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Mark your calendars to join the BLS Section in Anaheim for The State Bar of California 2015 Annual Meeting on October 8-11.

My State Bar Annual MeetingThe BLS section will be presenting eight education course tracks covering Advanced, Basic/Practical Skills, and Recent Development topics. Topics, most of which are sponsored by BLS Standing Committees, include Ethical Issues and Pitfalls for Non-Profit Boards and their Advisors; Basic Legal Skills Necessary for Advising Clients Doing Business Online; Recent Developments in Federal and California Securities Laws; When Deals Go Bad: Drafting Contracts with Litigation in Mind; Bankruptcy Appellate Practice; Debt Collection in the Age of Technology and the CFPB; Practical Tips for Negotiating Commercial Leases for Franchise Locations; and Ninth Circuit & Supreme Court Bankruptcy Year in Review. Find further details HERE and register HERE.

Corporations Committee Hosts Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

On Friday, September 4, 2015, the Section's Corporations Committee will host California Secretary of State Alex Padilla at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel (LAX location), 6101 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90045. Secretary of State Padilla will speak at 9:30 a.m. All members and constituents of the Business Law Section are invited to attend; however, since space is limited, please confirm your attendance as soon as possible by contacting the Secretary of the Corporations Committee, Doug Wade.

Save the Date: Annual Business Law Section Breakfast, October 10, 2015 in Anaheim; Hear A Fascinating Update on Cybersecurity.

Juval AvivIf you have never attended a State Bar Annual Meeting, then please mark your calendars for this year's Annual Meeting to be held October 8-11, 2015, in Anaheim, California, and be sure to attend the State Bar Breakfast, sponsored by the Business Law Section, at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, October 10th. (If you have attended State Bar Annual Meetings, you know this is a "can't miss" event!) This year, the Breakfast's keynote speaker is Juval Aviv, a noted writer and speaker on counter terrorism and nation-state cyber-attacks. Mr. Aviv's work and comments have been featured in major magazines and newspapers worldwide. The title of his discussion is "Cybersecurity Challenges and Issues for Business Lawyers and Their Clients." The BLS will also award its Lifetime Achievement Award to former BLS Executive Committee chair and longtime BLS contributor Morris Hirsch during the event. Be sure to register for the Annual Meeting and buy your ticket for the Breakfast before the pre-registration of September 21 as space is limited.

Agribusiness Committee Co-Sponsors Northern California Conference.

On June 25, 2015, the State Bar’s Agribusiness Committee teamed up with the American Agricultural Law Association to present a well-balanced program entitled Emerging Topics in Agricultural Law. The program covered a broad range of areas including recently implemented laws focused on animal care, issues relating to data collection and data sources arising from an increase in high tech in the agricultural sector, and land-use and water issues. An overview of important topics in professional responsibility concluded the program. Leading agricultural law practitioners from California and in other states provided dynamic presentations to over 50 attendees. A mid-day visit from Karen Ross, California’s Secretary of Agriculture, revealed the challenges and opportunities faced by the Administration, reinforcing the importance of the topic areas addressed by the program speakers. With the program set in the Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland, California, attendees also had the opportunity to admire rare examples of farm equipment and artifacts that tell the California agricultural story.

Consumer Financial Services Committee Seeks New Members.

If you have been a member of the California Bar for at least five years, you are (or will become) a member of the Business Law Section, and your practice involves the constantly evolving (and ever fascinating!) field of consumer financial services, please consider membership on the Consumer Financial Services Committee (the "CFSC"). CFSC has vacancies just waiting to be filled. New terms start in two months. The CFSC is a diverse group of accomplished professionals with a wide range of expertise. The CFSC welcomes plaintiff and defense-side attorneys, in-house attorneys, financial services companies, and financial technology companies. If you are unsure if the committee is for you, please ask. Better yet, attend one of our meetings, in-person or by telephone, and see for yourself!

Most of the CFSC's meetings are conveniently held over the telephone, and we offer free MCLE credit on topics that are timely and relevant. Occasionally, the CFSC will hold in-person meetings in Sacramento, Los Angeles or San Francisco. These events are a great opportunity to meet your colleagues. Our leadership has chosen excellent topics of wide appeal, and the Lunchtime Lecture Series has drawn large crowds of listeners and participants from around the country. Past topics have included "mediation and technology," the CFPB's prepaid card rules, Auto Finance, Debt Collection, TCPA, Ethics, Tricks for Negotiating, and more. Also, the Committee tweets, posts on LinkedIn, hosts webinars, maps legislative developments, and frequently engages with our colleagues and legislators in person.

If you are interested in joining or have questions about membership, please feel free to call or write Jennifer Duncan, 619-683-2470 x 1068. As the incoming chair, Ms. Duncan welcomes your inquiries, and is eager to share her experiences with the CFSC, which she unequivocally attests offers a refreshingly high level of camaraderie. Let's make it a great year. Please join us!

ILC Publishes Judicial Profile eBulletin About United States Bankruptcy Judge Neil W. Bason, as Part of a New Judicial Profile eBulletin Series.

The Insolvency Law Committee ("ILC") recently developed a new project to send E-Bulletins to practitioners and other members of the ILC's constituency with a series of profiles of various Ninth Circuit bankruptcy judges. The ILC launched the series last month on July 28 with a piece on the Honorable Neil W. Bason, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California. You can find the article HERE.

This first judicial profile summarizes an interview of Judge Bason -- who served on the ILC prior to his appointment to the Bench -- conducted in chambers, addressing his personal and professional background, transition to the bench, and other issues of interest and insights that could prove helpful to practitioners.

