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

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

Annual Meeting PreviewYou can now REGISTER ONLINE for the Annual Meeting.
Early-bird Pre-Registration Deadline (Save $100): August 13

The State Bar of California returns to San Diego for the 2014 Annual Meeting. The new meeting logo “My Annual Meeting” simply states 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 from 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, UPL, attorney advertising, and other key areas of interest.

The Annual Meeting Preview is now online! Be sure to see Special Events for information about luncheons, social events, the California Women Lawyers Annual DinnerAnnual Exhibit Show62st Annual Bench & Bar Art ExhibitConference of California Bar Associations (CCBA), and Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities. See Hotel and Travel for information about the Annual Meeting hotels, airline and rental car discounts. See the schedules for individual days for a chronological list of all programs, with descriptions: Schedule for ThursdaySchedule for FridaySchedule for SaturdaySchedule for Sunday.

The Section is presenting:

Program 1

Chapter 11 in a Nutshell

Program 12

Legal Advice for Newly Formed Companies

Program 22

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

Program 23

Beyond a Form: Operating Agreements After the California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Act (RULLCA)

Program 44

The Legal Complexities in Dealing with Unauthorized Dealerships

Program 45

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

Program 56

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

New Developments in the Enforcement of Consumer Arbitration Clauses

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

The 2014 Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors Desk Guide is almost here!

The Insolvency Law Committee is proud to announce the publication of its 2014 ABC Desk Guide - the fruits 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 is a must-have for California business practitioners, and is anticipated to be available for purchase on the State Bar's website by mid-July 2014. Watch your email for an exciting limited-time offer to purchase your guide at a discounted price!

AB 2317 Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee; Lift Off of Latest ILC Proposal Nears.

On June 17, 2014, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved AB 2317, a bill originating from the Insolvency Law Committee ("ILC") with regard to execution sales of real property. AB 2317 would make explicit that property owners retain an equitable right of redemption notwithstanding the statement in CCP §701.680 that "a sale of property pursuant to this article is absolute and may not be set aside for any reason." Former ILC Chair Robert G. Harris testified in favor of the bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Testimony by the bill's author, Assemblyman Brian Maienschein and Mr. Harris can be viewed by clicking HERE and forwarding to 1:50:00. ILC's detailed affirmative legislative proposal by lead author and ILC Co-Vice Chair Leib Lerner, is HERE and AB 2317 itself can be read by clicking HERE.

Hot Topics Offerings for July.

2013 Hot Topics Webinar SeriesYou can now register for the Hot Topic webinar series, with a variety of timely programming! All programs start at 12:00 noon on the indicated date, and run for an hour with corresponding CLE credit.

DISCOUNT for Business Law Section members and for CYLA members! Save 45% on the price! Section members, watch your email for notice of the discount code to use for your discount or contact the Sections Internet Coordinator,, provide your bar number, and ask for the code.

You must register in advance in order to participate. Click on the program title to sign up! Here are the 2014 Hot Topics for July:

Webinar: 2014 Hot Topics: Analyzing and Understanding IP Insurance Policies

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Presented by Business Law Section, Insurance Committee and Intellectual Property Law Section

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

This program will explain the basics of IP insurance coverage and typical policies and then examine their application to technology-rich clients.

Speaker: Philip Green

Webinar: 2014 Hot Topics: Domain Enforcement and Brand Protection: The Rise of gTLD's

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Presented by Business Law Section, Agribusiness, Cyberspace Committees and Intellectual Property Law Section

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

The introduction of new generic Top Level Domains ("gTLD's"), such as .wine and .cocacola, has created an environment which presents challenges for the protection of brands worldwide. Literally thousands of new gTLD's are emerging at this time, with a corresponding increase in expense to brand owners, who must monitor and enforce trademark rights against third parties filing the new domains. This program will explore aspects of the gTLD rollout of importance to brand owners, including new and old enforcement mechanisms and the newly-established Trademark Clearinghouse intended to facilitate protection of established brands.


  • J. Scott Gerien
  • Chris Passarelli

Webinar: 2014 Hot Topics: Using Other People's Intellectual Property in Franchising.

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Presented by Business Law Section

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit and 1 hour Legal Specialization in Franchise & Distribution Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Webinar will discuss various intellectual property used in franchising and how to lawfully use intellectually property owned by others including competitors.


