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Section Development Director Reports

March 3, 2005

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    N/A

    2.Council Approval

    N/A

    3. Membership

    N/A

    4. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Member Database. The member database has been completed and continues to be updated quarterly. The database includes information regarding all members, such as name, contact information, type of practice (from surveys sent to the Section), and certain administrative data. The database provides a wealth of information regarding the Section's members and all Committees and Directors are encouraged to make full use of it in connection with future projects.

    Strategic Plan. An ad hoc committee consisting of Ann Baker, Tim Damscroder, Mike Khoury and Paul Marcela has been formed to revise the Strategic Plan.

    5. Meetings and Programs

    Business Boot Camp. The Business Boot Camp program will resume in the fall of 2005. A meeting was held with ICLE on February 15 to discuss subject matter for the program.

    Scholarship Award. The Section's Second Annual Scholarship Award program is underway. Goldie Adele of Cooley Law School is helping to administer the program. Notices of the event and entry forms have been sent to Ave Maria Law School, Wayne State University Law School, the University of Michigan Law School, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Michigan State University, and Cooley Law School, and have been posted on the Section's website. The deadline for submissions is April 15. Please let me know if you are willing to help with reviewing the submissions. The $2,500 award will be presented at the Mid-Year Meeting Dinner at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort on June 3.

    6. Publications

    N/A

    7. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments

    N/A

    8. Miscellaneous

    N/A

    Report submitted by:
    Timothy R. Damschroder
    Section Development Director

December 4, 2004

    1. Budget Request for 2004-2005.

    $2,500 to continue database work and for $2,500 scholarship award.

    2. Use of Budgeted Funds in 2003-2004.

    Database and scholarship award.

    3. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    N/A

    4. Council Approval

    N/A

    5. Membership

    N/A

    6. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Member Database. The member database has been completed and continues to be updated quarterly. The database includes information regarding all members, such as name, contact information, type of practice (from surveys sent to the Section), and certain administrative data. The database provides a wealth of information regarding the Section's members and all Committees and Directors are encouraged to make full use of it in connection with future projects.

    Business Boot Camp. The Section must decide if it wants to resume the Business Boot Camp program in the fall of 2005.

    7. Meetings and Programs

    Scholarship Award. The Section plans to move forward with the scholarship award program in 2005.

    8. Publications

    N/A

    9. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments

    N/A

    10. Miscellaneous

    N/A

    Timothy R. Damschroder
    Section Development Director

September 23, 2004

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    N/A

    2. Council Approval

    N/A

    3. Membership

    N/A

    4. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Member Database. The member database has been completed and continues to be updated quarterly. The database includes information regarding all members, such as name, contact information, type of practice (from surveys sent to the Section), and certain administrative data. Two E-mail surveys were sent to new members and members who have not responded to previous surveys in the Spring of 2004. The Section received approximately 200 responses to the E-mail surveys. Surveys were mailed to approximately 1,800 members who have not yet responded in May, 2004. The Section received approximately 250 responses to the mailing. The database provides a wealth of information regarding the Section's members and all Committees and Directors are encouraged to make full use of it in connection with future projects.

    Strategic Plan. The Section is currently preparing a new Strategic Plan which will outline new development initiatives.

    5. Meetings and Programs

    Scholarship Award. The Section plans to move forward with the scholarship award program in 2005. Goldie Adele, our contact at Cooley Law School who administered the program, stated that it usually takes a few years to get an award program off the ground. He anticipates the response to the program to be better in 2005 than it was in 2004.

    6. Publications

    N/A

    7. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments

    N/A

    8. Miscellaneous

    N/A

    Report submitted by:
    Timothy R. Damschroder

May 22, 2004

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    N/A

    2. Council Approval

    N/A

    3. Membership

    N/A

    4. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Member Database. The member database has been completed and continues to be updated quarterly. The database includes information regarding all members, such as name, contact information, type of practice (from surveys sent to the Section), and certain administrative data. Two E-mail surveys were sent to new members and members who have not responded to previous surveys over the past month. The Section received approximately 200 responses to the E-mail surveys. As E-mail addresses are not available for many members, the survey will be mailed to approximately 1,800 members who have not yet responded at the end of May. The database provides a wealth of information regarding the Section's members and all Committees and Directors are encouraged to make full use of it in connection with future projects.

    Strategic Plan. The Section is currently preparing a new Strategic Plan which will outline new development initiatives.

    5. Meetings and Programs

    Scholarship Award. The Section received entries from ten students in connection with the scholarship award. Diane Akers, Dee Dee Fuller and Tim Damschroder reviewed the submissions. Alexis Brink (Ave Maria Law School) is the winner of the Section's scholarship award and she will be presented with a check for $2,500 at the Mid-Year Meeting in Mt. Pleasant on May 21, 2004.

