College Columns May 2016 Issue - Page 5

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begins shortly thereafter, with each member of the Board of Regents conducting due diligence on 3 or 4 candidates from outside home circuits of those Regents. While this process is time consuming and almost invariably confirms the vetting done by the circuit admission councils and nominating committees, it serves as an important check and balance. So you ought to be prepared for another round of phone calls, and once again should be candid in your evaluations. All of this work will be more than justified when we induct our 28th class on March 10, 2017 at our annual meeting in Washington.

Speaking on behalf of the Regents, the Chairs of the two nominating committees and all the members of the admissions councils and nominating committees, I thank you in advance for your participation in this important process, which will conclude at the meeting of the Board of Regents in San Francisco on October 26, 2016. Your participation has helped make the College the outstanding organization that it continues to be.

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three financial advisors, a law professor and a bankruptcy court clerk. They will do us proud.

The educational programs put together by Scholar in Residence, Professor Bruce Markell, were outstanding. They covered such topics as current developments (including equitable mootness and complex chapter 11 hot topics), issues raised by the restructuring of multinational corporations, consumer bankruptcy issues and the ever-popular views from the bench panel and Q&A. Please contact Bruce with ideas for topics for next year’s Annual Meeting.

Participation in College Committees and Events

Your experience in the College will be as meaningful as you want it to be. The easiest and best way to become engaged is to join a committee or committees and to attend events (above and beyond the Annual Meeting and the luncheon and meetings held in connection with NCBJ). That was the theme of a meeting of the new Fellows and College leaders that began at 7:30 a.m. (7:30 a.m.!) the day after the induction ceremony. The new Fellows were asked to indicate their committee preferences, following up on a similar request made a few months earlier by Debra Grassgreen, Chair of the Member Participation Committee. The inductees were enthusiastic about becoming involved, and Debra and other officers will be following up with committee chairs about placing the volunteers. Note that joining committees is not limited to new Fellows. We encourage all Fellows to step up by contacting Debra, Chris or me with an expression of your interest in serving. Understand that we cannot guarantee that you’ll be placed on the committee of your choice, be we can guarantee that we will make every effort to get you involved in College activities and programs.

Attending an event with local bar or legal services agencies?

The Pro Bono Committee has developed a business card which can be used to help spread the word about our pro bono grant program. If you would like to have some available to use, please contact the ACB main office at 434-939-6004 or email Shari Bedker, sbedker@amercol.org.