Well, it's been a real long time since I have been in the Oregon Bankruptcy Court. I wasn't aware that pro se's were appointed a "case manager," and I find no rule or general order on the Bankruptcy Court's website providing for such an appointment.
Obviously, I'm not going to deny that you received advice from court personnel as to how you should proceed to convert your case. All I can say is that the statutes, rules and case law of the federal bankruptcy courts require no motion for a debtor to voluntarily convert from Chapter 13 to Chapter 7 -- and In re DeFrantz
, 454 BR 108 (U.S. 9th Cir. 2011), which is the controlling case for Oregon Bankruptcy courts, holds that, "the Rule contemplates that a debtor may convert his or her chapter 13 case by simply filing a notice of conversion and not a motion."
Thus, only a notice of conversion is required, and there is no legal requirement to explain why you are choosing to convert. As long as you can satisfy the means test
as to your income, you can convert, without risking having your case dismissed as being in "bad faith."
So, if the case manager says that you can send a letter to the judge and thereby convert to Chapter 7 from Chapter 13, then my response is, "Great, go for it!"
Hope this helps.