As most of you know from my recent letter, the 36th Annual Forum on Franchising Meeting was held in Orlando, Florida, this past October. We had 820 attendees, so this marked one of the best-attended forums ever! The intensives, workshops, and plenaries covered thought-provoking and practical topics and were wonderfully executed by our diverse and accomplished speakers. The social events were relaxed and family-friendly. Our thanks again to program co-chairs Diane Green-Kelly and Eric Karp, who did such a terrific job in Orlando!
Jim Goniea and Will Woods, the program co-chairs for Seattle, and the rest of the Forum governing committee are hard at work developing what promises to be a great annual meeting in Seattle. The meeting will be held October 15-17, 2014, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in downtown Seattle, Washington. Be sure to mark your calendars and plan to join us in the Emerald City in October.
The Forum expects to go to print with a new book this quarter. Collateral Issues in Franchising: Beyond Registration and Disclosure is designed to be a guide to key “collateral,” but important, issues that franchise lawyers face on a daily basis. It covers topics such as system internet communications (websites and social media), ancillary documents related to the franchise sales process, franchising in unique venues, third-party debt refinancing, real estate issues, supply chain issues, and termination and nonrenewal issues. Our thanks go to Ken Costello, the editor, Karen Satterlee, the publications officer of the Forum, Rob Henley, the liaison to the publications committee, and the incredible team of authors of this book.
The Forum on Franchising is a leader in the ABA in conversion of publications to eBook format. Many of our books have already been converted so that they can be purchased and stored in iBooks or Kindle, and more are on the way. The latest book to become available in eBook format is the Forum’s newly-published law school textbook, Franchising: Cases, Materials, & Problems, complete with a teacher’s guide. This book is a true success for the Forum, as we are one of the only forums, divisions, or sections in the ABA that has published a subject matter casebook to support teaching our unique area of law in law schools.
In addition to books and monographs, the Forum produces two exceptional quarterly publications, The Franchise Lawyer and the Franchise Law Journal. These are must-reads for most Forum members. Our Editors-in-Chief, Bethany Appleby (Franchise Law Journal) and Corby Anderson (The Franchise Lawyer), and their respective editorial boards do a terrific job in developing and managing these publications. Contributions of articles from all of you are the lifeblood of both publications. The Forum has been blessed over the years to have great writers who choose to give their time and energy to make these publications as great as they continue to be. Please commit to writing an article for The Franchise Lawyer or the Franchise Law Journal! Reach out to either Bethany (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Corby (email@example.com) to propose an article. If you need help with a topic or a co-author, they can assist you with those as well.
Please start making plans for the Annual Forum in Seattle. We will have more news about the programs, workshops, and special events in the coming months!