ABA Section of Business Law
Business Law Section Advisors
The mission of the Business Law Advisors Committee is to enhance Section educational opportunities through the shared wisdom and experience of prominent individuals who have distinguished themselves as practitioners, teachers, or government officials in areas in which Section committees are active.
- Up to 3 individuals selected each year for a 2-year term through a Section-wide nomination process. The Section sponsors Advisors attendance at meetings during their initial terms.
- Advisors are assigned to one or more substantive law committees in the areas of their expertise.
- Obligations of Advisors include:
- Attending the Section's Annual and Spring Meetings.
- Attending and participating in the meetings and programs of the Committee or Committees to which they are assigned as a Business Law Advisor and attend meetings of other committees in which they have an interest.
- Attending and, if requested, speaking at meetings of the Young Lawyer Forum, which strives to integrate young lawyers into the profession and the activities of the Section.
- At the conclusion of their terms, Advisors are welcome to continue their Section and committee participation as a Continuing Advisor.
Areas of Expertise
- Business Law Advisors are individuals who have distinguished themselves as practitioners, teachers, or government officials in one or more of the areas in which committees of the Business Law Section are active.
- The Section looks for lawyers with national reputations who have the experience and judgment necessary to help inform and educate younger members of the profession.
- The Section is not necessarily seeking lawyers with current cutting edge knowledge of specific legal issues. Rather, it seeks individuals who can share the wisdom and knowledge they have accumulated over years of practice.
Obligations of the Business Law Advisors
A critical feature of the Program is a commitment by selected Business Law Advisors to share wisdom and experience with members of the Section by:
- Actively participating in their assigned substantive committee
- Attending the ABA Annual Meeting and participating Business Law Advisors Committee luncheon; the Council Meeting; and their assigned substantive Committee's meetings, programs and activities
- Attending the stand-alone Committee meeting of their assigned substantive Committee
- Attending the Section's Midwinter Leadership Meeting and participating in the Council Meeting
- Attending the Section's Spring Meeting and participating in the Business Law Advisors Committee meeting; the Council Meeting; and their assigned substantive Committee's meetings, programs and activities
- Participating in Section Outreach activities for law students and young lawyers.
The Selection Process
Each year a class of Business Law Advisors are selected by the former Chairs of the Business Law Section, based on nominations received from members of the Business Law Advisors Committee, Section Officers, the Chairs of the various Section committees and members of the Section Council. Each Advisor serves for a term of two years, commencing at the end of the ABA Annual Meeting in August of the year he or she is selected.
2013 Business Law Advisors Nominations
Continuing Advisors are former Advisors who choose to continue their participation in the Section and their assigned substantive Committee after the conclusion of their two-year term. They play a significant role in the Section by staying active in Committee activities, engaging in Section initiatives and providing the opportunity for Section members to meet and learn from leaders in the law. Continuing Advisors may be eligible for financial support for meeting attendance through their substantive Committee if they meet the requirements of the Section's reimbursement policy.
Business Law Advisors