.

Individuals choosing to appear via phone/video do so at their own risk.  Hearings generally will not be rescheduled due to missed connections.   Furthermore, in deciding to appear via phone/video, 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 barred from future phone/video appearances.

If an individual fails to respond to the call of the matter on calendar, the Court may pass the matter or may treat the failure to respond as a failure to appear. Before  appearing via phone/video, please  check  Judge  Brand’s  calendar  and  review  any tentative rulings which can be found on webPACER.

Requests for Priority and Second Call

The attorney cannot request second call for more than 5 matters on a relief from stay or chapter 13 confirmation calendar.  When the attorney requests priority or second call, a reason must be given for the judge to consider the request.  If no reason is given, then the request for priority or second call will be denied.

Updated 10/13/2023

Printable version of Judge Brand's Telephonic Appearance Procedures

Tentative Rulings
About the Judge

Appointment:

 Education:

  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. 1981
  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law, J.D. 1985

 Career Record:

  • Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, 2010-2011
  • Danning Gill Diamond & Kollitz LLP, 2009-2010
  • Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor, LLP, 2007-2009
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP, 1991-2007
  • Gendel Raskoff Shapiro & Quittner, 1989-1991
  • Bolton Dunn & Moore, 1985-1989
  • Admitted to California Bar, 1985

Professional Memberships:

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
Judge Location: 

Honorable Sheri Bluebond

Judge Tabs

Address/Contact

United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1534 / Courtroom 1539
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Chambers
(213) 894-8980

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-3688

Court Recorder Contact
(213) 894-1486

Emergency Motion Contacts
(213) 894-8982
(213) 894-8981

 

Self-Calendaring
Instructions/Procedures
Phone/Video Appearances

PROCEDURES REGARDING TELEPHONIC AND VIDEO APPEARANCES
BEFORE THE HONORABLE SHERI BLUEBOND

ZoomGov connection information for each hearing is provided on Judge Bluebond’s publicly-posted hearing calendar, which may be viewed online at: http://ecf-ciao.cacb.uscourts.gov/CiaoPosted/?jid=BB  (Use the tab on the far left to select Judge Bluebond.)

Unless otherwise ordered by Judge Bluebond in a particular case or proceeding, PARTIES, THEIR ATTORNEYS, WITNESSES AND INTERPRETERS MAY ATTEND HEARINGS IN ALL MATTERS PENDING BEFORE JUDGE BLUEBOND EITHER IN PERSON (IN COURTROOM 1539) OR BY ZOOMGOV VIDEO OR ZOOMGOV AUDIO.  MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA, HOWEVER, MAY ONLY CONNECT TO THE ZOOM AUDIO FEED BY TELEPHONE.  ACCESS TO THE VIDEO FEED BY SUCH PERSONS IS PROHIBITED.  FURTHER, EVEN AUDIO ACCESS TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA IS PROHIBITED FOR TRIALS, EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS AND ALL MATTERS IN WHICH THERE IS LIVE WITNESS TESTIMONY.  IN SUCH INSTANCES, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA REMAIN FREE TO OBSERVE SUCH PROCEEDINGS IN PERSON IN COURTROOM 1539.
 
A ZoomGov account is not necessary for remote access, and no pre-registration is required.  Remote access through ZoomGov is free of charge. The audio portion of each hearing will be recorded electronically by the Court and constitute its official record.
 
ALL PERSONS (OTHER THAN AUTHORIZED COURT STAFF) ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED FROM MAKING ANY AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDING OF COURT PROCEEDINGS, BY ANY MEANS.  VIOLATION OF THIS PROHIBITION MAY RESULT IN THE IMPOSITION OF MONETARY AND NON-MONETARY SANCTIONS.
 
Remote access is a privilege.  Judge Bluebond reserves the right to suspend or discontinue any party's remote access privileges in her discretion.  Further, although Judge Bluebond is pleased to make this accommodation available, any party or counsel that elects to appear remotely bears the risk of malfunction or disconnection from the hearing.
 
