SBM Business Law Section eNewsletter

June 2010

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Chair's Letter From Tania E. (Dee Dee) Fuller

I am delighted to finally present to you the Business Law Section Strategic Plan and Directives—June 2010 update. After many months of work, the Business Law Council unanimously approved this Strategic Plan and Directives at its May 21 meeting. The new Strategic Plan and Directives provides direction for our Section in the three major focus areas, which are the three hub objectives of our Mission Statement: (1) expanding the resources of business lawyers by providing educational, networking, and mentoring opportunities; (2) reviewing and promoting improvements to Michigan's business legislation and regulations; and (3) providing a forum to facilitate service and commitment and to promote ethical conduct and collegiality within the practice. Please read the new Strategic Plan to see what the Section's Committees, Directorships, Officers and Council Members are doing for you.

Also at the May 21, 2010, Council meeting, Alex DeYonker was selected as the winner of the 2010 Stephen Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award. Alex is a past chair of the Section and was instrumental in establishing what is now called the Business Law Institute. Alex will receive his award at the Section's annual meeting on September 23, 2010, at the Sheraton Detroit Novi.

The Section is now live with its own Facebook page. We are also presently developing a LinkedIn page that will be a resource for Section members with substantive law questions. We expect that Facebook will be more of a social page for members of the Section and friends, and that LinkedIn will be more of a business/professional site. We hope that Section members will be able to post substantive law or procedural questions on LinkedIn, to which other Section members can respond. We have started working on the site, but it is not yet operational. I am hoping that we will have the LinkedIn link ready for our July e-Newsletter.

Finally, the Business Law Section will again be holding its Business Boot Camp program this fall and winter in Grand Rapids and in Southeast Michigan. Next month we will provide more information about the proposed changes to the program to enhance the experience. Enjoy June!


Section Events

  • June 7—Uniform Commercial Code Committee Meeting

  • June 14—Unincorporated Enterprises Committee Meeting (Clark Hill PLC, Birmingham)

  • September 13—Commercial Litigation Committee Meeting (Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco)

  • September 23—Section Annual Meeting (Sheraton Detroit Novi)

  • December 4—Council Meeting (Cooley Law School, Grand Rapids)

Other Events

  • June 9-11—Appellate Bench Bar Conference (Inn at St John's, Plymouth)

  • July 20—New Issues in Enforcing Mortgages in Bankruptcy (Trott & Trott, Farmington Hills)