Inside Business Law

Focus on the Middle Market and Small Business Committee

The mission of the Middle Market and Small Business Committee is to serve corporate and transactional lawyers who counsel small and mid-sized enterprises controlled by families, entrepreneurs, PEGs or VC firms, and smaller publicly-held companies. The committee provides a forum for sharing information, delivering continuing legal education, and addressing the practical issues of counseling small and mid-sized clients and focuses on the entire business "life cycle" of our clients.

The committee's quarterly newsletter, Business Visions, was published right before the Business Law Section's Spring Meeting from April 4th to 6th in Washington, D.C., and offers great insight into the topics discussed at the meeting. Please note that contents of the meeting are available online.

The newsletter highlights the following two articles:

Consumer Financial Services Committee

The Consumer Financial Services Committee's Winter newsletter gives a great overview of the resources and programs provided by the committee. With the Spring Meeting several weeks behind us, the newsletter puts the spotlight on the Federal and State Trade Practices Subcommittee and the Truth in Lending Subcommittee, and provides a recap of the Winter Meeting.

Corporate Counsel Committee

The Corporate Counsel Committee's March newsletter provides an overview of the events of the Spring Meeting and features three articles:

  • "Distribution in China" by Frank Schoneveld;
  • "A Guide to Contract Interpretation" by Vincent R. Martorana and Michael K. Zitelli; and
  • "Guidance on the Guidance: What the SEC and DOJ Resource Guide to the FCPA Means for Multi-National Companies" by Aaron G. Murphy and Matthew L. Kutcher.

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Question: From September 8 through 10,  Boston, Massachusetts – also known as Bean Town, the City of Notions and the Cradle of Liberty – will host the 2016 Business Law Section Annual Meeting. Which of the following is the official motto of the City of Boston?

A.  Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem

B.  Libertate defenderet, justic sectantes

C.  Ad astra per aspera

D.  Sicut patribus sit Deus nobis 

Please see Inside Business Law for the answer to this month’s Business Law Section Trivia Question.

Following the 2016 Section Annual Meeting, the September issue of Business Law Today will feature an array of highlights from the meeting in Boston. Additional topics include explaining the Defend Trade Secrets Act, diversity jurisdiction and unincorporated entities, and mitigating the threat of insolvency before it’s too late.

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Business Law Section Annual Meeting
September 8-10, 2016
Boston, MA

Miscellaneous IT Related Legal News (MIRLN) 24 July - 13 August 2016 (v19.11)

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