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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.

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

The 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.

Nonprofit Organizations Standing Committee Announces Executive Committee Approval of Three Affirmative Legislative Proposals

The Nonprofit Organizations ("NPO") Committee is pleased to announce that the following three NPO Committee Affirmative Legislative Proposals ("ALP’s") for this year have been approved by the BLS Executive Committee for consideration by the State Bar Board of Trustees: 

1) A proposal providing for authorization to conduct corporate activities during emergencies and to adopt emergency bylaws for Consumer Cooperative Corporations similar to last year's AB 491 which was co-sponsored by the NPO Committee and enacted, providing such authorization for nonprofit public benefit, mutual benefit and religious corporations as well as for-profit corporations.

2) A proposal amending the Corporations Code to authorize the officer titles chair, chairperson, chairman and chairwoman without an "of the Board" modifier.

3)  A proposal amending Corporations Code Sections 5240 and 9250 to allow compliance with the Uniform Management of Institutional Funds Act investment standards to satisfy the Corporations Code standards.

The NPO Committee is also pleased to report that AB 2755, a bill based on a prior ALP by the NPO Committee to amend Corporations Code Section 5047 regarding definition of a director, has passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 6-0 vote and is poised to move forward this year.

The next meeting of the NPO Committee will be held on Friday, September 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch at noon) in San Francisco. For further information about the NPO Committee’s legislative work or meetings of the Committee generally, please contact NPO Chair Joel S. Corwin at

Rise, Shine, and Come to the State Bar Breakfast Featuring Speaker Professor Peter Menell

This year the BLS is again co-hosting the State Bar Breakfast at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 13, 2014.  Join us at 7:30 a.m. to network with your business law colleagues from across the State (and special guests from the Osaka Bar Association) as we congratulate former head of the Department of Corporations, Keith Bishop, on his receipt of the BLS Lifetime Achievement Award.  The keynote presentation immediately following will appeal to all who counsel businesses in today’s legal climate: Professor Peter Menell, Koret Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, will deliver the keynote address "The Trouble with Patent Trolls."   

You can sign up for the State Bar Breakfast when you register for the Annual Meeting, by clicking here. Or, if you cannot attend the Annual Meeting but would still like to come to the Breakfast, you can print this special from the BUSINESS LAW SECTION website and fax it to Bar staff.  Either way, the deadline for signing up is August 21, 2014.  Sign up now as space is limited.

We look forward to meeting and reconnecting with each of you at the annual BLS Breakfast! See more information about BLS activities at the Annual Meeting below.

Executive Committee Announces Officers for 2014-2015 Term

It is with great pleasure that the Executive Committee for the State Bar’s Business Law Section announces its officers for next year!  The incoming Chair will be Bob Hawn, former Chair of the Member Services subcommittee.  The Vice Chair of Legislation will be Isabelle Ord.  The Vice Chair of Programs and Publications will be April Frisby.  The position of Vice Chair of Member Services will be held by Rob Harris.  Chris Passarelli will be Vice Chair of the newly-formed Marketing and Outreach subcommittee.  Congratulations to all of you!

The Agribusiness Committee announces its Annual Meeting Program

The Agribusiness Committee is proud to announce it will be presenting at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California, held this year in San Diego. Its program is titled The Legal Complexities in Dealing with Unauthorized Dealerships. Mark your calendars now for September 12 at 11:15 a.m..  For more information, contact Chris Passarelli at

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.

Call for Articles for the Business Law News!

The Business Law News is actively seeking submissions from the section 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 current Editor-in-Chief, Rob Brayer at  For your reference, see the Business Law News’ submission guidelines.  Thanks!

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You are invited to attend an August 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 tweets by that committee in its designated field and to re-tweet.

Standing Committee meeting dates

BLS Standing Committee

Twitter hashtag

Meeting Date
Time Person to Contact
for More Information




1:30 p.m.

Scott J. Allen

Business Law News – Editorial Board



12 noon

Robert Brayer

Business Litigation



10 a.m.

Peter Bronson

Commercial Transactions (formerly UCC)



12 noon

Gabriel I. Glazer

Consumer Financial Services



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

Kristina Del Vecchio




9:30 a.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 a.m.

Charles B. Oppenheim

Insolvency Law



10 a.m.

Uzzi O. Raanan

Insurance Law



12 noon

Armand Feliciano




10 a.m.

Joel S. Corwin



No meeting


  Rick Frasch

Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies



12 noon

Peter Bergman

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