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May 2010

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

It seems as though the older I get, the faster time seems to pass. It is May already and the days and nights are warmer, the trees are green again, the flowers are in bloom and we are approaching our last quarterly Business Law Council meeting for the fiscal year. Wow, it is amazing how quickly time flies!

I have talked a lot this year about the work the Strategic Plan Committee has done. I am proud to say that the final draft of the Strategic Plan was distributed to the Business Law Council in April. We are obtaining feedback from Council members at this time and, after some tweaking, we hope to obtain final Council approval of the Strategic Plan at our last Council meeting of the year, which will be held on May 21. If things go as planned, I hope to provide a link to the final plan in my June e-Newsletter article.

Over the next several years, the Business Law Council will use this new Strategic Plan as a guide to being even more responsive and providing even better services for Section members.

Finally, I wanted to remind you that the Business Law Section's annual Business Law Institute (the BLI) is taking place in Grand Rapids on May 21 and 22.

Become a Fan of the Section on Facebook

Become a fan or "like" the Section on our new Facebook page!
The impact of social media can be seen everywhere—among households, nonprofits, and businesses. And soon you will be able to follow the Business Law Section on Facebook.

The Section has created a Facebook fan page that will allow not only its more than 3,500 members but other lawyers and legal professionals the opportunity to follow Section news, events, and information. The Facebook page is now live and available.

For those of you familiar with fan pages, Facebook is changing the terminology somewhat so instead of being a "fan," you will soon be known as someone who "likes" the page. Either way, by becoming a follower of this page, you will receive updates and can follow Section activities.

We would encourage all members to suggest other colleagues become true "fans" of the page and to participate in discussions on various Section topics. Once we hit 25 "fans," we can change the page's URL to something that can be more easily remembered, per Facebook guidelines.

Please note that to officially sign up for any Section events, including those listed on the Facebook fan page, you will need to continue visiting the Section website. RSVP on the Section fan page does not qualify as an official sign-up, however, it can help give other members an idea of who may be attending.

We will also be looking for Section news, photos, and possible content to help populate the page. Members can access the page by signing up for a personal account at Facebook. The page is free to visit and use. Come "fan" us!


Section Events

  • May 11—Small Business Forum meeting, Developing Foreign Markets: New Opportunities for Small Businesses in Exporting (Columbia Center, Troy)

  • May 18—Debtor/Creditor Rights Committee Meeting (Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, Southfield)

  • May 21—Section Council Meeting (Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids)

  • May 21 and 22—Annual Business Law Institute, (Grand Rapids)

Other Events

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