Bar Members Now Required to Provide E-Mail Addresses

March 29, 2016

Pursuant to an order of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Rules II, III, and XV of the D.C. Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar have been amended effective January 31. The court also approved revisions throughout the Rules to make them consistently gender-neutral.

Rule II, Section 2: Requiring Members' E-Mail Addresses

The amended Rule requires D.C. Bar members to provide an e-mail address in their initial and subsequent registration statements with the Bar. The change was made to provide the Bar an alternate means of communicating with members. E-mail addresses and other contact information must be updated within 30 days of a change.

Rule III, Section 2: Eliminating Designation of Bar President as CEO

The amendment eliminates the duty of the Bar president to act as chief executive officer. In 2010 the Board of Governors approved the change in title of the Executive Director of the Bar to Chief Executive Officer. Management of the Bar now resides with the CEO and professional staff rather than the president.

Rule XV, Section 2: Affirming What Constitutes Quorum of the Board of Governors

Section 2 of Rule XV was amended to affirm that a quorum of the Board of Governors consists of "at least two-thirds of the voting membership" of the Board. Previously the Rule did not specify whether nonvoting members of the Board may or should be counted when determining what constitutes a quorum. The amendment affirms the Board's current practice of not counting its nonvoting nonlawyer members for this purpose.

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