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May 10, 2010

Business Law Section Spring Meeting Brings 1,500 Attendees to Denver

2010 Business Law CLEO Fellows are (from left) Nicole Lester, Mauricio Benavides, Larry Sandigo, Kevin Johnson and Uchenna Ibekwe

2010 Business Law CLEO Fellows are (from left) Nicole Lester, Mauricio Benavides, Larry Sandigo, Kevin Johnson and Uchenna Ibekwe

Nearly 1,500 lawyers gathered in Denver for three days of presentations, meetings and networking opportunities during the 2010 Business Law Section Spring Meeting last month.

Marsha E. Simms and Nathaniel L. Doliner

Marsha E. Simms and Nathaniel L. Doliner

Section members could choose among more than 50 CLE programs, including several that provided ethics credit.  The meeting also served as the site for the 7th Annual Institute for the Young Business Lawyer that offered specialized programming to the nearly 100 participants.

Among the highlights of the meeting was the Section Lunch on April 23.  Harry C. Alford, founder and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce was the luncheon’s keynote speaker.  Before the meeting, Alford spoke with ABANow.org. Listen to his comments here.

Also at the luncheon, Section Chair Nathaniel L. Doliner presented the Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award to Marsha E. Simms of the New York City office of Weil Gotshal & Manges. The section presents the award annually to an exceptional woman business lawyer who has made significant contributions to both the profession and to the Business Law Section.  The award is named in honor of the section’s first woman chair.

Section officers and Mendes Hershman Student Writing Competition winners are (from left) Nathaniel L. Doliner, chair; Lynne B. Barr, chair-elect; Alexandra Newman; Duty Greene; Sabrina Ursaner; Linda J. Rusch, vice chair; and Martin E. Lybecker, secretary.

Section officers and Mendes Hershman Student Writing Competition winners are (from left) Nathaniel L. Doliner, chair; Lynne B. Barr, chair-elect; Alexandra Newman; Duty Greene; Sabrina Ursaner; Linda J. Rusch, vice chair; and Martin E. Lybecker, secretary.

Three law students received awards in the Mendes Hershman Student Writing Competition during the luncheon. The competition recognizes outstanding student writings on a business law subject.  Receiving the Mendes Hershman Writing Awards for 2010 are Sabrina Ursaner, Hew York University School of law, first place; Alexandra Newman, Northwestern University School of Law, second place; and Duty Greene, University of Maryland School of Law, third place.

During the Spring Meeting section members were introduced to the 2010 CLEO Fellow Scholars.  The Diversity Committee through the Business Law Section awards up to five CLEO Scholarships annually.  CLEO, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity is a non-profit project of the _ Fund for Justice and Education. The 2010 Business Law CLEO Scholars are Mauricio A. Benavides, Indiana University School of Law; Uchenna J. Ibekwe, Columbia University School of Law; Kevin Johnson, University of Alabama School of Law; Nicole A. Lester, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law at Cleveland State University; and Larry Sandigo, Boston College Law School.

William J. Woodward Jr. presents the individual National Public Service Award to Doug Rogers.

William J. Woodward Jr. presents the individual National Public Service Award to Doug Rogers.

Two National Public Service Awards were also presented during the 2010 Spring Meeting.  Douglas L. Rogers of Ohio Legal Services received the individual award and the IBM Law Department received the award to an organization. The section’s Spring Meeting Public Service Project raised enough funds to provide more than 3,000 meals to children from low-income families. The Project is sponsored and coordinated by the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee’s Pro Bono and Public Service Subcommittee. Project co-sponsors are the Section’s Pro Bono Committee and Young Lawyer Committee.

Kathy McLeroy presents National Public Service Award for an organization to Theresa Mohan, IBM Law Department.

Kathy McLeroy presents National Public Service Award for an organization to Theresa Mohan, IBM Law Department.

Sponsors for this year’s Spring Meeting were ACG Denver; Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa; Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Borden Lardner Gervais; Chartis; Davis, Graham & Stubbs; Gowlings; Gibson Dunn; Hogan & Hartson; Holm Roberts & Owen; J.P. Morgan; National Association of Corporate Directors, Colorado Chapter; Turnaround Management Association, Colorado Chapter; University of Colorado Denver Business School; and West, a Thomson Reuters business.

The 2011 Business Law Section Spring Meeting will take place April 14–16 in Boston.

More information on selected programs from the 2010 Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section:

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