Kevin Block is the outgoing Chair of the Business Law Section. He discusses limited liability, upcoming Section events, and gratitude toward the Section.
The primary focus of this volume are articles based on limited liability company and partnership matters. Many thanks to the Business Law Section’s LLC & Partnerships Committee, co-chaired by Donald A. DeLong and Loukas P. Kalliantasis, who coordinated soliciting articles for this volume of the journal.
The Business Law Section’s involvement with the Michigan Limited Liability Company Act dates back to the State’s initial adoption of the Act. A group of distinguished lawyers who were active in the Business Law Section’s matters, (including many chairs and future recipients of Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Awards) helped craft the language that became the Michigan Limited Liability Company Act as adopted in April of 1993 and effective on June 1, 1993. Since that time, the LLC & Partnerships Committee has been involved with numerous amendments to the Michigan Limited Liability Company Act to ensure that the Act remains current with developments in the law.
Continuing the Law School outreach initiatives started by my immediate predecessor, Mark Peters, was one of my goals as Chair of the Business Law Section. Consistent with this goal, at the June meeting, the Business Law Section Council took action in support of programs occurring at the Wayne State Law School, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, and the Michigan State University College of Law. In particular, the Section will continue to provide small cash awards to winners of the Wayne State Law School Transaction Competition as well as complimentary registration to our Section’s Business Boot Camps and Business Law Institute. The Council also pledged its support by way of a sponsorship for the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Legal Drafting Seminar occurring on October 11, 2019 and a sponsorship of the Midwest Securities Law Institute occurring at Michigan State University College of Law on October 25, 2019.
I would like to highlight a couple of great upcoming Section events. Once again, the Section has partnered with ICLE on the Business Law Institute taking place on October 4, 2019. The Business Law Institute presents a great opportunity to network and learn more about current business law legal issues. The Business Law Section’s annual meeting will also take place during lunch that day. Business Boot Camp I: Basic Training for Every Business Lawyer will be returning in the upcoming months. The Grand Rapids Boot Camp will occur on November 4-5, 2019, and the Plymouth Boot Camp will occur on January 30-31, 2020. Business Boot Camp provides great training to lawyers new to the business law practice, as well as experienced lawyers looking to refresh their skills.
For those Section members looking to become more involved in Section activities, I recommend becoming active in one or more of the Section’s Committees or Directorships. The current Committees and Directorships are on our Section’s website. The Committees include a wide range of practice areas including commercial litigation, corporate laws, nonprofit corporations and the Uniform Commercial Code. Directorships include Publications, Programs and Diversity & Inclusion. The leadership of these Committees and Directorships are always receptive to involving new participants.
This will be my last article as Chair of the Section. It has been truly a pleasure to serve the Section. I would like to thank the Section’s Officers, Council members, Directorship and Committee Chairs and members, our Section’s Administrator, and the members of the Section for all the time and effort they put into Section activities.
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Kevin T. Block practice focuses primarily on business law, including business transactions, real estate and secured financing. He handles matters related to real estate, finance, lease and purchase and sale transactions, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, entity formation, commercial contracts and lien rights enforcement. He additionally represents commercial lenders, as well as borrowers in credit transactions.
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