If you wish to appear remotely, a written list of the matter(s) on which you will be making a telephonic or ZoomGov video appearance should be provided to the Court via email to Chambers_SBluebond@cacb.uscourts.gov not later than 3 p.m. on the day prior to the hearing and must contain (i) the date, time and calendar number(s) of the hearing(s) in the subject line of the email and (ii) all of the following information within the body of the email:
  1. the name of the case and the bankruptcy case number (and adversary number, if applicable);
  2. the date and time of the hearing;
  3. the calendar number assigned to the matter (or, if a calendar number has not yet been assigned, then a statement so stating);
  4. who the party appearing by telephone or video represents; and
  5. contact information, including email address and telephone number.
 

Tips for a Successful ZoomGov Court Experience

  1. Test the video and audio capabilities of your computer or mobile device in advance of the hearing (i.e., at least one day in advance). You can do this by clicking on the ZoomGov meeting link posting for the hearing and/or check your video and audio using the ZoomGov app.
  2. If you intend to speak at the hearing, please find a quiet place from which to participate.
  3. If you are connecting to the hearing using a wireless device, you should situate yourself in a
    location with a strong wireless signal.
  4. Unless and until it is your turn to speak, please mute your audio to minimize background noise. (If connected to ZoomGov audio by telephone, you can mute or unmute your connection by pressing *6 on your phone.) 
  5. When you first speak—and each time you speak after someone else has spoken—please say your name. This may seem awkward but is essential to making 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.
  6. If you are participating by video, try to avoid having a window or bright background behind you. (You may, as a result, appear on video as a shadow.) If you cannot avoid the bright background, try using a desk lamp or other light source to brighten your face.
  7. If available, a headset-microphone often provides better sound quality for listening and speaking. 
  8. Participants and members of the public should at all times remember that although conducted remotely, these hearings are official court proceedings, and individuals should act accordingly.
    1. If video is enabled, please wear attire consistent with the decorum of court proceedings.
    2. ZoomGov permits the use of virtual backgrounds to safeguard your privacy. If you choose to use a virtual background, please avoid backgrounds that are offensive or distracting. 
  9. ZoomGov video participants are permitted to specify a display name. If using video, please specify your complete name to assist the Court in creating a record of the proceedings. 

Updated 10/02/2023

Printable version of Judge Bluebond's Telephonic Appearances Procedures

Tentative Rulings
Chambers Employment

Current Opportunities

LAW CLERK – Positions filled indefinitely

EXTERNSHIPS – Accepting applications       

EXTERN 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 may be part-time (approximately 20 hours) or full-time during the school year and full-time during the summer.

Applications:  Please send a letter of interest with résumé, law school transcript and writing sample to:

Judge Sheri Bluebond
Bankruptcy Judge
United States Bankruptcy Court
Roybal Federal Building
255 E. Temple Street, Ste. 1534
Los Angeles, CA 90012
 

About the Judge

Appointment:

Education:

  • University of California at Los Angeles, 1982, B.A., (summa cum laude) (phi beta kappa)
  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, 1985, J.D., Law Review

Career Record:

  • 1995-2001, Partner, Irell & Manella LLP, Los Angeles, California
  • 1991-95, Shareholder, Murphy, Weir & Butler, Los Angeles, California
  • 1983-91, Associate, Gendel, Raskoff, Shapiro & Quittner, Los Angeles, California
  • Admitted to the California Bar, 1985

Publications and Other Media:

  • "To File or Not to File," American Bar Association Journal, July 1999
  • "Assessing the Usefulness of Chapter 11 Filing," Business Workouts Manual (Supp. 1999)
  • "Insulating Purchasers in Bankruptcy from Successor Liability," The Review of Banking & Financial Services (April 1998)

 Professional Memberships:

  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Financial Lawyers Conference
  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles/Camp Max Straus
Judge Location: 

Honorable Deborah J. Saltzman

All hearings before Judge Saltzman will offer remote connection through ZoomGov. Hearing participants may view and listen to hearings before Judge Saltzman using ZoomGov free of charge. Observers may monitor hearings using the ZoomGov telephone audio connection. 

For Los Angeles Division matters, aside from evidentiary hearings and trials, there is no need to contact the court for permission to appear remotely.  Please check Judge Saltzman’s tentative rulings to find the Zoom link for each day. If you intend to appear in the courtroom, please notify the Courtroom Deputy at least 24 hours before the hearing.

