Business Law

Business Law Annual Review 2017

Executive Committee: Message from the Chair

Jim Hill

Report on the Sections’ Journey to a New Home

For all this past term of the State Bar year, indeed extending back to at least the last fourteen months, we have reported on the efforts underway at various levels to reform and restructure the State Bar of California, and to separate certain voluntary member activities, such as those performed for decades by the Sections, from mandatory regulatory activities, such as attorney discipline and admissions. Studies and discussions have been taking place not only at the Board of Trustees level, but with representatives of both houses of the State Legislature, the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, and the Governor’s Office. As we have previously reported, many advocates for restructure and reform have called for the separation of the Sections out from under the umbrella of the State Bar to transition into another form of entity or organization. Recent developments inform us that that separation is now certain. Recognizing this new reality, the Business Law Section’s (BLS) leaders, and those of our sister substantive law and practice area Sections, are working diligently to free the Sections from the growing restrictions and obstacles that have limited our ability to provide valuable services to our collective members. The common goal of all the Sections of the State Bar, including the BLS, is to emerge in a new form, retaining a special relationship with the regulatory agency State Bar, to ensure that we will continue to provide our more than 8,200 California business lawyer members and the public at large with educational programs, publications, and legislative analysis, and more, as we have historically done—just more efficiently, in a more timely manner, and with renewed enthusiasm.

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