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Programs Director Reports

March 3, 2005

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    As previously reported, Tania E. (Dee Dee) Fuller, Daniel H. Minkus Mark W. Peters and Stephen C. Waterbury (John R. Cook could not make the meeting) last met in person at the Tango Restaurant in the Southfield Weston Hotel on Thursday, September 23, 2004 to work on planning the program for our 2005 meeting. We subsequently met by conference call to review the draft program and to work on finalizing the planning for the 2005 program. The 2005 program was subsequently tweaked and finalized by e-mail. We will meet again in conjunction with the next meeting at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort scheduled for June 4, 2005 in Mount Pleasant, but we have not set a time and place for that meeting.

    2. Council Approval

    None.

    3. Membership

    Those participating in program planning include council members John R. Cook of Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone, PLC, Tania E. (Dee Dee) Fuller of Fuller Law and Counseling PC., Stephen C. Waterbury of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, ex-officio council member Daniel H. Minkus of Clark Hill, PLC as well as Mark W. Peters of Dykema Gossett PLLC.

    Council member Mark R. High of Dickinson Wright, PLLC, who played a leading role in initiating sponsorships for Business Law Section programs, continues to be in charge of program sponsorships.

    4. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    The Section's June 4, 2005 program to be held at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant has been completed and sponsorships arranged.

    5. Meetings and Programs

    As noted above, our next Meeting after the December 4, 2004 Business Law Section Council Meeting will be held on June 3 or June 4 at Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

    6. Publications

    The brochure for the 2005 meeting has been finalized.

    7. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments—Not applicable.

    8. Miscellaneous—None

    Report submitted by:
    Steve Waterbury

    EXHIBIT TO PROGRAMS DIRECTORSHIP REPORT (11/17/04)

    17th Annual Business Law Institute and Mid-Year Meeting

    Friday, June 3–Saturday, June 4, 2005
    Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mount Pleasant
    Cosponsored by the Business Law Section, State Bar of Michigan

    Karl A. Hochkammer, Foley & Lardner, Detroit

December 4, 2004

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    Tania E. (Dee Dee) Fuller, Daniel H. Minkus Mark W. Peters and Stephen C. Waterbury (John R. Cook could not make the meeting) last met in person at the Tango Restaurant in the Southfield Weston Hotel on Thursday, September 23, 2004 to work on planning the program for our 2005 meeting. We subsequently met by conference call to review the draft program and to work on finalizing the planning for the 2005 program. We will meet again in conjunction with the next meeting at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort scheduled for June 4, 2005 in Mount Pleasant, but we have not set a time and place for that meeting.

    2. Council Approval

    None.

    3. Membership

    Those participating in program planning include council members John R. Cook of Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone, PLC and Tania E. (Dee Dee) Fuller of Fuller Law and Counseling PC., Stephen C. Waterbury of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, ex-officio council member Daniel H. Minkus of Clark Hill, PLC as well as Mark W. Peters of Dykema Gossett PLLC.

    Council member Mark R. High of Dickinson Wright, PLLC, who played a leading role in initiating sponsorships for Business Law Section programs, continues to be in charge of program sponsorships.

    4. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Except for finalization of sponsorships and the confirmation of one speaker (Michael Cartier of Stryker Corporation), the Section's program for the June 4, 2005 program to be held at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant has been completed. A copy of the nearly finalized program is attached. The program is expected to be finalized in the next few days.

    5. Meetings and Programs

    As noted above, our next Meeting after the December 4, 2004 Business Law Section Council Meeting will be held on June 3 or June 4 at Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

    6. Publications

    Finalization of the brochure for the 2005 meeting is awaiting a decision on the name (Shel Stark recommends the "17 th Annual Business Law Institute," followed by an indication that the institute is "Co-Sponsored by the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education).

    7. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments—Not applicable.

    8. Miscellaneous—None

    Report submitted by: Steve Waterbury

    EXHIBIT TO PROGRAMS DIRECTORSHIP REPORT
    (11/17/04)
    17th Annual Business Law Institute and Mid-Year Meeting

    Friday, June 3—Saturday, June 4, 2005
    Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mount Pleasant
    Cosponsored by the Business Law Section, State Bar of Michigan

September 23, 2004

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    In addition to ongoing discussions regarding program planning, John R. Cook, Mark W. Peters, Tania E. (Dee Dee) Fuller, Daniel H. Minkus and Stephen C. Waterbury will meet at the Tango Restaurant in the Southfield Weston Hotel on Thursday, September 23, 2004 at 12:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to work on planning the program for our 2005 meeting.

