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Technology Director Reports

March 3, 2005

    No report.

December 4, 2004

    1. Budget Request for 2004-2005

    Budget will be required for 2004-2005 of approximately $1,000 for listserv costs.

    2. Use of Budgeted Funds

    Not applicable.

    3. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    Regular meetings are not scheduled.

    4. Council Approval

    None required.

    5. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    The Section web page has been monitored and updated on a regular basis by Terri Shoop. The Section Council appears to be satisfied with the web page remaining an informational source, without substantial substantive content. A major weakness continues to be the lack of information on Section events, but efforts are underway to address that problem.

    6. Meetings and Programs

    Not applicable.

    7. Publications

    While not directly related to my role as the Technology Director, the regular “Technology Corner” column in the Business Law Journal continues to be well-received.

    8. Miscellaneous

    The State Bar began charging sections for maintenance of the lists effective October 1, 2004. The Section uses the listserv tool for section announcements, communication within the leadership, and has used the listserv tool for committee activities. Because of the pricing structure, I recommend that the Section use the Section-wide announcement list and the Council list, but that other lists are managed offline.

September 23, 2004

  1. Budget Request for 2003-2004
    None. Budget will be required for 2004-2005 of approximately $600-800 for listserv costs.
  2. Use of Budgeted Funds in 2003-2004
    Not applicable.
  3. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee
    Regular meetings are not scheduled. Most meetings are held with the Section's Administrator.
  4. Council Approval
    None required.
  5. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives
    The Section web page has been monitored and updated on a regular basis by Terri Shoop. The Section Council appears to be satisfied with the web page remaining an informational source, without substantial substantive content. A major weakness continues to be the lack of information on Section events, but efforts are underway to address that problem.
  6. Meetings and Programs
    Not applicable.
  7. Publications
  8. While not directly related to my role as the Technology Director, the regular "Technology Corner" column in the Business Law Journal continues to be well-received.
  9. Miscellaneous

    The State Bar will be charging sections for maintenance of the lists effective October 1, 2004. The Section uses the listserv tool for section announcements, communication within the leadership, and has used the listserv tool for committee activities. Because of the pricing structure, I have recommended that the Section use the Section-wide announcement list and the Council list, but that other lists are managed offline.

    Michael S. Khoury

May 22, 2004

    1. Budget Request for 2003-2004

    None.

    2. Use of Budgeted Funds in 2003-2004

    Not applicable.

    3. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    Regular meetings are not scheduled. Most meetings are held with the Section's Administrator.

    4. Council Approval

    None required.

    5. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    The Section web page has been monitored and updated on a regular basis by Terri Shoop. The Section Council appears to be satisfied with the web page remaining an informational source, without substantial substantive content. A major weakness continues to be the lack of information on Section events, such as committee meetings. The discussion on the listserv, below, will require the Section to address some other communication issues.

    6. Meetings and Programs

    Not applicable.

    7. Publications

    While not directly related to my role as the Technology Director, the regular "Technology Corner" column in the Business Law Journal continues to be well-received.

    8. Miscellaneous

    The State Bar of Michigan notified the Sections that the costs for the maintenance and usage fees for the Section listservs would no longer be borne by the State Bar of Michigan after July 1, 2004. That date has apparently been extended. SBM's Membership Services group has interviewed and is in the process of selecting a vendor, as well as putting together a transition plan for moving the listservs to the new provider. This means that all listservs will be rolled over to the new provider within the next month. During the transition period, the Section will not be charged for the service, but the Bar expects to institute a fee of approximately $40 per month depending on the section size. The fees will begin October 1, 2004, such that any expenditure will be in the next fiscal year.

    A notice to the sections is expected shortly with more detailed information, and the Bar plans to schedule a training session for sections sometime in July at the Bar building.

    Michael S. Khoury

March 4, 2004

    1. Budget Request for 2003-2004.

    None. Expenses for services are included in Administrative Services.