For Northern Division matters, aside from evidentiary hearings and trials, all hearings before Judge Saltzman will be via ZoomGov. The courtroom will be locked; parties must appear by Zoom and will not be permitted to appear in the courtroom.  

Judge’s Copies: Judge Saltzman does not follow the Judge’s Copy requirements of Amended General Order 20-12.  Until further notice, no judge’s copy of any document is required unless a copy is requested by chambers.  If chambers calls to request a judge’s copy, it must be provided by means such that it is received in chambers within two business days (for example, by messenger or overnight mail).

Notwithstanding the requirement in General Order 20-12, Judge Saltzman does not require a call to chambers to advise that a document was filed unless it seeks emergency relief.

Judge Tabs

Address/Contact

United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1634 / Courtroom 1639
Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

Chambers
(213) 894-3021

Emergency Motion Contacts

(213) 894-3022
(213) 894-3004

Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-0995

Court Recorder Contact
(213) 894-1539

Santa Barbara

Courtroom Deputy
(805) 884-4873

Court Recorder Contact
(805) 884-4873

Please send all judges' copies to the Los Angeles address.

Self-Calendaring
Instructions/Procedures
Phone/Video Appearances
Judge Deborah J. Saltzman’s
Procedures for Remote Appearances
 
All hearings before Judge Saltzman will offer remote connection through ZoomGov. Hearing participants may view and listen to hearings before Judge Saltzman using ZoomGov free of charge. Observers may monitor hearings using the ZoomGov telephone audio connection. 
 
Video and audio connection information for each hearing will be provided on Judge Saltzman's publicly posted hearing calendar, which may be viewed online at:  http://ecf-ciao.cacb.uscourts.gov/CiaoPosted/?jid=DS 
 
Zoom participants may use a personal computer (equipped with camera, microphone, and speaker) or a handheld mobile device (such as a smartphone).  Participants and observers may participate with audio only through ZoomGov using a telephone (standard telephone charges may apply). 
The audio portion of each hearing will be recorded electronically by the court and will constitute its official record.
 

Tips for a More Successful ZoomGov Court Experience

  1. Test the video and audio capabilities of your computer or mobile device in advance of the hearing (i.e., at least one day in advance).
    1. Click on the ZoomGov meeting link posting for the hearing and/or check your video and audio using the ZoomGov app.
  2. If you intend to speak at the hearing, please find a quiet place from which to participate.
  1. If you are connecting to the hearing using a wireless device, situate yourself in a location with a strong wireless signal.
     
  2. Unless and until it is your turn to speak, please mute your audio to minimize background noise.
    1.  If connected to ZoomGov audio by telephone, you can mute or unmute your connection by pressing *6 on your phone.
  3. When you first speak—and each time you speak after someone else has spoken—please say your name.  This may seem awkward but is essential to making 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.
     
  4. If you are participating by video, try to avoid having a window or bright background behind you (a bright background can make you appear on video as a silhouette or shadow).  If you cannot avoid the bright background, try using a desk lamp or other light source to brighten your face.
     
  5. If you are participating by video using a personal computer, you may separately connect to the audio feed by telephone (for improved audio) using the call-in information provided for the hearing.
    1. If you do this, please connect to the video feed first.  In the ZoomGov app, you will be assigned a Participant Code.  Use this code to associate your video and audio feeds.
  6. If available, a headset-microphone often provides better sound quality for listening and speaking.

  7. Participants and members of the public should at all times remember that although conducted remotely, these hearings are official court proceedings, and individuals should act accordingly.

    1. If video is enabled, please wear suitable attire. A suit isn’t necessary, but “business casual” would be appropriate.

    2. ZoomGov permits the use of virtual backgrounds to safeguard your privacy.  If you choose to use a virtual background, please avoid backgrounds that are offensive or distracting.

  8. ZoomGov video participants are permitted to specify a display name.  If using video, please specify your complete name to assist the Court in creating a record of the proceedings.