    2. Council Approval

    None.

    3. Membership

    With input from the current and incoming Chairs of the Business Law Section, at the March 4, 2004 meeting of the Council we identified additional members to participate with respect to Programs. As previously noted, the new participants include Council members John R. Cook of Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone and Tania E. (Dee Dee) Fuller of Fuller Law and Counseling PC., as well as Mark W. Peters of Dykema Gossett PLLC. Mark High continues to contribute with respect to program sponsorships, but has retired from planning programs.

    4. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    The Section's program for the Annual Business Meeting to be held on September 23, 2004 has been completed. Justin Klimko will provide the statutory update, Dee Dee Fuller a case law update, Dr. Judith Collins will speak on identity theft, Ann Baker will present an on line demonstration of new features of the Corporation Division website and Janet K. Welch will speak on the topic, "Taking a Stand on Legislation".

    As mentioned, Mark High has secured sponsorships for the Business Law Section meeting.

    5. Meetings and Programs

    The next Business Law Section Meeting after the September 23, 2004 meeting is scheduled for June 3 and June 4 at Soaring Eagle Resort Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

    6. Publications

    Publicity for the September 23, 2004 Meeting has been distributed.

    7. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments—N/A

    8. Miscellaneous—None

    Report submitted by: Steve Waterbury

May 22, 2004

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    In addition to ongoing discussions regarding program logistics, we are planning a short meeting in Mt. Pleasant in connection with the 16th Annual Business Law Institute and Mid-Year Meeting.

    2. Council Approval

    None.

    3. Membership

    With input from the current and incoming Chairs of the Business Law Section, at the March 4, 2004 meeting of the Council we identified additional members to participate with respect to Programs starting in the Spring of 2004. We will meet with the new members during the 16th Annual Business Law Institute and Mid-Year Meeting. The new participants will include Council members John Cook of Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone and Tania E. (Dee Dee) Fuller of Fuller Law and Counseling PC.

    4. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Mid-Year Meeting program planning has been completed. The Keynote Address will be delivered by Dennis W. Archer, President of the American Bar Association, on "Challenges Facing American Business from a National and International Perspective".

    Mark High has secured sponsorships for the Business Law Section Mid-Year meeting and has recently written to sponsors Stout-Risius Ross, Inc., CT Corporation System and Crawford & Winiarski concerning their sponsorships.

    There will be a lunch for the speakers prior to the May 21 program at the Water Lily Lounge at 11:30 a.m.

    Mark High participated in an April, 2004 meeting with Business Law Section officers concerning the possibility of consolidating the Business Law Section Mid-Year and Annual programs into a single annual program for future years.

    Ann Baker, Steve Waterbury and David Foltyn (present by telephone) met at the State Bar Headquarters in Lansing on April 13, 2004 with Caryl Markzon, an event planner with the State Bar, concerning the possibility of transitioning from our ICLE-Business Law Section relationship with respect to the Business Law Institute and the Mid-Year Meeting. We reviewed and discussed at that meeting an incomplete "Estimate of Project Management Services Fees for 2005 Annual Business Law Conference and Mid-Year Meeting."

    Subsequent to that meeting additional financial information has been circulated and reviewed. Chair Ann Baker provided Ms. Markzon with a copy of a program notebook so that a printing cost estimate can be obtained. Meeting planning services can be selected on a "cafeteria" basis.

    This topic is ongoing, and was in part initiated as a consequence of a proposal for revising the ICLE-Business Law Section Financial Arrangement received from ICLE on October 2, 2003. This proposal in part because of the decision to move the program from the Grand Traverse Resort, thereby splitting off from the Probate & Estate Planning Institute. Simultaneous scheduling in locations 100 miles apart requires ICLE to cover two locations with registrars, technical support and equipment.

    There are few if any concerns about the quality of the ICLE support, but there are concerns about pricing. There are also concerns that ending the alliance with ICLE with respect to the Annual Business Law Institute and Mid-Year Meeting would result in the loss of valuable guidance and continuity.

    This issue may be impacted by the decision made with respect to the possible combination of the current two program meeting approach, decisions made with respect to future locations of the program or programs, and by the relative success of the May 21-22 Business Law Section Mid-Year Meeting and future meetings.

    5. Meetings and Programs

    The Business Law Section Mid-Year Meeting is scheduled for May 21-22, 2004, at a new location: The Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

    There will be a meeting held on September 23, 2004 in Southfield.

