The Commercial Law League of America’s 2017 National Convention & 86th Chicago Spring Meeting were held at the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel in Chicago, April 5-8. It was a great event! Not only did it have some valuable education sessions, there was ample time for meeting colleagues and networking. The Westin is a great hotel, and in fact, it’s the hotel that the professional Major League Baseball teams stay at when in town. The highlight for me (a ND gal) was to grab an autograph and photo with Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes (Thanks Tim Grimes!) who was staying at the hotel while in town for games with the Chicago White Sox.
The convention offered sessions such as:
- 2017 Legislative Forum: Will the 2017 election reset Creditors’ Rights in 2017? Speakers were Peter Califano, Cooper, White & Cooper; Lori Frank, LJ Frank PC; Daniel Kerrick, Ciconte, Scerba & Wasserman; James Kozelek, Weltman Weinberg and Reis; as well as Dave Goch, CLLA Legal counsel. The panel provided updates from the February Hill Day and how it is important for the lobbying work done by CLLA, as well as how more CLLA members can get involved.
- Can Filing a Proof of Claim Violate the FDCPA?, presented by Steve Sather of Barron & Newburger PC. Steve discussed how the two federal statutes interact and provided his observations on how the Supreme Court may rule.
- The Professional Women’s Networking Event: The 3 M’s – Marketing, Mentoring and Mimosa’s, included a roundtable discussion on ways to get more professional women to join CLLA and how members can become more involved. Event attendees discussed how mentoring and fostering relationships within the organization is key to getting more women in leadership roles. The event was sponsored by Adams, London & Weiss; Barnett & Garcia, P.L.L.C., Borges & Associates, LLC, International Association of Commercial Collectors Inc. (IACC); and Law Office of T. Britt Rudman.
At the Annual Luncheon, new officers were installed, including the Incoming President, NL member Marc Bressler of Bressler-Duyk Law Firm, as well as the presentation of the President’s Cup award to Alan Nahmias of Mirman, Bubman & Nahmias. The President’s Cup has been awarded since 1964 to a CLLA member who has shown outstanding service to the organization, in addition to leading a respected personal and professional life.
Members with milestones, including 25 & 50-year membership, were also recognized. Congratulations to the following National List members for their CLLA milestones:
- 50 years: Gary Lewis of Gary S. Lewis, Attorneys at Law, LLC
- 25 years: Ronald Amato of Amato, Keating and Lessa, P.C.; Brian Aylward of Smith, Levenson, Cullen & Aylward, PC; Lori Frank of Lori J. Frank, P.C.; David Mendelson of Mendelson Law Firm; Ms. Robin Moselle of Rogers, Morris & Ziegler LLP; John Muller of Muller, Muller, Richmond, Harms & Myers, P.C.; and Michael Paskowitz of Borins, Halpern & Paskowitz.
This conference was also a turning point in my involvement with CLLA. Becoming more involved has evolved for me, personally, from being a member of committees to being the newly-elected Chair of the Nominating Committee, the Vice President-Elect for the Midwestern District Regional committee, as well as the newly-elected President of the Association of Law List Publishers (ALLP). I’m looking forward to the challenges of the upcoming year’s duties. I encourage CLLA members to get involved and be more engaged.
I hope to see you all at the next joint IACC/CLLA meeting July 14-16, 2017 in Seattle, WA.
Leslie Opp, VP of Member Services
The National List of Attorneys
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