Thursday, March 31, 2005

An Early Start for Some of Us

Thursday is the official opening of the Business Law Section's meeting, but the bulk of the CLCC meetings are taking place on Friday and Saturday. However, many of us are already here, and some presentations are already underway.

A group of five -- Jackie Scheib, Candace Jones, Bruce Doeg, Juliet Moringello, and yours truly, joined together to speak to the Young Lawyers Division's day-long seminar. Believe it or not, the group managed to compress the entire body of Internet and Cyberspace Law into 90 minutes. Hopefully, we've planted the seeds for the next group of cybernauts to join us down the road.

While not actually a Cyberspace function, our own Christina Kunz worked her UCC Committee beat with a well-attended and well-received panel discussion on the theory of indemnity clauses, good drafting tactics, and other practice tips. The panel suggested that it was the tech arena where the indemnity clause stepped outside of its traditional usage -- mainly in the construction business. Having done tech contracting for so long, we may not realize that many of us are well ahead of the rest of the non-tech practitioners when it comes to the indemnity section in our contracts. (Even so -- We all could learn. I took away some information on the necessity for nexus in a private indemnity clause -- the idea that an enforceable indemnity clause needs to have a provable nexus between the covered claims and the contract itself. One of those little things that you might do already -- using words like "that arise out of" for example -- but we might not know exactly why that is important. Consequences of failing to do that? For one thing, you might get nailed for engaging in the practice of issuing insurance policies without a license...) Materials are available here (ABA membership required).

The evening was highlighted with a Welcome Reception at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Like last year's opening night at the Seattle Rock & Roll museum, the museum was open for the gathered to wander as they wished, and the main hall was open for meeting with old friends and listening to live music. (Guess what kind of music?)

Things get going in earnest tomorrow -- If you aren't here, we'll try to continue the tradition of live-blogging from some of the meetings, particularly the main committee meeting between 9 and 10 Central Time.

From the home of the Grand Ole Opry, Goodnight.

1 comment:

Jamie said...

Sorry I missed all this year: I actually spent a night in Nashville but was unable to arrive until Friday night (bad air traffic) and had to leave for an international flight early Saturday morning (bad sleep). I did, however, run into our CLCC friend Carla Witzel, flying back through Baltimore, who confirmed that Chris' program on indemnifications was practical, interesting and spectacular ... as always.