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Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Program

As an alternative to the formal litigation of disputes in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings, the judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California have adopted the Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Program (BDRP). The BDRP, established by General Order 95-1, allows participants to take advantage of and utilize a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution methods including, but not limited to, mediation, negotiation, early neutral evaluation and settlement facilitation.

Unless otherwise ordered by the judge handling the particular matter, all adversary proceedings, contested matters, and other disputes in Eastern District of California bankruptcy cases are eligible for referral to the BDRP except matters involving:

1) Employment and compensation of professionals;

2) Compensation of trustees and examiners;

3) Objections to discharge under 11 U.S.C. §727, except where such objections are joined with disputes over dischargeability of debts under 11 U.S.C. §523; and

4) Contempt or other types of sanctions.

Parties have the primary responsibility for initiating employment of the BDRP and elect to do so by submitting a proposed form order (EDC 6-610) to the Court. In the proposed order, the parties specify the name of the Resolution Advocate they have selected to mediate the matter in dispute.

To obtain copies of General Order 95-1, BDRP forms, and lists of available Resolution Advocates, scroll down to the Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Program Documents section. Questions concerning BDRP procedures should be directed to the BDRP staff assistant in the appropriate divisional office. The name and telephone number of the BDRP staff assistant for each divisional office is as follows:

  • Sacramento Division: Juanita Krewer (916) 930-4402
  • For Fresno Division: Vicky McKinney (559) 499-5824
  • For Modesto Division: Melinda Strandwold (209) 521-6899

BDRP General Orders and Exhibits


  • EDC 003-010 Application to Serve as a Member of the Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Program Panel (General Order 95-1 -- Exhibit A) (New 5/95)
  • EDC 006-610 Order Appointing Resolution Advocate and Assignment to the Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Program (General Order 95-1 and 00-3 -- Exhibit B) (Rev. 5/00)
Mail Completed Forms To:
Andrea Lougren
US Bankruptcy Court
501 I Street Suite 3-200
Sacramento, CA 95814
  • EDC 003-078 Certificate Re: BDRP Conference (General Order 95-1 -- Exhibit C) (New 5/95)
  • EDC 003-718 Report of BDRP Conference (General Order 95-1 -- Exhibit D) (New 5/95)

Lists of Available Resolution Advocates

NOTE: Lists of Available Resolution Advocates are routinely updated. Please check with the appropriate

BDRP staff assistant to make sure you have the most current version.