Welcome to the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee's annual mini-theme issue of Business Law Today. The Business and Corporate Litigation Committee (BCLC) is the home within the ABA Business Law Section (BLS) for lawyers, in-house counsel, judges, and law students interested in dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, and mediation for business clients. Our members from around the United States and beyond are 2,139 strong, making it one of the 10 largest committees in the BLS.
To join our growing committee, any BLS member may join the Committee for free here. BCLC's mission is to focus on the principal substantive areas of litigation affecting business enterprises and to promote the establishment of business courts. The Committee participates actively in the Section's Spring, Annual, and Fall Meetings, and it typically presents 12 CLE programs annually. In addition, BCLC regularly presents non-CLE programs and special events, such as the Trial Tips from the Bench Luncheon, the Woman Business and Commercial Advocates Reception, and the Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Project. Our Committee dinners are regularly cosponsored by the Judges' Initiative Committee and alternatively, by the Young Lawyer Committee.
As an additional example of what we have to offer, BCLC has, for nearly 20 years, authored the indispensable Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation (formerly the Annual Review). In 1996, this volume included 11 chapters authored by 24 Committee members. This year's version is a two-volume set (with an accompanying CD-ROM), and it includes 24 chapters authored by over 200 Committee members. BCLC also publishes the Network Newsletter.
We encourage and welcome your voices and those of your clients, and we stand ready to make your participation in BCLC both meaningful and valuable. Please join us and register for the Section Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C., on November 20–21, 2015.
The benefits are joining BCLC are many, and your experience can be tailored to your individual practice and needs. We are an inclusive and collaborative bunch, and I hope to see you soon in our nation's capital!