Winning at the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, the Do's and Don'ts for Success



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July 29, 2022
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About the Program

The Clerk of the 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, Susan M. Spraul, will discuss what it takes to get your Appellate Brief before the Judges of the BAP. Should your brief make to the judges? desks, Judge Gary Spraker will explain what impresses and what does not. The speakers will unlock the mysteries of the BAP Litigant?s Manual.

Hon. Gary A. Spraker, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, District of Alaska and Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit
Susan M. Spraul, Clerk, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit
Moderated by J. Scott Bovitz, Bovitz & Spitzer

Meet the Speakers
Susan M. Spraul


Clerk, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit
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Hon. Gary A. Spraker


U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, District of Alaska and Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit

Gary Spraker was sworn in as Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Alaska on October 4, 2012. Judge Spraker has served as a visiting judge for Nevada since July 2013, hearing cases and conducting settlement conferences.  In June 2017, he was appointed to the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. Prior to taking the bench he was a partner at Christianson & Spraker where he focused on both consumer and commercial bankruptcy, representing trustees, debtors, and creditors, in Chapter 7, 11, and 13 matters. Judge Spraker served for over a decade as chair of the Alaska Bankruptcy Section.  Prior to moving to Alaska, he worked as an associate for Morrison & Foerster in Denver, Colorado.  Judge Spraker received his undergraduate degree from Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and his J.D. from the University of Denver. He is a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy.  

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J. Scott Bovitz


Bovitz & Spitzer

Senior partner, Bovitz & Spitzer (bovitz-spitzer.com, 1991-present).

Board Certified, Business Bankruptcy Law, American Board of Certification (abcworld.org, 1993-present; past chair of American Board of Certification).

Certified Specialist, Bankruptcy Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization (californiaspecialist.org, 1993-present; past chair of Board of Legal Specialization).

Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell (martindale.com, AV rated 1993-present). Selected Southern California “Super Lawyer” in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (20 years).

Adjunct Professor of Law: Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (1982-1987); University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law (2022); California Western School of Law (2022-present).

Inductee, American College of Bankruptcy, Class XXXIV (scheduled March 2023) 

Lawyer Representative, U.S. District Court, Central District

of California, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (2018-2023).

Mediator (1995-present) and contributing editor, Bankruptcy Mediation News (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, 2019 present).

Executive editor, Personal and Small Business Bankruptcy Practice in California (CEB.com, 2003-2006). Past president, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum (labankruptcyforum.org, 2000-2001).

Education co-chair (2001) and conference co-chair (2004), California Bankruptcy Forum.

Information Technology Committee, United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California (2012-present).

Columnist and coordinating editor, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (abi.org, 2014-2021). Webmaster, bankruptcydog.com (calendar site for bankruptcy professionals). 

Musician, more than 647 songs (bovitz.biz).

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