    Business Boot Camp. Business Boot Camp II will be concluded this month. Receptions will be held after the final sessions in Grand Rapids on May 18 and in Royal Oak on May 27.

    The Section has decided to forego the Boot Camp program next year and hopes to resume the program in the fall of 2005. This was decided for the fall of 2004 primarily because: (1) although registrations are solid, attendance at each session has not been the as expected; (ii) there will probably not be enough new corporate law associates to fill a new Boot Camp I in 2004; and (iii) taking off a year will let the Section know how much everyone wants the program and hopefully ensure a large turnout in 2005.

    6. Publications

    N/A

    7. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments

    N/A

    8. Miscellaneous

    N/A

    Report submitted by:
    Timothy R. Damschroder

March 4, 2004

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    N/A

    2. Council Approval

    N/A

    3. Membership

    N/A

    4. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Member Database. The member database has been completed and continues to be updated quarterly. The database includes information regarding all members, such as name, contact information, type of practice (from questionnaires sent to the Section), and certain administrative data. A questionnaire will be sent to all new members and members who have not responded to previous inquiries annually. The database provides a wealth of information regarding the Section's members and all Committees and Directors are encouraged to make full use of it in connection with future projects.

    5. Meetings and Programs

    Scholarship Award. The scholarship program and award information was sent directly to Kay Castro of Ave Maria Law School, Michele Miller of Wayne State University Law School, Kathy Johnson of the University of Michigan Law School, Loretta Lewins-Peck of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and Dean Connell Alsup of Michigan State University.

    Business Boot Camp. Jeff Ammon, Dan Minkus, Tim Damschroder, and Shel Stark met to discuss whether the Section and ICLE should hold the next Boot Camp in the fall of 2004 or in the fall of 2005. It was decided that we should forgo Boot Camp for the fall of 2004 primarily because: (1) although registrations are solid, attendance at each session has not been as expected; (ii) there will probably not be enough new corporate law associates to fill a new Boot Camp I this fall; and (iii) taking off a year will let us know how much everyone wants the program and hopefully ensure a large turnout in 2005. We recommend that the Council discuss this matter at the March meeting.

    6. Publications

    N/A

    7. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments

    N/A

    8. Miscellaneous

    N/A

    Report submitted by:
    Timothy R. Damschroder

December 6, 2003

    1. Budget Request for 2003-2004.

    $2,500 to continue database work and for $2,500 scholarship award.

    2. Use of Budgeted Funds in 2002-2003.

    Establishment of Section database.

    3. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    N/A

    4. Council Approval

    N/A

    5. Membership

    N/A

    6. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Member Database. The member database has been completed and continues to be updated quarterly. The database includes information regarding all members, such as name, contact information, type of practice (from questionnaires sent to the Section), and certain administrative data. A questionnaire will be sent to all new members and members who have not responded to previous inquiries annually. The database provides a wealth of information regarding the Section's members and all Committees and Directors are encouraged to make full use of it in connection with future projects.

    7. Meetings and Programs

    Scholarship Award. Goldie Adele, Coordinator of Student Services at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, has graciously agreed to administer the Scholarship Award program. Mr. Adele has contacted Kay Castro of Ave Maria Law School, Michele Miller of Wayne State University Law School, Kathy Johnson of the University of Michigan Law School, Loretta Lewins-Peck of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and Dean Connell Alsup of Michigan State University—Detroit College of Law for purposes of informing them of the Section's award program and to solicit their participation in publicizing it. Mr. Adele, David Foltyn and Tim Damschroder developed a notice and entry form for the contest which has been sent to the six law schools and posted on the Section's website (see attached). The winner will receive a monetary prize in the amount of $2,500, will have his or her article published in the Business Law Journal, and will be presented with the award at the 2004 Mid-Year Meeting. Many thanks to Mr. Adele for his hard work in helping the Section bring this very worthwhile project to fruition.

    Business Boot Camp. Business Boot Camp II is underway, and Jeff Ammon, Dan Minkus, Tim Damschroder, and ICLE are working toward developing next year's program which may be one "level" up and have a "top gun" theme.

    8. Publications

    N/A

    9. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments

    N/A

    10. Miscellaneous

    N/A

    Report submitted by:
    Timothy R. Damschroder

September 11, 2003

    1. Business Boot Camp II.

    Business Boot Camp II is scheduled to begin this month in Beverly Hills and Grand Rapids. There will be 9 two-hour sessions covering: shareholder buy/sell and voting agreements; forming an LLC; financial statements; forming a business entity; merger and acquisition; business evaluation and appraisal; securities law; Article 9; and intellectual property.

    2. Member Database.

    The member database has been completed and continues to be updated quarterly. The database includes information regarding all members, such as name, contact information, type of practice (from questionnaires sent to the Section), and certain administrative data. All Committees and Directors are encouraged to utilize the database. It is hoped that Committee Chairs will use the database to send two communications per year to those members who said they practice in the committee's area of law.