Revised 10/02/23

Printable version of Judge Saltzman's Telephonic Appearance Procedures

 

Tentative Rulings
About the Judge

Appointment:

 Education:

  • Amherst College, B.A., 1991, Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1996

Career Record:

  • 2008-2010: DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • 2006-2008: Hennigan, Bennett & Dorman LLP
  • 2001-2006; 1996-2000: O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  • 2000-2001: Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP
  • Admitted to the California Bar, 1996

 Professional Memberships:

  • State Bar of California
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Financial Lawyers Conference

Honorable Vincent P. Zurzolo

Judge Tabs

Address/Contact

United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1360 / Courtroom 1368
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Chambers:
(213) 894-3755

Courtroom Deputy:
(213) 894-5855

Court Recorder Contact:
(213) 894-4857

Emergency Motion Contacts:
(213) 894-3635
(213) 894-3755

 

Self-Calendaring
Instructions/Procedures
Chapter 13

Confirmation/Consent Hearing Calendar 

Chapter 13 Miscellaneous Procedures and Requirements

Confirmation That Junior Lien on Residence is Avoided  [After Chapter 13 Plan Completion] 
Declaration that Plan is Completed and Judgment was Obtained:   [MS Word Version]
Order Confirming a Judgment was Obtained, Plan is Completed, and a Lien is Avoided:   [MS Word Version]

Advancing the Hearing on Confirmation of Chapter 13 Plan - April 2018
Explanation of Procedure to Advance Hearing
Debtor's Motion to Advance Hearing on Confirmation of Chapter 13 Plan [MS Word Version]
Order on Debtor's Motion to Advance Hearing on Confirmation of Chapter 13 Plan [MS Word Version]

Fee Applications in Chapter 13 Cases 
Application for RARA Fees in a Dismissed or Converted Case: LBR 3015-1(q)(6)  [MS Word Version]
Supplement Fee Application: LBR 3015-1(v)(2)  [MS Word Version]
Order on Application for RARA Fees in a Dismissed or Converted Case  [MS Word Version]

Debtor’s Reply to Comments of Chapter 13 Trustee to Debtor’s Motion Filed Under LBR 9013-1(o) - August 2019
Explanation of Procedure to file Debtor’s Reply
Debtor's Reply to Trustee’s Comments [MS Word Version]

Phone/Video Appearances

COVID-19 and PROCEDURE FOR APPEARING AT COURT HEARINGS

Updated February 24, 2022

PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK THIS WEBPAGE FOR UPDATES

Judge Zurzolo’s Courtroom 1368 
is OPEN to the public  
Roybal Federal Building & Courthouse
255 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Do I have a choice to appear in person or appear by phone?  Yes
    
Is there a choice to appear by video?  No

Do I wear a face covering in the courtroom?  Yes, unless excused by the judge. 

How do I find out if my hearing is going forward as scheduled?

Please view “Tentative Rulings / Posted Judicial Calendars” to determine if your hearing is going forward.   Calendars are posted on the court’s website:  Home page, Left side

How do I check in for a hearing?

All parties must register in advance to indicate whether you will appear in person or by phone. 
This includes trustees, attorneys, and self-represented parties.  
 

REGISTER TO INDICATE IF YOU WILL APPEAR BY PHONE OR IN PERSON

  1. Deadlines
    1. Tues/Thurs hearings -- no later than 12:00 noon the day prior
    2. Monday Chap 13 hearings – no later than 5:00 p.m. the prior Wednesday 
  2. Send an email to Chambers_VZurzolo@cacb.uscourts.gov
  3. In the subject line, insert "Registration -- Telephonic Appearance
        OR "Registration -- In Person Appearance"
  4.  Include in the email all of the following information: 
    1. Your full name, State Bar #, office phone #, and client’s full name 
    2. Hearing date and time, and matter number on the calendar
    3. Debtor’s name and case number and, if applicable, adversary procedure number

JOIN JUDGE ZURZOLO'S ZOOM GOV PHONE LINE:  If you are appearing by phone, join Judge Zurzolo’s Zoom Gov line 15 minutes before the hearing. Keep your phone on mute until your matter is called.

