Uncovering the Mysteries of Bankruptcy

Presented by the NJCHS, the James T. King Bankruptcy Inn of Court and the Financial Lawyers Conference.

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Bankruptcy questions? We have answers!
Our two panels of experts will address some of your burning questions about the mysteries of bankruptcy, including the history of the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (“BAP”) and how and when bankruptcy courts conduct jury trials.


WHEN: Thursday, February 22
Reception at 5:15 pm | Program at 6:15

WHERE: Chambers Ninth Circuit Courthouse
125 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena, CA
& virtually over Zoom

Get directions | Free parking just across the street!

COST: Attendance is free!

CLE Add-On $40
CLE free to Inn of Court members and Court

CLE Information

The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel in the Ninth Circuit: A Historical Perspective

Our first panel will focus on the history of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (“BAP”) here in the Ninth Circuit, looking at why (some) other Circuits don’t have one, and why ours is so successful. The program will also look at the decision to take an appeal to the District Court vs. the BAP, with considerations for practitioners. We will discuss other fun facts such as how bankruptcy judges are selected for the BAP and when bankruptcy judges sit on the BAP by designation.

HON. GARY SPRAKER | U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Alaska

HAROLD MARENUS | Law Clerk and former Clerk of the BAP

SUSAN SPRAUL | BAP Clerk of Court

CAROLINE DJANG, ESQ., Moderator | Shareholder at Buchalter

Bigfoot of the Bankruptcy World: The Mythical Bankruptcy Jury Trial

Bankruptcy Judges can and do conduct jury trials, albeit infrequently and only when certain stars are properly aligned. This program will include a discussion of the statutes and rules applicable to conducting jury trials in bankruptcy courts and will highlight some of the joys, obstacles and war stories associated with conducting a jury trial before a bankruptcy judge.

HON. SHERI BLUEBOND | U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California

JEFFREY K. GARFINKLE, ESQ. | Shareholder at Buchalter

HON. DANIEL COLLINS, Moderator | U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona