Dear Business and Corporate Litigation Committee Members:
Disappointing as it is that the Section has had to cancel the Spring Meeting in Boston that was scheduled for later this month, the current public health situation gives us all an opportunity to refocus on our priorities, give thanks for our blessings, and rededicate ourselves to our clients, our colleagues and our communities. We will, hopefully, emerge from this crisis much stronger.
Although we will not be meeting live in Boston on March 26-28, the Committee’s work continues. The entire leadership team is committed to continuing to provide value to BCLC’s members, and to maintain BCLC as the go-to address for substantive updates, CLE, writing and speaking opportunities, and professional growth. And of course, not having a Spring Meeting means we will make sure that the Annual Meeting in Chicago in September will be truly memorable. Please plan to come; we are already making plans for what promises to be a terrific schedule of social and educational events.
I am passing along three interesting pieces of news for you: (1) the Committee’s plans to deal with the cancellation of the Business Law Section Spring Meeting; (2) three new subcommittees; and (3) the Committee’s new “Cocktails and CLE” event series.
1. Business Law Section Spring Meeting, March 26-28 in Boston
Cancellation of the Spring meeting means that the four CLE programs that were scheduled in Boston will not be presented this month. Those particular programs will be presented at the Annual Meeting in Chicago in September. But between now and then, BCLC will be picking up the slack in the flow of CLE to its members by presenting at least three and possibly four free CLE webinars between now and the summer. Dates and topics have not yet been set, but should be available shortly. You will hear from me once we have firm information.
Most of our subcommittees that were planning to meet live in Boston have made other plans. Some will be meeting telephonically, and others are deferring meeting until the Annual Meeting in Chicago. Please check in with your subcommittee chairs for more information.
The Women’s Business and Commercial Advocates reception, which normally precedes the Committee’s Thursday evening dinner at the Spring Meeting, will take place instead in Chicago. We have not yet reserved a location for the dinner, but we anticipate having an appropriately spacious location for a cocktail reception and comfortable meal. Please plan to attend. The BCLC dinners are usually well-attended and frequently sell out.
We are grateful to the firms and companies that have graciously sponsored our BCLC dinner:
Gold Sponsor Ankura Consulting Group LLC
Silver Sponsors Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP and Morris James LLP
Bronze Sponsors Greenberg Traurig LLP, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and HaystackID
2. New BCLC subcommittees
The Committee has launched three new substantive subcommittees this year:
- Artificial Intelligence -- This new subcommittee is dedicated to exploring legal issues generated by the increasing use of artificial intelligence and automated systems. This subject can only become more relevant and pressing as technology continues to penetrate more and more aspects of legal practice and of life. Please contact chair Brad Newman of Paul Hastings in Palo Alto (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Receiverships and Fiduciaries. This subcommittee is a forum for attorneys to learn and share insights about securing appointments, working with courts and constituencies of entities in receivership, and implementing solutions to legal and business issues that receivers and fiduciaries face. It will provide opportunities for dialogue and education about receivership, insolvency, restructuring, and international asset recovery. Contact co-chairs Melissa Visconti of Damian & Valori LLP in Miami (email@example.com) and Judge Louis Bledsoe, Chief Business Court Judge of the North Carolina Circuit Court in Charlotte (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information
- Wellness, Life Balance & Time Management. One of the unavoidable features of law practice in the twenty-first century is stress and the need to juggle competing demands on your time. This subcommittee addresses a wide range of topics dedicated to attorney wellness, including physical health, mental health, substance abuse, professional fulfillment, diversity and methods for promoting effective time management and life balance. Contact co-chairs Bill Johnston at Young Conaway in Wilmington, Delaware (email@example.com) and Meredith Sherman at Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Please consider joining one or more of these subcommittees, or the more than thirty others. The opportunities for professional growth and personal fulfillment are unparalleled. Any of the chairs will be happy to hear from you and answer any of your questions about their subcommittees.
3. “Cocktails and CLE”
We are pleased to have instituted a new series of regional “Cocktails and CLE” programs at different locations around the country, to introduce the Committee to new audiences and to serve the wider legal community. The first one was in San Francisco on the evening of January 30. Participants enjoyed socializing and refreshments, followed by a CLE program in which Justice Ming Chin of the California Supreme Court and three senior-level in-house counsel discussed diversity and inclusion initiatives at companies and law firms that are successfully “moving the needle.” Many thanks to Paul Hastings, which hosted the event and provided the refreshments, and to Brad Newman, who moderated the panel. The next “Cocktails and CLE” program will likely be in early June in Atlanta. Check your inbox for further details.
Special thanks to Sarah Ennis and Kristen Swift, the editors of this Newsletter, and to their Editorial Board, for producing this great newsletter. Thanks as well to the Committee’s Sponsorships Working Group – Bill Johnston, Paul Masinter and Melissa Visconti – for their work in securing sponsors for our dinner. I’m especially grateful for the work and support of the four great vice-chairs of the Committee -- Gail Andler, Jay Dubow, Denise Kraft, and Hon. Mac McCoy – and the dozens of subcommittee chairs and vice-chairs whose efforts are indispensable in making the BCLC the productive, welcoming, friendly, and educational group it is.
Please keep yourselves, your families and your colleagues safe. I hope this crisis passes soon. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the Committee’s work or about opportunities available for participation and professional growth.