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. Our members from around the United States and beyond are 2,000+ strong, making it 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 nearly 40 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. As one example, the BCLC has, for nearly 20 years, authored the indispensable Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation (formerly the Annual Review). In 1996, this title included 11 chapters authored by 24 Committee members. This year's version, recently released, is a two-volume set (with an accompanying CD-ROM), and it includes 24 chapters authored by over 200 Committee members. You can find links to this excellent set in the Publications section of our website.
In addition to our written content, the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee takes great pride in its programming. The Committee participates actively in the BLS Spring, Annual, and Fall Meetings, and it typically presents 12 CLE programs annually. In addition, BCLC regularly presents non-CLE programs and special events, such as the Trial Tips from the Bench Luncheon, the Woman Business and Commercial Advocates Reception, and the Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Project. Our Committee dinners are also regularly co-sponsored by the Judges' Initiative Committee and alternatively by the Young Lawyer Committee.
Over many years, we have 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 2015 Annual Meeting can be found in the Materials section of our website at, Committee Meeting Materials (Audio and PDF, BCLC sponsored, 2003-present).
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 bunch, and I hope to see you at our future meetings!
Patrick T. Clendenen
Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee