Board of Governors Action Items
January 19, 2001
Adopted a stipulation for a private reprimand.
Heard a report on the status of the 9th Circuit case in an IOLTA matter, and decided to write a letter in the Bar Rag to alert Bar members to this issue.
Adopted a stipulation for a private reprimand in a discipline matter.
Approved the Alaska Pro Bono Program's request for an $8,000 grant to hold pro bono clinics in remote locations and train local attorneys to do clinics (The Flying Pro Bono Program.)
Heard a request from a Bar member to form a mentoring program; asked the member to draft a letter for the Bar Rag soliciting interest for a mentoring program.
Heard a report that as of mid-January, 41% of the active members who have paid their bar dues have taken the VCLE discount (but less than half of the active members have paid their dues so far); decided to wait until the March meeting to set the VCLE discount for 2002.
Approved the request by Catholic Social Services' Immigration Law Project for a $3,500 grant to travel to Dutch Harbor and Bethel to provide pro bono services.
Heard from Bar members who were active in Judicial retention campaigns about their interest in serving on a continuing Bar committee to promote judicial independence; appointed a subcommittee of the Board and asked the group was asked to write up a charge for the committee and bring it back to the Board at the next meeting.
Unanimously voted to accept the Area Hearing Committee's findings and recommendation for disbarment in a discipline matter; set stipulations for readmission and assessed $958 in costs and $1,000 in fees.
Appointed a Board subcommittee to make recommendations for the Distinguished Service, Professionalism and Layperson Service awards to be presented at the convention.
The CLE Director reported that 25 Bar members took the on-line ethics CLE course.
Voted to approve $2,265 to videotape the CLE by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault so that the tapes can be viewed by Bar members.
Voted to give a total of $500 for the swearing-in receptions for the two Magistrate Judges in southeast.
Voted to adjust the salary ranges for the professional staff.
Voted to publish amendments to Bar Rules 10 & 12, which would allow the Executive Director to appoint special bar counsel and for area hearing committee members to serve as special bar counsel.
Voted to publish an amendment to Bar Rule 31 which increase the amount which may be reimbursed to Trustee Counsel from $5,000 to $10,000.
Voted to publish an amendment to Bar Rule 45 to define dishonest conduct as failure to pay a Bar Association fee arbitration award.
Voted to reimburse Bob Lewis an additional $1,525 for his work as Trustee Counsel.
Voted to allow Bar Counsel to process certain matters as Lawyers Fund for Client Protection matters rather than requiring the clients to go through Fee Arbitration first.