California Bar Journal
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California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


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Front Page - February 2000
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News Briefs
Appeal court denies bar's petition to reverse Brosterhous
Fee bill introduced
Bar fee arb program gears up
David Bryson, Loren Miller recipient, dies at 58
Board to name one to Judicial Council
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You Need to Know
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From the President - For our system to work, we need to be involved
Let's let public lawyers take a seat at the table
The illusion of a cosmetic fix
Letters to the Editor
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MCLE Self-Study
The Supreme Court and the ADA
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Access commission seeks members for 2 positions
Apply to serve on a bar committee
Bar seeks applicants for ABA delegates
Judge evaluation positions open
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Ethics Byte - 'Rampant' conflicts in a new economy
Attorney suspected of soliciting murder of bar prosecutor
Attorney Discipline
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Legal Tech - If the hype is right, ASPs are H-O-T
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Public Comment


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Apply to serve on a bar committee
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stats.jpg (31593 bytes)Leadership of the State Bar not only involves the Board of Governors but also lawyers throughout California who make significant contributions to the profession by volunteering to serve on one of the State Bar’s committees.

The State Bar’s committees presently consist of 14 Standing Committees, 12 Special Boards, Commissions and Committees, and 17 Section Executive Committees. The standing and special committees advise and serve the Board of Governors with regard to concerns that relate to the administration of justice and the practice of law, or that affect the profession at large. The State Bar sections address the concerns and interests of a specific segment of the profession. Each section’s executive committee assists the Board of Governors in matters relating to the section and supervises the section’s activities such as its educational programs, membership communications, publications and substantive committees.

Appointment Considerations. Each year the Board of Governors appoints approximately 150-200 new members to these committees. The board strives to make appointments that will achieve diversity and broad representation of the California legal community. The participation of all State Bar members is encouraged by the board. From time to time, the board may appoint representatives of other professions and members of the public to select committees.

The State Bar does not discriminate against persons on the basis of sex, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS) or mental disability, medical condition (cancer), age (over 40), marital status, denial of family care leave, political affiliation, sexual orientation, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.

Limitations. Applicants may apply for a maximum of three committees but can be appointed to only one committee. No more than one member of a law firm or office may be appointed to a particular entity. In no case shall the Board of Governors appoint a person who is subject to disciplinary probation. Applicants for appointment to a section executive committee must be members of that section.

Term of Appointment and Time Commitment. Members are appointed to serve three-year terms, with the exception of the Committee of Bar Examiners, whose members serve four-year terms. On occasion, the board may appoint a member to fill an unexpired vacancy (i.e., the appointee serves only the remaining portion of the term of the member who resigned).

The State Bar’s committee year runs from the State Bar’s Annual Meeting to Annual Meeting. The 2000-2001 committee year starts at the close of the 2000 Annual Meeting (i.e., Sept. 17, 2000) and ends at the close of the 2001 State Bar Annual Meeting (date to be announced). Terms for the 2000-2001 appointments commence at the close of the 2000 Annual Meeting, Sept. 17, 2000.

Committees differ in the number of meetings scheduled in a year, but a typical meeting requires two to four hours’ preparation and lasts four to six hours. The meeting locations generally alternate between San Francisco and Los Angeles; many meetings are conducted by conference call. Committee members take an oath of office and receive no compensation for services. Committee members may be reimbursed for approved travel expenses, in accordance with the State Bar’s travel policy and the committee’s approved budget.

Application Filing. The application period for the 2000-2001 appointments begins Jan. 1, 2000, and the deadline for receipt of applications is March 1, 2000. Every applicant must submit a 2000-2001 application.

Application Review and Board Appointment. Committees review the appointment applications in the spring and forward their recommendations to the Board of Governors. The Committee on Ethnic Minority Relations, the Committee on Sexual Orientation Discrimination, the Committee on Women in the Law and the California Young Lawyers Association may also review and recommend applicants to the Board of Governors. The designated board committee will consider the appointments at its June meeting, and the Board of Governors will make the appointments at its August 2000 meeting. The ultimate authority to make appointments rests with the board.

Notification. Applicants are notified of the board’s appointments not later than the last day of the State Bar Annual Meeting (Sept. 17, 2000). Those appointed are notified as early as possible to allow their participation at the Annual Meeting. Applications of those not selected are kept on file to consider for any vacancies that may arise later in the committee year.

List of Committees. The committees to which applicants may apply are listed below. Additional information on the appointments process is available online at (jump to committee descriptions). You also may contact the committee’s staff liaison, 415/538-2000 (press 0) or the Office of the Secretary/Appointments, 415/538-2299.