July 22, 2011
International Law Among New Committees for Members
The Columbus Bar Board of Governors recently approved the creation of three new committees – International Law, Sports Law, and The Future of the Legal Profession. These groups join an existing array of nearly 50 active committees and bring new opportunities for member involvement in the association.
Led by J. David Campbell, Jr. of Mettler-Toledo, the International Law Committee will bring attorneys together to share information and discuss the implications of international law and practice. The meeting topics will be diverse and will include conversations such as the domestic practice of law within international corporations, corporate employment law mandates and the challenges when international employees make up part of the workforce; immigration issues and the growing concern of global protocols on domestic immigration law practice; international financial transactions and the resulting tax issues. With the ever-increasing global implications on Central Ohio’s business and legal communities, this committee is sure to be relevant to many bar members and their clients.
The Sports Law Committee, chaired by Justin R. Hunt, will zero in on issues facing professional sports leagues, collegiate athletics, and professional athletes. Sports law is an amalgamation of many different areas of law, and understanding the interaction of these areas is essential for attorneys in the sports industry. This group examines the legal issues surrounding topics such as player compensation models, sports agents, arbitration/negotiation, financing venues, sponsorship agreements and media rights, doping rules and regulations.
The Future of the Legal Profession group represents the first “virtual” committee for the Columbus Bar. While this group will meet face-to-face periodically to present roundtables on matters impacting the profession, the committee will exist primarily in cyberspace taking advantage of website, LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media outlets to share information about the challenges facing lawyers. The committee will focus on internal and external threats, technology, the changing economy and any subject that may have a positive or negative effect of the legal community.
The formation of these new committees is in direct response to member feedback and follows a trend established last year when the board of governors approved three other new groups: Intellectual Property, Energy Law, and Social Security Disability. If you are interested in joining any Columbus Bar committee, contact Donna Sweet at email@example.com or visit www.cbalaw.org/committees.