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ABA Business Law Section
Women's Business Law Network Newsletter
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Our Mission Statement

Message from the Leadership

In This Issue
  Spotlight: The Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award
  Join Us in Las Vegas
  Things to do While in Las Vegas

Become a WBLN Member
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Sylvia Fung Chin
    WBLN Chair
    White & Case LLP

Natalie A. Panossian
    WBLN Vice-Chair/eNewsletter Editor
    Corporate Counsel
    Ricoh Printing Systems America, Inc.

  Our Mission Statement

The Women's Business Law Network, a Subcommittee of the Committee on Diversity, welcomes and invites the involvement of all business lawyers who share in our vision to address matters of relevance to women business lawyers and promote the full involvement of women in all aspects of the Section of Business Law, the ABA and the legal profession. WBLN holds stand alone meetings at each Section meeting which typically include a conversation with one of the Section's "Glasscutters" on a topic related to professional development for women and important planning for future WBLN programs on both substantive and diversity related topics.

The Committee proudly sponsors the Sweet Endings Reception at the Spring Business Law Section meeting which provides an opportunity for attendees to meet the Section leaders and network with each other. Participation in WBLN further entitles its members to access to its listserv which has expanded to over 250 members and continues to grow. Members of the listserv are entitled to: seek input on surveys of interest to women lawyers, seek volunteers for ABA positions, seek speakers for programming, and disseminate WBLN and Section news of interest to its constitutes. The WBLN also publishes "The Network News" prior to the Spring Section and Annual ABA meetings.

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  Message from the Leadership

Welcome to the Spring Edition of The Network News! We hope you will find this newsletter interesting and informative.

In this edition, we highlight meetings, programs, and events not to miss at the Section's Spring Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 21- 24, 2012, where we look forward to seeing you! Also included is information about this year's recipient of the Section's Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award.

We also hope that you will join us for the business meeting of the WBLN and "Conversations with a Glass Cutter - Linda J. Rusch" on Saturday, March 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We have much to discuss and plan, including programs for the 2012 Annual Meeting and how to increase WBLN's membership.

As always, we welcome your input and comments - we want to hear from you!

See you in Las Vegas!!!

Sylvia Chin - Chair - Women's Business Law Network
Natalie Panossian - Vice-Chair - Women's Business Law Network

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  In This Issue
Linda J. Rusch Spotlight: The Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award for 2007
Linda J. Rusch

Organizers of the Women's Business Law Network instituted the Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award in 1993 in honor of the award's namesake who, in addition to serving as the first female chair of the Section of Business Law, also supported other women practicing business law in a multitude of ways. The Glass Cutter Award is presented annually by the ABA Section of Business Law at the Section's Spring Meeting. The recipient is an exceptional female lawyer who has contributed significantly to both the Section and to the profession. She is nominated by her peers for her professional excellence and her support of other women practicing business law.

In 2007, the recipient of the Glass Cutter Award was Professor Linda Rusch.

Linda J. Rusch is a professor of law and was the inaugural holder of the Frederick N. and Barbara T. Curley Professor in Commercial Law at Gonzaga University School of Law from 2005-2010. She is also a co-director of the Law School’s Commercial Law Center. Prior to joining Gonzaga, she was a professor of law teaching in the area of commercial law at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prof. Rusch graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with highest distinction and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Prior to joining the Hamline faculty in 1992, she practiced commercial law and bankruptcy as an associate with the Minneapolis firm of Faegre & Benson, and clerked for the Honorable Milton I. Shadur, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

Over the course of several years, Prof. Rusch has been involved in the revision of the Uniform Commercial Code. From 1996-1999, she served as the Associate Reporter for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and the American Law Institute Drafting Committee to Revise Article 2 of the UCC. From 2000-2003, she served as a co-reporter for and member of the NCCUSL-ALI Drafting Committee to revise UCC Article 7. In addition, from 2008-2011, she served as the Reporter for the NCCUSL Study Committee on Payment Issues. She currently serves as a member of the Permanent Editorial Board of the UCC, and is on the Executive Committee for the PEB.

