July 15, 2014
I am writing to remind you that it is time to join or to renew your membership in the Financial Lawyers Conference ("FLC") for 2014 - 2015. Membership is a bargain — $75 if you qualify for our traditional "early-bird" discount by paying by September 1, 2014 and $90 if you delay. Our fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30, so joining now will cover you through June 30, 2015. Join »
Let me emphasize one relatively new and one long-standing but relatively unknown aspect of becoming a member in the FLC.
Membership is Open to Non-Lawyers. At our December 2013 meeting, the Board of Governors approved revisions to our By-Laws so that membership is now open to anyone who is interested in participating in this great organization, as opposed to the prior rule that limited membership to members in good standing of a state bar association. We already have had a number of non-lawyers join the FLC and welcome more.
You Need Not Be Based in Southern California. Membership in the FLC is not restricted to those based in Southern California. We have a number of members who are based in the Bay Area, several of whom periodically attend our monthly programs and more of whom attend the annual seminar. In order to encourage more participation by those outside of Southern California, we plan on holding a repeat performance of our February 2015 program in San Francisco.
Joining is inexpensive and easy. Simply click on the following link to complete the process of joining the FLC for 2014 - 2015. Click here ». If you are still laboring in the 20th Century, a hard copy of the application is below, which you can complete and mail with a check.”
In addition to the camaraderie and prestige inherent in being a member of the FLC, your membership allows the FLC to continue providing the sophisticated educational programs for which we are famous. In addition, FLC members receive discounted admission to our monthly evening programs and are eligible to attend the annual weekend seminar.
For over five decades, the FLC has been the leading organization of its kind in the country. The FLC has played an important role in the development of bankruptcy and commercial law and in providing extremely high quality continuing education programs for members of our community.
Many of the most experienced and highly-respected practitioners in our community are longstanding members of the FLC. We also reach out to younger practitioners by offering outstanding programs that aid in their growth and by offering leadership positions to those willing to dedicate the required time. And needless to say, the FLC offers many opportunities to network, and to do so in an environment where we have an opportunity to engage each other in an environment that features both substantive dialogue and social interaction (i.e., fun).
We look forward to continuing this tradition during our 2014 - 2015 year.
We will soon be posting the schedule for our monthly evening programs. These programs will feature many of the leading lights of our community exploring the most important recent developments in bankruptcy and commercial law.
Our annual seminar is well-known as a truly unique, rewarding and intense experience. Over the course of 2 ½ days, a nationally recognized moderator explores cutting edge issues with the 50 - 60 people lucky enough to attend. This year’s seminar will be held on March 20 - 22, 2015. It will be led by Professor Wilson Freyermouth of the Univ. of Missouri School of Law and will cover various commercial law topics. We have not yet selected the venue, but rest assured that it will be a top-notch Sothern California resort.
Beginning in June 2013, we launched a “Nuts & Bolts" initiative designed for younger professionals (lawyers and non-lawyers) and those who do not specialize in bankruptcy or commercial law. These programs provide an introduction to bankruptcy and commercial law. We are fortunate to sponsor the Nuts and Bolts programs jointly with the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. Our partnership with the Milken Institute has been a great success as have been the 3 programs we have held to date. The most recent was held at UCLA on June 6, 2014 and covered the basics of business bankruptcies. The next Nuts and Bolts Program is slated for mid-2015 and will cover a variety of commercial law topics.
You can learn more about the FLC at our website, www.financiallawyers.org.
So please join or renew your membership for the 2014 - 2015 year. And please remember to join by September 1, 2014. The $15 dollars you save will pale in comparison to the satisfaction of being one of the first to join or re-up for 2014 - 2015.
Very truly yours,
Ben H. Logan