Inside Business Law

Effective practice of business law requires both an understanding of other areas of the law implicating one’s specialty and collaboration with other business professionals to facilitate and guide a client’s objectives. Several committees within the Business Law Section incorporate reaching across the boundaries of the ABA Section to collaborate with other sections or cooperation with an entirely separate profession into their mission. 

The Taxation Committee: 

The mission of the Taxation Committee is to help business lawyers gain a basic understanding of the important tax issues that inevitably arise in their practices. The Committee seeks to act as a bridge between tax law and business law, and to increase communication about tax issues among the various committees of the Business Law Section, and between the Business Law Section and the Tax Section. 

The Taxation Committee is chaired by Michael J. Kliegman, who can be reached at 

The Dispute Resolution Committee: 

The mission of the Dispute Resolution Committee is to aid business lawyers in understanding and using alternative dispute resolution processes. The goals of the Committee are to focus on education for Section members, to encourage interaction between corporate legal departments and private law firms in the development of dispute resolution options relevant to the business needs of clients, and to foster continuing liaison and collaborative efforts with other sections and other committees within the Business Law Section. 

To that end, the Committee works closely with ADR subcommittees within the Business Law Section, as well as the Dispute Resolution Section of the ABA, to ensure that business lawyers have the most current information on dispute resolution at their disposal. Among other resources, the Dispute Resolution Committee maintains a guide to drafting dispute resolution clauses within contracts. 

F. Peter Phillips is the Chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee and can be reached at

The Audit Responses Committee: 

The mission of the Audit Responses Committee is to be a resource concerning lawyers’ responses to auditor inquiries and related financial reporting and disclosure issues, focusing on implementation of the “treaty” reached with accountants in the ABA Statement of Policy regarding audit responses. 

To that end, the Committee provides guidance in responses to auditor requests in light of the treaty and the importance of protecting privileged communications. 

Thomas W. White is the chairman of the Audit Responses Committee. He can be reached at



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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