Uzzi O. Raanan, partner at Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz, LLP (past ILC Co-Chair), Corey R. Weber, partner at Ezra Brutzkus Gubner LLP (current ILC Co-Vice Chair), and Asa S. Hami, attorney at SulmeyerKupetz, A Professional Corporation (current ILC Secretary), conducted the interview and prepared the article.

The ILC continues to seek out interviews with other bankruptcy judges in districts throughout California to feature in upcoming profiles.

Franchise Law Committee Submits ALPs for Consideration

The Franchise Law Committee and the Executive Committee of the State Bar Business Law Section submitted two Affirmative Legislative Proposals (ALPs) to the Board of Trustees for approval. The first ALP aims to make it easier for franchisees to negotiate franchise agreements with franchisors. The second ALP aims to allow franchisors to exhibit at trade shows in California before obtaining a franchise registration from the Department of Business Oversight to permit the franchisor to assess interest in its concept. For more information, contact Tal Grinblat, Co-Chair of the Franchise Law Committee at 818-907-3284 or Grant Nigolian, Co-Chair of the Franchise Law Committee at 310-853-2777.

Request for Comments on State Bar Mentoring Task Force Plan to Create Mentoring Program.

Last year, State Bar President Craig Holden created a Mentoring Task Force to create a mentoring program for new attorneys within the State of California. More information about the Mentoring Task Force can be found HERE. The Task Force has met over the course of the past year to begin outlining a potential program. A copy of the report from the Task Force can be found by clicking HERE. The Mentoring Task Force mentioned that it is considering providing a free year of membership in a Section as a possible benefit for mentors. You are invited to provide comments to Patricia Lee before 5 p.m. on September 9, 2015.

Get Involved with the Business Law News.

A subscription to the Business Law News (BLN) has often been called the most significant membership benefit of the BLS. Published quarterly, BLN reaches the entire section, over 8,500 members. Publishing in BLN is a terrific opportunity, both to influence the discourse in the areas in which you practice and to market yourself and your practice.

What's more, BLN is now more accessible than ever. BLN is pleased to announce that selected issues are now available online.  BLN members can click HERE. Complete issues from 2013 Issue 1 to 2014 Issue 2, and Annual Reviews from 2004 through 2014, are now posted on the members only section of the Section website.

Now is your chance to participate! BLN is actively seeking submissions for its next regular issue -  Issue 4, 2015 - on any topic of interest to the business law community. Articles addressing issues that you regularly (or even unexpectedly) encounter in your practice would likely be helpful to the membership at large. BLN is especially interested in articles of general interest which would readily lend themselves to conversion into an MCLE article. All that is required to turn a regular article into an MCLE article is 20 true or false questions together with a list of the answers and justifications for the answers. The submission deadline is September 30, 2015.

If you are interested in writing for BLN, please contact Editor-in-Chief Jerry Grossman. You can find BLN's submission guidelines HERE.

Finally, have you been interested in getting involved in the section but don't know where to start?  BLN is now seeking enthusiastic section members to join its Editorial Board.  BLN is a great entry point.  The Editorial Board is unique in that it regularly accepts members that have less than five years of practice experience.  Contact Editor-in-Chief Jerry Grossman if you have questions about joining the board. You can find the application to join the BLN  HERE.

Follow the BLS on Social Media and Contribute.

Did you know that the BLS maintains a presence on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook 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 de Diego, BLS Vice-Chair of Member Services Robert Harris), or Tom Phinney and join the fray!

Join a Standing Committee.

Standing Committees are now accepting applications to fill vacant seats and filling them with the best attorneys’ in the State. Practitioners and other legal professionals who are members of the BLS and who have at least five (5) 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 August are listed HERE. A description of the required commitment and application process, along with a link to the application, can be found HERE.

Connect 15.

You are invited to attend a regular monthly meeting of one of the BLS’s 15 Standing Committees (see below). 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

Standing Committee Contact Email Next Meeting
Agribusiness Kathleen Abdallah kabdallah@kroloff.com September 1, 2015, 1:30 p.m.
Business Law News Jerry Grossman grosspersonlaw@gmail.com September 15, 2015, noon
Business Litigation Peter Bronson pbronson@pbronsonlaw.com September 2, 2015, 10 a.m.
Commercial Transactions Katherine Bell
John Engel
Katherinebell@paulhastings.com
engel@sullivanhill.com
September 8, 2015, noon
Consumer Financial Services Kristina Del Vecchio Kristina@josephandcohen.com September 17, 2015, 11:30 a.m.

Corporations Peter Menard
Michael Henry
pmenard@smrh.com
michael.henry@sce.com
September 4, 2015, 9:30 a.m.
Cyberspace Raffi Zerounian
Karl Kronenberger
rzerounian@hansonbridgett.com
info@krinternetlaw.com
September 8, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
Financial Institutions Mike Zandpour mike.zandpour@cnb.com September 8, 2015, 9:30 a.m.
Franchise Law Tal Grinblat
Grant Nigolian
tgrinblat@lewitthackman.com
grant@gan-law.com
September 10, 2015, 9:30 a.m.
Health Law Craig Garner craig@craiggarner.com September 4, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Insolvency Law Monique Jewett-Brewster
Van Durrer
Monique.jewettbrewster@bryancave.com
vdurrer@skadden.com
September 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Insurance Law Armand Feliciano armand.feliciano@acicnet.org September 23, 2015, noon
Nonprofits Carol Bradford cbradford@calfund.org No meeting
Opinions James Fotenos
Rick Frasch
Peter Szurley
Carol Lucas
jfotenos@greeneradovsky.com
rnfrasch@gmail.com
szurley@chapman.com
clucas@buchalter.com
No meeting
Partnerships & LLCs Rachelle Cohen RCohen@kscllp.com September 8, 2015, noon

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Business Law Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
BusinessLaw@calbar.ca.gov 
415-538-2570
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