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Volume 9, Issue 22: September 2017-cover

Our June 24th program Understanding Midland Funding v. Johnson with National Consumer Bankruptcy Right Center’s Tara Twomey and Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP attorneys’ Whitman L. Holt and Robert J. Pfi ster was a great success. Our August 19th program Upcoming Changes in the Chapter 13 Rules and Plan with the honorable Judge Meredith A. Jury, Nancy Clark (cdcbaa’s 2015-2016 President), and Aki Koyama (Senior Staff Attorney for Chapter 13 Trustee Kathy A. Dockery and cdcbaa’s Chapter 13 Liaison), was also a great success and drew a large in-person crowd at Southwestern Law School, and our live-streaming audience was a record setting 25 participants.

We are incredibly thankful to the panelists for their contributions to our group and we are indebted to our 2017 Vice President and 2018 President Roksana D. Moradi for her seemingly endless energy and enthusiasm in helping us coordinate our MCLE programs.

On September 23rd we will present our Fourth Annual James T. King Bankruptcy Symposium – Exemptions: Is Bad Faith a Factor or Not? – with the Honorable Theodor Albert, Pepperdine University School of Law Professor Mark Scarberry, Danning Gill Diamond & Kollitz LLP’s John Tedford, and cdcbaa’s 2013-2014 President Jonathan M. Hayes. Jon Hayes has devoted an enormous amount of time and energy to sharing his knowledge as a panelist at our programs over the past years, and we greatly appreciate his generosity, hard work, and creativity in organizing the James T. King Symposiums.

We anticipate hosting our fi nal 2017 MCLE program on October 21st, and we will conclude our 2017 events with our 14th Annual Calvin Ashland Awards Dinner on November 9th – honoring the Judge of the Year, Meredith A. Jury – at The L.A. Hotel Downtown. Special thanks to Christian Cooper, our Awards Dinner Chairperson and Keith Higginbotham, our Court Liaison, Assistant VP and cdcbaa’s 2011- 2012 President, for organizing our Awards Dinner.

The following individuals, in addition to those already mentioned above, have worked especially hard this year to help keep our group running smoothly: Our Administrator, Linda Righi; Treasurer, Jeff Hagen; Secretary, David Jacob; List Serve Protocol Supervisor and Sergeant-at arms, Dennis McGoldrick; MCLE Chairperson and Southwestern Law School Liaison, Daniela Romero; Newsletter Chairperson, Todd Turoci; Website Chairperson, Marcus Tiggs; CLE Committee-Seminar Survey Coordinator, Hale Antico; and Refreshments Coordinator, Bert Kawahara.

Many thanks to our entire board of directors and our other members who volunteer their time, energy and knowledge to the success of our group!