Contact Your Rep Week

Dear Fellow Northern California Bankruptcy Professionals:

In years past, our Bench-Bar Liaison Committee has been an effective agent for improving the service which we bankruptcy judges provide to you. Those of you who enjoy the convenience of an open calendar or a telephonic appearance probably don't realize that the Committee played an important role in making these happen. When there has been a problem anywhere in the district, it was often the Committee which first identified it to the court.

The Committee has been under-used the last several years. While we judges like to think that this is because things are running smoothly and there is nothing to improve, I am concerned that it may also be because the bankruptcy community has forgotten the importance of the Committee.

Accordingly, while the Committee members are always available to deal with problems and consider ideas for improving things, I am designating the week of September 5, 2011, as "Contact Your Rep Week." Have an idea for improving the operation of the court as a whole, or one division, or just one judge (including me)? Having a problem with a procedure employed by the Clerk, or maybe just one court employee? Had a matter under submission for a little too long? Contact one of the Committee members. Their names and contact information are available on the court's website, as a "quick link," and I am attaching a list with contact information. Where appropriate, the Committee can keep your identity confidential.

I urge you to use the Committee to help us improve our service to you, both during "Contact Your Rep Week" and throughout the years to come.


Very truly yours,

Alan Jaroslovsky
Chief Judge

2011 – 2012 ROSTER

Hannah L. Blumenstiel, Co-Chair
Winston & Strawn LLP
101 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94111-5894
415-591-1429 Phone
415-591-1400 Fax
(Term Ends: 2013)

Thomas F. Koegel, Co-Chair
Crowell & Moring LLP
275 Battery Street, 23rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
415-986-2800 Phone
415-986-2827 Fax
(Term Ends: 2013)

Norma Hammes, past Chair
Gold and Hammes
1570 The Alameda, Suite 223
San Jose, CA 95126
408-297-8750 Phone
(Term ends: 2013)

Elizabeth Berke-Dreyfuss
Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP
111 Broadway, 24th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
510-834-6600 Phone
510-808-4652 Fax
(Term ends: 2013)

Corrine Bielejeski
East Bay Bankruptcy Law
113 G Street, Suite 202
Antioch, CA 94509
925-752-1826 Phone
925-521-8625 Fax
(Term ends: 2014)

Monique Jewett-Brewster
MacConaghy & Barnier, PLC
645 First Street West, Suite D
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-935-3205 Phone
707-935-7051 Fax
(Term ends: 2014)

Craig C. Chiang
Buchalter Nemer
333 Market St., 25th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-227-0900 Phone
415-227-0770 Fax
(Term ends: 2013)

Diana L. Donabedian
Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP
121 Spear Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-356-4600 Phone
415-356-3889 Fax
(Term ends: 2012)

Sally J. Elkington
Elkington Law Office
409 13th St., 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
510-465-0404 Phone
(Term ends: 2013)

M. Elaine Hammond
Friedman Dumas & Springwater LLP
33 New Montgomery Street, Suite 290
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-834-3814 Phone
415-834-1044 Fax
(Term ends: 2014)

Gary M. Kaplan
Farella Braun & Martel LLP
235 Montgomery Street, 17th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
415-954-4400 Phone
415-954-4480 Fax
(Term ends: 2012)

Tobias S. Keller
Jones Day
555 California Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
415-875-5869 Phone
415-875-5700 Fax
(Term ends: 2014)

Maxim Litvak
Pchulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
150 California St., 15th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
415-263-7000 Phone
415-263-7010 Fax
(Term ends: 2013)

Susan B. Luce
Law Offices of David A. Boone
1611 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
408-291-6000 Phone
408-291-6016 Fax
(Term ends: 2012)

Stephen J. Kottmeier
Hopkins & Carley, a Law Corporation
70 South First Street
San Jose, California 95113
408-286-9800 Phone
408-998-4790 Fax
(Term ends: 2014)

Steven M. Olson
Law Office of Steven M. Olson
100 E Street, Suite 214
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-575-1800 Phone
707-575-1867 Fax
(Term ends: 2014)

Alan Ramos
Nevin Ramos & Steele
700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
925-280-1703 Phone
925-935-1642 Fax
(Term ends: 2014)

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