Section Review

Comments from the Business Law Section chair

The Business Law Section is the third largest of the Massachusetts Bar Associations sections. More than 2,400 lawyers make up our membership, coming from a wide spectrum of practice areas ranging from business litigation to intellectual property and corporate governance and bankruptcy.

The section has a newly reconstructed Bankruptcy Practice Group, co-chaired by Christopher Parker and Frank Morrisey.

Business Law Section members may log on to our pages on the MBA Web site at Your MBA member number from your membership card (or from your most recent bill), and your last name as your password, gain you access to the members' pages. Then click on "Sections," then "Business Law." There you can link to every section council member's e-mail address. You may also read the minutes of the council's monthly meetings to get a good idea about what issues and topics are on the council's agenda this year.

Educational programs have been given a high priority by the Business Law Section Council. In the past few months, two successful conferences were held, the Business Litigation Session and the Third Annual In-House Counsel Conference. In addition, several seminars and luncheon programs have been offered. Planned for the balance of this year are programs on Intellectual Property Basics, Non-Competition Agreements and Reading Financial Statements. Business Law will also produce a briefing topic at the MBA Annual Conference (March 23-25, 2006).

Watch the MBA Web site ( for a complete schedule of programs.

Under the editorship of Council member Steven Brav, several articles on a wide variety of business topics have been published in the MBA Section Review. This issue of the Section Review contains articles of timely significance to business practitioners on management of outside counsel, jurisdiction in anonymous defamatory internet proceedings and on European corporate governance.

The council also monitors legislation that impacts our members and their practices. Chaired by Stephen Y. Chow, bills before the General Court currently of interest include three proposed uniform acts (on arbitration, mediation and trade secrets) and the Economic Stimulus bill are being scrutinized by the council.

The Supreme Judicial Court has had before it, for two years now, proposed revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct, adopted by the ABA in 2003. James Donelly of the Business Law Section chairs an Ad-hoc Committee of the Council to review, comment on and make recommendations to the MBA on these proposals. The committee's report and recommendations will be presented to the House of Delegates in May. Watch the Business Law Section pages of the MBA Web site for the text of these proposals.

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