September 06, 2022

Message from the Chair

Stuart Riback

Dear Members of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee:

With the summer now behind us, we return to our work routines – we continue our efforts to serve our clients, help our colleagues and advance the profession.  I hope your summer was a good one.  And now, back to business.

Please try to attend the upcoming Business Law Section Annual Meeting.  Like the Spring Meeting in Atlanta, it will be a hybrid meeting, with live events and programs held in Washington DC, and remote access for those who can’t attend in person.  The meeting will be held September 15-17 at the Washington Hilton.  Once again, registration is free for Section members, no matter whether you attend in person or remotely.  Click here to register.  It would be great if you can make it – the Spring Meeting in Atlanta was a great success, and we expect the Annual Meeting in DC to be even better. 

BCLC once again has planned a full schedule of events, CLE and networking opportunities for the DC meeting.  We will be presenting three CLE programs and one Showcase program, all of them “must see” programs:

  • Containing Wildfires: Cross-Border Class Actions and Mass Tort Litigation, Thursday, September 15, 10:00 - 11:30 AM.
  • The Current Chapter in Books and Records Requests, Thursday, September 15,  2:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Showcase Program:  Supreme Court Business Review - Significant Cases in the October 2021 Term and Preview of the October 2022 Term, Friday, September 16, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
  • Risky Business: Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls in Lateral Hiring, Friday, September 16, 2:00 – 3:00PM

We are grateful to the program chairs who have dedicated substantial effort to presenting these pro­grams and maintaining BCLC’s high standard of program quality.

One highlight of every meeting is the Committee dinner, held jointly with Judges Initiative, the Dispute Resolution Committee and the Sports Law Committee. We will also be joined this year by the Business Crimes, Investigations and Enforcement Committee. We have reserved a top-flight restaurant in DC (Rare Steakhouse & Tavern), and we expect that, as in Atlanta, we will have good company, good food, good conversation and an all-around good time.  Please check your inboxes for reservation information. Tickets for the dinner are $125 each. Many thanks to our dinner sponsors whose generosity helps make this event possible – in alphabetical order, Bennett Jones LLP, JAMS, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Stone Pigman Walther Whittman LLC, Wilk Auslander LLP and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP.  It’s sure to be a terrific evening, so please do try to come.

Before the dinner, on Thursday afternoon, September 15, at 4:00pm, the full Committee will be meeting.  Please make an effort to attend, whether in person or virtually. An agenda for the meeting has already been circulated.  This will be a chance to see old friends, meet new ones, come up to speed on the Committee’s work and learn of new opportunities.  I look forward to seeing you there! 

Please also check the meeting schedule for the meetings of our dozens of subcommittees.  BCLC’s subcommittees have planned a large number of substantive meetings – these meetings are great opportunities to meet with other attorneys with similar interests, exchange ideas and learn.  You can find a schedule of subcommittee meetings on pages 4 and 5 of this PDF document.  You will undoubtedly find some of the subcommittee meetings to be of interest to you and relevant to your practice.  If you have not yet joined a subcommittee, please consider doing so.

This year’s annual meeting will also feature the resumption of our “Tips from the Trial Bench” event.  It will be held over breakfast on Friday morning, September 16, from 8:30 to 9:30am.  Please come and take advantage of the opportunity to interact directly with business court judges from all over the country.  This will be your chance to ask questions and get input from a judge that you normally might not be able to.

BCLC offers its members multiple opportunities for writing, speaking, networking, learning and leadership.  Committee leadership is eager to discuss with you ways to get involved – to sharpen your skills, publish your writing, get speaking opportunities, connect with like-minded people and help you get comfortable.  Gail Andler, Jay Dubow, Denise Kraft, Kathy McLeroy and I make sure we are readily accessible to BCLC members.  One really great way to get a speaking opportunity is to contribute a program idea to the Committee’s Ideas Bank.  If the idea is selected, chances are you’ll be asked to chair the program.  Just send any program ideas to Jay Dubow via email.

Thanks, once again, to Sarah Ennis and Kristen Swift, the editors of this Newsletter, and to their Editorial Board, for producing this consistently high-quality newsletter.  I’m grateful as well for the work and support of the Committee’s vice-chairs -- Gail Andler, Jay Dubow, Denise Kraft and Kathy McLeroy – 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.

One final thought.  This is my last Message from the Chair.  It’s been an eventful three years – in fact, that’s something of an understatement.  We weathered a worldwide pandemic, with large scale disruptions of our lives and our businesses.  Through it all, this Committee managed to stay together, producing first-rate content, staying in touch and continuing the good work that we do.  I’m deeply grateful to all the members of the Committee for their contributions and dedication – without your support, the past three years would have been even more trying than they were.  Al­though I’ll be moving on to other roles in the Business Law Section, the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee will always be my home, and I will always be available to you.  And I know the Committee will continue to excel under the leadership of the incoming chair, Gail Andler. 

See you in DC!

Stuart

Stuart Riback

Business and Corporate Litigation Committee Chair