Continuing its tradition of offering high-quality CLE, the section hosted two programs: a half-day event at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in June and the Advanced Consumer and Commercial Law Course in September. Speakers Manuel H. Newburger and Jerry Jarzombek received section awards for CLE excellence. The 13th Annual Advanced Consumer & Commercial Law CLE will be held September 14-15, 2017, in Austin. The section will host a networking event during the CLE. The section continued its support of legal services by co-sponsoring a table at the annual benefit dinner for the Texas Access to Justice Commission and Texas Law Help. In cooperation with the University of Houston Law Center, the section publishes the Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law under its editor, Professor Emeritus Richard Alderman. The journal continues its tradition of publishing materials current and relevant to law practice. To provide opportunities in consumer and commercial law, the section continued to promote the Craig Jordan Consumer Protection Writing Competition. The winning article’s author receives a $4,000 cash award. Finally, the section continues to operate its email list allowing discussion among section members.

Jessica Lesser, Immediate Past Chair