Call either phone line: (669) 254-5252  or  (669) 216-1590 
Meeting ID:  160 995 2562        Participant ID: #        Passcode: 13682022
 

Updated February 24, 2022

Printable version of Judge Zurzolo's Telephonic Appearance Procedures

 

Tentative Rulings
About the Judge

Appointment(s):

 Education:

  • University of California, San Diego, 1978, B.A.
  • University of California, Davis, School of Law, 1982, J.D.

 Honors:

  • 2011 Calvin Ashland Award for Judge of the Year - awarded by the Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association
  • 2011 Leadership Award - awarded by the Public Counsel Law Center, Los Angeles
Judge Location: 

Honorable Robert N. Kwan

Judge Tabs

Address/Contact

United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1682 / Courtroom 1675
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Chambers
(213) 894-6498

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-6498

Emergency Motion Contacts
(213) 894-6498

 

Self-Calendaring
Forms
Instructions/Procedures
Phone/Video Appearances

IN-PERSON AND REMOTE APPEARANCE PROCEDURES 
FOR COURT HEARINGS IN JUDGE KWAN’S CASES

Notwithstanding the opening of the courthouses in this judicial district to in-person court hearings, in recognition of the overwhelming support of the organized bar for allowing continued virtual (or remote) appearances in hearings before the court as measured by court surveys, Judge Kwan will continue to use Zoom for Government (ZoomGov) videoconferencing technology in a hybrid format holding hearings in-person in the courtroom and remotely by video, but with in-person hearings for evidentiary hearings, trials and other matters specially set by Judge Kwan.  Counsel and self-represented parties may choose to appear in person in the courtroom or remotely on ZoomGov at a hearing on their matters unless otherwise ordered by the court.  Parties are directed to review Judge Kwan’s self-calendaring instructions for calendaring hearings, whether by in-person and/or ZoomGov.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: UPDATED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR IN PERSON AND REMOTE PARTCIPATION IN, AND ACCESS TO, COURT HEARINGS, AND RESTRICTIONS ON BROADCASTING COURT HEARINGS TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA

The Judicial Conference of the United States has now clarified its policy on Cameras in the Courtroom and mandated that the Public and the Media 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. However, as an accommodation to the Public and the Media, the Judicial Conference of the United States has also clarified that many court proceedings will still be accessible by audio, but that this audio accommodation for the general public (or the Public) and the Media is limited to (1) non-trial hearings; and (2) non-live witness evidentiary hearings.

To be clear, during hearings where no live testimony is being received by the court, the court may permit hearing accessibility remotely by audio, but not video, to the Public and the Media. No trials may ever be accessible remotely by audio to the Public and the Media. The court has the final control regarding remote audio accessibility and may choose to terminate remote audio accessibility at any time, regardless of the type of hearing. These remote audio services are accessible through ZoomGov, and the Public and the Media 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=RK and then selecting “Judge Kwan” from the tab on the left-hand side of the page.

Members of the Public and the Media may always personally attend hearings before the court in open court in-person in the courtroom. Judge Kwan’s courtroom is located in Courtroom 1675, 16th Floor, Roybal Federal Building, 255 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, California  90012. 

On hearing days, Judge Kwan’s courtroom will remain open during hearings for in-person public and media attendance, so that the courtroom observers will have video and audio access to ZoomGov participants. The court will have video monitors on and viewable within the courtroom for viewing. The parties, including counsel, their clients, and self-represented individual parties, may virtually join the hearing and appear remotely or virtually on ZoomGov. 

No live testimony, however, will be permitted at a hearing by ZoomGov unless specifically authorized by the court either prior to, or during, a hearing.  If a party intends to call a witness to testify by remote transmission, the party calling the witness should state such intention in the joint pretrial stipulation filed before the final pretrial conference or file a written application for permission to call a witness by remote means at least 21 days before the evidentiary hearing or as soon as practicable if the evidentiary hearing is set on less than 21 days notice. 

