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Financial Institutions Committee to Present "CMBS 101" and Dodd-Frank Regulatory Update on February 9

Join the Financial Institutions Committee in their two upcoming educational programs. On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the Committee will present the fundamentals of the commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) market. One hour of MCLE credit will be provided by Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP for this program. Please note that The State Bar of California is not the provider of this MCLE credit. In addition, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the Committee will co-sponsor the Dodd-Frank Regulatory Update. Read More.

Assembly Judiciary Committee Member Brian Maienschein Agrees to Carry Franchise Law Committee's Affirmative Legislative Proposal: "Permitting Franchisors Without a Currently Registered Disclosure Document to Exhibit at a Trade Show"

The Franchise Law Committee is pleased to report that Assembly Judiciary Committee Member Brian Maienschein has agreed to carry the Committee’s Affirmative Legislative Proposal: “Permitting Franchisors Without a Currently Registered Disclosure Document to Exhibit at a Trade Show.” This ALP is designed to make it easier for franchisors to test the waters at tradeshows without the need for formal registration. Read more.

Insurance Law Committee Publishes Appellate Law Update

The January monthly meeting of the Insurance Law Committee featured an update of recent insurance law opinions by Steven S. Fleischman of Horvitz & Levy LLP. A copy of the appellate law update can be accessed HERE.

Non-Profit Organizations Committee Seeking New Members

Business Lawyers, the Non Profit Organizations Committee is seeking new members. If you represent non profits or tax exempt organizations, please join us to improve the non profit laws and regulations in California and be engaged in interesting discussions with other practitioners and regulators regarding the non profit legal world. If interested, please complete the application found HERE and email it to Carol Bradford, co-Chair, at, along with your bio, or call Ms. Bradford at 213-452-6266 for more information. 

Corporations Committee Comments on Proposed Amendments to SEC Rule 147

The Corporations Committee recently submitted a comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the proposed amendments to Rule 147 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”). Rule 147 currently provides a safe harbor for compliance with the intrastate offering exemption from registration in Section 3(a)(11) of the Act. The proposed amendments would create a new exemption for intrastate offerings of securities by companies doing business in-state and would remove the current Rule 147 safe harbor. Authored by Committee member Istvan Benko, the comment letter states the Committee’s belief that the SEC “should leave existing Rule 147 in place and unchanged as a safe harbor for compliance with Section 3(a)(11), and that the proposed revisions to Rule 147 should be designated as a new rule.” Read more.

Get Involved with the Business Law News

A subscription to the Business Law News (BLN) has often been calledthe most significant membership benefit of the BLS.  Published quarterly, BLN reaches the entire section, over 8,800 members.  Publishing in BLN is a terrific opportunity, both to influence the discourse in the areas in which you practice and to market yourself and your practice.

Now is your chance to participate!  BLN is actively seeking submissions for its Issue 2, 2016, an insolvency themed issue, on topics related to bankruptcy, insolvency, debtor-creditor relationships, enforcing judgments, and commercial litigation.  The deadline is March 30, 2016. READ MORE

Are You Interested in a Specialty Area of Business Law? Join a Constituency List to Receive Regular E-Bulletins in Your Area of Interest

The 15 BLS Standing Committees publish e-Bulletins announcing developments in their area of law and upcoming events open to BLS members. As a BLS member, you can sign up to receive these e-Bulletins from any BLS Standing Committee. If you are a BLS member already then please click HERE, log in, and follow the instructions to update your contact information and receive electronic communications from one or more BLS Standing Committees.

Follow the BLS on Social Media and Contribute

Did you know that the Business Law Section maintains a presence on LinkedInTwitter 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 Subcommittee Chair, Sarah DeDiego; BLS Vice-Chair of Member Services, James P. Hill; or BLS Chair, Rob Harris, and join the ever expanding discussion!

Join a Standing Committee

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 December are listed HERE.  A description of the required commitment and application process, along with a link to the application, can be HERE.

Attend a Standing Committee Meeting and Participate in Your BLS

You are invited to attend a regular monthly meeting of one of the BLS’s fifteen Standing Committees. 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 hashtag to search for tweets by that committee in its designated field and to re-tweet.

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