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The State Bar Annual Meeting is Here! Join BLS Standing Committees Making Appearances at the State Bar Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting PreviewThe State Bar of California 87th Annual Meeting
September 11-14, 2014
San Diego, California

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for the Annual Meeting.

The State Bar of California returns to San Diego for the 2014 Annual Meeting. The new meeting logo "My Annual Meeting" simply reflects that this is your annual meeting: an event for legal professionals that blends business, education, entertainment and the opportunity to meet and engage with law professionals throughout California.

The four-day meeting will showcase an education agenda consisting of 143 MCLE seminars covering a variety of substantive topics, legal technology, access to justice, unlicensed practice of law, attorney advertising, and other key areas of interest.

Many of the BLS Standing Committees will be meeting or presenting at the Annual Meeting. A complete list of BLS presentations at the Annual Meeting is as follows. Click on a link for details. Standing Committees meeting at the Annual Meeting are listed in 'Connect 14' of this edition of E-News.

Program 1

Chapter 11 in a Nutshell

Program 12

The Corporations Committee presents Legal Advice for Newly Formed Companies

Program 22

It’s Not Over ‘Til It’s Over: Closing Bankruptcy Cases

Program 23

The Partnerships and LLCs Committee presents Beyond a Form: Operating Agreements After the California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Act (RULLCA)

Program 44

The Agribusiness Committee presents The Legal Complexities in Dealing with Unauthorized Dealerships

Program 45

The Cyberspace Law Committee presents Cyberspace Law: Recent Developments in Intellectual Property, eCommerce and Privacy

Program 56

The Corporations Committee presents Recent Developments in Securities Law

Program 67

Bankruptcy Jurisdiction: Impact of the United States Supreme Court’s Latest Decisions

Program 90

Dark Clouds over the Golden Years: Seniors and Bankruptcy

Program 96

Regulatory Takings: The Effects of Recent Supreme Court Decisions

Program 100

Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Year in Review

Program 106

Insurance Law for Litigators

Program 110

Consumer Bankruptcy Primer: Competency Pointers and Pitfalls to Avoid

Program 128

The Intersection (Collision) of Bankruptcy and the Uniform Commercial Code

Program 136

Consumer Financial Services presents New Developments in the Enforcement of Consumer Arbitration Clauses

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

ILC-Proposed Legislation Signed by Governor Jerry Brown

On July 23, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law AB 2317 (Maienschein), which amends California Code of Civil Procedure section 701.680, relating to enforcement of judgments. The bill modifies the current statute to declare that the provisions regarding finality of execution sales do not affect, limit, or eliminate a judgment debtor's equitable right of redemption. The bill was proposed and supported by the Insolvency Law Committee ("ILC"), which initiated the legislative proposal in 2012. ILC members Leib Lerner and Rob Harris led the initiative and saw the proposal through the approval process. For more information, see 140AB2317

Cyberspace Symposium and Free MCLE!

On October 7, 2014, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., the Cyberspace Committee will present a complimentary Symposium at UC Hastings College of the Law "Representing the Tech Company of the Future" - A Current and Future Focus on Hot Topics in Cyberspace and Privacy Law." 2.0 Hours of MCLE will be given with a reception and wine tasting to follow.

Further, on October 14, 2014 the Cyberspace Committee will provide 0.5 Hours of FREE MCLE at 12:30 p.m. followed by the Committee's monthly meeting. Please contact Sarah De Diego at for more information.

Don't Just Follow The Section on Social Media, Become a Contributor and Make Yourself Heard.

Perhaps you know that the BLS maintains a presence on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook on which it posts regular updates as to new cases, new regulations, key legislative developments, and news and events from all of 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 itself. Please submit your suggested items for consideration or direct any questions you may have to BLS Executive Committee Vice-Chair Robert G. Harris ( or Sarah De Diego ( and join the discussion!

Hot off the Press! The 2014 Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors Desk Guide!

ABC Desk GuideThe Insolvency Law Standing Committee of the Business Law Section has published its 2014 ABC Desk Guide -- the fruit of many years of hard work and dedication on the part of California’s finest insolvency law practitioners. This convenient desk reference gathers together and outlines the provisions of each of the relevant statutes affecting the operation of assignments for the benefit of creditors under California law. This Desk Guide is a must-have for California business practitioners.  The retail price for Section members is $85 and for non-members is $95.


To order your copy now, click here.

Join a Standing Committee

Standing Committees continue to accept applications to fill vacant seats. Practitioners and other legal professionals who are members of the Business Law Section of the State Bar and who have at least five (5) years' 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. It 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 description of the required commitment and application process, along with a link to the application, can be found on the following link at the State Bar website.

Meet the Business Law News Board! Call for Submissions!

For the second consecutive year, the Business Law News ("BLN") will be at the BLS booth at the Manchester Grand Hyatt at the State Bar Annual Meeting. Stop by on Friday, September 12 between 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. or on Saturday, September 13 between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to learn more about how you can submit to the publication or join the editorial board. Copies of Issue 2, 2014 and free red (editing) pens will be available while supplies last. BLN hopes to see you there!

The BLN is actively seeking submissions from the BLS for its next issue - Issue 4, 2014 - on any topic of interest to the business law community. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2014. If you are interested in participating, please contact the incoming Editor-in-Chief, Jerry Grossman at For your reference, BLN's submission guidelines are available at BusinessLawNewsSubmissionGuidelines.aspx.

Highlight a Successful BLS Member!

The E-News is looking to report on BLS members with accomplishments in the business law sector. If you are or know of a member with news to report, please contact April Frisby at

Connect 14

You are invited to attend a September meeting of one of the fourteen Standing Committees, many of which will be held at the State Bar's annual meeting in San Diego (see below). Meet committee members in person and some meetings even offer CLE 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

BLS Standing Committee

Twitter hashtag

Meeting Date


Person to Contact
for More Information




1:30 p.m.

Scott J. Allen,

Business Law News - Editorial Board




Robert Brayer,

Business Litigation



9 a.m.-10:30

Peter Bronson,

Commercial Transactions (formerly UCC)



12 p.m.

Gabriel I. Glazer,

Consumer Financial Services



1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.**

Kristina Del Vecchio,




9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Curt Barwick,

Cyberspace Law



12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m. (lunch)

Sarah De Diego,

Financial Institutions



9:30 a.m.

Jon Joseph,

Franchise Law



9 a.m. (with breakfast)

Bryan W. Dillion,

Health Law



9 a.m.

Charles B. Oppenheim, coppenheim@HEALTH-LAW.COM

Insolvency Law



10 a.m.

Uzzi O. Raanan,

Insurance Law



12 p.m.

Armand Feliciano,




10 a.m.- 1 p.m. (lunch at noon)

Joel S. Corwin,



No meeting


Rick Frasch,


Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies



12 p.m.

Peter Bergman,

*Meeting held at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

** CFSC happy hour: Friday, Sept. 12 from 4:30-6:30 pm - please feel free to invite friends and colleagues!

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