    Timothy R. Damschroder

May 17, 2003

    1. ABA Meeting.

    The Development Director attended a one day meeting sponsored by the Business Law Section of the ABA with the chairs of many state and local business bar organizations. It was a very informative meeting covering the Business Law Section's experiences with member development and many ideas from other participants. It is nice to report that our Section is ahead of many other state and local business bars in terms of activities, website, conferences and other bar functions. Notwithstanding, I received many good ideas for future member development projects.

    2. Business Boot Camp.

    Dan Minkus, Jeff Ammon, Tim Damschroder and ICLE (Shel Stark and Kelly Miller) have set the agenda for next year's boot camp. The nine chosen topics include: choice of entity (including partnership tax), forming an LLC, real estate, marketing and other issues relating to the business of law, commercial loan transactions, environmental, personal property and UCC Articles 2, executive employment agreements, and M & A specified issues.

    We have added a 15 minute break to promote more interaction among attendees, and have moved the Grand Rapids location to a better facility.

    3. Member Database.

    Creation of the member database has continued. The goal is to have a database of all members that includes, name, address, contact information, type of practice (from questionnaires sent to the Section), and certain administrative data. All Committees and Directorships will be encouraged to utilize the database.

    4. Regional Programs.

    Tania (Dee Dee) Fuller and John Dresser have agreed to help facilitate and promote regional programs for increasing outstate participation in the Section. Using the Section database and contacts at various local bar organizations, they will identify persons in certain targeted communities to act as regional program coordinators. Each regional program could include substantive seminars, discussion groups, networking, or whatever deemed appropriate by the regional coordinator. It is recommended that, as possible, at least one Council member attend each regional program to solidify the connection between the Section and the regional programs.

    5. Scholarship Program.

    The Section hopes to undertake a one year trial scholarship award program. The program would be open to all Michigan law schools, with a $2,500 award to the student with the best article dealing with any business law topic. The program would have two primary purposes: (i)promote involvement with, and knowledge about, the Section with law students; and (ii) to promote law student interest in business topics.

    Timothy R. Damschroder

March 6, 2003

    I. Business Boot Camp.

    Dan Minkus, Jeff Ammon and Tim Damschroder met with ICLE to set the curriculum for Boot Camp II, which will begin in September 2002. Topics being considered include real estate, UCC Articles 2, corporate tax, partnership tax, commercial loan transactions, choice of entity, M & A specified issues, forming an LLC, executive employment agreements, environmental, marketing and other issues relating to the business of law, international law, IP licensing, and non-profits.

    We are also considering changing the location of the Detroit sessions, allowing for a 15 minute break to promote more interaction among attendees, and coordinating the boot camps on a two year track so that the program basically repeats every two years.

    II. Member Database.

    Creation of the member database has continued. The goal is to have a database of all members that includes, name, address, contact information, type of practice (from questionnaires sent to the Section), and certain administrative data. All Committees and Directorships will be encouraged to utilize the database.

    III. Regional Programs.

    Tania (Dee Dee) Fuller and John Dresser have agreed to help facilitate and promote regional programs for increasing outstate participation in the Section. Using the Section database and contacts at various local bar organizations, they will identify persons in certain targeted communities to act as regional program coordinators. Each regional program could include substantive seminars, discussion groups, networking, or whatever deemed appropriate by the regional coordinator. It is recommended that, as possible, at least one Council member attend each regional program to solidify the connection between the Section and the regional programs.

    IV. Scholarship Program.

    The Section undertake a one year trial scholarship award program. The program would be open to all Michigan law schools, with a $2,500 award to the student with the best article dealing with any business law topic. The program would have two primary purposes: (i) promote involvement with, and knowledge about, the Section with law students; and (ii) to promote law student interest in business topics.

    Timothy R. Damschroder

December 7, 2002

    Business Boot Camp.

    In September, 2002, the Business Law Section began a nine month program intended to increase young lawyer participation in the Section and allow law firms to outsource associate training by offering a series of seminars on fundamental business law issues. There are over 180 participants to these monthly meetings held in Detroit and Grand Rapids. This includes 12 of the largest law firms in the State of Michigan that signed up at the firm level. The topics include Shareholder Buy/Sell and Voting Agreements; Forming an LLC—Including Operating Agreements; Understanding Financial Statements; Forming a Business Entity and Ancillary Issues; Mergers & Acquisitions; Business Valuations and Appraisals; Introduction to Securities Law; Security Agreements, Perfecting Security Interests and Understanding Priorities; and Intellectual Property Issues.

