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.

"Ride on forever in chapter 13"


Do you want to be a Subchapter V trustee?

The United States Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee, seeks resumes from persons wishing to be considered for inclusion in a pool of trustees who may be appointed on a case-by-case basis to administer cases filed under the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (Subchapter V), which amended chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code. Those with business, managerial, consulting, mediation and operational experience are encouraged to apply. The appointment is for cases filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, including Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Riverside and Woodland Hills/Santa Barbara. Subchapter V trustees may receive compensation and reimbursement for expenses, in each case in which they serve, pursuant to court order under 11 U.S.C. § 330. Although Subchapter V trustees are not federal employees, appointments are made consistent with federal Equal Opportunity policies, which prohibit discrimination in employment. For additional information, qualification requirements, and application procedures go to


September 28, 29, 8:30 a.m.

Financial Lawyers Conference. 2023 Nuts and Bolts: Learning the essentials of commercial finance, real estate finance, plus chapter 11 bankruptcy topics for young professionals. Garfinkle, Hansen, Margot, Cohen, Jelen, Chamouille.


October 1, new filing system at Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

As of October 1, 2023, all new appeals and original proceedings in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will be opened and processed in this Court's new electronic filing system, ACMS (Appellate Case Management System). Notices of appeal will continue to be filed in the lower court but appeals will be opened in this Court in ACMS. New counseled original proceedings (petitions for writ of mandamus/prohibition and petitions for permission to appeal) must be submitted electronically through your ACMS Portal. Appeals and original proceedings opened in this Court in CM/ECF prior to October 1, 2023 will continue to be processed in CM/ECF. Please note that Notice of Docket Activity emails for cases in ACMS are sent from, while those notices for cases in CM/ECF are sent from, and ensure that your spam filters are set to allow emails from both domains.

All attorneys and parties who are registered for electronic filing in the Ninth Circuit will automatically have access to the ACMS Portal using their PACER credentials. You can find more information about ACMS, as well as a link to the Portal and the Administrative Order Regarding ACMS on our website at 

The Court will provide two open Zoom training sessions for anyone who would like a demonstration of the new system, and will post a recording of the first session on the website at the above-referenced link.  These sessions will occur on the following dates at the link below:

Monday September 18 at 11:00 AM PDT
Tuesday October 17 at 11:00 AM PDT
Meeting ID: 161 0184 6149
Passcode: 104582


October 3, lunch

Orange County Bankruptcy Forum. Honest and Deserving Debtors? Good Faith in Bankruptcy in the Ninth Circuit and Beyond. Hon. Clarkson, Garfinkle, Posin. Irvine.


October 3, noonish

Los Angeles County Bar Association. Pursuing the Perished: Clarifying the Confusion Concerning Collecting from the Deceased and Incompetent. Hon. Rosenbloom, Share, Streltzer.


October 9, dinner

SoCal IWIRC young professionals. Dinner and networking. Santa Monica.


October 10-14, 2023 conference

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. 97th Annual Conference. Austin (J.W. Marriott).


October 17 dinner

Orange County Bankruptcy Forum. Judges' Night. Hon. Albert, Hon. Clarkson, Hon. Houle, Hon. Smith. Costa Mesa.


October 20, seminar (in person or Zoom -- you choose)

Federal Bar Association. 20th Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Symposium. Los Angeles (Roybal), 13th floor. Includes bagels and coffee -- if you attend in person. Hon. Jury, Hon. Russell, Mihelic, Havkin, Iskander, Koncius, Bovitz, Boufadel (program chair). If there is a long term government shutdown, this program will become "Zoom only" -- and you will need to toast your own bagel at home.


October 21, conference

Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum. Annual Survey of Consumer Bankruptcy Law. Riverside.


October 26, Zoom

Beverly Hills Bar Association. General Order re Pre-Filing Procedures for Complex Chapter 11 cases. Hon. Bason, Weiss, Wynne, Shechtman.


October 26, moot court

Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California. Workshop for Junior Attorneys. Los Angeles.


November 3-5, conference

IWIRC. On the Vine conference. Santa Barbara.


November 9, dinner

cdcbaa. Calvin Ashland Awards Dinner (honoring David Goodrich as trustee of the year). Sheraton Universal, Universal City.


November 16, noon, Zoom

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section. Can We Still Collect It?  Updates on Enforcement of Judgments Affecting Commercial Debts In and Out of Bankruptcy. Hon. Ahart, Hoang, Pham, Bagdanov.


November 30-December 2, conference

American Bankruptcy Institute. Winter Leadership Conference. Scottsdale.


December 4, party

Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, TMA So Cal, plus co-sponsors. 2023 Annual Holiday Party. Los Angeles (Drago Centro).


December 7, party

Orange County Bankruptcy Forum. Annual Holiday Party. Newport Beach.


December 12, party

Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum. Holiday Party. Riverside Marriott.


January 18-19, 2024

California Receivers Forum. Loyola X Symposium. Long Beach.


February 16 -- Proposed Rule amendments

"The Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (Standing Committee) have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The public comment period ends on February 16, 2024.

To view the proposed revisions, reports explaining the proposed changes, as well as information about submitting written comments or testimony at public hearings, please visit the Rules and Policies webpage on the U.S. Courts website at"



May 17-19, 2024 conference

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).