My term as Chair of the Business Law Section (BLS) is coming to a close in September 2017 as I pen this final Chair’s message to you. We just celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the BLS in the first ever Convention of State Bar Sections in San Diego, California— where the BLS offered its members and other California lawyers well-attended educational programs, networking events, and our annual BLS Breakfast Meeting. The gathering allowed BLS leaders and members to connect with other Sections, confirming once again that our future is bright, and is looking better every day. We promised-- and delivered-- meaningful content and relationship building opportunities. We reconfirmed our commitments to the Sections, and to providing service to our members during our next 40 years as the “go to” resource for all business lawyers in California. READ MORE
We are sad to announce that this month, the California legal community and attorneys throughout the United States have lost eminent attorney, colleague, and friend, Harry C. Sigman.
According to his New York Times obituary (which may be found here), on August 19, 2017, Harry C. Sigman died peacefully after a battle with multiple myeloma. Among other honors throughout his long and distinguished career as a business attorney, Mr. Sigman was a past recipient of the Business Law Section’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2005. At the time he received this award, special Advisor to the Business Law Section’s Executive Committee, Roland Brandel, wrote a profile of Mr. Sigman in which he described his fascinating career, numerous accomplishments, hobbies and extensive travels. The profile originally appeared in the BLS’ Business Law News, and may be viewed here. READ MORE
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 July 2017 update to Internet Law and Practice in California. 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 copyright, software patents, website accessibility, electronic contracting, privacy and data security, liability and litigation issues, e-discovery, and international law.
On August 14, 2017, the Agribusiness Committee of the State Bar of California’s Business Law Section traveled to Driscoll’s Cassin Ranch in Watsonville, California, to get a firsthand look at Driscoll’s innovative berry research and development program. READ MORE
August 18 and 19, 2017, marked the inaugural of the Convention of Sections. The event was very well attended and, in addition to sponsoring CLE programs, the BLS held its Annual Breakfast, an evening reception, multiple Standing Committee meetings and networking events. READ MORE
Keynote Speaker Chris Cramer, CEO and Co-Founder of Karl Strauss Brewery, Jim Hill, outgoing Chair of the Business Law Section, and Uzzi Raanan, incoming Chair of the Business Law Section.
Jim Hill, outgoing Chair of the Business Law Section, proudly poses next to sign denoting 40 years of service by the BLS
BLS members in attendance at BLS networking reception / Lifetime Achievement Award
Roland Brandel, Past BLS Chair and current advisor, presents the prestigious BLS Lifetime Achievement Award to Bruce Alan Mann of Morrison & Foerster
The ILC held an in-person meeting at the inaugural Sections Convention, in San Diego, California on August 18, 2017. It was attended by members and advisors of the ILC from across the state. 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). READ MORE
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 March 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. Please note that schedules and locations are subject to change at the last minute, so participants are encouraged to contact their Chair for any updates.
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Business Law Section
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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639