The Business Law Section and our 15 substantive law Standing Committees continue to make progress with the 16 other Sections of the State Bar of California as we plan to transition into a new voluntary IRC section 501(c)(6) nonprofit association separated from the quasi-governmental State Bar.
The change to the new organizational structure is part of a legislatively-mandated reform and restructure of the State Bar, embodied in the annual dues bill (SB 36) which has now been approved unanimously by the California Assembly Judiciary Committee and is set for a vote in August by the full Assembly. As previously reported, if it all stays on track, we expect that the Sections will emerge into the new voluntary association entity as early as January 1, 2018. In the meantime, leadership of the BLS, including several past BLS chairs and executive committee advisors, are working with volunteers of other Sections on final legislative improvements and important internal governance documents for the new entity. We will be ready for a new era within a new structure that will allow us to more readily and efficiently deliver to you educational programs, scholarly and practical publications and legislative and regulatory analysis and proposals. READ MORE
The Sections of The State Bar of California are pleased to present the 2017 Sections Convention – a networking and learning opportunity planned especially for California attorneys and legal professionals.
Sections ConventionFriday-Saturday, August 18-19, 2017Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Spa
1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will open at 7 a.m. on Friday.
This inaugural event is the new platform for the State Bar Sections’ stellar programs and events previously offered at The State Bar of California Annual Meeting.
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On Saturday, August 19, 2017, the Business Law Section will be presenting three don’t miss programs. Please check your Program Schedule for Room Numbers.
1. Program # 28: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: “Top 10 Landmines Lawyers Can Trigger When Advising Nonprofit Organizations.” 1 Hour of Legal Ethics
Program Description: Nonprofit organizations differ in significant ways from for-profit organizations. The unique regulatory environment of tax exempt organizations, and accountability to members and the public differ in significant ways from accountability to shareholders. While many lawyers assist charities by serving on the board or providing legal services, they frequently do not fully appreciate the different ethical and other legal obligations faced by nonprofit sector clients. This program will address the top 10 areas where attorneys can easily mislead their clients, and provide guidance on how to avoid them.
2. Program # 31: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.: “Basic Legal Skills to Advise Clients Doing Business Online.” 1 Hour of CLE.
Program Description: This program will cover recent developments in Internet and Privacy law and will offer practical tips for:
3. Program 34: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: “Legal Advice for Newly Formed Companies.” CLE: 1 Hour.
Program Description: This program will cover the basics of Incorporation in California, including……..
Please plan to attend the Business Law Section’s Annual Networking Reception. The Reception will take place on Saturday, August 19, 2017 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
The BLS Annual Networking Reception will provide attendees with an excellent opportunity to network with other attorneys from around the State, and to learn about how they could become more active in the Bar.
We invite you to join us on Saturday, August 19, 2017 for the Business Law Section Breakfast. Tickets are $35 (not for MCLE credit). Seating begins at 7:30 a.m. and the Program will take place from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The program will include a keynote talk by Chris Cramer, co-founder of the San Diego-based Karl Strauss Brewing Company, who will impart a successful entrepreneur’s perspective on “Pioneering San Diego’s Craft Beer Industry: Challenges and Rewards for Doing Business in California.” Also at this event, the BLS will honor attorney Bruce Alan Mann with the BLS’s coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.
Chris Cramer, pictured above, along with his business partner, Matt Rattner, helped launch Karl Strauss Brewing Company in 1989. Chris was related to Karl M. Strauss, the company’s original Master Brewer. For the last 29 years he has held a variety of leadership roles in the company, including serving as the company’s President from its founding in 1988 until 2004. Chris currently serves as CEO and is focused on defining long-term strategies for growth and identifying growth opportunities and resources for the company. In addition to his work with Karl Strauss, Chris sits on the board for the California Craft Brewers Association and is the immediate Past Chair of the California Restaurant Association. Chris is a community activist and he personally championed many business and legislative reforms that helped pave the way for San Diego to become the world’s capital for craft beer. He has a Bachelor’s degree in History from Stanford University with distinction and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
This year the Sections Convention Luncheon will take place on the opening day of the Convention—Friday, August 18, from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $45. CLE will be offered at .75 Hour. Onsite tickets will be limited, so it’s best to purchase early for this event.