    2. Use of Budgeted Funds in 2003-2004.

    N/A.

    3. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    Regular meetings are not scheduled. Most meetings are held with the Section's Administrator.

    4. Council Approval

    None required.

    5. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    The web page continues to be updated by Terri Shoop. There remains a dearth of substantive content on the site that would be helpful to improve the Section's presence on the web, but that remains a low priority for the Section.

    6. Meetings and Programs

    N/A

    7. Publications

    While not directly related to the directorship, the regular "Technology Corner" column in the Business Law Journal has been well received. Any comments are appreciated.

    Michael S. Khoury

December 6, 2003

    1. Budget Request for 2003-2004.

    None. Expenses for services are included in Administrative Services.

    2. Use of Budgeted Funds in 2002-2003.

    $315 for Section Webmaster, plus web services performed by Section Administrator included in Administrative Service.

    3. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    Regular meetings are not scheduled. Most meetings are held with the Section's Administrator.

    4. Council Approval

    None required.

    3. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    There has been substantial progress in the last year. Terri Shoop, our Section Administrator, has worked with the State Bar to keep the web page up to date. There remains a dearth of substantive content on the site that would be helpful to improve the Section's presence on the web, but Section information is available.

    5. Meetings and Programs

    N/A

    6. Publications

    While not directly related to the directorship, the regular "Technology Corner" column in the Business Law Journal has been well received. Any comments are appreciated.

    Michael S. Khoury

September 11, 2003

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    Regular meetings are not scheduled. Most meetings are held with the Section's Administrator. The next such meeting is expected to be held in the next week.

    2. Council Approval

    None required.

    3. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    There has been substantial progress in the last several months. Terri Shoop, our Section Administrator, has taken over the duties previously done by Margery Siegel Klausner, our Webmaster. Margery's help was necessary during the period when our prior Section Administrators were unable to undertake this task, and her efforts have been very much appreciated. Margery facilitated the transition to Terri over the summer. The site now has an extensive amount of section information, but there remains a dearth of substantive content on the site that would be helpful to improve the Section's presence on the web.

    4. Meetings and Programs

    N/A

    5. Publications

    While not directly related to the directorship, the regular "Technology Corner" column in the Business Law Journal has been well received. Any comments are appreciated.

    Michael S. Khoury

May 17, 2003

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    Regular meetings are not scheduled. Most meetings are held with the Section's Administrator and Webmaster.

    2. Council Approval

    None.

    3. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Terri Shoop, our Section Administrator, and Margery Siegel Klausner, our Webmaster, have the site pretty well up to date. There remains a dearth of content on the site that would be helpful to improve the Section's presence on the web.

    4. Meetings and Programs

    N/A

    5. Publications

    While not directly related to the directorship, the regular "Technology Corner" column in the Business Law Journal has been well received. Any comments are appreciated.

    Michael S. Khoury

March 6, 2003

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting of the Committee

    Regular meetings are not scheduled. Most meetings are held with the Section's Administrator and Webmaster.

    2. Council Approval None.

    3. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    There is ongoing work toward improving the Section's presence on the web and the content of the web page. I met with Terri Shoop, our Section Administrator, and Margery Siegel Klausner, our Webmaster, on February 26, 2003 to review our next steps. It was a very productive meeting, and I look forward to continuous improvement.

    4. Meetings and Programs N/A

    5. Publications

    While not directly related to the directorship, the regular "Technology Corner" column in the Business Law Journal has been well received. Any comments are appreciated.

    Michael S. Khoury

December 7, 2002

    1. Next Scheduled Meeting

    Meetings scheduled with the Section Administrator and Webmaster on an as-needed basis.

    2. Council Approval

    None. Budget Request for 2002-2003 is $2,000. (This includes budgeted amounts that were accrued but unbilled during 2001-2002.)

    3. Membership

    Directorship now limited to Director, Laura Jones, the Section Administrator and Margery Klausner, the Section Webmaster.

