Bankruptcy Dog

This is a calendar of events of interest to Los Angeles bankruptcy professionals. All start times are Pacific Time. If you would like an event to be posted on "the dog," please send your announcement to J. Scott Bovitz. Include the link to the registration page on your group's web site. Thank you.



Courtroom of the future survey (everyone likes surveys)

Here is a link to a draft survey on the recent changes to the Roybal courtrooms: The recently completed improvements within the Roybal courtrooms are the standard for planned modifications to bankruptcy courtrooms in other divisions. Your responses to this survey will help the Chief Deputy of Administration and his team determine if they need to revisit the design, technologies, and modifications.

If you prefer, here is the QR code for the survey:

You can write to Mr. Hermann directly at:

John Hermann
Chief Deputy of Administration
United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California


But I already have my seven booster shots! This is from Kathy Campbell:

On December 1, 2022, Chief Judge Theodor C. Albert issued General Order 22-03 which rescinds the Coronavirus Public Emergency – Vaccination and Testing Policy for COVID-19 as described in General Order 21-06 and the amended version of the Policy as described in Public Notice 22-006.

General Order 22-03 was ordered to align with District Court operations in light of the United States District Court General Order No. 22-05, entered on December 1, 2022. General Order 22-05 rescinds General Order 21-17, which implemented a vaccine and testing policy regarding COVID-19 for all employees, volunteers, and contractors in the Central District of California.

Although the Court rescinds the Amended Policy Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing, all employees, volunteers, and onsite judiciary contractors are still strongly encouraged to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance regarding COVID-19 prevention measures, including staying up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.



New and amended rules and forms.


The following amended and new rules and forms became effective December 1, 2022:

Appellate Rules 25 and 42

Bankruptcy Rules 1007, 1020, 2009, 2012, 2015, 3002, 3010, 3011, 3014, 3016, 3017.1, 3018, 3019, 5005, 7004, and 8023, new Rule 3017.2, and Official Forms 101, 309E1, and 309E2 ...

The Bankruptcy Threshold and Technical Corrections Act (BTATC Act), Pub. L. 117-151 reinstates the total debt limit for determining eligibility of a debtor to proceed under subchapter V of chapter 11 to $7,500,000 – the amount previously in effect under the CARES Act. Interim Rule 1020 was revised to implement the CARES Act debt limit from March 27, 2020 to March 27, 2022, when the relevant CARES Act provisions expired. The BTATC Act restores the $7,500,000 limit retroactively for cases commenced on or after March 27, 2020 through June 21, 2024 (two years after the date of enactment of the BTATC Act), and Interim Rule 1020 is amended accordingly. The Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules recommends that courts adopt Interim Rule 1020 as a local rule while the BTATC Act subchapter V limit is in effect.


December 7, Zoom

Financial Lawyers Conference. Reimagining Mass Tort Bankruptcies. Bussell, Grassgreen, Gurvitz.


December 7, dinner

IWIRC SoCal. Dinner (40 under 40 folks, too). Adobe Grill, La Quinta Resort.


December 8-10, conference

American Bankruptcy Institute. Winter Leadership Conference. La Quinta.


December 8, party

Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, Orange County Bar Association (Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section). Annual holiday party. Newport Beach.


December 13, party

Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum. Holiday mixer.


December 14, party

TMA Southern California. Member and Sponsor Appreciation Party. Il Cielo, Beverly Hills.




January 18, live

TMA SoCal. 2023 Economic Forecast. Nickelsburg. Los Angeles (Wilshire Country Club).


March 17-19, seminar

Financial Lawyers Conference. Annual seminar. Ojai.


April 3, panel

United States Courts. Who me? A Bankruptcy or Magistrate Judge?


May 19-22, 2023

California Bankruptcy Forum. 35th Annual Insolvency Conference. La Quinta (La Quinta Resort & Club).


October 10-14, 2023 conference

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Austin (J.W. Marriott).




May 17-19, 2024

California Bankruptcy Forum. 36th Annual Insolvency Conference. Santa Barbara (Ritz-Carlton Bacara).


September 17-19, 2024 conference

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Seattle (Hyatt Regency Seattle).


September 16-19, 2025 conference

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Chicago (Marriott Marquis Chicago).