ZoomGov: Video and audio connection information for each hearing will be provided on Judge Kwan's publicly posted hearing calendar on the court’s website, which may be viewed online at: http://ecf-ciao.cacb.uscourts.gov/CiaoPosted/?jid=RK and then selecting “Judge Kwan” 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 Kwan using ZoomGov free of charge.  Individual participants may appear at a hearing by ZoomGov video and audio using a personal computer (equipped with camera, microphone and speaker), or a handheld mobile device (such as an iPhone or Android phone).  Individual participants may also participate in a hearing by ZoomGov audio only using a telephone (standard telephone charges may apply).  Neither a Zoom nor a ZoomGov account are necessary to participate in a hearing, 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 and the media, however, may only view the hearings in person from the courtroom, which will remain open, or by audio access, as noted above.  To implement the mandate of the Judicial Conference of the United States that the general public and the media may not access the video feed of a court hearing, only the audio feed, Judge Kwan or court personnel may inquire as to the status of a person accessing ZoomGov as either an official hearing participant or a member of the general public or the media, and the court may place persons attempting access to video feed of a court hearing in a Zoom waiting room for a status inquiry and otherwise restrict a member of the general public or the media to audio access only if accessing the hearing remotely.  Individual members of the public and the media may access a hearing by ZoomGov audio only using a telephone (standard telephone charges may apply).  Neither a Zoom nor a ZoomGov account are necessary to access the live audio feed of a hearing, and no pre-registration is required. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 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 Appearance

  1. Test the video and audio capabilities of your computer or mobile device in advance of the hearing (i.e., at least one day in advance).
  • You can do this by clicking on the ZoomGov meeting link posting for the hearing and/or check your video and audio using the ZoomGov app.
  1. If you intend to speak at the hearing, please find a quiet place from which to participate.
  2. If you are connecting to the hearing using a wireless device, you should put yourself in a location with a strong wireless signal.
  3. Dial in or connect early so that you have time to check in and make adjustments to your screen name, etc. before the hearing begins. The hearing process becomes very cumbersome if everyone waits until the last minute to dial in.
  4. Unless and until it is your turn to speak, please mute your audio to minimize background noise. Please consider keeping your video off until your matter is called to make it easier for the Court and the parties to identify who is actually participating on a specific matter.
  • If connected to ZoomGov audio by telephone, you can mute or unmute your connection by pressing *6 on your phone.
  1. When you first speak—and each time you speak after someone else has spoken—please say your name. While this may seem awkward, it is essential to making a clear court record. The only part of the hearing being recorded is the audio as the official court hearing record. If a transcript of the hearing is needed, saying your name before speaking helps the court transcriber to identify who is speaking for a clear record. 
  2. If you are participating by video, please try to avoid having a window or bright background behind you. (You may, as a result of being backlit, appear on video as a shadow.) If you cannot avoid a bright background, try using a desk lamp or other light source to brighten your face.  
  3. If you are participating by video using a personal computer, you may separately connect to the audio feed by telephone (for improved audio) using the call-in information provided for the hearing.
  • If you do this, please connect to the video feed first. In the ZoomGov app, you will be assigned a Participant Code. Use this code to associate your video and audio feeds.
  1. If available, a headset/microphone generally provides better sound quality for listening and speaking.
  2. Participants and members of the public should at all times remember that although conducted remotely, these hearings are official court proceedings, and individuals should act with proper courtroom decorum.
  • If your video is enabled, please wear attire consistent with the decorum of court proceedings.
  • ZoomGov permits the use of virtual backgrounds to safeguard your privacy. If you choose to use a virtual background, please avoid backgrounds that are offensive or distracting.  The Court’s website has courtroom backgrounds available for downloading for your use.
  1. ZoomGov video participants are permitted to specify a display name. If using video, please specify your calendar number, first initial and last name, and client name (ex. 5, R. Smith, ABC Corp.) to assist the Court in creating a proper record of the proceedings.

