Bar Rules

Section 1. Standing Committees.

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  1. Creation of Standing Committees; Statement of Purpose. The Board of Governors may create standing committees for such purposes as it deems appropriate. The members of each standing committee shall be appointed by the President. Any request for the creation of a standing committee shall be accompanied by a statement of purpose. A listing of the standing committees of the State Bar shall be published annually in the State Bar Directory. The publication shall include a description of each committee's purpose, the names of current committee members and their respective terms.
  2. Appointment of Members
    1. Three-year terms. There shall be a minimum of nine members of each standing committee appointed for three-year terms. Regardless of when the appointment was made, such term shall begin on July 1 of the year the appointing President took office, and expire on June 30 three years later, except for the Finance Committee which term shall begin on January 1 of the Bar year the appointing President took office, and expire on December 31 three years later. All such appointments shall be for staggered terms of three years so that, as reasonable as possible, one-third of all committee members appointed for three year terms shall retire at the end of each year.
    2. One-year terms. The President may appoint additional members of each standing committee as the President deems appropriate. Regardless of when such additional committee members are appointed, the term of such appointees shall begin on July 1 of the year the appointing President took office and shall expire on the following June 30, except for the Finance Committee which term shall begin on January 1 and expire on the following December 31.
    3. Non-voting advisory members. The President may appoint non-voting advisory and liaison members to each standing committee as the President deems appropriate. Regardless of when appointed, such term shall begin on July 1 of the year the appointing President took office and shall expire on the following June 30, except for the Finance Committee which term shall begin on January 1 and expire on the following December 31.
    4. Appointments to fulfill quorum requirements. In the event of any appointee's resignations, incapacitation, or persistent inability to perform committee business, the President shall have the authority to appoint a replacement to serve for the duration of the original appointee's term. The President shall exercise all foregoing discretionary powers of appointment to advance the objective of enabling committees to obtain quorums and conduct regular committee business.
    5. Notice of Three-Year Term Appointments. Incoming Presidents shall inform the Board of appointments to fill expiring or vacant three-year terms on standing committees at the State Bar's Annual Meeting.
    6. Notice of Other Appointments. Appointments to one-year terms or to non-voting advisory or liaison capacity on any standing committee shall be published in the State Bar Directory, provided, however, that nothing in this provision shall prohibit a President from exercising discretion to make additional such appointments after the Directory has been published or sent for publication.
    7. Executive Committee Liaison Members. Not later than the second Board of Governors meeting during the President's term in office, the President may appoint an Executive Committee Liaison member to such standing committees as the President chooses. Such Executive Committee Liaison Members shall serve for a term of one year, with such term expiring on the First June 30 after such appointment, except for the Finance Committee which term shall begin on January 1 and expire on the following December 31. Such members shall have full voting privileges and count towards a quorum at any meeting of a standing committee.
  3. Chairperson, Co-chairs and Vice Chairperson or Vice Co-chairs. Each year the President shall appoint a chairperson or co-chairs and a vice chairperson or vice co-chairs of each standing committee. A chairperson or, in the absence of the chairperson, the vice-chairperson may act on behalf of the committee when it is not practical or possible to confer with the committee.
  4. Abolition of Standing Committees. Standing Committees may be abolished by the Board of Governors following written notice to the chairperson and members of the Committee.



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