March 19, 2021

Annual Meeting 2020 Recap

Jay Dubow

This past September 2020, the BCLC presented four programs at the Virtual Annual Meeting.  Although we missed getting together for the meeting, the virtual nature allowed our programs to be very well attended. 

First, on Monday afternoon, the BCLC sponsored the Business Law Section Showcase Program, “Access to Justice in Light of COVID-19:  Benefits, Burdens and Lessons”.  The program provided a number of perspectives on what judges and lawyers were experiencing in dealing with the pandemic.  The program was Co-Chaired by Judge Alvin Thompson of the United Stated District Court for Connecticut and Sharon Weiss of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in Los Angeles, CA.  The panelists were Doneene Damon of Richards Layton & Finger, Wilmington, DE, Judge Jerome Abrams of the First District Court for Minnesota, Judge Maureen Tighe, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California and Judy Perry Martinez of Simon, Peragine, Smith & Piedfearn of New Orleans, LA.

Next, on Tuesday, September 22 in the afternoon the Committee presented the first day of a two day program of its “Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation:  Annual Review”.  The program was Co-Chaired by Jessica Mendelson of Paul Hastings LLP, Palo Alto, CA and Anne Steadman of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP in Wilmington, DE.  The first day topics presented were Business Courts and Employment Law.  The Business Courts panelists were Judge James L. Gale, North Carolina Business Court Greensboro, Judge Christopher P. Yates, Kent County Circuit Court Specialized Business Docket Grand Rapids, MI and Vanessa R. Tiradentes, Gould & Ratner LLP Chicago, IL.  The second day of the program was on Wednesday, September 23, also in the afternoon.  Topics covered on the second day were Corporate Litigation and Cannabis law.  The Corporate Litigation panelists were Judge Jill Pryor of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Emily V. Burton of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor in Wilmington, DE and Kathleen M. Miller of Smith Katzenstein Jenkins LLP in Wilmington, DE.  The Cannabis panel was led by Stanley Jutkowitz of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Washington, DC.

Then, on Thursday morning the Committee co-sponsored a program with the Bankruptcy Committee entitled “Key Distinctions When Litigating in Bankruptcy Court, District Court and Chancery Court:  A Comparative Discussion”.  This program provided insights into the differences in how different courts handle bankruptcy matters.  Melanie Damian of Damian & Valori in Miami, FL co-chaired the program for the BCLC.  Panelists were Judge Thomas Barber of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Judge Mindy Mora of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida and Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Finally, on Thursday afternoon the Committee presented an ethics program: “Ethical Limits in Negotiation:  Or Else I Will …”, which was co-chaired by Douglas Eyre of McAlpine PC of Detroit, MI and Judge Clifton B. Newman of The South Carolina Business Court in Columbia, SC. This program explored what lawyers can say during negotiations but remain within the ethical requirements of the rules of professional conduct.  Panelists were Joseph Berman, the GC of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, Michael Flynn, with the Buchalter Law Firm, Los Angeles, CA,  Nancy Moore, a Professor of Law at Boston University and Judge Elizabeth Stong, of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Looking forward to “seeing” you at the Spring Virtual Meeting!