BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVES CHANGES TO OPEN MEETINGS RULES

Contact: Laura Ernde 

415-538-2283  

laura.ernde@calbar.ca.gov

San Francisco, April 25, 2013 – The State Bar Board of Trustees today approved three changes to its open meeting rules designed to provide greater public access.

The changes will:

  • Eliminate secret voting for State Bar officers, beginning in 2014
  • Remove advice of counsel as a reason for a board committee to meet in closed session
  • Allow notice of joint board and board committee meetings and prohibit non-committee members from participating in a committee closed session if it would create a quorum of the board at the committee meeting

The State Bar has operated under a set of open meeting rules since 1975 and has modified the rules many times over the years to increase transparency. The changes adopted today provide robust transparency to the public, similar to all other public regulatory bodies.

“The State Bar once again continues to provide the public robust access to its various boards and committee meetings,” State Bar President Patrick M. Kelly said. “We fully embrace our role as a public regulatory body protecting the people of California.”

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The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, serving the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. By April 2013, membership reached more than 242,000.