Business Law Basics

Business Law Basics

Business Law Basics is a free CLE webinar series featuring monthly programs focused on the fundamentals of key practice areas.

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Audio, video, and materials from Business Law Basics programs are available to Business Law Section members shortly after each webinar. CLE credit is only available for programs that are live or in the on-demand library.

Upcoming Program

Legal Opinions: How to Stay Out of Trouble

November 26, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern

When business lawyers are asked by a client to give a legal opinion to a non-client (for example at the closing of a debt or equity financing), the opinion giver is entering a different liability regime than in advising her client.  The work done to give a third party legal opinion and the wording of typical opinion paragraphs matter a great deal, as do customary assumptions, exceptions and qualifications that accompany those opinion paragraphs.  This program will examine opinions commonly requested and given, and will discuss their customary meaning and the work customarily done to support them. The panel will also discuss resources available to guide opinion givers and counsel for opinion recipients.


  • Ettore A. Santucci, Goodwin, Boston, MA
  • Sylvia Fung Chin, White & Case LLP, New York, NY
  • Steven O. Weise, Proskauer Rose LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Presented by: Legal Opinions Committee

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Audio and materials from all Business Law Basics programs will be archived shortly after each webinar.

Accreditation Information

States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted.  For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program. 

The ABA will seek 1.5 hours of CLE credit in 60-minute states and 1.8 hours of CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. Please visit for general information on CLE at the ABA.

Scholarship Information

A limited number of scholarships are available to defray the registration fee upon application. Preference will be given to practitioners with limited means and unemployed attorneys. Please contact Quiana Nesbit for more information at