Program Title: An Overview of the Supreme Court’s 2016 Term and a Look to the Future by Renowned Constitutional Law Scholar Erwin Chemerinsky [.75 Hour CLE]
Join us at the Convention Opening Day Luncheon and hear Dean Erwin Chemerinsky’s in-depth analysis of the United States Supreme Court’s October 2016 term, including an examination of the nuances of each case and its future impact.
Earlier this summer, Erwin Chemerinsky was appointed as Dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He was the founding dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Dean Chemerinsky is a distinguished scholar of Constitutional Law and federal civil procedure. In January 2017 National Jurist magazine again named Erwin Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.
Join Section leaders and fellow conference attendees for an opportunity to expand your network of professional contacts. Section leaders will be on hand at each table to start the conversation, answer questions, and help you walk away with valuable connections.
The Networking Luncheon will take place on Saturday, August 19 from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $25. No CLE credit is offered for this event.
Courtesy of CEB, we are bringing you selected legal developments in areas of California business law that are covered by CEB’s publications. This month’s feature is from the April 2017 update to Counseling California Corporations. References are to the book’s section numbers. See CEB’s BLS Landing Page for special discounts for Business Law Section members. The most significant legal developments since the last update include developments in such important topic areas as tax and securities law, corporate governance, derivative suits, whistleblowers, and other matters. READ MORE
CEB is currently offering discounts to BLS Members, including 10% off the price of a wide selection of CEB print and OnLAW publications as well as savings on section dues. For more information on these and other CEB discounts, click HERE.
The Business Law News (BLN) is seeking articles of general interest to business law practitioners for its next publication. With approximately 8,200 members, the BLS has a wide-ranging audience. The BLN is not only circulated to BLS members in print every quarter, it is also available to BLS members on the internet at www.calbar.ca.gov. Please submit your articles to the new editor-in-chief, Kenneth Minesinger (email@example.com).
The 15 BLS Standing Committees publish eBulletins announcing developments in their area of law and upcoming events open to BLS members. Click HERE to sign up to receive these eBulletins from any BLS Standing Committee completely free of charge.
We all know that social media can help drive new business. Did you know that the BLS maintains a presence on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook where it posts regular updates about new cases, new regulations, key legislative developments, and news and events from the BLS's Standing Committees? What you may not know is that you can not only send items to the BLS to post or tweet, but also suggest items from your own social media pages for the BLS to re-post, re-tweet, or like. Doing so expands the reach of what you have to say to everyone who likes or follows the BLS on its various social media platforms, and may result in the BLS following you! Please submit your suggested items for consideration or direct any questions to BLS Social Media Coordinator, Dennis J. Wickham (firstname.lastname@example.org); BLS Vice-Chair of Member Services, Uzzi O. Raanan (email@example.com); or BLS Chair, James P. Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org), and join the ever expanding discussion!
Standing Committees continue to accept applications to fill vacant seats. Practitioners and other legal professionals who are members of the BLS and who have at least five years of experience are eligible to apply. Membership on a committee affords unique opportunities to participate in the creation of law in your practice area, to get to know and be known by other practitioners, to work with the recognized leaders in your field, and to stay on the cutting edge of developments and practice techniques. Membership is a rewarding experience that keeps one ahead of, and in touch with, business law developments. Most committees meet once a month, often by phone. A full list of the Standing Committee meeting dates for January are listed below. A description of the required commitment and application process, along with a link to the application, can be found HERE.
The BLS achieves its goals through the work of its 15 Standing Committees. You are invited to attend the regular monthly meeting of any BLS Standing Committees (see below for meeting dates). These monthly meetings provide attendees an excellent opportunity to chat with committee members and other lawyers with a similar expertise. Some committees even offer free MCLE credit! Please see the contact person listed below to RSVP or request more information. Follow us on Twitter @calbarbuslaw. Use a Standing Committee's hashtag to search for tweets by that committee in its designated field and to re-tweet.
For a list of upcoming meeting dates and contact persons, see Standing Committee Meetings HERE.
We're very grateful for your membership in the Section.
As a token of that, we're offering self-study MCLE credit in the areas of Legal Ethics, Competence Issues, and Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and in Society. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.
Simply watch the programs and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.
Continuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Section, you're eligible for:
Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.
Business Law Section
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