Message From the Editor

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Message From the Editor

Daniel A. Lev

As we begin to come out of the two-year fog of COVID-19, our legal landscape continues to undergo sweeping changes. The 2022 Annual Review Issue of the Business Law News ("BLN"), which will be broken into two issues due to the sheer amount of content from our Standing Committees, highlights a number of developments during 2021.

This issue of our Annual Review includes submissions from the following Standing Committees:

  • From the Agribusiness Committee: a report on last year’s significant legislative, regulatory, and case law developments.
  • From the Commercial Transactions Committee: a review of the diverse cases affecting a wide-range of commercial law.
  • From the Consumer Financial Services Committee: a review of a number of consumer protection bills signed into law, including, among other things, new regulations from the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation providing a package of new consumer protections.
  • From the Corporations Committee: a summary of selected California legislative and case law developments in 2021 relating to corporate law.
  • Paul J. Dubow’s legacy submittal providing a valuable update of last year’s developments affecting alternative dispute resolution.

For the second issue of the Annual Review, look for updates from the Health Law Committee, the Insolvency Law Committee (including an MCLE approved test), the Non-Profit Organizations Committee, and our first ever year-end update of ethics developments affecting business lawyers, from Neil J. Wertlieb.

BLN’s goal is to provide updates from each of the Standing Committees. So we again urge all Standing Committees to appoint members early in 2022 to start keeping track of developments as the year progresses, with a goal of having draft annual review updates in hand by Thanksgiving. And, as we have noted in many Messages from the Editor, the BLN always is seeking articles of general interest to business law practitioners. In others words, you do not have to wait until the end of the year to provide our members with an article of interest. Publishing in the BLN remains a terrific opportunity both to influence the discourse in the areas in which you practice and to market yourself and your skill set. In addition, if your article was written specifically for the BLN (and not as a work project), you can get CLE credit for the time you spend writing it. If you have prepared materials for an in-house training or other CLE presentation, for example, you might be able to turn that into an article that our readers would appreciate. Our submission guidelines are available on the CLA website, here: https://calawyers.org/section/businesslaw/publications/business-law-news/business-law-submission-guidelines/. If you are interested, please feel free to contact me at dlev@sulmeyerlaw.com.

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