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New Judge In Riverside Bankruptcy

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This week we said goodbye to our Judge Deborah Saltzman as she had her last hearing in Riverside. She is now a Los Angeles Bankruptcy Judge and will share duties in Santa Barbara, CA.

I remember when Judge Saltzman came to Riverside as a new Judge and now she is on her way to Los Angeles. I will miss Judge Saltzman and wish her well in the big city.

Our new Judge is Judge Scott H. Yon and here was his official announcement:

SAN FRANCISCO — Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced today the appointment of Scott H. Yun to serve as a

judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Mr. Yun will serve in the bankruptcy court’s Riverside division, filling a position left vacant by the transfer of Judge Deborah J. Saltzman to Los Angeles.  He will be sworn into office on June 23, 2014, by Chief Bankruptcy Judge Peter H. Carroll.

“We welcome the appointment of Mr. Yun to the federal bench,” Chief Judge Kozinski said in announcing the appointment.  “We are fortunate to have such an experienced practitioner serving in our busiest bankruptcy court.”

Mr. Yun, 43, had been a shareholder with the former law firm of Stutman, Treister & Glatt since 2003.  He joined the firm in 2000 and served on the executive board as president.  His practice involved representing Chapter 11 debtors and official committees of unsecured creditors as lead or co-lead counsel.

Mr. Yun was previously an associate with the law firm Robinson, Diamant & Brill, from

1998 to 2000, and an associate with Steinberg, Barness & Foster, from 1997 to 1998.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Mr. Yun received his B.A., cum laude, in 1993 from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his J.D. in 1996 from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law.  After law school, he served as a law clerk to Bankruptcy Judge Ernest M. Robles of the Central District of California in 1997.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California received 82,861 filings in fiscal year 2013.  The court is authorized 24 bankruptcy judges.

Judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit have statutory responsibility for selecting and appointing bankruptcy judges in the nine western states that comprise the Ninth Circuit.  The court uses a comprehensive merit selection process for the initial appointment and for reappointments.  Bankruptcy judges serve a 14-year, renewable term and handle all bankruptcy-related matters under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Practice Pointer:

Judge Yun will have his first hearing in Riverside in late July or early August. I hope to interview him in the next few months and report back to you. In the mean time, if you have a Judge Saltzman case, the case will be transferred over to Judge Yun in the next few months. Be sure to watch your ecf account and be sure to add the correct case number with the new Judge’s initials when you submit Orders in the future.

In addition, we should have Judge Yun’s investiture ceremony in the Fall and be sure to come by Riverside and meet the new Judge in town.

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