August 20, 2016

Inside Business Law (August 2016)

The 2016 Business Law Section Annual Meeting in Boston on September 8–10 has many “firsts”:

  • first Annual Meeting outside Chicago;
  • first Annual Meeting with over 85 CLE programs;
  • first Annual Meeting with a special outreach to local law schools; and
  • first Annual Meeting with record number of members from countries outside the United States.

“We anticipate more than 1,500 attendees at the Boston meeting,” said William Rosenberg, chair of the Business Law Section. “The attendees will find not only a record number of CLE programs but also many opportunities to network.” 

The programming covers a wide range of topics that will appeal to every business lawyer. Highlights include the following:

  • “Developments in Cybersecurity, Regulation, and Enforcement for Large Financial Institutions” (Banking Law);
  • “There is No Such Thing As Boilerplate: Issues in the Back of the Contract” (Business and Corporate Litigation);
  • “Fair Warning on FinTech: A Look at the Top Legal issues Impacting Alternative Lending Platforms” (Consumer Financial Services);
  • “CEO Succession and Crisis Management: Fiduciary Duty, Securities Disclosures, and Practice Approaches” (Corporate Governance);
  • “The Government’s Role in Your Cyber Incident: Friend, Foe, or Both?” (Cyberspace Law);
  • “Capital Raising Today: Evaluating Your Offering Alternatives” (Federal Regulation of Securities);
  • “M&A Negotiating Nuggets – An Illustrative Negotiation of Key Provisions in the Acquisition of a Privately Held Company” (Mergers and Acquisitions) 

A new initiative from the Business Law Section is its outreach to local law schools in Boston before the formal meeting begins. On Wednesday, September 7, BLS members will give presentations on “Pathways to a Successful Career in Business Law” at Boston College Law School, Boston University School of Law, New England School of Law, Northeastern University School of Law, and Suffolk University Law School.

Make sure you attend the 2016 BLS Annual Meeting


BLS Trivia Answer: The correct answer is “D. Sicut patribus sit Deus nobis.” In 1823, the City of Boston adopted the City Seal bearing the official motto, “Sicut patribus sit Deus nobis” (which means, “God be with us as he was with our fathers”). “Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem” (which means, “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty”) is the motto of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, first adopted in 1775 by the Massachusetts General Court and engraved into the Colony Seal by Paul Revere. “Libertate defenderet, justic sectantes” is a loose translation of the words “Defending Liberty Pursuing Justice” which appear within the American Bar Association’s logo. “Ad astra per aspera” (which means, “To the stars through difficulties”) was adopted as the state motto of the State of Kansas in 1861.