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Rules and Bylaws

Article VI—Committees

Article VI—Committees [Amended June 11, 2018]

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. The President-Elect shall be an ex officio member with full voting rights on all committees except for the Committee on Nominations. 

 

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, Communities, Continuing Legal Education, Executive, Finance and Budget, Global Legal Practice, Judicial Evaluation, Lawyer Assistance, Leadership Development, Legal Ethics, Pension, Regulations/Rules/Board Procedures, Rules of Professional Conduct Review, and Screening. 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 communities 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 Communities Policies and Procedures.

 

Attorney/Client Arbitration Board

The Board shall consist of seven active lawyer members and four non-lawyer members, appointed for staggered three-year terms in accordance with the Screening Committee Appointment Procedures, 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].

  

Communities
The Communities Committee shall consist of 11 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.

   

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 and Budget
The Committee shall consist of the Immediate Past President as Chair, the President-Elect as Vice Chair, the President, the Treasurer, one representative designated by the Board on Professional Responsibility, two other voting members of the Board of Governors, and two active members of the Bar. At least one of the members shall have, by virtue of training and/or occupation, knowledge in the field of information technology. The President-Elect shall have primary responsibility for overseeing the development of the annual budget.  The Committee shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board, for staggered two-year terms, with no person to serve more than two consecutive terms.


Global Legal Practice

The Committee shall consist of not more than 11 members of the Bar and two non-lawyer professional 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.

 

Judicial Evaluation
The Committee shall consist of seven active members of the Bar who shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board, for staggered three-year terms, with no person to serve more than two consecutive terms.

 

Lawyer Assistance
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.

 

Legal Ethics
The Committee shall consist of 11 active members of the Bar and four non-lawyers, to be appointed by the Board of Governors for staggered three-year terms, in accordance with the Screening Committee Appointment Procedures, with no person to serve more than two 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. 

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,
who shall be appointed for staggered two-year terms, in accordance with the Screening Committee Appointment Procedures, 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.

The President shall designate annually 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.