California Lawyers Association

Judicial Profile Series

Articles from the BLS Insolvency Law Committee’s ongoing Judicial Profile Series

The following is a profile of the Honorable Margaret M. Mann, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California. Read more
The following is a profile of the Honorable Mitchell D. Dembin, United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of California. Judge Dembin met with members of the Business Litigation Committee and the Insolvency Law Committee in his chambers at the James M. Carter & Judith N. Keep Courthouse in San Diego and discussed his personal and professional background, his appointment as a Magistrate Judge and his experience on the bench. Read more
The following is a profile of the Honorable Scott C. Clarkson – the tenth in a series of profiles of Ninth Circuit bankruptcy judges. Judge Clarkson and members of the Insolvency Law Committee and Business Law Section Executive Committee met and discussed his personal and professional background, observations from the bench, and issues of interest. Read more
The following is a profile of the Honorable Autumn D. Spaeth, United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California. Judge Spaeth met with members of the Business Litigation Committee and the Insolvency Law Committee in her chambers at the Ronald Reagan Courthouse in Santa Ana and discussed her personal and professional background, her appointment as a Magistrate Judge and her experience on the bench. Read more
The following is a judicial profile of the Hon. Laura S. Taylor, Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California. Gary Rudolph, a member of the Insolvency Law Committee, met with Judge Taylor to discuss her personal and professional background and her experience so far as a member of the bankruptcy bench. In the Beginning Judge Taylor has known since high school that she wanted to be a lawyer because it blended her interest in… Read more
The following is a profile of the Honorable Maureen Tighe – the seventh in a series of profiles of Ninth Circuit bankruptcy judges. Judge Tighe and members of the Insolvency Law Committee met in her chambers and discussed her personal and professional background, observations from the bench, and issues of interest. Judge Tighe was appointed to the bench in November 2003. Prior to her appointment, she was the United States Trustee for the Central District of California between 1998 and… Read more
The following is a profile of the Honorable Thomas B. Donovan – the sixth in a series of profiles of Ninth Circuit bankruptcy judges. Judge Donovan and members of the Insolvency Law Committee met in his chambers and discussed his personal and professional background, observations from the bench, and issues of interest. Judge Donovan was appointed to the bench in March 1994, and reappointed in 2008. Although his current term expires in 2022, he plans to retire as of March… Read more
The following article is a profile of the Honorable M. Elaine Hammond – the fifth in a series of profiles of Ninth Circuit bankruptcy judges. Judge Hammond and members of the Insolvency Law Committee met in her chambers and discussed her personal and professional background, observations from the bench, and issues of interest. The Judge's Hometown and Her Road to the Bay Area Judge Hammond calls Charlotte, North Carolina her hometown. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, and… Read more
The following article is the fourth in a series of profiles of Ninth Circuit bankruptcy judges. Judge Meredith Jury and members of the Insolvency Law Committee met in her chambers and discussed her personal and professional background, observations from the bench, and issues of interest. Judge Jury is a United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Central District of California, with chambers in the City of Riverside. She was first appointed to the bench in November 1997, and reappointed in 2011.… Read more
The following article is a profile of the Honorable Ernest M. Robles – the third in a series of profiles of Ninth Circuit bankruptcy judges. Judge Robles and members of the Insolvency Law Committee met in his chambers and discussed his personal and professional background, observations from the bench, and issues of interest. The Judge’s Hometown and Education Judge Robles was born in Mexico and was raised in San Francisco. As Judge Robles remarked, “in those days, San Francisco was… Read more

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