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Consumer Financial Services Committee Invites You To Earn Free MCLE Credit at Its Lunchtime Lecture Series

During its July Lunchtime Lecture Series, the Consumer Financial Services Committee will turn its attention to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). HMDA was enacted by Congress in 1975 to require certain financial institutions to provide mortgage data to the public. HMDA was amended in 2010 pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to add new reporting requirements. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued the HMDA final rule on October 15, 2015. The rule includes modifications to the institutions and transactions covered as well as to the reporting requirements themselves over the next several years.

Sanford "Sandy" Shatz of McGlinchey Stafford will lead a discussion about institutions and transactions covered, data reporting requirements, modifications and additions to the data points collected, and changes to the reporting requirements under the final rule, among other matters. This is a program not to be missed.

The program will be held telephonically on July 21, 2016 from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. To attend, please dial (855) 520-7605 and use passcode 908 506 2381. This program has been approved for 1.0 general hours of MCLE credit by The State Bar of California. Morrison Foerster is a MCLE approved activity provider. The State Bar of California is not the provider of this MCLE credit.

Please direct any questions about this program or the Consumer Financial Services Committee to Andrew Noble (Severson & Werson) at awn@severson.com or Jennifer Duncan (ResortCom International, LLC) at jduncan@resortcom.com.

Insolvency Law Committee Presents at the California State Bar Solo and Small Firm Summit

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, Insolvency Law Committee members Marcus O. Colabianchi of Duane Morris LLP and Michael T. Delaney of BakerHostetler presented a panel presentation titled “What To Do When a Bankruptcy Falls on Your Desk” at the California State Bar Solo and Small Firm Summit. The panel presentation guided non-bankruptcy attorneys through the basics of handling a case, including what it means when a bankruptcy is filed, the issues regarding and permissibility of doing business with a company in bankruptcy or entering into a contract with a company in bankruptcy, how attorneys are noticed of important events in the bankruptcy case, and the relevant deadlines.

For further information about this educational program or other programs offered by the Insolvency Law Committee, please contact ILC Education Subcommittee Co-Chairs Rebecca Winthrop (rebecca.winthrop@nortonrosefulbright.com) or Michael O’Halloran (MTO@debtsd.com).

Financial Institutions Committee Hosts Meeting Discussing The CFPB’s Arbitration Rulemaking

On June 14, 2016, Elizabeth Khalil, a Chicago-based member in Dykema’s Government Policy Practice Group gave a presentation entitled, “The CFPB’s Arbitration Rulemaking.” Ms. Khalil discussed the CFPB’s proposed regulations to restrict the use of pre-dispute arbitration clauses in consumer financial contracts, what/who is covered and when will such contracts be covered. Meeting attendees earned 1 hour of MCLE credit.

The next Financial Institutions Committee meeting will be on July 12, 2016. During that meeting, there will be an MCLE program on “Mediation for Lenders”. For more information on the Financial Institutions Committee and its upcoming programs, please contact Steven Bloom (sbloom@frandzel.com).

A Sneak Peek at The Business Law News Next Publication

The Business Law News (“BLN”), a publication of the California State Bar’s Business Law Section, will soon publish an insolvency themed issue featuring a series of articles exploring various insolvency and bankruptcy related topics. Read More

Insolvency Law Committee at the California Bankruptcy Forum

The Insolvency Law Committee (“ILC”) is proud of its leadership involvement in the 28th Annual California Bankruptcy Forum (“CBF”) held on May 20, 2016 through May 22, 2016 in Indian Wells, California. Read More

State Bar Annual Meeting Program Preview! BLS Standing Committees to Present At The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting

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You can register soon for the State Bar of California’s 89th Annual Meeting. 

The State Bar of California returns to San Diego for the 2016 Annual Meeting on September 29, 2016 – October 2, 2016. Mark your calendars for this event, which blends business, education, entertainment and the opportunity to meet and engage with law professionals from throughout California. 

The four-day meeting will showcase an education agenda consisting of MCLE seminars covering a variety of substantive topics, including legal technology, ethics, bankruptcy, business litigation, and other key areas of interest.  Many of the BLS Standing Committees will be presenting at the Annual Meeting. A complete list of BLS presentations at the Annual Meeting is provided as follows.

The following Business Law Section Committees will make presentations at the Annual Meeting as follows:

Insolvency Law Committee

Program 22 - Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Year in Review
Friday, September 30 - 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Program 42 - 10 Things Not To Do When Insolvent
Friday, September 30 - 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Program 53 - Managing Expectations: Understanding the Roles of the Main Actors in a Bankruptcy Case
Friday, September 30 - 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Business Litigation Committee

Program 43 - The Effective and Ethical Use of Expert Witnesses
Friday, September 30 - 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Health Law Committee

Program 73 - Medical and Health Care Privacy and Data Breach Compliance for Non-Health Care Clients and Their Attorneys
Saturday, October 1 - 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Internet Law Committee

Program 82 - Cyberspace Law 101: Representing Clients on the Intern
Saturday, October 1 - 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Corporations Committee

Program 102 - The Expectation of Privacy: The Roles and Responsibilities of Businesses
Sunday, October 2 - 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Insolvency Law Committee Publishes eBulletin Judicial Profiles

In May 2016, the Insolvency Law Committee (“ILC”) published two eBulletins in a series of profiles of Ninth Circuit bankruptcy judges.  The eBulletins featured judicial profiles of United States Bankruptcy Judge Ernest M. Robles of the Central District of California and United States Bankruptcy Judge Meredith A. Jury of the Central District of California.  The eBulletins provide Judge Robles and Judge Jury’s personal and professional backgrounds, observations from the bench, and issues of interest.  To view the ILC’s Judicial Profile Series CLICK HERE

Reach a State-Wide Audience by Publishing in the Business Law News

A subscription to the Business Law News (BLN) is one of the most significant membership benefits of the BLS. Published quarterly, the BLN reaches the entire section, over 8,800 members. 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. Now is your chance to participate! READ MORE

Keep Up With Current Legal Developments by Receiving E-Bulletins Specifically Tailored for Your Field

The 15 BLS Standing Committees publish E-Bulletins announcing developments in their area of law and upcoming events open to BLS members. Click HERE to sign up to receive these E-Bulletins from any BLS Standing Committee completely free of charge.

Showcase Your Knowledge:  Follow the BLS on Social Media and Contribute to Discussions

We all know that social media can help drive new business. Did you know that the BLS 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 (sarah@dediegolaw.net); BLS Vice-Chair of Member Services, James P. Hill (hill@sullivanhill.com); or BLS Chair, Rob Harris (rob@bindermalter.com), and join the ever expanding discussion!

Amplify Your Professional Reputation by Joining 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 May are listed below. A description of the required commitment and application process, along with a link to the application, can be found HERE.

Attend a Standing Committee Meeting and Participate in Your BLS

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 @calbarbuslaw. Use a Standing Committee’s hashtag to search for tweets by that committee in its designated field and to re-tweet.

Standing Committee Meeting Dates

For a list of upcoming meeting dates and contact persons, see Standing Committee Meetings HERE.

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

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Business Law Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
BusinessLaw@calbar.ca.gov
415-538-2570
FAX 415-538-2368