From the Chair
Peter J. Walsh, Jr.
It was a long Winter, and I have been looking forward to Spring, and
with the new season, comes the Spring Meeting.
This year we will be smeeting in Denver, hopefully a warm and sunny Denver.
As usual, we have a terrific line-up of programs and events. On Thursday
afternoon, April 22, 2010, Gabe Galanda will moderate the ever-popular
"Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate
Litigation." The program will feature more than a dozen speakers,
including three judges. On Friday afternoon, from 2:30-4:30, Andy Halaby
will be chairing "Cutting-Edge Legal Ethics Issues for Transactional
Lawyers in a Changing, Challenging Economy." Andy also has lined up a
superb panel for this program, so please plan on attending and encourage
others to do so.
A few other events to keep in mind: our business courts judges, headed by
Judge Ben Tennille, will host a breakfast "meet and greet" for
young lawyers and law students. Anyone may attend the breakfast, which is
scheduled for Friday morning from 8-9 a.m. Once again, the Women's
Business and Commercial Advocates will sponsor a reception on Friday
evening, from 5-7 p.m., before the Section Dinner. Several of our
subcommittees have teamed up to present a "Comparative Perspective on
Derivative Actions in the US and Canada." That mini-program will
follow the breakfast "meet and greet" on Friday morning. Our
Administrative Meeting is scheduled for Friday afternoon, from 4:30 - 5:30
p.m., although we'll be sure to finish up in time to get to the Advocates
Reception. Last but certainly not least, the Committee Dinner is scheduled
for Thursday evening and will take place at the Limelight Supper Club at
the Denver Performing Arts Center. The invitation will coming out soon and
it is sure to be a sell-out.
In January, I attended the leadership meeting in Indian Wells, California.
I came away from the meeting with the firm view that, in large part due to
my ineptitude in matters of technology, the Committee is missing out on
networking opportunities that may be available to us through various
e-sources (e.g., list-serves, Linked-in and Facebook, to name a
few). As such, the Committee is in need of a cyber-savvy individual or
individuals to act as a liaison with the Section to help us get up to
speed. Parenthetically, this role might also lend itself to establishing a
technology subcommittee. If you are this individual, or have ideas about
who could serve in such a capacity, please let me know.
Finally, I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to our chapter authors
for yet another great Annual Review, which should be available for purchase
at the Spring Meeting. And special thanks to Gabe Galanda. The Annual
Review would not be possible but for the time and effort of Gabe, who has
truly set the standard for Editorial excellence. Those are some big shoes
to fill, but I know this Committee is up to it.
See you in Denver!
Peter J. Walsh, Jr.
Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee
Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
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Spring Meeting Public Service Project
Colorado Coalition to End Hunger
Each year, the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee sponsors
a public service project benefiting a charity within the host community
for the Spring Meeting. This year, the Committee is proud to partner
with the Colorado Coalition to End Hunger in the fight against childhood
hunger and malnutrition. Section members may make a direct donation to
the Coalition's campaign to provide food and proper nutrition to children
from low-income families who typically lose access to school meal programs
during the summer months. Even a small donation makes a tremendous
difference, enabling the Coalition to provide summer meals to a disadvantaged
child for up to nine weeks. To make a donation to this very worthy cause, visit:
This public service project is coordinated by the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee's
Pro Bono and Public Service Subcommittee, with co-sponsorship by the
Young Lawyer Committee and
Pro Bono Committee. For more information about the project or to see how you
can get involved, please contact Mac R. McCoy (email@example.com).
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Subcommittee on Business Courts
Lee Applebaum and Rick Gross, Chairs; Cory Manning, Vice-Chair
The Subcommittee's membership stands at 143. The Subcommittee is working
Class and Derivative Actions Subcommittee and the
International Litigation Subcommittee
to present a program in Denver, entitled
"Comparative Perspectives on Derivative Actions in the US and
Canada." The panel will feature judges and practitioners from the
U.S. and Canada. Last fall, Subcommittee Vice-Chair Cory Manning and Judge
Stephen Platt spoke to a West Virginia Senate Subcommittee on Judicial
Reform regarding the creation of a business court. Former Committee Chair
and Subcommittee Chair Mitchell Bach later addressed West Virginia
Legislators as well. Since that time, both houses of the West Virginia
legislature have approved a bill creating a business court, and the bill
has been signed by the governor. In addition, in December 2009, the
Subcommittee provided materials and participated in a teleconference with
the Business Impact Committee for the State Bar of Michigan. The committee
is in the initial stages of reviewing the feasibility and necessity of
creating a business court in the Michigan court system. In an effort to
make the Subcommittee's website more active as a resource, Subcommittee
co-Chair Lee Applebaum has populated the website with links to useful
information on American and international business and commercial courts,
including court websites, articles, and reports. And for the seventh year,
Lee coordinated the Business Courts chapter in the Annual Review of
Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, which includes a
number of Subcommittee members as authors.
Subcommittee on Pro Bono and Public Service
Mac McCoy, Chair, Kristin Alexandra Johnson, Victoria Heather Mitchell, Co-Vice-Chairs
Bring-a-Book Project held in connection with the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.
The Pro Bono and Public Service Subcommittee is pleased to report that Section
members once again demonstrated heart-warming generosity by donating dozens of
books to the Bring-a-Book Project held in connection with the ABA Annual Meeting
in Chicago. The books will benefit the children served by Book Worm Angels,
a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to promoting literacy among at-risk, low-income
children in the Chicago area.
The Subcommittee has planned an additional public service project for the
2010 Spring Meeting in Denver, Colorado (see below) and is busy planning one for the 2010 Annual Meeting in
San Francisco, California. We need volunteer attorneys and law firms in the local
Denver and San Francisco areas to assist with on-the-ground planning for these
upcoming projects. For more information or to volunteer, please
email Mac McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Subcommittee is proud to support the first annual National Pro Bono Celebration to
be held October 25-31, 2009. This celebration is a coordinated national effort to
showcase the differences that pro bono lawyers make to the nation, its system of
justice, its communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve. For more
information, please visit http://www.probono.net/celebrateprobono/, where you
will find a host of useful materials, including a countdown clock, a national
calendar of events, and a "Celebration Toolkit" to help your organization become
involved in this historic event.
Lastly, beginning in October 2009, the Subcommittee will publish monthly or quarterly
articles featuring Section members who are actively engaged in significant and
noteworthy pro bono efforts in their home communities. We need your help identifying
worthy candidates to be featured. Please submit nominations to
» Pro Bono and Public Service Subcommittee Meeting Minutes
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