Revised 10/04/2023

Printable version of Judge Kwan's In-Person and Remote Appearance Procedures

Tentative Rulings
About the Judge

Appointment(s):

 Education:

  • Yale College, B.A., 1975
  • Hastings College of the Law, University of California, J.D., 1979
  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M (Taxation), 1985

 Career Record:

  • 1989-2007: Assistant United States Attorney, Deputy Chief, Tax Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California
  • 1987-1989: Associate, Law Offices of Wellington Y. Kwan
  • 1983-1987: Trial Attorney, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • 1979-1983, Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Admitted to the California Bar, 1979, and District of Columbia Bar, 1981

    
Professional Memberships:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Financial Lawyers Conference
  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum
  • Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
Judge Location: 

Honorable Neil W. Bason

Judge Tabs

Address/Contact

United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1552 / Courtroom 1545
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Chambers
(213) 894-6098 

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-4085
 
Court Recorder Contact
(213) 894-1276

Emergency Motion Contacts
(213) 894-6098 

 

Self-Calendaring
Forms

Order Setting Combined Hearing on Disclosure Statement & Ch 11 Plan [MS Word Version] Rev. 06/21/23

Instructions:

  1. Lodge the proposed order after a status conference at which the Court establishes the relevant deadlines and hearing date.
  2. Do not make any changes to the text of the order. If the lodging party believes that any changes are essential then the proposed changes should be shown in "redlined" format and the Court will remove the redlining before issuing the order.

Sample Order re: Use of Cash Collateral

NOTE: The Chapter 11 Plan, Disclosure Statement, and Worksheet have all been superseded by the official forms available at these links: Chapter 11 Plan and Chapter 11 Disclosure Statement, also available on the court's main page under the Forms tab.

Instructions/Procedures
Chapter 13
Phone/Video Appearances

Judge Bason's
Procedures for In-Person, Video & Telephonic Appearances

**Hearings in Judge Bason’s courtroom (1545) are now simultaneously (1) IN PERSON in the courtroom, unless the Court has been closed (check the Court’s website for public notices), (2) via ZOOMGOV video, and (3) via ZOOMGOV telephone.  You are free to choose any of these options, except that evidentiary hearings/trials must be in person in the courtroom (unless otherwise ordered). 

  • For chapter 13 matters, such as the procedures for showing the Chapter 13 Trustee proof of last-minute payments, check the Trustee’s procedures. 
  • For trials, see the two forms of sample trial procedure orders posted on Judge Bason’s portion of the Court’s website (www.cacb.uscourts.gov under Judges > Bason > Instructions/Procedures).  Meet and confer with other parties about the precise procedures you would like for your evidentiary hearing, and when appropriate lodge a proposed pretrial order.

For instructions to appear via ZoomGov (either telephonically or by video), please see the tentative ruling for the first matter on calendar for the date of your hearing (i.e., page 1 of the posted tentative rulings).  You do not need to call Chambers for advance approval.  ZoomGov appearances are free for all participants.  The audio (but not video) will be recorded as the official record.  See also https://www.cacb.uscourts.gov/news/zoom-video-hearing-guide-participants.

Appearances via CourtCall are no longer permitted (for technical reasons, it is not possible to have both Zoomgov and CourtCall running simultaneously).  Please continue to monitor this website for updates.  Thank you.


To appear by telephone or video, follow these procedures:

  1. Mute your microphone to avoid interfering with other hearings in progress.  If you are appearing by phone you can un-mute by pressing *6 on Zoomgov..
  2. Noise, poor sound quality, or lack of standard telephone/video etiquette must be immediately corrected or it will result in terminating your privilege to appear by telephone/video, and possibly other sanctions or remedies such as being disconnected from the hearing – you are permitted to use mobile phones etc., but you do so at your own risk. 
  3. Identify yourself for the record every time you speak.  Note: The judge permits parties to listen in without identifying themselves, subject to the usual rules about sealing the courtroom etc. 
  4. Recording or retransmission is strictly prohibited and may result in sanctions.
Effective 01/06/2022
Tentative Rulings
Chambers Employment

JUDGE NEIL W. BASON
UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
LOS ANGELES DIVISION

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN CHAMBERS

TERM LAW CLERK:

  • Judge Bason is not currently hiring any term law clerks.

EXTERNS:

  • Suspended until further notice.

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

  • 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:  Judge Bason accepts applications for his open law clerk position via online submission through the OSCAR website (https://oscar.uscourts.gov/), and accepts applications for his open law clerk and externship positions via hard copy submission to chambers at the address below, or via email to Jessica_Vogel@cacb.uscourts.gov.  Applicants must provide a cover letter, résumé, law school transcript, writing sample, and a list of at least three references, including telephone contact information.  

