February 2012

Issue No. 125

Katie Robinson, Editor

Uniform Law Commission
111 N. Wabash Ave, Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 450-6600


Upcoming Meetings

  • February 10-11, 2012, San Antonio, Texas
    Drafting Committee on Premarital and Marital Agreements Act
    Drafting Committee on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking
  • February 24, 2012, Chicago, Illinois
    ULC History Committee
  • February 24-26, 2012, Chicago, Illinois
    Drafting Committee on Manufactured Housing Act
    Drafting Committee on Deployed Parents Visitation and Custody Act


Legislative Update

The 2012 legislative year is fully underway, and we currently have more than 130 introductions and 7 enactments. The 2010 Amendments to UCC Article 9 lead all acts with 20 introductions to date. It has already been enacted in nine states and Puerto Rico.

News from the ABA

At its recent Midyear Meeting in New Orleans, the ABA House of Delegates approved two uniform acts: the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act and the Uniform Certificate of Title for Vessels Act. Final copies of these acts, along with explanatory material, can be found at the ULC's website at www.uniformlaws.org.

New Committees

At its recent Midyear Meeting, the Executive Committee authorized the appointment of one new drafting and eight new study committees. The new drafting committee is a Drafting Committee on Residential Real Estate Mortgage Foreclosure Process and Protections. The new study committees are: Study Committee on Recognition and Enforcement of Canadian Domestic Violence Protection Orders; Study Committee on Family Law Arbitration; Study Committee on Trust Decanting; Study Committee on Portability and Recognition of Professional and Occupational Licenses of Military Spouses; Study Committee to Amend the Uniform Athlete Agents Act; Study Committee on Criminal Records Accuracy and Access; Study Committee on Wage Garnishment; and Study Committee on Fiduciary Powers and Authority to Access Digital Information. For information on these or any other drafting or study committees, please call the Chicago office.


New Members

In Florida, we have three new members. Donald J. Weidner, of Tallahassee, is Dean of the Florida State University College of Law, and replaces Nicholas Romanello. Randolph Braccialarghe, of Plantation, is a professor of law at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center, and replaces Clinton R. Losego. Louis T.M. Conti, an attorney in Tampa and a partner with Holland & Knight, replaces Scott L. Baena.

In Minnesota, Melissa Hortman, a state representative from Brooklyn Park, has been appointed commissioner, and replaces Harry Haynsworth, who is a life member.

In Tennessee, Robert M. Lloyd, professor of law at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, has been appointed commissioner, replacing George Buxton, who is a life member.

In Nebraska, Jill Robb Ackerman, an attorney with Baird Holm in Omaha, has been appointed commissioner.