Rules and Bylaws

Article VI—Committees

Section 1
There shall be such standing or special committees as shall be determined by the Board of Governors. The President shall be an ex officio member with full voting rights on all committees.

Section 2
There shall be the following standing committees of the Bar which shall be chosen as provided for herein: Attorney/Client Arbitration Board, Audit, Budget, Community Economic Development Pro Bono Project Advisory, Compensation, Continuing Legal Education, Executive, Finance, Judicial Evaluation, Lawyer Assistance, Leadership Development, Legal Ethics, Member Value, Pension, Practice Management Service, Pro Bono, Publications, Regulations/Rules/Board Procedures, Rules of Professional Conduct Review, Screening, and Technology. All other committees shall be designated special committees of the Bar, and shall be automatically terminated two years after their creation unless the Board votes to renew their mandate for additional periods not to exceed one year at a time. The date of creation of a special committee is the date when the Board appoints a majority of its members, unless another date is designated by the Board. Except as provided below, all committees of the Bar shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Governors. In connection with the creation of any special committee, the sections of the Bar, through their elected representatives, shall be consulted and provision made for their representation on such committees. Except as provided in the preceding sentence, nothing herein applies to the creation or composition of steering committees thereof, which shall be governed by the guidelines promulgated by the Board of Governors with respect to the operation of the sections. [Amended November 17, 2014.]

Attorney/Client Arbitration Board
The Board shall consist of seven active lawyer members and four non-lawyer members, elected for staggered three-year terms in accordance with the procedures for the conduct of elections approved by the Board of Governors on January 9, 1979, as amended from time to time, with no person to serve more than two consecutive terms. 

Audit
The Audit Committee shall consist of three members of the Board, including the Immediate Past-President, and two persons who, by virtue of training and/or occupation, are knowledgeable about finance and audits, and are appointed by the President with the approval of the Board to staggered three-year terms. The immediate Past-President shall serve as Chair. The Treasurer shall not serve on the Audit Committee. [Amended May 13, 2008].

 

Budget
The Budget Committee shall be chaired by the President-Elect of the Bar and shall include the President, the Treasurer, one representative designated by the Board on Professional Responsibility, and three other voting members of the Board of Governors appointed by the President with the approval of the Board for one-year terms.

 

Community Economic Development Pro Bono Project Advisory
The Committee shall consist of eleven active members of the Bar and four non-lawyers, appointed by the President, with the approval of the Board, who shall serve for staggered two-year terms, with no person to serve more than three consecutive terms. The Chair of the Pro Bono Committee shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Committee. [Adopted September 10, 2002].

 

Compensation
The Committee shall consist of the President as Chair, the President–Elect, Past President, and one voting member of the Board of Governors appointed by the President with the approval of the Board for a one–year term. [Adopted March 9, 2010].

Continuing Legal Education


The Committee shall consist of not more than 15 active members of the Bar, appointed by the President with the approval of the Board, for staggered two-year terms, with no person to serve more than three consecutive terms.

 

Executive
The Committee shall consist of the President, President-Elect, immediate Past-President, and four other voting members of the Board, appointed by the President with the approval of the Board for one-year terms.

 

Finance
The Committee shall consist of the immediate Past-President as Chair, the current Bar Treasurer, and three members appointed by the President with the approval of the Board. The three members of the Committee shall serve staggered three-year terms with no person serving more than two consecutive terms.

 

Judicial Evaluation
The Committee shall consist of seven active members of the Bar who shall be elected for staggered three-year terms, by the Board in accordance with the procedures for the conduct of elections approved by the Board of Governors on January 9, 1979, as amended from time to time, with no person to serve more than two consecutive terms.

 

Lawyer Counseling
The Committee shall consist of not more than 15 members of the Bar and two non-lawyer members, appointed by the President with the approval of the Board, for staggered two-year terms, with no person to serve more than three consecutive terms.

 

Leadership Development
The committee shall consist of not more than 15 persons, appointed by the President, with the approval of the Board for staggered two-year terms, with no person to serve more than three consecutive terms.

 

Practice Management Service
The Committee shall consist of not more than 10 active members of the Bar and three non-lawyer members, appointed by the President with the approval of the Board, for staggered two-year terms, with no person to serve more than three consecutive terms.

 

Legal Ethics
The Committee shall consist of 11 active members of the Bar and four non-lawyers, to be elected by the Board of Governors for staggered three-year terms, in accordance with the procedures for the conduct of certain elections approved by the Board of Governors on January 9, 1979, as amended from time to time, with no person to serve more than two consecutive terms.

 

Member Value
The Committee shall consist of up to 11 members, including at least seven active members of the Bar with the remaining being non-lawyers all of whom shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board, for staggered two-year terms, with no person to serve more than three consecutive terms. 

 

Pension
The Committee shall consist of the President, the immediate Past-President, and three persons, who, by virtue of training and/or occupation, are knowledgeable about pensions and pension plans, and are appointed by the President with the approval of the Board to staggered three-year terms. The immediate Past-President shall serve as Chair.

 

Pro Bono
The Committee shall consist of not more than 15 members of the Bar who shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board, for staggered two-year terms, with no person to serve more than three consecutive terms.

 

Publications
The Committee shall consist of not more than 10 persons appointed by the President with the approval of the Board who shall serve for staggered two-year terms, with no person to serve more than three consecutive terms.

 

Regulations/Rules/Board Procedures
The Committee shall consist of five active members of the Bar, appointed by the President with the approval of the Board, for staggered two-year terms, with no person to serve more than three consecutive terms.

 

Rules of Professional Conduct Review
The Committee shall consist of not more than 15 active members of the Bar, appointed by the President with the approval of the Board, for staggered two-year terms, with no person to serve more than three consecutive terms.

 

Screening
The Committee shall consist of five persons appointed by the President with the approval of the Board in July of each year for one-year terms, with no person to serve more than three consecutive terms. Of the five members, three shall be attorney members of the Board, one shall be a non-lawyer member of the Board, and one shall have been a member of the most recent Committee on Nominations.

 

Technology
The Technology Committee shall consist of seven members, including three who, by virtue of training an/or occupation, have information technology expertise, one liaison from the Board on Professional Responsibility, and three other members including two current or former members from the Board of Governors. One of the members shall be designated as chair. The members shall serve staggered two year terms.

 

NOTE: At its April 10, 1984, meeting the Board of Governors has unanimously adopted the following policy statement: Ordinarily persons will not be selected to serve on Bar Committees if their selection would extend their service beyond six years.

 

The President shall annually designate one member of each committee to serve as chair and, as appropriate, one member to serve as co-chair or vice-chair, subject to the approval of the Board. To the extent possible, any committee appointments or designations by the President, subject to the approval of the Board, shall be made no later than the October Board meeting each year. In the event that a vacancy exists by reason of an expiration of the term of office, the incumbent may continue to serve until a replacement has been chosen by the President and approved by the Board. The prohibitions against consecutive service contained herein shall apply only where the terms served were full terms.

 

Section 3
If any committee member fails to attend three consecutive committee meetings, the committee chairperson, after consultation with the President of the Bar, may remove the committee member from the committee.

 

Section 4
No Section or Committee of the Bar shall issue any public statement on any matter relating in any way to activities of concern to the Bar, or to lawyers generally, unless the statement is explicitly approved by the Board, or unless it is issued in accordance with the procedures or guidelines established by the Board that make specific Board approval unnecessary.