Board Action Items
Voted to certify 8 reciprocity applicants for admission.
Was advised that Oregon changed their rules so that Oregon and Alaska are now reciprocal states for admission purposes.
Granted requests by two February bar exam applicants for special accommodations.
Voted to contact Duke Law School regarding renewal of the contract to publish the Alaska Law Review.
Voted to adopt the Hearing Committee recommendation to disbar Cathleen McLaughlin with the additional recommendation that a condition of reinstatement be that McLaughlin must pay all criminal restitution and all civil judgments related to her misconduct.
Voted to amend the Standing Policies of the Board of Governors to allow the President to designate a Board member to attend a national conference that had been budgeted for by the Board, if the President or President-elect are unable to attend.
Directed staff to submit a revised draft of the policy regarding reimbursement to Board members for meeting expenses.
Voted to amend the Standing Policies of the Board of Governors to reimburse all Board members and the New Lawyer Liaison for their expenses during the annual convention.
Voted to waive the fee to join the New Lawyer Section.
Voted to pay bar dues for all Bar employees who are required to be members of the Bar.
Voted to refer to the Governor the names of the two lawyers, Thomas Nave and Peter Aschenbrenner, who put their names in for the two vacancies on the Judicial Conduct Commission.
Voted to approve the minutes of the Board of Governors meetings on October 25 & 26, 2007 and November 2, 2007.
Appointed Board members Billingslea, Granger & Mendel to the Board Awards subcommittee.
Voted to adopt the ethics opinion entitled "May Lawyers Maintain Electronic Copies of Records in Lieu of Paper Copies?"
Voted to approve the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Committee recommendations for reimbursement in six matters.
Voted to amend the Bylaws to create a Standing Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.
Voted to send to the Supreme Court a proposed amendment to Bar Rule 41 providing for service by email with electronic confirmation in Fee Arbitrations.
Set the reinstatement fee at $250 for a Bar member who has been suspended for failure to comply with MCLE requirements.
Asked staff to put together a timeline of all the steps that happen with the MCLE requirements.
Adopted a resolution regarding the 25th anniversary of ALSC's pro bono program.
Voted to amend the 2008 budget to reflect the lobbyist fee and payment of bar dues for the three Bar Counsel.
The majority of the Board adopted the recommendations of the Area Hearing Committee in the Jody Brion matter, providing for a three year suspension, with two years stayed. As a condition of reinstatement Brion is required to complete 12 hours of CLE in law office management and accounting practices, including trust account management. For two years after reinstatement Brion is required to retain an office manager with appropriate law office experience to assist in the billing, case management, and trust account management. Brion must hire a licensed and insured certified CPA to oversee all general and trust accounts of the firm and who will provide annual written reports to the Bar. Finally, during the two years after reinstatement, Brion must establish a mentorship relationship with an attorney approved by the Bar Association to consult with him bi-weekly, concerning case management issues.
Discussed the process for appointing the attorney member to the Judicial Council.
January 31 & February 1, 2008