Message from the Chair of the NCBA Business Law Section

By Ben Baldwin

Message from the Chair of the NCBA Business Law Section

Dear Members of the Business Law Section:

On Thursday, February 13, the Business Law Section held its annual Business Law Institute CLE, which was followed the next day by its Annual Meeting and CLE (which was held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting and CLE of the Bar’s International Law Section), all at the Pinehurst Resort.

I am happy to report that these events were well-attended, and that the CLE programs were once again of the very high standard that our section has come to expect over the years. Again, I would like to thank Kristina Schwartz (Womble Bond Dickinson, LLP [U.S.]) and Jonathan Jenkins (Jenkins Haynes PLLC), and all of the members of their planning committee, for all of their hard work in putting together such a fine program.

One highlight worth noting for the benefit of those who could not attend the Annual Meeting was the inaugural presentation of the Alfred L. Purrington III Memorial Public Service Award, to Bill Pappas of Parker Poe (in Raleigh). The presentation of the award was kept secret until the last minute and was a surprise to Bill (or at least he acted surprised!). Catharine Arrowood, the 2014-15 President of the North Carolina Bar Association, gave a terrific speech by way of making the surprise presentation.

Before closing, I would like to repeat my invitation to anyone who is not already involved with a section committee to take a look at the list of committees (found here), consider which ones might be of interest to you, and then join one (which you can do on this page under “Committee Sign-Up”).

In particular, now that we have addressed the technical issues associated with our Blog, we need more articles. If you would like to write an article on a business law topic or are looking for an outlet for a piece that you have already written, please contact our Communications Chair, Andrew Steffensen (Schell Bray).

As always, please do not hesitate to call on me if you have any questions or suggestions for the section.

Ben Baldwin
NCBA Business Law Section 2019-2020