Inside Business Law

While the vast majority of the Committees within the ABA Business Law Section seek to further members' understanding of particular areas of law or areas of practice within the broad umbrella of business law, several Committees focus on how all attorneys can do well, do good, and do right:

Doing Well: The Career and Practice Development Committee

The mission of the Career and Practice Development Committee, chaired by Charles Reiger Gallagher III, is to provide a full complement of resources to our members to empower them to further develop their careers and practices.

The Committee provides a global focus on the careers of its members in all types of practice settings. It works with members as they begin their careers as law students and young lawyers. It continues to provide support and advice as members change career paths or embark on new practice areas. It provides members with tools they need as they focus on rainmaking, practice development and management. And it also provides tools for on non-traditional career evaluation, job searching, and financial planning.

In addition, the Committee prepares annual podcasts on networking and additional podcasts highlighting job-hunting essentials.

Doing Good: The Pro Bono Committee

The Pro Bono Committee is the nexus between the Business Law Section and the pro bono and legal aid community. The Committee implements the Section's pro bono goals through development and support of model business pro bono projects and activities and outreach to the pro bono legal aid communities. William J. Woodward Jr. chairs the Committee.

In the course of fulfilling its mission, the Pro Bono Committee regularly identifies speakers to provide presentations on cutting-edge transaction pro bono projects and provides outreach opportunities at meetings. It connects members with nonprofit organizations, including those providing pro bono assistance for community development, consumer bankruptcy, and consumer finance.

Finally, the Pro Bono Committee is responsible for the selection of the recipients of the National Public Service Award, the only nationwide pro bono award for business lawyers.

Doing Right: The Professional Responsibility Committee

The mission of the Professional Responsibility Committee is to improve the law and inform Section members with respect to issues of legal ethics, professional responsibility, professional conduct, and the law governing lawyers.

The Professional Responsibility Committee, chaired by Charles Edward McCallum, prepares a committee newsletter, The Ethical Business Lawyer, three times a year. Archived editions of the Ethical Business Lawyer are available for March 2012, July 2012, November 2012, and March 2013.



Nominations Sought for Section Leadership Positions

Do you know anyone who has what it takes to be a good Section leader? The Nominating Committee of the Section needs your recommendations for leadership positions for the 2017-2018 association year. Nominees will be selected for: Chair-elect (who automatically assumes the position of chair the following year); Secretary (who automatically assumes the position of vice chair the following year); Content Officer; two Section Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates; and five additional Council members for a four-year term expiring in 2021. The Nominating Committee will take into account the following principles in making its selections. It will: select nominees who have been substantial and active contributors to the Section; seek geographic diversity in the leadership of the Section; strive for representation from a broad cross-section of the areas of law represented in the Section; and seek to draw leaders from a broad cross-section of the various sectors of practice, including corporate law departments, government, academia and private law firms; and actively recruit nominees that reflect the diversity of the Section. Please send your nominations by email to no later than November 18.

Question: Between November 2, 2015 and November 4, 2015, Harris Poll conducted an online survey of 2,017 adults ages 18 and older on behalf of NerdWallet, Inc. to understand U.S. consumers’ credit card payment habits and feelings around different types of debt. The results of this study were published in the 2015 American Household Credit Card Debt Study. According to the 2015 American Household Credit Card Debt Study, what percentage of U.S. adults would be more embarrassed to tell others about credit card debt than any other type of debt?
A. 10%
B. 35%
C. 55%
D. 90%

Question: From the late 1600s to the early 1800s, “debtors’ prisons” were commonplace with many cities and states operating brick-and-mortar detention facilities that were designed for incarcerating individuals who were unable or unwilling to pay their debts. Imprisonment for indebtedness was so commonplace that two signatories of the Declaration of Independence were jailed for failure to pay their debts. Can you name those two signatories?

The November issue of Business Law Today will focus on Nonprofits. Articles will range from the “Delaware Advantage” to nonprofit organizations needing nonprofit lawyers. In addition, other features include keeping pace with disruptive technological change, insurance bad faith recoveries, and constitutional issues in granting Americans a “Right to Dispute.”

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Business Law Section Fall Meeting
November 18-19, 2016
Washington, DC

Business Law Section Spring Meeting
April 6-8, 2017
New Orleans, LA

Miscellaneous IT Related Legal News (MIRLN) 25 September - 15 October 2016 (v19.14)

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