A Message from the Business Law Section Chair

A Message from the Business Law Section Chair

By Graham Hunt

2/18/14, 1:57 PM CT | Author: Dixie L. Johnson

Hearty mid-winter greetings!

I hope you are staying warm and safe. I am writing to you from my new law firm, King & Spalding, where I am pleased to have joined the Special Matters and Government Investigations group to lead the firm's securities enforcement and regulation practice. Thankfully, I only had to move one block to my new office in Washington, D.C. This is an exciting change after 27 great years at my prior firm. If you have any transition recommendations, I welcome them.

Transition is happening throughout the Business Law Section, too, as the Section expands its focus into important areas affecting business lawyers and their clients. As one example, I am pleased to report that we have created a Corporate Social Responsibility Law Task Force. Its mission is to advance, support, and facilitate the development of the knowledge, skills, and expertise required to provide informed, insightful, and effective counsel with respect to corporate social responsibility-related legal requirements and business issues. The CSR Law Task Force is co-presenting the February 25th In The Know program and will present a CLE program at our Spring Meeting in Los Angeles. Join the Task Force now if you are interested in its mission and want to help develop upcoming projects.

Our Section also took the lead in developing, vetting, and refining two resolutions adopted as ABA policy by the House of Delegates last week at the Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Continuing the social responsibility theme, Resolution 102B resulted in the ABA adopting the “black letter” Model Principles of the ABA Model Business and Supplier Policies on Labor Trafficking and Child Labor, and urging businesses to adopt their own business and supplier policies on labor trafficking and child labor that are consistent with the Model Principles. The intention of Resolution 102B, developed by a broad-based Working Group of the Section and benefiting from extensive public input, is to assist businesses in guarding against labor trafficking and child labor and to assist in providing effective remediation when these forms of human trafficking occur. The other resolution, 102A, is designed to reduce uncertainty and to minimize expense, litigation and wasted resources resulting from conflicts between asset forfeiture proceedings and bankruptcy proceedings involving the same parties or assets.

One more example of transition involves In The Know, our Section’s free CLE series. We created this member benefit just one year ago and already more than 5,000 Section members have attended at least one program. This March, we will be offering TWO free In The Know CLE programs! Register for the upcoming programs or explore the audio archives now at www.ambar.org/intheknow. If you haven’t yet attended a program, check it out!

I’m hoping to see you at our Spring Meeting at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live and the Los Angeles Convention Center, April 10-12, 2014. Early-bird registration has been extended through Friday, February 21. If you’re unable to attend, keep an eye out for details on how to dial-in to specific Committee meetings or look at upcoming issues of Business Law Today for meeting highlights.

Kind regards,

Dixie L. Johnson
Chair, ABA Business Law Section

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