Thomas J. Buiteweg Elected Treasurer of Uniform Law Commission

(July 23, 2015) -

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Contact:   Katie Robinson, ULC Communications Officer, katie.robinson@uniformlaws.org

For Immediate Release:

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

July 24, 2015 – Thomas J. Buiteweg, an attorney in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been elected to serve a one-year term as Treasurer of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC).  Mr. Buiteweg was elected Treasurer at the 124th Annual Meeting of the Uniform Law Commission which recently concluded in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Mr. Buiteweg is a partner with the law firm Hudson Cook LLP.

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.  They come together once a year to study and consider drafts of specific statutes in areas of the law where uniformity between the states is desirable.  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.  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. 

At the 124th Annual Meeting of the ULC, seven new uniform acts were approved:  the Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act; the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act; the Revised Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act; the Uniform Trust Decanting Act; the Uniform Home Foreclosure Procedures Act; and the Uniform Recognition and Enforcement of Canadian Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act.

Other officers elected at the ULC’s 124th Annual Meeting are:  Richard T. Cassidy, founder and partner in the Hoff Curtis law firm in Burlington, Vermont, President; Melissa Hortman, a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Vice President; and Dan Robbins, senior vice president and associate general counsel with the MPAA’s (Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.) west coast office in Los Angeles, California, Secretary.

Mr. Buiteweg has been a member of the Uniform Law Commission since 2004.  He is a former member of the ULC's Executive Committee. He served as a member of the ULC's Uniform Home Foreclosure Procedures Act Drafting Committee, 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.

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.

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

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