    Because of the tremendous response to the Boot Camp and the need to continue outreach to the young lawyers (as well as offering associate outsource training to law firms), it is proposed that the Boot Camp be repeated for a second year beginning September 2003. ICLE is enthusiastic and has agreed to continue sponsoring this program with the Section. The thought is that we would have 5 or 6 new topics and repeat a few of the more popular sessions from this year's Boot Camp. This will allow us to formulate a curriculum for each year that the Boot Camp is taught. The decision to hold a Boot Camp September 2004 should probably be made after the 2003 Boot Camp begins (based on attendance and other feedback).

    Regional Programs.

    The Section has been trying to enhance outstate participation for some years. It is recommended that the Section explore beginning a series of programs in outstate locations (i.e., Traverse City, Bay City/Saginaw). To determine interest, we will contact local Section members and local bar organizations. It is recommended that, as possible, at least one Council member attend each regional program to solidify the connection between the Section and the regional programs. Ideally, one or more regional program coordinators could be nominated to set and run the programs, with appropriate budget from the Section. The programs could include substantive seminars, discussion groups, networking, or whatever deemed appropriate by the regional coordinator.

    Receptions.

    The Section is planning/considering 3 receptions for the coming year. First, there will be a reception at the conclusion of each Boot Camp open to all members of the Section (one in Metro Detroit and one in Grand Rapids). Survivors of the Boot Camp will receive a sweatshirt and a certificate (appropriately adorned with the Section's logo). Additionally, we are exploring holding a reception in connection with the Annual Meeting in September 2003. However, it is noted that the annual meeting will be held in Lansing, Michigan which often has a lower attendance than meetings held in Detroit.

    Timothy R. Damschroder

September 26, 2002

    No report.

May 18, 2002

    No report.

March 2002

    1. DATABASE.

    The database project is progressing. We have sent two E-mails to all Section Members requesting that they indicate up to three areas of business law that he/she practices. To date, we have received 1,214 responses (out of 3,505 listserve Members). Attached is a chart showing the percent of respondents that chose each category. Responses came from metropolitan Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Flint, Cheboygan, Traverse City, Midland, Indian River, Ishpeming, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, New York, Virginia, Kentucky, Texas and Florida.

    A preliminary database printout is being submitted to each committee chair at this meeting listing the names and some contact information for each respondent who indicated that he/she practiced law in the relevant area. Each committee database will be expanded as further survey results are tabulated and as the remaining contact information is added.

    We will work with the Section to establish a committee listserve for each committee.

    A third survey request will be sent by U.S. mail to all Section Members that have not yet responded.

    2. THE MICHIGAN BUSINESS LAW JOURNAL.

    The "Did You Know" article for the upcoming issue of the Michigan Business Law Journal solicits Members to become more active in the Business Law Section. The article references the Section's mission statement (printed on the inside front cover of the Journal), describes the Section leadership and how Members can become active in Section leadership, and discusses some of the Section's current activities.

    3. AD HOC COMMITTEE.

    An Ad Hoc Committee consisting of several Council Members and Committee Chairs will work together to further Section development activities, including the scholarship award program, increasing outstate participation, increasing young lawyer participation, continuing legal education and the respective roles of Council Members, Committee Chairs and Directors.

    Timothy R. Damschroder

December 8, 2001

    Section Development has been working to complete a simple one-question survey to the Section membership requesting that they indicate the two or three areas of Business Law in which they practice.

    Inquiries were made to the State Bar's internet provider (Inherent.com) regarding the cost of putting the survey on the Bar's webpage. (Inherent recently did a survey for the Bar with regard to the Demonstration Court Project.) Inherent estimated that our project would take no more than 5 hours at $125/hour. Will Kramer and/or Dean Tucker at the SBM would then pull the data for us and report it out.

    Ultimately it was decided that we might get a better return percentage if the survey was sent out via the Section listserv. The Section Administrator will manually tally responses and use Access database (Microsoft software) to organize and store the results. The benefit of this approach is that the information will remain in our hands and available at any time to Committee Chairs and Directors. This will require the Section to purchase a database of its members from the State Bar. The Section Administrator will purchase, and will be trained on, the Access database software.

    The survey is being sent out to the Section listserv promptly . We hope to be able to provide to each Committee Chair by the March meeting a preliminary member list of Section members who practice the type of law covered by each Committee.

    Timothy R. Damschroder

September 12, 2001

    No report.

May 19, 2001

    No report.

March 1, 2001

    We have pursued having the State Bar put together the listserv of all section members to begin the process of determining the type of business law that each member practices so that we can (i) disseminate each member's name to the appropriate committee, (ii) solicit more involvement from members, and (iii) make sure that, in one form or another, the section covers all substantive business law areas that are practiced by our members. Our attempts to arrange for the State Bar to create the section listserv have gone unanswered. Therefore, we are considering hiring outside help to create the listserv using the Bar Journal.

December 2, 2000

    No report.

September 20, 2000

    No report.
     

 

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