At the Board of Governors meeting on January 21, 2000, the Board took the following action:
Heard the status report by the Internet Committee: asked them to look into the cost and steps to implement home pages for each Section, setting up a Membership Directory, and a master calendar. Voted to only publish member name, status and member number on website unless the member gives specific permission.
Approved purchase of new phone system.
Voted against referring an applicant's appeal from the July 1999 exam to a hearing master but agreed to send her scores of representative samples and allow her to submit amended appeal within 30 days.
Denied an applicant's admissions appeal.
Approved 6 reciprocity applicants; approved a Rule 43 waiver for an attorney to work at ALSC.
Granted an applicant's special accommodations request for double time and a separate room for the July 2000 exam, due to a disability.
Adopted the ethics opinion entitled "May an Attorney Representing Tribal Entities Represent Tort Claimants Harmed by Those Entities if the U. S. is Liable for Any Damages?"
Voted to publish a proposed increase in the penalty for late bar dues payment, from $10/week to $20/week, and to increase the cap on the penalty from $100 to $200.
Voted to increase the fee for Reciprocity admission from $1,000 to $1,500 for any application received after July 1.
Voted to publish a proposed increase in the Rule 81 fee from $250/year to $350/year (per attorney/per case).
Voted to send to the Supreme Court draft language for the comment to ARPC 1.5 regarding disclosure to the client of potential responsibility for costs under Civil Rule 82.
Referred the issue of conditional admission to the Bar to a Board subcommittee.
Voted to publish a proposed housekeeping change to Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Rule 56.
Voted to publish a proposed amendment to Bar Rule 2(3) which would provide that a graduate of an unaccredited law school may be eligible to take the bar exam after 5 of 7 years practice in another state (changing it from simply 5 years.)
Tabled ARPC 1.8(e) until March.
Denied a request by a magistrate to transfer to inactive status.
Approved the October minutes as corrected.
Tabled the issue of a bilingual attorney directory until March.
Appointed a Board subcommittee on Judicial Independence.
Board members Schuhmann & Weyhrauch agreed to review the Bar's group insurance benefits.