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Hon. Louise DeCarl Adler

United States Bankruptcy Judge

Current Position

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
San Diego, CA 92101-6989

Class: VI (1995)Circuit: Ninth


Chatham College (1966)
Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (1970)

Professional Career

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of California (1984-), Chief Judge, (1996-01)
Faculty Member, Bankruptcy Judge Seminars, Federal Judicial Center
Lecturer to lawyer and non-lawyer audiences on various bankruptcy topics
Private practice, San Diego
Panel Trustee, Southern District of California


Lawyers Club of San Diego, Founding Member
California State Bar Business Law Section, Former Vice-Chair
California Bankruptcy Journal, Former Editorial Board Member
San Diego Bankruptcy Forum, Founding Member
Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, Chair, Bankruptcy Local Rules Review Committee
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, President (1994-95); Former Member, Board of Governors; Former Member, Board of Trustees, NCBJ Endowment for Education
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Former Member, Bankruptcy Judges' Advisory Committee
Ninth Circuit Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee, Former Member
American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow
International Insolvency Institute


"Managing the Chapter 15 Cross-Border Insolvency Case: A Pocket Guide for Judges," Federal Judicial Center 2011 Author
"United States International Insolvency Law," Bankruptcy Code Chapter 15 2008-09 Contributing author
"International Insolvency," Federal Judicial Center 2001 Co-author