What a difference a few months make. Since January 1, 2018, the Business Law Section (BLS) and its 15 sister Sections have been operating as the newly-formed California Lawyers Association (CLA). Since the start of the year, BLS standing committee members are once again free to communicate and otherwise meet with each other with virtually no restrictions. This has led to renewed enthusiasm among members of the BLS Executive Committee and 15 standing committees. READ MORE
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit and 1 hour legal specialization credit in Bankruptcy Law. You must register in advance to participate.
Alternatives to bankruptcy exist. One of those alternatives is an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors (“ABC”). Join this webinar as the presenters have an in-depth discussion about the ABC process, focusing on the advantages and limitations as compared to bankruptcies.
James Baer and Michael O'Halloran
Thursday, June 7, 2018, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit . You must register in advance to participate.
As agriculture becomes more and more a technology enabled business, farmers and those who serve agricultural markets must deal with legal issues around intellectual property and data ownership. Today’s farmer typically will contract with many agriculture technology providers who will necessarily gather valuable farm data in the course of their work. Questions arise as to ownership. Privacy and security and while standards are being developed, the area is largely unregulated and reliant on traditional notions of IP and trade secret law. This program will describe the issues and the rules and standards that are developing in the area.
Speaker: Roger Royse
Joanna Mendoza is a former Chair of the Intellectual Property Section, Co-Chair of the former Council of State Bar Sections, and an elected member (3rd Dist.) of the State Bar’s Board of Trustees since 2013. The BLS presented an award to Ms. Mendoza, honoring her contributions to the Sections, including her valuable support to the Sections before, during and following their separation from the State Bar. Read More
The California Lawyers Association (CLA) has now officially launched, shifting oversight of the 16 Sections and the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) from the State Bar of California to a voluntary organization, as required by legislation passed in 2017. With nearly 100,000 members, the CLA is the nation’s second-largest professional association for attorneys, smaller only than the American Bar Association. Its first President Heather L. Rosing, first Vice-President Emilio Varanini, Board of Directors and officers began the work of the organization’s inaugural year this week.
For more information on the mission of the CLA or how to join, please visit www.calawyers.org
The BLS and the California Minority Counsel Program Ambassadors Council (CMCPAC) are planning a joint “Networking @ Nite” mixer to connect business lawyers who are passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. More information to be announced soon.
September 14 to 15, 2018 - Annual Meeting of the California Lawyers Association – San Diego
Watch for more information about the BLS Standing Committee Member Appreciation Receptions to be held in Los Angeles and San Francisco!
On January 26, 2018, the University of San Francisco Law School and Business Law Section’s Internet & Privacy Law Committee (IPLC) co-sponsored an all-day symposium on data insecurity. Over 150 people attended the event. Read More
On February 2, 2018, Professor Eric Goldman of Santa Clara Law hosted a conference exploring how Internet companies operationalize the moderation and removal of third party/user-generated content (UGC). UGC services routinely say that moderating and removing content is hard and expensive. This conference explained the operational challenges and how companies are trying to solve them. The California Lawyers Association’s Business Law Section Internet and Privacy Law Committee (ILPC) was one of the co-sponsors of the event. Read More
A recent Health Law Committee E-Bulletin reports that, on December 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Survey and Certification Memorandum Number 18-10-ALL to the State Survey Agencies to clarify its position regarding texting healthcare information by providers. CMS’s memo makes three main points: (1) Texting patient orders is absolutely prohibited; (2)Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) remains the preferred method of order entry; and (3) the healthcare team may text patient information among itself if done through a secure platform. Read the full analysis here.
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 March 2018 update to Understanding Fiduciary Duties in Business Entities. References are to the book’s section numbers.
See CEB’s BLS Landing Page for special discounts for Business Law Section members.
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.
Help a Victim of Domestic Violence
The Women Lawyer’s Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) is looking for attorneys to volunteer one hour per month at the WLALA SOJOURN LEGAL CLINC. The free clinic is open every Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and volunteers are asked to commit to attend at least once per month. The clinic is hosted by Sojourn, which is a provider of services to victims of domestic violence, and is held in Santa Monica, California. Attorneys who volunteer at the clinic each week are there to answer legal questions but do not represent clients.
The vast majority of WLALA SOJOURN CLINIC attendees need assistance with obtaining or maintaining a restraining order and are enmeshed in family court issues – divorce, custody, restraining orders, etc. Many have basic questions about the court process, what is appropriate to say to a judge, and how to prepare for a hearing. A few come with questions about criminal court issues, and a few are struggling with Dependency Court. Occasionally, attorneys are asked about landlord/tenant issues, bankruptcy, small claims, etc. The clinic provides an extensive guide on the basics of family law for volunteers as well as periodic trainings for volunteers. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know of other opportunities for pro bono help from BLS members, please contact Dennis Wickham, email@example.com.
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) 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 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 @CLABusinessLaw. 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, click here.
Business Law Section
California Lawyers Association
180 Howard Street, Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639