    6. Publications

    Publicity for the Mid-Year Meeting has been distributed.

    7. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments

    N/A.

    8. Miscellaneous

    None.

    Report submitted by: Steve Waterbury

March 4, 2004

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    Ongoing discussions regarding Mid-Year Meeting and Annual Meeting planning.

    2. Council Approval

    None.

    3. Membership

    Need to identify additional/replacement members to participate starting in the Spring of 2004.

    4. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Mid-Year Meeting program completed. Five sponsors have been secured as follows: (1) Standard Federal Bank: $3,000 for Friday evening banquet; (2) Stout Risius Ross, Inc.: $3,000 for Friday evening reception; (3) Bowne of Detroit, Inc.: $1,000 for refreshment breaks; (4) CT Corporation: $1,000 co-sponsor; and (5) Crawford & Winiarski: $1,000 co-sponsor. 2004 Annual Meeting planning underway.

    5. Meetings and Programs

    Mid-Year Meeting scheduled for May 21-22, 2004 at Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Annual Meeting will be scheduled for September, 2004 in Southeast Michigan.

    6. Publications

    Publicity for Mid-Year Meeting is being distributed.

    7. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments

    N/A

    8. Miscellaneous

    None.

    Report submitted by: Mark High

December 6, 2003

    1. Budget Request for 2003-2004.

    None requested beyond amounts included in budget for Section Mid-Year and Annual Meetings.

    2. Use of Budgeted Funds in 2002-2003.

    None requested.

    3. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    Ongoing discussions regarding program logistics.

    4. Council Approval

    None.

    5. Membership

    Need to identify additional/replacement members to participate starting in the Spring of 2004.

    6. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Mid-Year Meeting program completed. Sponsorship opportunities being pursued. Logistics and publicity underway.

    7. Meetings and Programs

    Business Law Section Mid-Year Meeting scheduled for May 21-22, 2004, at Soaring Eagle Resort, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

    8. Publications

    Preliminary publicity for Mid-Year Meeting to be distributed early in 2004.

    9. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments

    N/A.

    10. Miscellaneous

    None.

    Report submitted by: Mark High

September 11, 2003

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    Ongoing discussions regarding 2004 Mid-year Meeting planning.

    2. Council Approval

    None

    3. Membership

    N/A

    4. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Annual Meeting program completed. 2004 Mid-year Meeting planning underway.

    5. Meetings and Programs

    Business Law Section Mid-year Meeting scheduled for May 21-22, 2004, in Mt. Pleasant.

    6. Publications

    N/A

    7. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments

    N/A

    8. Miscellaneous

May 17, 2003

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    Ongoing discussions regarding Annual Meeting planning.

    2. Council Approval

    None

    3. Membership

    N/A

    4. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Mid-Year Meeting program completed. 2003 Annual Meeting planning underway.

    5. Meetings and Programs

    Business Law Section Annual Meeting scheduled for September 11, 2003, in Lansing.

    6. Publications

    N/A

    7. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments

    N/A

    8. Miscellaneous

March 6, 2003

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    Ongoing discussions regarding program logistics.

    2. Council Approval

    None

    3. Membership

    N/A.

    4. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Mid-Year Meeting program completed. Direct mailings completed. Logistics underway. 2003 Annual Meeting planning begun.

    5. Meetings and Programs

    Business Law Section Mid-Year Meeting scheduled for May 16-17, 2003, at Grand Traverse Resort.

    6. Publications

    Preliminary publicity for Mid-Year Meeting distributed early in 2003.

    7. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments

    N/A

    8. Miscellaneous

December 7, 2002

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    Ongoing discussions regarding program planning.

    2. Council Approval

    Review location for 2004 Mid-Year Meeting.

    Review flat fee arrangement with ICLE for Mid-Year Meetings.

    3. Membership

    N/A

    4. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Mid-Year Meeting program should be completed by Dec. 7 meeting.

    5. Meetings and Programs

    Business Law Section Mid-Year Meeting scheduled for May 16-17, 2003, at Grand Traverse Resort.

    6. Publications

    Preliminary publicity for Mid-Year Meeting will be distributed before year-end. More detailed materials to follow early in 2003.

    7. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments

    N/A

    8. Miscellaneous

September 26, 2002

    No report.

May 18, 2002

    The Program Directorship has nearly finalized the Business Law Section Program for the State Bar Annual Meeting in September in Grand Rapids.

