Bankruptcy Class Website

Prof. Scott B. Ehrlich
Spring 2015

Welcome to the Bankruptcy Class Website

This web site provides updated information about the course and upcoming assignments. It also contains links to many of the handouts and materials used in the course, as well as links to helpful bankruptcy-related sites on the web.  All materials on this web site for use only by students enrolled in Bankruptcy at California Western School of Law.  Students in the class may copy these materials to their own computers.  However, these materials may not be transferred to others or posted on publicly accessible web sites. SOME DOCUMENTS ARE PASSWORD PROTECTED.  You will receive the password by email.


Assignments for the entire course are contained in the first few pages of the Photocopied Assignments & Readings, or on line via this link: Assignments for the Semester. You may also check on the specific assignments already covered in class via this link: Past Assignments.  Make sure you always visit this part of the website a day or two before class to check for changes.


1.               Tuesday, March 31:

a.     Special Bankruptcy Career Panel: 12:15-1:15, Room 2F (lunch provided)

b.     Review Introduction to the Chapter 13 Plan and The Super-Discharge: Part VI (A)(1)-(2)

                                          i.     Read "Bankruptcy Reorganizations" at pages 425-431; "Benefits of Chapter 13" at page 432.

                                         ii.     Answer the hypothetical at page 433.

c.      Chapter 13 Requirements Part VI (B) and (C).

                                          i.     §§1301(a); 1302(b); 1303; 1306; 348(d); 1321; 1322(a); 1322(b); 1324; 1325; 1326; 1327.

                                         ii.     The requirement of "good faith": §1325(a)(3) & (b); Read In re Warren, at pages 434-443.

d.     The Chapter 13 “super” discharge:

                                          i.     §§1328(a), (b), (c) & (d).

2.               Thursday, April 2:

a.     Introduction to Chapter 11 Business Reorganizations:

                                          i.     Review "Bankruptcy Reorganizations" at pages 425-431.

                                         ii.     Read page 444.

b.     Proposing, Voting Upon and Confirming the Plan

                                          i.     Proposing the plan; Parties: §§1121; 1102(a)(1); 1102(b)(1); 1103(c); 1104(a); 1106(a)(1)-(3); 1107(a); 1108.

                                         ii.     Contents of the plan: §§1123(a)(1)-(a)(5); 1123(b)(1)-(b)(2).

                                        iii.     Voting on the plan: §§1126(a), (c), (f) & (g); 1124; 1125(a)(1), (b), (d) & (e); 1122.

                                       iv.     Confirmation of the plan: §§1129(a)(1)-(a)(3), (a)(7)-(a)(9); 1129(b). (Do not try too hard to decipher §1129(b)(2). It will be put in simple terms in class.)

                                         v.     Effect of the plan. §1141(b), (c) & (d).

3.               Tuesday, April 7:

a.     Continued Discussion of Chapter 11

b.     Wrap-up

The Bankruptcy Code, Rules & Forms


The Bankruptcy Code, Rules & Forms:

1.     Full-Text Version (Edited by Prof. Ehrlich. Signed voucher from purchased materials required for personal electronic copy)

2.     On-line U.S. Bankruptcy Code at Cornell University: Bankruptcy Code

3.     Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure on-line


Official Bankruptcy Forms:

1.     U.S. Government Links to Official Forms


Local Rules:

1.     Local Rules of the Southern District of California Bankruptcy Court

2.     Standing Administration Guidelines for Chapter 7

3.     Local Order 180-A regarding “Rights and Responsibilities of Chapter 7 Debtors and Their Attorney” 


1.     Bankruptcy Petition Drafting Assignment – Due February 20th.

2.     Ehrlich, Materials for Students Who Have Not Taken Secured Transactions

3.     The Cornell University Bankruptcy Website (contains excellent resources and links)

4.     The Cornell University UCC Article 9 Website.

5.     The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts maintains a site with information and official forms.

6.     The U.S. Trustee Program (contains helpful information)

7.     U.S. Trustee Means Testing Page

8.     U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California maintains an excellent web site with information and forms.

9.     California Judicial Council Forms

10.  The State of California Codes  

Questions & Answers


This section will contain questions posed by students during the course of the semester - - and answers posted by Prof. Ehrlich. To post a message, click here: Your name will not be posted here, just the question & answer.



Contact Prof. Ehrlich


Tel: 619-525-1416
Office: Room 313, Administration Building (225 Cedar St.)

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I’m often available, please knock.