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.