    Staying Informed—Keeping up with the Latest Business Law Developments

    I. A Survey of Recent Business Law Cases of Note (45 Minutes) John R. Trentacosta, Esq. Foley & Lardner Detroit

    II. Statutory Business Law Update (45 Minutes) James R. Cambridge, Esq. Kerr, Russell and Weber, PLC Detroit

    III. Open Topic (45 Minutes) Patrick E. Mears, Esq. Dickinson Wright Grand Rapids

    IV. Open Topic (45 Minutes) Jeffrey S. Ammon, Esq. Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey Grand Rapids

    The Program Directorship will be finalizing the Business Law Section Annual Meeting Program in the next few weeks.

March 7, 2002

    No report.

December 8, 2001

    The Program Co-Directors, working closely with ICLE, have nearly finalized the Program for the 14th Annual Business Law Seminar and Mid-Year Meeting to take place in Traverse City on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and May 18, 2002. The proposed Program is attached to this report. Commencing shortly, ICLE will begin its marketing endeavor relative to the Program. If in the meantime you have any comments concerning the Program, please let us know.

September 12, 2001

    The Program Co-Chairs have begun discussions with Sheldon Stark of ICLE relative to the program for the 2002 Mid-Year Meeting Program. Any suggested topics or speakers would be appreciated as we continue to formulate the program over the coming months. Also, although attendance has been strong at the Mid-Year Meeting Programs over the last few years, any ideas to increase attendance further would also be appreciated.

May 19, 2001

    The Program Directors are beginning to work on the Business Law Section Program for the Annual Meeting in September. As the Program is not yet finalized, if anyone has ideas for speaker topics or speakers, please let us know. We will be finalizing the Business Law Section Program for the Annual Meeting in the next few months.

March 1, 2001

    The Program Directorship, working with Shel Stark and other members of ICLE, has put together an exciting program for the Business Law Section Mid-Year Meeting and Seminar taking place on May 18 and May 19, 2001 in Traverse City. The Program includes a keynote address on "E-Commerce in the Modern Economy" by Larry S. Freed, Vice-President, E-Business Services, Compuware. The Program also includes an update on LLCs, panel discussions on revised Article9 and minority business enterprises, and discussions on various other business-related topics. The Program Directorship will shortly commence planning the Program to take place at the Annual Meeting in September.

December 2, 2000

    The Program Committee is presently working on finalizing the course schedule for the Thirteenth Annual Business Law Seminar and Mid-Year Meeting to be held in Traverse City on May18—May 19, 2001. The Program is entitled "Today's Business Practice for the Michigan Lawyer" and is attached to this Report. We believe the course will appeal to a broad section of Business Lawyers.

September 20, 2000

    The Program Committee has finalized the Business Law Section Program at the 2000 State Bar Annual Meeting. The Program topic will be a general business law update which will include the following speakers:

    1. John R. Trentacosta—Business Litigation Update

    2. James R. Cambridge—Corporate Law Update

    3. Judy Greenstone Miller—Article Nine Update

    4. Gary A. Kendra—E-Commerce.

    The Program Committee is currently planning next year's mid-year meeting program. Suggestions for speakers or topics are always welcome.

May 20, 2000

    The Program Committee has begun working with ICLE on the Business Law Section Program at the 2000 State Bar Annual Meeting. The Program topic will be a general business law update which will include the following speakers:

    1. John R. Trentacosta—Business Litigation Update

    2. James R. Cambridge—Corporate Law Update

    3. Judy Greenstone Miller—Article Nine Update

    4. Gary A. Kendra—E-Commerce.

    The Program will take place the morning of September 20, 2000 immediately after the Business Law Section Meeting and election. The Program Committee will continue to finalize this program and will shortly begin planning next year's Mid-Year Meeting Program.

March 4, 2000

    The Program Committee, with the assistance of Tim Damschroder and Shel Stark, has finalized the Business Law Section Mid-Year Program. The outline of the Mid-Year Program will be circulated at the March 4, 2000 Business Law Section Council Meeting. The Program will be moderated by Tim Damschroder, Eric Lark and Mark Aiello. We are excited about the Program and the speakers and believe the Program will appeal to a wide variety of business law practitioners.

    We are also beginning to work on the Business Law Section Program for the State Bar Annual Meeting and have been discussing the possibility of teaming up with the taxation section for a portion of the Program. Of course, any joint topic with the taxation section would have to be of interest to the business law section members.

     

 

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