SUBJECT

Proposed  New Rule 6.62 re Location of State Bar Board-Appointed Committee Meetings,  Release for Public Comment

Publication for public comment is not, and shall not be construed as, a recommendation or approval by the Board of Governors of the materials published.

DISCUSSION

Background:

State Bar Rules 6.60—6.63 govern open and closed meetings of committees appointed by the State Bar’s Board of Governors to act on its behalf. These Board-appointed committees include the Committee of Bar Examiners, the Board of Legal Specialization, and the Section Executive Committees. Rule 6.60 begins with the general provision that, unless provided otherwise, meetings of Board-appointed committees will be governed by the same rules that apply to meetings of the Board of Governors.

For meetings of the Board of Governors, State Bar Rule 6.50(D) provides that the “[m]eetings ,,, must be held at the State Bar offices in San Francisco or Los Angeles, absent a majority vote of the board to meet elsewhere in California or a two-thirds vote to meet outside the state.” While the Board typically meets at the State Bar offices, it is not always possible for Board-appointed committees to have their meetings at State Bar offices due to availability of space or in some circumstances when meetings are held in conjunction with Section educational events that are held at locations other than State Bar offices.

PROPOSAL

To adopt new State Bar Rule 6.62 which would allow board-appointed committees to meet at locations in California other than State Bar offices. The rule would also provide that board-appointed committees could hold out of state meetings in special circumstances when approved by the Executive Director or his or her designee. While unusual, out of state meetings might occasionally be held when a board-appointed committee meets in conjunction with an MCLE event or conference that is held out of state. Proposed new State Bar Rule 6.62 would read as follows:

Rule 6.62 Location of meetings
Meetings of board-appointed bodies should be held in California. Meetings may be held outside of California in special circumstances when approved by the Executive Director or his or her designee.

ANY KNOWN FISCAL/PERSONNEL IMPACT

None.

ATTACHMENTS

● Agenda Item III.D. Title 6 Amendment re Location of State Bar Board-Appointed Committees, Request to Release for Public Comment
● Attachment to Agenda Item III.D. Title 6 Amendment re Location of State Bar Board-Appointed Committees, Request to Release for Public Comment

SOURCE

Board Committee on Operations, November 19, 2010 - Agenda Item III.D.

COMMENT DEADLINE

January 7, 2011

DIRECT COMMENTS TO:

Pat Bermudez
The State Bar of California
Office of General Counsel
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-538-2270
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pat.bermudez@calbar.ca.gov