Prof. Rusch served in many leadership roles in the American Bar Association Business Law Section, including as the past chair of the Committee on the UCC. In 2008, she started serving as an officer of the Business Law Section (Secretary 2008-09, Vice Chair 2009-10, Chair-elect 2010-11) and was named Chair in August 2011 for a one-year term. During her term as Vice-Chair, she served as the Editor-in Chief of The Business Lawyer, the academic peer-edited journal published by the ABA Business Law Section. During her term as Chair-elect, she served as Chair of the Council Committee on Planning for the Section, Class Representative for Chair-elects for the ABA Section Officers Conference, and Co-chair of the Planning Committee for the ABA Section Officers Conference Fall Meeting. During her term as Chair, she was responsible for the overall management of the ABA Business Law Section.

Prof. Rusch is a past President of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. She is also a member of the American Law Institute and the American College of Bankruptcy. As a member of the American Law Institute, she has participated in the Members Consultative Groups on the development of the Restatement of Restitution, the Principles of Software Contracting, and the Restatement of Torts (Third):Economic Losses.

Prof. Rusch has published numerous articles and books on the Uniform Commercial Code and bankruptcy, and is a frequent lecturer on those topics.

Professor Rusch has been a tireless and determined supporter of women in the Section, encouraging their participation in the work and leadership of the Section. A strong advocate for women's career development, Professor Rusch also has served as formal or informal mentor and advisor, as well as a friend, to countless young women lawyers with whom she has worked over the years.

Professor Rusch exemplifies the Glass Cutter Award's emphasis on both exceptional lawyering and significant contributions to the Section and the legal profession.

We hope that you will join us for an inspiring conversation with Glass Cutter, Professor Linda J. Rusch on Saturday, March 24th from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Octavious 17 & 18, Promenade Level.

Join Us in Las Vegas

There are many outstanding substantive programs and other events of interest to WBLN members and all attendees at this year's ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting, which is taking place in Las Vegas, March 21-24, 2012. Some of the programs and events which we think would be of particular interest to women lawyers are highlighted below. For more information or a copy of the Schedule of Events, click on the ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting.


Diversity Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m
Octavius 17 & 18, Promenade Level


Lawyers of Color Subcommittee of the Diversity Committee Meeting
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Octavious 17 & 18, Promenade Level

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Involvement Subcommittee of the Diversity Committee Meeting
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Octavious 23, Promenade Level

Orientation Reception
Sponsored by Lewis and Roca LLP
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Octavius 21 & 22, Promenade Level

Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Octavius 24 Ballroom, Promenade Level

Women's Business Law Network Sweet Endings Dessert Reception
10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Octavius 12 & 13, Promenade Level

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

Pro Bono Breakfast
Sponsored by Ballard Spahr LLP
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Octavius 20, Promenade Level

Diversity Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Octavius 17 & 18, Promenade Level

Lawyers of Color Subcommittee of the Diversity Committee Meeting
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Octavius 17 & 18, Promenade Level

Section Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Ross Miller, Nevada Secretary of State
12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Octavius 24 Ballroom, Promenade Level

Section Dinner at The Mirage Resort
7:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom AF


Diversity Committee Co-Sponsored Program: Strength in Diversity: Empowering All Lawyers to Thrive in the Workplace
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Milano IV, Promenade Level

Women's Business Law Network Subcommittee of the Diversity Committee Meeting and "Conversations with a Glass Cutter - Linda J. Rusch"
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Octavius 17 & 18, Promenade Level

Section Council Meeting
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Octavius 24 Ballroom, Promenade Level

Things to do While in Las Vegas

Jim Rogers, the owner of Sunbelt Communications, has more than 300 restored vehicles on display in his car barn. But he doesn't advertise the collection, and tourists can see it only by appointment. Call (702) 649-0110 to arrange a time or join a scheduled tour. The museum opens at 6 a.m. weekdays, except holidays, at 1420 Gragson St. Go to www.sunbeltcars.com for details. Free.

The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority offers the Shop Vegas Passport. Print out the coupon book from www.visitlasvegas.com/vegas and redeem it at one of the seven malls listed on the book. Free.

At three locations, pianists play and the audience chooses a winner by applause. Check out the Piano Bar at Harrah's Las Vegas (9 nightly), Kahunaville restaurant at Treasure Island (9:30 nightly) and the Bar at Times Square at New York New York (8 nightly). Free at Harrah's and Treasure Island; $10 at New York New York.

