The Chair’s Comments
Article Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Written By: Christopher Capel
This issue of Notes Bearing Interest is devoted to the teaching of law relating to nonprofit organizations. The lead article by Steven Virgil supports specific training by law schools regarding nonprofits. It is followed by articles from each of our state’s seven law schools which describe the nonprofit-related curriculum and activities at each institution. I believe that you’ll find this survey and the authors’ views to be very interesting. I’d like to thank our editor, Jim Beckwith, for pulling this together and for his ongoing efforts in producing our section’s high quality newsletter.
We held our Annual Meeting and Business Law Institute in February at Pinehurst. We were pleased again to have good topics and speakers, supportive sponsors, and high attendance. Our attendance was 243 for the Annual Meeting/CLE portion (in 2011 it was 244, and in 2010 it was 211). This was the third year that we partnered with the Corporate Counsel Section and the International Law & Practice Section and I thank them for sharing this event. Also thank you to our course planners, Gene Jones, Jason Hensley (Corporate Counsel Section) and Linda Markus Daniels (International Law & Practice Section) as well as the other members of the planning committee. If you attended the Pinehurst event, we welcome any feedback on topics, format, logistics, or other aspects. Also, if you do not regularly attend this annual event for any reason, please let us know how we can expand its appeal.
At our Annual Meeting, we elected new officers and council members. For our 2012 – 2013 fiscal year beginning July 1, we elected John Babcock of Winston-Salem as Treasurer (John also will serve the remainder of the term of our prior treasurer, Jeff Dunlop of Asheville, who recently accepted an in-house position in Pennsylvania) and we re-elected Scott Coward of Raleigh as Secretary. We also elected the following to the Section council with terms from 2012 through 2015: Richard Crow of Wilmington; Greg Kilpatrick of Charlotte; Carolyn Minshall of Raleigh; and Steve Virgil of Winston-Salem. In addition, we elected Rob Kidwell of Greensboro to serve on the Section council for a one-year term expiring in 2013 (last year, when Ken Carroll was appointed as vice chair on the Section, his seat on the council became vacant). In-coming NCBA President, Mike Wells, has re-appointed Ken Carroll and me for second terms as section vice chair and chair, respectively.
Also at Annual Meeting, we were very pleased to name Mark Davidson of Greensboro as the 2012 recipient of the Section’s Distinguished Service Award. I’d like again to thank and congratulate Mark. He has been a tremendous supporter of the Section and the business law bar in our state.
Our next CLE event is the bi-annual Basics of Business Law, which will be held May 17 and 18 at the Bar Center. Thank you to our course planners, Galen Craun and Jennifer Weaver, for their efforts. This is always a worthwhile event for new business lawyers as well as a refresher and update for more-seasoned practitioners.
You should have received by now an email notifying you that the NCBA, including our section, is transitioning from LISTSERV (which is actually a brand/product) to ListManager. Please look for more details on the roll-out, and please consider using it. We’d love to see a more active dialogue among our members.
Finally, don’t forget the section’s webpage. There are past issues of this newsletter, forms, business law legislation, legal opinion materials, information on NC LEAP, and more.
Thanks for all you do to support our section. I look forward to hearing from you. •
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