  • Brian Cole
  • Tal Grinblat
  • David Edward Holmes

Non-Profits Committee to Provide Guidance on IRS Form 990.

The next meeting of the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the Business Law Section will be held Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to noon by conference call. MCLE credit will be provided. The call-in number is 855-520-7605, and the conference code is 7547908615.

The Nonprofit Organizations Committee is pleased to announce that its speaker for the meeting will be Mr. Brian Yacker, CPA/JD. Brian is a partner in YH Advisors, a CPA firm focusing on the tax, legal and accounting needs of exempt organizations. The title of his presentation is "The Lawyer's Guide to the Form 990 (Practical Tips)."

For more information, contact Committee chair Joel Corwin at

Sign Up For Business Litigation Committee E-Bulletins Today!

Interested in receiving e-mail updates regarding Business Litigation (or any other BLS committee)? Signing up for the constituency list is free and easy!

The newly-formed Business Litigation Committee is gearing up to be able to provide case law and other updates to anyone who is interested. Just add your name to the constituency list -- it's fast and easy to do. All you need is your bar number. Just follow these steps.

  1. Go to:
  2. Log in using your bar number and a password you create the first time you log into your profile.
  3. When your profile comes up, go to:
  4. Check the box for all constituency lists you would like to join. It's that easy!

Applications for Membership on the Corporations Committee due August 1, 2014.

Are you interested in the legal issues that affect corporations doing business in California? If so, please consider applying for membership. The Corporations Committee drafts legislation, provides guidance and comments on proposed legislation, and provides regular legal updates and resources to lawyers. Membership is a great way to create law that affects corporations, get to know and be known by other practitioners, work with recognized leaders in the field, and stay on the cutting edge of developments and practice techniques. The Committee meets monthly, sometimes by teleconference and other times in-person in Los Angeles, the Bay Area and Sacramento. The Committee seeks to have members from diverse backgrounds, including large firms, small firms, in-house and different geographical locations and practice experience. The Committee has vacancies for new terms beginning September 2014. If you belong to the Business Law Section and have been in practice at least five years, you are eligible to be appointed. Here's the link to the application information page and form:

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 at the following link at the State Bar Website at

Calling All Authors!

The Business Law News ("BLN") is seeking submissions from the section for its next issue. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2014. Please note that BLN has recently revised its submission guidelines. The new guidelines are available at BusinessLawNewsSubmissionGuidelines.aspx. If you have any questions about submitting to Business Law News, please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Rob Brayer.

Call for Articles for the Business Law News!

The Business Law News is actively seeking submissions from the Section for its next issue – Issue 3, 2014 – on any topic of interest to the business law community. Technically, the deadline for submissions is June 30, 2014. However, given that this date is upon us, the publication may be flexible with authors who wish to produce something for Issue 3, 2014. If you are interested in participating, please contact the current Editor-in-Chief, Rob Brayer at For your reference, Business Law News's submission guidelines are available at LawNewsSubmissionGuidelines.aspx. Thanks!

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You are invited to attend an July meeting of one of the fourteen Standing Committees and the Business Law News. Some meetings even offer CLE credit! Follow us on Twitter @calbarbuslaw. Use a Standing Committee's hashtag to search for posts by that Committee in its designated field and to re-tweet posts. And don't forget to join the BLS on LinkedIn!

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Meeting Date


Person to Contact
for More Information




1:30 p.m.

Scott J. Allen,

Business Law News – Editorial Board



12:00 p.m.

Robert Brayer,

Commercial Transactions (formerly UCC)



12:00 p.m.

Gabriel I. Glazer,

Consumer Financial Services



11:30 a.m.-
1:00 p.m.

Rita Lin,




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

Curt Barwick,

Cyberspace Law



12:30 p.m.

Sarah De Diego,

Financial Institutions



9:30 a.m.

Jon Joseph,

Franchise Law



9:30 a.m.

Bryan W. Dillion,

Health Law



9:00 a.m.

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

Insolvency Law



10:00 a.m.

Uzzi O. Raanan,

Insurance Law



12:00 p.m.

Armand Feliciano,




10:00 a.m.

Joel S. Corwin,

Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies



12:00 p.m.

Peter Bergman,

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CEB Discount Program for Section MembersContinuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Business Law Section, you're eligible for:

  • 10% off selected CEB print or online books
  • A rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket

A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area. Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site (new window).

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