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Limited Seats Still Available for State Bar Breakfast Sponsored by the BLS on October 1, 2016, 7:30 a.m.

Ann Yvonne WalkerJoin fellow BLS members, as well as past and present leaders of the Business Law Section and its 15 Standing Committees, at the annual BLS breakfast meeting at the State Bar of California’s 89th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7:30 a.m.  This year Ann Yvonne Walker will become the first female recipient of the Business Law Section’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  The keynote speaker for the event will be author and economist Alan Nevin.  Mr. Nevin will explore the unique economic and demographic attributes of the State of California and how they set us apart in our nation and the world as a whole.  Mr. Nevin will focus on California’s resources, businesses and industries, as well as its demographics, including our population’s aging patterns, ethnicity, and future employment and housing needs.  Seats are limited at this popular ticketed event (cost is $35 per person, breakfast included).  Be sure to sign up for the BLS breakfast meeting when you register onsite for the State Bar Annual Meeting.

Don’t Miss the BLS Standing Committee Programs at the State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting

My Annual MeetingThe State Bar of California returns to San Diego for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the State Bar on September 29, 2016 – October 2, 2016. Mark your calendars and sign up now for this event, which blends business, education, entertainment and the opportunity to meet and engage with law professionals from throughout California.  You can now register onsite for the State Bar of California’s 89th Annual Meeting.

The four-day meeting will showcase an education agenda consisting of MCLE seminars covering a variety of substantive topics, including legal technology, ethics, bankruptcy, business litigation, and other key areas of interest.  Many of the BLS Standing Committees will be presenting programs at the Annual Meeting. A complete list of BLS presentations at the Annual Meeting is provided as follows.


Attend the BLS Standing Committee Reception at the State Bar Annual Meeting

Are you curious about one or more of the BLS Standing Committees?  Are you looking for an opportunity to cross network, collaborate and socialize with other fellow BLS members?  Come find out what it is all about at the BLS reception at the State Bar Annual Meeting on Friday, September 30, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The reception will be in the Leucadia Room in the South Tower (near the Tequila Bar & Grille) at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina.  All Standing Committee members, advisors and friends are invited to join and socialize with members of all BLS’s Standing Committees.

Selected Developments in Business Law — California Business Litigation

Courtesy of CEB, the BLS now provides selected legal developments in areas of California business law that are covered by CEB’s publications.  This month’s feature is from the July 2016 update to California Business Litigation (Cal CEB).  References are to the book’s section numbers.  See CEB’s BLS Landing Page for special discounts for Business Law Section members.  The most significant legal developments affecting California business litigation practice include many new updates in such important practice areas as unfair competition, trade secrets, antitrust, trademark, copyright, patents, business torts, insurance bad faith, and employment practices: 


CEB Offers Discounts to BLS Members

CEB is currently offering discounts to BLS Members, including 10% off the price of a wide selection of CEB print and OnLAW publications as well as savings on section dues.  For more information on these and other CEB discounts, click HERE. 

Reach a State-Wide Audience by Publishing in the Business Law News

The Business Law News (BLN) is seeking articles of general interest to business law practitioners for its next publication.  With approximately 8,200 members, the BLS has a wide-ranging audience.  Please submit your articles to Everett L. Green,


Keep Up With Current Legal Developments by Receiving eBulletins Specifically Tailored for Your Field

The 15 BLS Standing Committees publish eBulletins announcing developments in their area of law and upcoming events open to BLS members. Click HERE to sign up to receive these eBulletins from any BLS Standing Committee completely free of charge

Showcase Your Knowledge:  Follow the BLS on Social Media and Contribute to Discussions

We all know that social media can help drive new business.  Did you know that the BLS maintains a presence on LinkedIn [link].  Twitter [link] and Facebook [link] where it posts regular updates about new cases, new regulations, key legislative developments, and news and events from 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!  Please submit your suggested items for consideration or direct any questions to BLS Social Media Subcommittee Chair, Sarah DeDiego (; BLS Vice-Chair of Member Services, James P. Hill (; or BLS Chair, Rob Harris (, and join the ever expanding discussion!

Amplify Your Professional Reputation by Joining a Standing Committee

Standing Committees continue to accept applications to fill vacant seats.  Practitioners and other legal professionals who are members of the BLS and who have at least five years of 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.  Membership 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 full list of the Standing Committee meeting dates for October are listed below.  A description of the required commitment and application process, along with a link to the application, can be found HERE.

Attend a Standing Committee Meeting and Participate in Your BLS

The BLS achieves its goals through the work of its 15 Standing Committees.  You are invited to attend the regular monthly meeting of any BLS Standing Committees (see below for meeting dates).  These monthly meetings provide attendees an excellent opportunity to chat with committee members and other lawyers with a similar expertise.  Some committees even offer free MCLE 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 for September-October

For a list of upcoming meeting dates and contact persons, see Standing Committee Meetings HERE. 

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

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