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Audio Recordings of Substantive Committee Presentations

At the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section in Los Angeles, California, the Section kicked off a pilot program to video and audio record select Committee events. This is the first time that substantive non-CLE presentations have been captured. To listen to the audio recordings below, please log in with your e-mail address.

The Corporate Governance Committee provides two substantive presentations. The first, which is a presentation by the Shareholder and Investor Relations Subcommittee, is titled “Effective Shareholder Engagement – Tactics, Techniques, and Technology.” 

The presentation is chaired and moderated by Frank M. Placenti and the speakers include Debbie DePaoli, Joele Frank, Abe M. Friedman, Holly J. Gregory, Chad L. Norton, and Jay Winship. Institutional investors control the vast majority of shares for most US public companies. Effective engagement with these investors is essential to securing their support for corporate programs, management compensation, and to avert the effects of the ill-advised activism. This panel of experts discuss methods for effectively engaging with institutional shareholders – both those who have their own proxy voting policies as well as those that rely on proxy advisors. 

The Corporate Counsel Perspectives Subcommittee of the Corporate Governance Committee presents a presentation titled “Hot Corporate Governance Issues Facing General Counsel for 2014.” This panel discusses key corporate governance challenges uniquely facing general counsel in 2014 including shareholder activism, cyber-security risk disclosure, executive compensation under Dodd Frank, potential SEC regulation of proxy advising firms, exclusive forum bylaws, and compliance training in process. 

In another installment in the Leadership Development Committee’s series on “Becoming A Leader,” Barbara Mayden, former chair of the Section, Maury Poscover, former chair of the Section, and Pat Clendenen, current chair of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee, each share their story on how they became active and leaders in the Business Law Section. 

The Project Finance and Development Committee presents a program titled “Breaking News: Latest Trends in Renewable Energy Projects.” This panel of experts in the field of project finance and renewable energy projects discuss latest trends and issues over the broad spectrum of activities involved in acquiring, developing, and financing a project. The moderator is Lewis T. Smith, and speakers include Evelyn Lim, Alison Manzer, and Elizabeth Sluder. 

The Business Law Competencies Task Force of the Business Law Education Committee presents a program titled “Defining the Competencies of the Business Lawyer.” Many have attempted to define competencies required of a lawyer. But little effort has been made to identify specific attributes of a successful business associate. This panel of experts lead a discussion of how competencies are defined, why such definitions are valuable, and who is best able to undertake a project. The moderator of the panel is Christyne Vachon, and the speakers include Bryant Garth, Ellen Rosenthal, and Michael Woronoff. 

The Federal Regulation of Securities Committee provides a recording of a program titled “Dialogue with the SEC Director of Corporation Finance.” The SEC’s director of Division of Corporate Finance, Keith F. Higgins, provides remarks. 

The Federal Regulation of Securities Committee provides a recording of remarks by Hon. Joseph A. Grundfest at its annual luncheon, which can be found here.



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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Washington, DC

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April 6-8, 2017
New Orleans, LA

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