Dear Business and Corporate Litigation Committee Members:
I hope you are all staying safe and healthy during this pande¬mic. The coronavirus and associated lockdowns have taken an unfortunate toll on all of us, even if we have managed to remain otherwise healthy. We all should strive to emerge from this crisis stronger – more dedicated to our families and communities, focused better on our clients, and im¬proved in our relations with colleagues.
The Committee has been dedicated to ensuring that its members continue to have the usual high quality of services and opportunities that is the hallmark of the Section and the Committee even without in-person meetings. Al¬though the Spring Meeting in Boston was, sadly, cancelled, the Committee made sure to provide CLE opportunities for its members with four webinars in April, May and June. We also had a full committee meeting via Zoom on May 18, in which we covered the Committee’s main activities and looked forward to the next Section meeting.
As matters turn out, the next Section Meeting will be a virtual meeting, taking place Septem¬ber 21-25. If attending a meeting in person is or has been an issue for you because of the difficulties or expense of travelling, or because of the time that you’ll be away from the office, the virtual annual meeting will be a perfect opportunity for you. Registration is free for Section members, so this is a great opportunity to take advantage of all that the Section has to offer – not just CLE and substan¬tive subcommittee meetings, but also an array of virtual networking events. There will be a full slate of cutting-edge CLE pro¬grams, ample opportunities to discuss issues with like-minded attorneys in subcommittee meetings, and plenty of (virtual) networking and socializing.
The CLE programs our Committee will be presenting, including one Showcase program, are:
- “Access to Justice in Light of COVID-19: Benefits, Burdens and Lessons.” This is a Showcase Program presented together with other committees. Monday, September 21, 2020 from 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM CDT
- “Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation: Annual Review” – a two-part program, Tuesday, September 22, 2:00 PM -3:30 PM CDT and at the same time on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
- “Key Distinctions When Litigating in Bankruptcy Court, District Court and Chancery Court: A Comparative Discussion,” Thursday, September 24 from 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM CDT
- “Ethical Limits in Negotiation: Or Else I Will . . .,” Thursday, September 24, from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT
In addition to the CLE programs, subcommittee meetings and networking/social events at the virtual annual meeting, BCLC will be following up after the annual meeting with two additional events in October and November, though the dates for them have not been fixed yet. There will be a virtual pro bono event, likely with young people in the Chicago area, and a “Tips from the Trial Bench” virtual event, where members can gather with business court judges to ask for the judges’ insights about what they expect and want from the attorneys who appear before them. Keep your eyes on 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. 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 indispensa¬ble 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. All of us are hopeful that next year we’ll be able to resume (close to) normal activities, in-cluding the Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Dallas and at least two regional “Cocktails and CLE” events.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.