Board of Governors Action Items
Denied Applicant's request for admission and will send him written notice of the Board's decision.
Voted to recommend admission of 14 reciprocity applicants.
Voted to approve a Rule 43 (ALSC) waiver for Wesley Klimczak.
Voted to renew the ExamSoft contract (laptop computer use for the bar exam) for two years.
Authorized the Executive Director to convey to the Oregon State Bar that Alaska is willing to enter into a reciprocity agreement with them under the terms discussed.
Voted to sign a contract with Casemaker for on-line legal research services for Bar members, and to accept the option for $1,887/month.
Did not adopt the ethics opinion entitled, "Lawyer's Duties with Regard to Metadata in Electronic Documents."
Voted to accept the stipulation for a public censure and two year probation in the disciplinary matter involving Tony Strong.
Discussed two alternative MCLE proposals from the Alaska Supreme Court and voted to communicate to the court that the proposal which includes a mandatory ethics requirement with a mandatory reporting requirement would be preferable to the current VCLE program.
Voted to authorize the President to appoint a Board subcommittee to review the issue of tiered bar dues.
Voted to approve the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection recommendations for payments following the supplemental reports by the committee.
Voted to present the current Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection claims against the attorney estate, but the Bar won't make any further claims against the estate.
Voted to make the following appointments to the ALSC Board of Directors: 1st District: Johanna Sebold (regular) and Janine Reep (alternate); 2nd District: Margaret Thomas (regular) and Connor Thomas (alternate); 3rd District: Greg Razo (regular) and Krista Schwarting (alternate); 4th District: Corrine Vorenkamp (regular) and Harold "Buddy" Brown (alternate); At-Large: Chuck Robinson (regular) and John Treptow (alternate.)
Approved the minutes of the January meeting.
Voted to support the two resolutions submitted: the Anchorage Bar resolution seeking repeal of the civil case reporting requirements, and the TVBA resolution regarding courthouse security.
Voted to nominate the following slate of officers: president-elect Mitch Seaver; Vice President Bill Granger; Secretary Krista Stearns; Treasurer Sid Billingslea.
Voted to send to the Supreme Court an amendment to Bar Rule 63 which would require document preparers to give certain notices including notice that they are not lawyers, that the document may not be legally enforceable, etc.
Voted to publish an amendment to Bar Rule 44 (the legal intern permit rule) which would not require client consent to the representation; it eliminates the references to failure of the bar exam; and interns would be allowed two one-year permits.
Discussed the proposed bar rule amendments regarding immunity and asked Bar Counsel to give the board background on course and scope of immunity and what other Bars have.
Voted to publish a proposed housekeeping change to Bar Rule 44.1(f)(2)(A) regarding the name of the Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct.
Voted to publish a proposed amendment to Bylaw Article VIII, section 1(a)(11) to change the name of the Judicial Independence Committee to the Committee for Fair and Impartial Courts.
April 30 & May 1, 2007