Las Vegas City Hall has a historic walking tour, displaying such items as Mayor Oscar Goodman bobbleheads, a 1959 map of the city and the 1923 city budget. Ask the city clerk for a brochure for the self-guided tour. City Hall is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except holidays, at 400 Stewart Ave. Free.

To find great casino memorabilia, go to the Broadacres Swap Meet in North Las Vegas, a 20-acre, open-air market with 1,150 vendors. The meet runs 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 2930 N. Las Vegas Blvd. Fridays, 50 cents; Saturdays and Sundays, $1; kids under 12, free.

Instead of spending big bucks to see Midler's "The Showgirl Must Go On," you can hear six members of her band performing as Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, a weekly act at the Lounge at the Palms. The band performs at 10:30 p.m. Mondays. Free.

Joe Krathwohl, a.k.a. the Birdman of Las Vegas, does astonishing bird tricks with a menagerie that includes Hawaiian cockatoos, Amazon parrots and the endangered Andean condor at 1 and 3 p.m. Fridays through Sundays inside the 80,000-square-foot Hawaiian Marketplace, 3743 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Free.

Las Vegas Carriage offers 20-minute rides around the 11,000-foot mountain, about 40 minutes northwest of Las Vegas. Take a horse-drawn carriage in summer or a horse-drawn wooden sleigh during the winter. The rides start from the Mt. Charleston Lodge, 1200 Old Park Road. Call (702) 596-6715 for reservations. $20 per adult, $10 per child.

Twenty-five members of the public can ride the floats during an hourly show of dancers and musicians who parade on elevated tracks over the casino floor at the Rio All-Suite Hotel-Casino. The shows run hourly from 7 p.m. to midnight Thursdays through Sundays. Make reservations at http://harrahs-web.vegas.com/rio/masquerade.html. $13.

This 4,500-square-foot storefront is a hidden treasure where you can play 200 or so vintage pinball machines. It's a nonprofit effort run by Tim Arnold, a former arcade chain owner with a collection that dates to the 1940s. The Pinball Hall of Fame is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily at 3330 E. Tropicana Ave. For more information, visit www.pinballmuseum.org. 25 cents to 50 cents per game.

If you hunger for an inexpensive gourmet meal, try one of the two local cooking schools where some of those vaunted Strip chefs trained. The Culinary Institute of Las Vegas currently serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays at Opus Too, 2350 Corporate Circle in Henderson (www.artinstitutes.edu/lasvegas/aboutus_facility.asp?facid=69). To confirm days and hours and make reservations, call (702) 369-9944. $9.95. Also try Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, which has a 10,000-square-foot restaurant called Café Bleu (www.vegasculinary.com/onsite_restaurant.asp). It is open 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch Tuesdays through Fridays and 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. for dinner at 1451 Center Crossing Road. Call (702) 851-5322 for reservations. At both places, the students cook and wait the tables. $19 to $21.

Aspiring comics training with the Second City comedy troupe perform at 9:30 p.m. Mondays at the Onyx Theatre, 953 E. Sahara Ave. The theater (www.onyxtheatre.com) is behind a clothing shop called The Rack. No advance ticket sales. $7.

Rather than pay up to $13.95 to see the Strip from the Stratosphere observation deck, head to the bar at Mix atop THEhotel at Mandalay Bay before 10 p.m. for a better view. Free.

A major tourist draw in Vegas is the 50,000-gallon, horseshoe-shaped saltwater tank at the north end of Caesars Palace's Forum Shops that houses more than 500 colorful fish, including zebra sharks and cownose rays. During educational tours, you can handle live starfish and observe other sea life. The tours start at 1:15 and 5:15 p.m. weekdays near the Tower Records side of the aquarium. Free.

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  Become a WBLN Member

WBLN is a subcommittee of the ABA Section of Business Law's Diversity Committee. If you would like to become a member of WBLN, you can do so via the WBLN homepage or please contact Leslie Archer in the Section office by phone 312-988-5630 or by email Leslie.Archer@americanbar.org.

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