Bln Editorial Board: Letter from the Editor


BLN Editorial Board: Letter from the Editor

Jerome A. Grossman

Welcome to Business Law News (BLN) 2019 Issue 3! As noted in the Message from the Chair, we present in this issue an inaugural article by Neil J. Wertlieb, co-chair (and a founding member) of the nascent CLA Ethics Committee: The Importance of Knowing Who Is, and Who Is Not, Your Client, addressing how key that exercise is to your compliance with California’s Rules of Professional Conduct.

We are also pleased to present a reprint of a piece only recently published in the Association of Business Trial Lawyers’ newsletter, ABTL Report—an article by Christian G. Andreu-von Euw and Mark Zebrowski, of Morrison & Foerster, The Benefits of Recommitting to Pro Bono, providing real-life examples of ways in which practitioners can benefit from undertaking pro bono representations.

Issue 3 also includes elements of the practical, the theoretical, and the educational:

  • A Tax-Exempt Bond Primer for 501(c)(3) Organizations, by Johnny Hutchinson, a tax partner with Squire Patton Boggs, which provides a practical introduction to a form of financing that allows non-profit entities to fund capital projects at especially attractive interest rates;
  • The New BBA Centralized Partnership Audit Rules and Bankruptcy: A Shotgun Wedding without Any Marital Bliss, a thought-provoking article by A. Lavar Taylor, principal of The Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor, addressing the complexities of trying to apply the Internal Revenue Service’s new partnership tax audit rules in the context of an affected party’s bankruptcy; and
  • Another installment of what has become an annual presentation by Thomas R. Phinney (of Parkinson Phinney) and Paul Pascuzzi (of Felderstein Fitzgerald Willoughby Pascuzzi & Rios LLP): Test Your Knowledge: Recent Developments in Insolvency Law, offering readers the opportunity both to catch up on developments in bankruptcy law and to earn MCLE credit.

Now, as always, the BLN is seeking articles of general interest to business law practitioners. Publishing in the BLN is a terrific opportunity both to influence the discourse in the areas in which you practice and to market yourself and your skill set. PLUS: 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!

As noted in the submission guidelines available on the CLA website (, articles may range in length from approximately 2,500 to 3,500 words (about ten double-spaced pages), and should provide information that is substantive, relevant, and useful to business practitioners:

While not a law review article per se; [an] article [for the Business Law News] should not be a conversational/opinion piece, but rather a substantive discussion with legal citations and bibliographic support where necessary to support legal propositions.

In other words, the BLN strives to publish informative, well-written articles that provide value to members of the Business Law Section. If you’ve prepared materials for an in-house training or other CLE presentation, we ask that you consider turning those materials into an article for the BLN. Your work would reach a broad audience of appreciative readers.

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We are also looking for attorneys to join our Editorial Board. Even if you’re only recently out of law school, you’re eligible to join the BLN: the Editorial Board is the only Business Law Section committee that does not require applicants to have at least five years of legal experience before they can join. The workload is not heavy, and becoming an Associate Editor, as members of the Editorial Board are called, gives you a first-hand look at some of the quality materials the BLN strives to provide for its members—as well as an opportunity to continue applying those analytical skills you worked so hard during law school to hone! Find out how to apply here:, or contact me at

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