By Regina M. Sharrow, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
The Business Law Section is off to a great start this year. We have scheduled 10 CLEs for the Business Law CLE Series . We are trying something new this year, combining socials with two of our CLEs. On Tuesday, April 21 from 4 to 5 p.m., the Business Law Section will join the Estate Planning & Administration Section to co-host "Wealth Management Planning for the Outgoing Business Owner." The CLE presentation will be held at the Alexander Hotel and will be followed by a reception with food and drinks for the attendees of the CLE.
We will host a similar Social CLE, "Securities Laws and Offering Exemptions," on Wednesday, June 24 at the IndyBar Education Center. Immediately following the CLE, attendees we be able to snack on hors d'oeuvres and sample beer from local breweries. Remember that the IndyBar has a new policy on CLE material - we will provide a link to the materials only and will not be distributing paper versions at the event.
Don't forget to check out our website for the Business Law Section to stay on top of the latest updates. We post minutes from Executive Committee meetings and other newsworthy information. To log in on the website, your username is your email address and your default password is your IndyBar number. We hope to be adding information more regularly in the coming months, but please bear with us while we get up to speed. If you have pictures or notices to post, please contact any executive committee member.
On March 4, some of our section members attended a coffee hour with the IU McKinney law students at the law school. We enjoyed meeting the students as well as some of our fellow bar members from other sections. Watch the calendar for similar events in the future. We would love to see you there!The Business Law Section has established several subcommittees this year to enable us to offer more activities and relevant information to our members. Please let us know if you have any ideas for these subcommittees:
- We now have the Philanthropy Subcommittee chaired by Eli Isaacs. The Philanthropy Subcommittee has two purposes. First, it is charged with selecting one or more charitable events around the city that could benefit from the volunteer hours of our large membership and engaging our members to volunteer in those activities. In addition, because our section has a large cash reserve, the Philanthropy Subcommittee is researching local charities that would benefit from a donation from our section.
- We have a Communications Subcommittee chaired by Jarod Brown. This subcommittee will be in charge of the website, uploading pictures and information relevant to our members. It will also solicit articles for posting to the website. We have asked our executive committee members to write at least one article for posting to the website and invite any Business Law Section member to submit relevant articles. You are not required to write an entire article; you may find an interesting post and simply write an introduction. We look forward to distributing valuable information to our Business Law Section members by doing so.
- We have established a Diversity Subcommittee chaired by Vernicka Shaw. The subcommittee will host a diversity event for the Business Law Section members.
The Business Law Section Executive Committee is currently examining whether increasing the virtual CLE maximum to six hours per year is advisable. We have researched other states' requirements for virtual CLEs and Indiana is one of the most restrictive, permitting only six hours for every three years. We recognize there may be consequences to this change, so we are doing our homework before we make a final determination. The final decision would be a Supreme Court decision, not a bar decision. We welcome your input!
Please contact any one of the executive committee members with ideas or offerings you would like to see from your section. We would like to provide a valuable service to our members and welcome your input.