The BLS and other Sections of the State Bar are working on comments and recommendations to recently-drafted enabling legislation from the California State Senate that will achieve separation of all Sections from the public agency functions of the State Bar. As important, the BLS and other Sections are collaborating with State Bar staff on transition plans to ensure that the new voluntary association will be set up, with sufficient funding, staff and volunteers, to ensure continuity of services for our approximately 66,000 members of 16 Sections.
The BLS leadership and its advisors continue to champion provisions in the enabling legislation that empower and enhance the freedom and creativity of the Sections as they make the transition from being part of a regulatory agency of the State of California to a professional association of California lawyers. In conjunction with leaders of other Sections, the BLS has asked that the legislation grant the new entity the right to choose its own form of governance through bylaws and a charter adopted by the Sections, rather than through a statutory mandate. The BLS is represented in these discussions by me and Rob Harris, the immediate past BLS Chair and Chair of a Council of State Bar Sections (CSBS) planning group. We are further aided by a number of past BLS chairs, among other able advisors. READ MORE
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
What in-house and outside counsel should consider when drafting policies that govern the use of mobile devices at work, for work, and after work.
Speakers: Jill Bronfman
Plan now to attend the All Sections—Bar Section Convention. Join us on August 18-19, 2017, in San Diego, CA, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
Join us on August 18-19, 2017, in San Diego, CA, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina where you will have multiple opportunities to earn MCLE credits in informative live programs, attend networking events and receptions, hear the BLS Keynote speaker, and learn more about getting involved in one of the 16 Sections. Instead of the traditional State Bar Annual Meeting – this year all of the Sections of the State Bar are hosting a two-day Convention packed with educational programs, networking, and fun events! So mark your calendars for August 18th to 19th, 2017 at the San Diego Sheraton Marina Hotel. More details to follow.
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.
Business Law Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639