Welcome to the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee. The breadth of business litigation faced by today's companies is staggering. So, too, is the attendant cost and risk. The Business and Corporate Litigation Committee (BCLC) is the home within the ABA Business Law Section (BLS) for lawyers, in-house counsel, judges, and law students interested in dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, and mediation for business clients, as well as substantive issues for business litigators. Our members from around the United States and beyond are approximately 2,000 strong, making the BCLC one of the ten largest committees in the BLS. We have access to the most current thinking on trends and developments in business litigation and, for those who wish to become active as speakers, authors, and leaders, there are opportunities to become involved no matter your level or area of expertise. We have approximately 35 Subcommittees in which you can develop your knowledge, connections, and leadership.
Many of our members have found an opportunity to flourish as authors, to show their expertise in particular areas of the law. For example, the BCLC has, for over 20 years, authored the indispensable Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation (formerly the Annual Review). The 1996 edition included 11 chapters authored by 24 Committee members. The 2016 edition includes 19 chapters authored by over 170 Committee members. Additionally, Committee members regularly write articles for the Section's Business Law Today publication. The BCLC has its own newsletter - The Network - which offers further writing opportunities for Committee members.
The BCLC takes great pride in its quality programming and special events. The Committee participates actively in the BLS Spring, Annual, and Fall Meetings, and it typically presents 11 CLE programs annually. We encourage the "repurposing" of these programs as webinars so Committee members unable to attend in person can benefit from the excellent CLE programming. BCLC regularly presents non-CLE programs and special events, such as theTips from the Trial Bench program, the Woman Business and Commercial Advocates Reception, and the Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Project. Most recently, the BCLC conducted a historical reenactment of the Susan B. Anthony Trial and plans to present other historical trials at future meetings. Our popular Committee dinners held at each meeting are regularly co-sponsored by the Judges' Initiative Committee and alternatively by the Young Lawyer Committee.
Our Committee enjoys and welcomes considerable diversity in its membership. We actively participate in the Section's Diversity Clerkship Program and the Young Lawyer & Law Student events, including the Speed Mentoring Program and the Diversity Networking Reception. We also regularly have one or more Section Fellows assigned to our Committee for substantive and leadership opportunities.
For over 25 years, the BCLC has sponsored and co-sponsored numerous programs on a wide range of business litigation subjects. This has proved to be a great opportunity for our members to share their expertise as panelists, in addition to the learning provided to those attending. Links to the audio and materials from many of our programs from 2003 through the 2016 Annual Meeting can be found in the Materials section of our website or by clicking here .
We encourage and welcome your voices and those of your clients, and we stand ready to make your participation in the BCLC both meaningful and valuable. How can you become involved? First, please join our Committee today.
The benefits of joining BCLC are many, and your experience can be tailored to your individual practice and needs. We are an inclusive and collaborative group, and I hope to see you at our future meetings.
With warm regards,
Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier
Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee
Partner, Snell & Wilmer LLP
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