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Did You Know You Can Beef up Your Member Record on the State Bar's Website?
The State Bar's website allows you to add a photo and expand your State Bar profile. Using this secure link within My State Bar Profile, attorneys may add information to their public record to include area(s) of practice, any additional language(s) spoken, their law firm's website address and a photo. To get started, just log in and click on the "Expanded Profile" link.
The Business Law Section is Co-sponsoring a Two-Part Ethics Program on Legal Ethics for Non-Litigators in the Client Life Cycle
Business Law Section members may be interested in a 2-part program on Legal Ethics for Non-Litigators in the Client Lifecycle, an Intellectual Property Law Section program that is being co-sponsored by the Solo and Small Firm Section and the Business Law Section.The program will provide ethical guidance for transactional lawyers tailored to their non-litigation practice. Through a series of hypotheticals, ethical rules as they apply through the “life cycle” with clients, will be explained. Part 1 -- Finding Clients (register HERE) will take place March 5, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m. Part 2 -- Representing Clients (register HERE) will take place on April 2, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m. Each program will offer 1 hour of participatory MCLE credit in Legal Ethics. Speaker Megan Zavieh's practice focuses exclusively on attorney ethics. She provides limited scope representation to attorneys facing State Bar disciplinary action and writes about ethics at websites such as California State Bar Defense, Lawyerist and AttorneyatWork.
ILC Member Reports on Attendance at U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument In re Bellingham
On January 14, 2014, ILC member and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Insolvency e-Bulletin Corey Weber attended the oral argument before the United States Supreme Court of Executive Benefits Ins. Agency v. Arkison (In re Bellingham Insurance Agency, Inc.) ("Bellingham"). Corey Weber and David Seror, Partners at Ezra Brutzkus Gubner LLP, provided the ILC with a detailed report that can be read by clicking HERE. The transcript of oral arguments can be viewed by clicking HERE.
CFSC Hosts Discussion with the Federal Regulator Who Led the Creation of the New Mortgage Disclosure Requirements
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued rules that combine certain disclosures that consumers receive in applying for and closing on a residential mortgage loan, including disclosures required under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). On February 20, 2014, the BLS Consumer Financial Services Committee ("CFSC") was treated to a presentation from Richard Horn, the Senior Counsel and Special Advisor in the Office of Regulations who led the design of the new integrated disclosures, the consumer testing for the disclosures, and the final rulemaking for the disclosure forms. Mr. Horn, who is now with Dentons US LLP, was joined by Joe Lynyak, a Financial Services partner at Pillsbury Winthrop, LLP. Mr. Horn and Mr. Lynyak provided an overview of the rule and its background, how the final rule changed from the proposal, and reviewed the model disclosures promulgated from the rule. Information on these programs can be obtained from Rita Lin at email@example.com.
Did You Know that Lexology Newsfeeds are a Free Benefit of Membership in the BLS?
While many of you already receive a daily newsfeed from Lexology, you may not know that it's capable of being customized to supply a daily feed of information and developments attuned to your practice area. Lexology has set up the following default practice areas for BLS members: Commercial Property, Company & Commercial, Employment & Labor, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, and Litigation. Many more practice areas and combinations are possible. Just click the 'my account ' button on any of the updates you receive via Lexology to visit your account page and add any additional practice areas and/or jurisdictions for which you would like to be kept up to date. If you do not already receive Lexology, watch your e-mail this week for an invitation to subscribe to the Lexology Newsstand. You will then be able to receive in your morning e-mail a once daily newsfeed of current legal analysis. You are free to change your settings or cancel your subscription at any time. Your personal details will remain confidential. If you experience any problems or have any feedback, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
FIC Dodd-Frank Panel at San Francisco's Federal Reserve
On February 11, 2014, the Federal Reserve in San Francisco hosted a well-attended conference on "Dodd-Frank Developments and Compliance Challenges." The conference was sponsored by the Financial Institutions Committee of the BLS, the State Bar of California, the San Francisco Bank Attorneys Association, and Financial Women of San Francisco. Program organizer Maureen Young of Union Bank served as moderator with six distinguished panelists. Jon Joseph, FIC Chair, made opening remarks. Cynthia Course and Gerry Tsai of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco had a number of observations on banking conditions in the West. Mr. Tsai reminded the audience that it has been about three and a half years since the Dodd-Frank Act was passed, and that it called for regulators to draft approximately 400 new regulations. News agencies and law firms estimate 40% of the required regulations were completed as of September 2013.
Bill Kroener of Sullivan & Cromwell gave an overview of the status of the implementation of Dodd-Frank provisions, as well as what to expect in the future, with particular attention paid to the Volcker Rule. William L. Harvey of Union Bank reviewed Dodd-Frank Title VII (Swaps) developments and compliance. Walter Mix of the Berkeley Research Group spoke on examination and litigation challenges, including the many practical challenges now facing financial institutions. John Wright of Wells Fargo Bank concluded the program by describing the tasks facing institutions required to comply with the many regulations, including the Volcker Rule. Dodd-Frank will continue to pose multiple challenges for many years to come.
Calling All Mentors – Guidance Needed for Young California Attorneys!
Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to give back to your profession! As the BLS and CYLA mentoring program continues to grow, so does the need for mentors. Volunteer mentors meet telephonically for about an hour with a group of five mentees six times over the course of a year and are provided suggested (but not required) curricula and materials for the telephone calls. It's time to get involved! Please forward this to anyone who might be interested. Prospective mentors should e-mail email@example.com. Young or new business lawyers seeking mentoring should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Isabelle Ord, Esq. with questions about the program at email@example.com.
Calling All Authors!
Looking for a way to share your expertise with over 8,000 attorneys throughout the State of California? Business Law News is looking for article submissions for its Issue 2. The deadline is March 31, 2014. If you are interested, please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Robert Brayer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission guidelines can be found HERE. The Business Law News is the official publication of the Business Law Section. Each year, it publishes four editions, as well as the Annual Review.
Are You Interested In a Specialty Area of Business Law? Join a Constituency List to Receive Regular E-Bulletins in Your Area of Interest
The 13 BLS Standing Committees publish e-bulletins announcing developments in their area of law and upcoming events open to BLS members. As a BLS member, you can sign up to receive these e-bulletins from any BLS Standing Committee. If you are a BLS member already then please click HERE, log in, and follow the instructions to update your contact information and receive electronic communications from one or more BLS Standing Committees.
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Save Money with CEB
Continuing 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).
Business Law Section
The State Bar of California
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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639