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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.


Webinar: Hidden Liens, Tax Lien Traps and Things You Never Knew About the UCC

Presented by Business Law Section and Insolvency Law Committee

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit inluding 1 hour in Legal Specialization in Bankrupcy Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You: Inchoate Liens

Your client's collateral may be encumbered by senior liens that attach and are perfected without knowledge or notice. The speakers will reveal and discuss hidden liens, such as PACA liens, producers' liens and others.

Taxes May Be Unavoidable, But What About Tax Liens?

The speakers will discuss the scope of federal tax liens, their effect on third parties and the 45-day "safe harbor" period. They will also discuss bankruptcy issues, such as avoidance of tax liens in bankruptcy, adequate protection, cash collateral, exemptions and different treatment between Chapter 7 and Chapter 11.

Surprise! Things You Never Knew About The UCC


  • Richard A. Lapping, Law Office of Richard A. Lapping
  • Jane Springwater, Friedman & Springwater LLP
  • Michael St. James, St. James Law, P.C.

Moderator: Reno F.R. Fernandez III, Macdonald Fernandez LLP

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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