Tom Buiteweg re-elected Treasurer of Uniform Law Commission

(July 31, 2017) -

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For Immediate Release:

Ann Arbor Attorney Re-Elected Treasurer of National Law Group
Thomas J. Buiteweg Treasurer of Uniform Law Commission

August 1, 2017 – Thomas J. Buiteweg, an attorney in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been re-elected to serve a one-year term as Treasurer of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC).  Mr. Buiteweg was re-elected Treasurer at the 126th Annual Meeting of the Uniform Law Commission which recently concluded in San Diego, California.  Mr. Buiteweg, first elected Treasurer in 2015, is a partner with the law firm Hudson Cook LLP.

Other officers elected at the ULC’s 126th Annual Meeting are:  Anita Ramasastry, Dean Emeritus Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington, President; Steve Wilborn, attorney from Lexington, Kentucky, Vice President; and Nora Winkelman, Chief Counsel, House Democratic Caucus, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Secretary.

At the 126th Annual Meeting of the ULC, six new uniform acts were approved:  the Uniform Directed Trust Act; the Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act; the Uniform Protected Series Act; the Model Veterans Treatment Court Act; the Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Forms of Protective Arrangements Act; and the Uniform Parentage Act (2017).

Mr. Buiteweg was first appointed to the ULC from Michigan in 2004.  As a Michigan uniform law commissioner, he has served on numerous drafting and study committees, including serving as a member of the drafting committee on the Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act, a member of the ULC/American Law Institute Joint Drafting Committee that drafted the 2010 amendments to Uniform Commercial Code Article 9, and a variety of other ULC drafting committees.  He currently serves as Chair of the Drafting Committee on Highly Automated Vehicles, and as Chair of the ULC Committee on Technology, and is a member of the drafting committee to Amend Uniform Commercial Code Articles 1, 3, and 9. 

Mr. Buiteweg’s law practice focuses on consumer financial services regulatory compliance and Uniform Commercial Code matters.  He is a former vice chair of both the American Bar Association Business Law Section's Consumer Financial Services Committee and its Uniform Commercial Code Committee. He is a member of the Governing Committee for the Conference on Consumer Finance Law, a member of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, and a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers.  Mr. Buiteweg graduated from the University of Michigan Law School.

Founded in 1892, the ULC is an organization comprising more than 350 practicing attorneys, judges, law professors, legislators and other state officials – all lawyers – appointed by every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all the states.  Commissioners donate their time as a pro bono public service.

Uniform law commissioners come together as the Uniform Law Commission once a year to study and consider drafts of specific statutes in areas of the law where uniformity between the states is desirable.  U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, former U.S. Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis and David Souter, and former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, all served as uniform law commissioners.  Since its inception in 1892, the ULC has promulgated more than 200 uniform acts, among them such bulwarks of state statutory law as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Partnership Act, the Uniform Securities Act, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

Further information on the Uniform Law Commission can be found at the ULC’s website at www.uniformlaws.org.

Katie Robinson, ULC Legislative Program Director ׀Communications Officer
312-450-6616 ׀ krobinson@uniformlaws.org

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