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.


Bankruptcy Petition Drafting Assignment – Due February 20th.


1.            Thursday, January 22:

a.    Involuntary Petitions: Part IV(A)(2).

                                  i.    Review pages 101-104 and §303 with special emphasis on §303(b) and (h). 

b.    Jurisdiction over Controversies -- Parts IV (C)(1)-(5).

1.            Subject matter jurisdiction and abstention:

a.            Note: Excerpts from Title 28 are in your Statutory Supplement, beginning at page 163.

b.            Read 28 U.S.C. §1334.  This section was mistakenly omitted from the statutory materials. You can access a copy here: 28 U.S.C. §1334

c.            Read 28 U.S.C. §1452,

4.    28 U.S.C. §151, §152(a), §153 and §157. Read §157 (b) and (c) very carefully.  What is the difference between sections 157(b) and 157(c)?  Which section controls proceedings: (i) arising in Title 11; (ii) arising under Title 11; (iii) related to Title 11?

e.            Read §106(a) & (b) of the Code and 28 U.S.C. §152(a) and §153.

2.            Tuesday, January 27:

a.    The Problem of Delegation by the District Courts to the Bankruptcy Courts:

                                  i.    Read Pages 105-127.

                                 ii.    Read §105(a); 28 U.S.C. §157(a)-(d), 28 U.S.C. §158(a); 28 U.S.C. §§1409 (skim). Rules 9033; 7008(a) (last sentence) (read the comment to Rule 7008 carefully) and 7012(b); 5011(b).

                                iii.    Read 28 U.S.C. §§157 (b) and (c) very carefully.  What is the difference between sections 157(b) and 157(c)?  Which section controls proceedings: (i) arising in Title 11; (ii) arising under Title 11; (iii) related to Title 11?

b.    Appeals: §§157(c), 158(a), 158(b), (c) & (d). Read pages 127-128.

c.    Read and In re Arnold Print Works, Inc. at pages 129-137.

d.    Stern v. Marshall: You can view the latest news about 2013 Stern v. Marshall update, 2012 Stern v. Marshall update, January 2014 update, June 2014 update

e.    Proceedings in Bankruptcy Courts

                                  i.    Read pages 155-158.

                                 ii.    §102(1); §105(a); Rules 7001, 9013, and 9014; Local Rules 9013-2, 9013-3, 9013-5 and 9014- "Contested v. Adversary Proceedings" at pages 132-135. Rules 9013 & 9014 were omitted from the printed materials & can be found here.

f.     Jury Trials

                                  i.    Pages 138-139; Granfinanciera, S.A., et al v. Nordberg at pages 140-148 and the notes following the case at pages 149-154;

                                 ii.    28 USC §157(d).

3.            Thursday, January 29:

a.    Property of the Estate: Parts IV(D)(1)-(4).

                                  i.    Read §§541(a) and (b)(1)-(2); skim (b)(5)-(7);

                                 ii.    §541(c). Read this subsection carefully. Read the legislative history (it is exceptionally clear).

                                iii.    Pages 136-137.

b.    Turnover of property of the estate:

                                  i.    Read §542(a), (b) & (c).

                                 ii.    Read U.S. v. Whiting Pools, Inc. at pages 137-142.

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


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Contact Prof. Ehrlich


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

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