|2021-22 Chair||2021-22 Vice Chair|
|M. Aaron Lay
2020-21 BUSINESS LAW SECTION REPORT
Russ Ferguson, Chair and M. Aaron Lay, Vice Chair
Despite a year almost entirely consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Business Law Section has worked hard to provide value to our members. While networking opportunities were harder to provide than educational opportunities, we put significant effort into both with successful results.
After initially delaying programming, thinking that the pandemic was going to come to an end quicker than it did, the Section held its Business Meeting on September 2, 2020. While the Business Meeting traditionally occurred at the end of the fiscal year, we moved it earlier in the year this year to get input from members on future programming.
For educational programming, the Section offered three CLEs. We attempted to partner with other sections as much as possible, though some CLEs were specifically applicable to the Business Law section and thus stood alone. For all of these events, we ensured that the CLEs were provided entirely free to our members as included with their dues, bringing more value to Section membership. The Section put on the following CLE programs:
Although the Section desperately wanted to hold in-person networking events (and eventually did), that was a particular a challenge this year with no in-person meetings. Nonetheless, we tried to mix up our virtual events to accommodate “zoom fatigue” and make them as valuable as possible. To that end, we held the following events:
Because it was a difficult year for everyone—and because the Section saved a significant amount of money by doing events virtually—the Section sent its members $10 gift cards to Starbucks at the end of the year as a “thank you” to our membership and an additional way to return value to our members.
Lastly, as a nod to the challenges of this year, the Section also made a contribution to the Bar Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.
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