    4. Accomplishments Toward Committee Objectives

    Section Web Page and lists have been updated and re-formatted for easier use. Ongoing efforts will continue to work with Section committees and leadership to add information, content and news to site.

    5. Meetings and Programs

    A meeting took place on November 11, 2002 with Laura Jones and Margery Klausner to review the current status of the web page and the lists, and to work on improving the site. There were problems with getting timely updating to the Website, but these have been worked through with the State Bar. As a result of the meeting, better communication and coordination is taking place.

    6. Publications

    A regular Technology Corner column is done for the Business Law Journal, but no other publications are planned at this time. The MichiganBusiness Law Journal is regularly posted to the Website. The first two issues were posted in one large file. Starting with the next issue, individual articles and features will be individually posted to make access and downloading easier.

    7. Legislative/Judicial/Administrative Developments

    None applicable, although numerous developments in the field of technology law have taken place.

    Michael S. Khoury

September 26, 2002

    No report.

May 18, 2002

    No report.

December 8, 2001

    Section Listserv

    The Section membership listserv is operational and available for use. We will be updating the list with the new membership information soon.

    Section Website

    The Section Website has been completely reorganized to be more user friendly and accessible. However, much of the content has become stale. To be more useful, committees should take advantage of this resource to publicize committee activities. Specifically, I would like to include the following:

    An updated Memo from the Chair

    Materials from the Annual Meeting

    An Upcoming events list that describes the entire year's activities

    The last update removed some of the content that needs to go back on, which will be done with the upcoming update.

    Committee Listservs

    Few committees have taken advantage of the ability to create listservs for individual committees. If this tool would help you committee, it can be set up and administered relatively easily.

    Michael S. Khoury

September 12, 2001

    No report.

May 19, 2001

    Section Website

    The Section Website has been completely reorganized to be more user friendly and accessible. Margery Klausner has done a tremendous job, especially with regular updates of the Future Events page. To be more useful, committees should take advantage of this resource to publicize committee activities.

    Committee Listservs

    Few committees have taken advantage of the ability to create listservs for individual committees. If this tool would help you committee, it can be set up and administered relatively easily.

    Section Survey

    With the exception of the few people who gave comments to Laura Jones and me at the last council meeting, there have been no further comments forthcoming. If the section is to pursue this, we need to have you take 10 or 15 minutes to give us your comments.

    Michael S. Khoury

March 1, 2001

    No report.

March 4, 2000

    At the last council meeting, the Committee reported on the web page and the proposed corporate statute project. This memo updates both projects, as well as identifies additional projects proposed as a result of my discussions with ICLE.

    Website

    With the authorization of the Section officers, the Technology Committee engaged of Margery Siegel Klausner (a Section member and a graduate of the of Michigan Law School) to assist in the re-architecture of the section.

    Section Leadership Listserv

    The Section Leadership listserv continues to be maintained, although its use remains sporadic. The Council should consider greater use of the listserv for electronic distribution similar to the manner that committee reports were distributed prior to this council meeting. The section may also want to consider establishing electronic communication as the primary means of communication instead of the mailings that now take place.

    Membership Listserv

    The State Bar of Michigan is currently experimenting with section membership lists. This would allow easy and free communication with the entire section membership. Currently, the State Bar has e-mail addresses for only a third of the membership, and there is no way to automatically update and synchronize a list for membership changes (requiring a manual process for each change). Because of this, no recommendation is being made to initiate a list for the Business Law Section. However, as soon as automatic updates and synchronization are available, the Section should explore establishing this additional means of communication with Section members.

    Electronic Michigan Business Laws Project

    At the last Council meeting, we discussed alternative means to deliver up to date Michigan business laws to the Section membership as a customer service benefit. We discussed delivery of the information in hard copy, on CD or through the Web, possibly in partnership with ICLE. The Council requested further investigation into the project.

     

 

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