Business Law Section

Mark E. Slaughter, chair


The Business Law Section of the Virginia State Bar coordinated with Virginia CLE to hold two seminars during the 2009-10 fiscal year.

The Twenty-seventh Annual Business Law Seminar was titled “Critical Business Issues for Advising Clients in Troubled Times.”  The program covered topics such as managing and resolving business conflicts, fraud and tortuous interference claims, and the new Federal Trade Commission “Red Flag” rules.  Program materials included sample form documents.

The Fortieth Annual Advanced Business Law Seminar was held in Charlottesville.  Topics included advising clients about the Recovery Act and doing business with federal money, what business lawyers need to know about intellectual property and information technology in the current economy, hot topics in secured lending, an update on limited liability corporations and LLC operating agreements, corporate governance and corporate law developments, and ethics issues for transactional lawyers.

Both seminars were well attended and received high ratings from their attendees.

Annual meeting

At the section’s annual business meeting, the following officers were elected:  Talfourd H. Kemper Jr., chair; Steven J. Keeler, vice chair; and Matthew A. Clary III, secretary-treasurer. Mark E. Slaughter returned to the board of governors as immediate past chair and James C. Hale, a  past chair, returned to the board.  Eugene McKinley Lawson  Jr.  was reelected and John M. Ramirez and Nicholas Conte were newly elected to serve on the board.

Future projects

In the upcoming year, the section intends to explore developing a newsletter and making more effective use of its website.

Updated: Feb 15, 2011