SBM Business Law Section eNewsletter

September 2010

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

Well, this is it! This is my last chair letter for the Business Law Section e-Newsletter. Where does the time go?

This last year has been fantastic for me! It has been so rewarding to work on the committee that updated our Strategic Plan and to see our Section implement programs that better serve you, our members. In this e-Newsletter, we are launching yet another tool for your use. Starting today and from now on, the Business Law Section e-Newsletters will include an updated "Get Involved" link which will make it easier for lawyers to get involved in Section Committees and programs.

Over the years, different lawyers have told me that they wanted to get involved in the Section, but they weren't sure how to do it. There just wasn't any system or process they could follow. With this new link, we are hoping to start a path for Section members to follow that will enable them to 1) identify particular areas of interest within the Section; and 2) allow them to get more involved in Section activities through their areas of interest. It is our hope that you will follow the link to identify areas of interest in the Section and to "Get Involved!"

Finally, just a reminder that Business Boot Camp is offered in Grand Rapids on November 8 and 9, and in Plymouth on January 27 and 28. This program is great for new lawyers, lawyers expanding their practice area, or those just wanting a refresher. You should have received sign-up information via e-mail and I hope you will consider taking advantage of this award winning program.

I want to thank everyone who has made my year as chair so satisfying and so much fun! Please join me on September 23 at the Business Law Section Annual Meeting, as we welcome Bob Wilson of Butzel Long as the next Section Chair and join me in congratulating Alex DeYonker as the 2010 Schulman Award winner. I hope to see you there!


Why MichiganWhy Michigan

Last month, we featured comments from Doug Toering, one of our Section members, on why our clients should be in Michigan. We offer several more of his comments for your consideration. If you have responses, please start a discussion on the Section's LinkedIn group.

Attractive Legal Environment. Ask any unemployed personal injury attorney: Michigan has some of the most pro-business and pro-insurer laws in the country. Immunity for pharmaceutical companies, virtual elimination of product liability, drastically curtailed medical malpractice, and a very high bar to recover on a third-party auto or premises liability claims are just a few examples.

Climate. Yes, January is tough, and so is February, but by March we're on the home stretch. Spring is beautiful; summer can be lovely; and fall is gorgeous. And some people like a wintry holiday season.

Section Events

  • September 13—Commercial Litigation Committee Meeting (Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco)
  • September 23—Section Annual Meeting (Sheraton Detroit Novi)

  • October 5—Small Business Forum Seminar Leadership in Business During Uncertain and Challenging Times (Columbia Center, Troy)

  • November 8-9—Business Boot Camp 2-day seminar (Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids)
  • December 4—Council Meeting (Cooley Law School, Grand Rapids)
  • January 27-28—Business Boot Camp 2-day seminar (Inn at St. John's, Plymouth)