All Sections of the State Bar, including the BLS, were represented at an in-person meeting of the Council of State Bar Sections (CSBS) at the State Bar headquarters in San Francisco on May 24. The California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA), representing 65,000 new lawyer members of the Bar, joined other Council members and attendees at the gathering. The CSBS representatives focused on essential planning and coordination among the Sections as we move together toward separation from the public agency State Bar, putting the wheels in motion to retain an interim executive director and other professionals, including legal counsel, to assist in drafting articles and bylaws, all to make sure the new voluntary 501(c)(6) association that will house the Sections will be set up and operational when enabling legislation for separation passes both houses of the State Legislature and is signed into law by the Governor. The bar restructuring legislation, SB 36, passed unanimously in the Senate and has been sent to the Assembly for its consideration in the early days of the summer. If all stays on track, we are looking for the Sections to emerge into the new entity as early as January 1, 2018. READ MORE
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Presented by the Business Law Section and the Intellectual Property Law Section
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit.
This program is whimsically titled “License to Steal?” because of the surprising results obtained when a licensor or licensee reorganizes in bankruptcy. To an outsider, it can look as if one party is stealing the right to used intellectual property from another, whether by prohibiting continued use or by continuing use despite breach. Prepare to be shocked!
This program is aimed at providing attorneys – especially non-bankruptcy attorneys – with tools to flag and potentially address certain bankruptcy and insolvency concerns in drafting and enforcing intellectual property license agreements. We will cover a few special topics, and this program is not intended to be comprehensive. This program and these materials are for educational purposes only. In fact, these materials should be used with a critical approach as there is little Ninth Circuit authority on point.
This program and these materials generally assume that both the licensor and licensee are California corporations and that one of them has filed or eventually files a chapter 11 bankruptcy case. There are other insolvency contexts – such as chapter 7 liquidations, receiverships and assignments for the benefit of creditors – which we will not cover.
Speaker: Reno Fernandez
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
You can now register online for this program.
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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Chris Cramer, CEO and Co-Founder of Karl Strauss Brewing Company, has been named the Keynote Speaker for the August 19 BLS Annual Breakfast Meeting. He will discuss the business environment in California.
In a presentation entitled, “Pioneering San Diego’s Craft Beer Industry: Challenges and Rewards for Doing Business in California
,” Cramer will be speaking on both the trials and rewards of doing business in California from an entrepreneur’s perspective. Chris Cramer is CEO and Co-Founder of the Karl Strauss Brewing Company. Chris was related to Karl M. Strauss, the company’s original Master Brewer. Read More
On May 19, 2017, the Insolvency Law Committee (ILC) hosted a reception at the California Bankruptcy Forum’s 29th Annual Insolvency Conference in Coronado. The reception is an annual event sponsored by the ILC for members of the bench and bar attending the California Bankruptcy Forum conference. This year, well over 100 people attended the ILC’s reception, including the Hon. Alex Kozinski (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit), Hon. Sheri Bluebond (Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, C.D. Cal), Hon. Scott Clarkson (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, C.D. Cal), Hon. Martin Barash (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, C.D. Cal) and Hon. Theodor Albert (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, C.D. Cal). The reception took place on a sun-soaked patio overlooking the water, and inside for those preferring the shade, with a tropical ensemble playing music in the background. The ILC would like to thank all of the members of the bench and bar who attended, as well as the sponsors of the reception: the State Bar of California Business Law Section, Brutzkus Gubner Rozansky Seror Weber LLP, Duane Morris, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Alston + Bird LLP, Macdonald Fernandez LLP, Binder & Malter LLP and Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel. Read More
In recent weeks, the Corporations Law Committee circulated a number of eBulletins, which were authored by Committee members. Additionally, the Committee has submitted two comment letters to the Department of Business Oversight regarding proposed rules. Read More
On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the Agribusiness Committee will present a free, day-long program entitled “Genetic Engineering in Agriculture—Science Policy and Law.” Lunch will be provided, as well as 5.5 hours of MCLE credit (sponsored by Downey Brand LLP). The program will take place at UC Davis from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) - Ballroom A at 232 ARC, One Shields Avenue, University of California Davis, Davis, CA 95616. Read More
At the All Bar Sections Convention in San Diego this August, the Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies Committee is planning to hold a social meeting for its members, and anyone else that would like to join them.
The date and time of the social and networking opportunity are yet to be determined, but potentially the PLLC will meet before dinner on Friday night (August 18). The PLLC Chair, Teri Shugart, stated, “This would be a great opportunity for anyone who would like to know more about our committee, and especially to find out how much fun we are to work with!” Questions? Send an email to Teri Shugart, Chair, PLLC Committee (Teri@terishugart.com) or Soyeun Choi, Vice-Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org). The PLLC will post final information on the place and time as the Convention date approaches.
While banking tends to help people save for rainy days, water banking helps when that rain comes fewer and far between. More and more, the significance of effectively managing precious water resources in the face of expanding demand is calling for creative and innovative solutions to stretch the capacity of an overtaxed water management system. Read More
The Insurance Law Committee held an in-person meeting on May 4, 2017, at the offices of Greenberg Traurig in Sacramento, CA. The guest presenters, Mark Rakich, Chief Consultant to the Assembly Insurance Committee and Hugh Slayden, Consultant to the Senate Committee on Insurance spoke to the committee regarding recent developments in insurance legislation. The meeting was attended by local committee members, as well as those located in Southern California and the Bay Area. Also in attendance were the committee’s newest members: Jean O’Sullivan, Amanda Gualderama, Jason Komorsky and Beverly Brand. The Committee thanks Mr. Rakich and Mr. Slayden for their time and the offices of Greenberg Traurig for the use of their facility.
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
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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639