United States Bankruptcy Court
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
Attn: Jessica Vogel, Law Clerk to the Honorable Neil W. Bason
255 East Temple Street, Suite 1552
Los Angeles, California 90012

 


CLERKSHIPS IN JUDGE BASON’S CHAMBERS

For a description of Judge Bason’s clerkship opportunities and the terms of employment, please see his posting on OSCAR (https://oscar.uscourts.gov/).


EXTERNSHIPS IN JUDGE BASON’S CHAMBERS

Time commitment, and lack of payment.  Externships may be either full time or part time.  
Full-time:  five days a week, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  
Part-time:  at least 16 hours per week, with at least two days 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  
The position is unpaid.

Experience.  Judge Bason prefers to grant externships to law school students who have completed at least the first year of law school, but does make exceptions.  Judge Bason also grants externships to law school graduates, and does not require that the extern take or pass the California bar exam.

Job Description.  Judge Bason’s externs are exposed to a wide variety of opportunities both in chambers and around the courthouse.  Externs are encouraged to sit in on hearings, including hearings held by any of the other Bankruptcy Judges or other Federal Judges in the building.  

An extern begins his or her semester by reviewing basic bankruptcy concepts and the Bankruptcy Code and Rules.  Law clerks carefully review each topic with the externs and Judge Bason discusses his stance on certain unclear or controversial areas of bankruptcy law that chambers staff see on a daily basis.  Externs are also encouraged to attend a day-long training conducted by bankruptcy judges and other highly experienced bankruptcy professionals, covering everything from jurisdictional authority to ethical limits for externs.

Once the initial overview is complete, law clerks work with the extern to teach him or her how to prepare Judge Bason for routine motions - i.e., relief from stay motions (see 11 U.S.C. § 362) and motions to avoid liens (see 11 U.S.C. §§ 506, 1322(b)(2)).  Law clerks spend a significant amount of time discussing the policy behind the workup and analysis before giving an extern his or her first assignment.  During this period, an extern attends Judge Bason’s hearings on these matters.  The extern also has the opportunity to observe Judge Bason’s chapter 11 calendars before which Judge Bason discusses the matter and any pertinent issues with the extern.  Judge Bason allows extra time during these discussions for the extern to ask questions.

Once an extern masters the analysis for routine motions/applications, Judge Bason and/or the law clerks also assign the extern either writing assignments based on substantively complicated motions or research assignments for Judge Bason’s long-term review of cases.  Depending on the complexity of the assignment, an extern may receive more than one assignment at a time.  The law clerks review each assignment and give the extern an opportunity to edit his or her writing before Judge Bason reviews the work.

If an appellate court publishes a pertinent decision during an extern’s time with Judge Bason, Judge Bason generally asks externs to review the decision and prepare for a discussion with chambers staff.  The extern should be prepared to discuss the facts of the case as well as the merits.

Externs receive a lot of contact and feedback from the law clerks and Judge Bason but they work independently and are encouraged to think outside the box.  They are expected to approach their work with dedication, professionalism, and enthusiasm.

About the Judge

Appointment(s):

Education:

  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A. 1984
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D. Magna Cum Laude 1988; Law Review

Career Record:

  • 1988-89, Law Clerk, Chief Justice Paul J. Liacos, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • 1989-92, Associate, Palmer & Dodge; Edwards & Angell, Massachusetts
  • 1992-00, Private practice; Hovis, Smith, Stewart, Lipscomb & Cross etc., San Francisco, California
  • 2000-08, Law Clerk, Hon. Dennis Montali (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California, and Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit)
  • 2008-09, Special Counsel, Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, P.C., San Francisco, California
  • 2009-11, Special Counsel, Duane Morris, LLP, San Francisco and Los Angeles, California

Private Practice Specialization:

  • Commercial bankruptcy and insolvency practice, including a focus on secured creditor representation and substantial representation of trustees, receivers, debtors/borrowers, guarantors, unsecured creditors, prospective purchasers of assets out of bankruptcy, parties to executory contracts and unexpired leases, equity holders, and other parties in interest
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