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.
A Note For Students Who Have Not Taken Secured Transactions:
The course in Secured Transactions is recommended but not required. If you have not taken Secured Transactions, I will provide you with helpful background readings and tell you when and what to read. Usually about 40-60% of the students in Bankruptcy have not taken Secured Transactions.
ATTENDANCE AT THE FIRST CLASS SESSION IS REQUIRED
(unless permission is granted by Prof. Ehrlich)
MATERIALS FOR THE BANKRUPTCY COURSE
1. Ehrlich, Photocopied Assignments & Readings (2014 edition)
2. Ehrlich, Photocopied Official Bankruptcy Forms (2014 edition)
3. Ehrlich, Materials For Students Who Have Not Taken Secured Transactions (available below)
1. Tuesday, January 6:
a. Introduction: Read pages 1-41 of the Readings. Don’t skip the Blackstone excerpts. If you don’t have time to get to the Bookmart, you can access pages 1-41 here.
b. Be prepared to identify two fundamental reasons for having bankruptcy laws.
c. Read an update on the impact of the Bankruptcy Amendments & Consumer Protection Act of 2005: Update
d. Students who have not taken Secured Transactions should read the material referred to on the first page of the photocopied Secured Transaction materials: Materials For Students Who Have Not Taken Secured Transactions
e. Take a look at the lists of corporate bankruptcies in the following links. Do any of the companies seem familiar?
2. Thursday, January 8:
a. State Law Remedies: Read the materials listed in Part II (A)(1) of the Assignments and review the Judicial Council forms referred to in part II(A)(2). The forms are also available online: Writ of Execution, Notice of Levy, Memorandum of Garnishee, Exemptions From The Enforcement Of Judgments, Claim of Exemption
i. Fill-in parts 1-19 of the Writ of Execution, and parts 1-3 of the Notice of Levy. Click here for more information.
b. Take a look at the California Judicial Council “Abstract of Judgment” form. What is the purpose of the form?
c. The Role of Security Interests: Students who have not yet completed Secured Transactions (or students who want to refresh their recollection) should read the first part of the Materials For Students Who Have Not Taken Secured Transactions.
3. Tuesday, January 13:
a. Collection of Judgments Under State Law:
i. Review the Judicial Council forms referred to in part II(A)(2). The forms are also available online: Writ of Execution, Notice of Levy, Memorandum, Exemptions From The Enforcement Of Judgments, Claim of Exemption
ii. There is a written assignment required for class. Click here for more information.
b. Redemption: Read Part II(B) of the Assignments.
c. Pre-Judgment Remedies: Part II(C)(1) and (2).
d. Group Remedies Under State Law: Part III(A)(1) and (2).
4. Thursday, January 15:
a. Filing Voluntary Petitions: Initiating Voluntary Bankruptcy Cases:
i. Part IV(A)(1)(a).
ii. Part IV(A)(1)(b)(1)-(7)
b. Consumer Debtor Requirements:
i. Part IV(A)(1)(c)(1)-(3)
iii. Look at the U.S. Trustee Means Testing Page
5. Tuesday, January 20:
a. Consumer Debtor Requirements:
i. Review §707(b)(2)
ii. Review the cases of In re: Patricia Ann Garcia and In re Ransom. The court misinterprets §707(b)(2). Can you see why?
iv. Look at the U.S. Trustee Means Testing Page
The Bankruptcy Code, Rules & Forms:
1. Full-Text Version (Edited by Prof. Ehrlich. Signed voucher from purchased materials required for personal electronic copy)
2. The U.S. Bankruptcy Code at Cornell University: Bankruptcy Code
3. FRBP on-line
Official Bankruptcy Forms:
Questions & Answers
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Office: Room 313, Administration Building (225 Cedar St.)
I’m often available, please knock.