Board of Governors Action Items
January 24, 2002
Voted to approve 3 reciprocity applicants.
Set up a Board Subcommittee (Katcher, Bodwell & Tinglum) to review the character & fitness of a Bar applicant.
Approved a Rule 43 (ALSC) Waiver for Diana Lucente.
Approved the additional request for Special Accommodations for a February Bar reapplicant.
Accepted the Court's invitation to participate in Law Day.
Approved the following requests for funding: Catholic Social Services: $4,500; Court System Probationer Assistance Program: $4,000; Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault: $1,500. The consensus of the Board is that the Board is not really set up to give grants (i.e., advertising, guidelines, procedures, criteria, etc.) and that the Board will not give grants in the future and refer any grant requests to the Bar Foundation, which is a grant awarding organization.
Approved the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Committee's recommendation to reimburse a client $800.
Bob Evans has been hired as the lobbyist for the Bar on its sunset legislation.
The Duke law students will be coming to Alaska March 9-17. 2 students will go to Juneau, and 2 students will go to Fairbanks for the first 4 days.
Rejected the first stipulation in a discipline matter, but then accepted a new stipulation which provided for a 3 year suspension, with 1 year stayed, and other conditions.
Approved the appointment of Jude Pate as ALSC alternate in the 1st District; approved the reappointment of Vance Sanders and Lach Zemp as the Board representative member and alternate.
Carey Graham and Katcher volunteered to serve on the 9th Circuit Merit Selection Committee, with other members to be appointed by Mauri Long.
Postponed the issue of catastrophic coverage for the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection until more Board members are present.
Directed that the Supreme Court be kept apprised of the costs of VCLE.
The motion to pay a Fee Arbitration award out of the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection failed.
Voted to publish an amendment to Bar Rule 22 on the grievance intake and review procedures.
Motion to require a lawyer to provide a physical address (as opposed to a mailing address) failed.
Approved the October Board meeting minutes.
Voted to participate in the Amicus Brief for the National Association of IOLTA programs.
Reviewed a report of the ARPC's review of the 1996 resolution that members should provide 50 hours of pro bono service a year, and they decided not to amend the rule because it was hortatory. Reviewed the resolution from the 2001 convention that a lawyer should render 15 hours of pro bono service a year, and voted to publish that resolution as a proposed rule change from the membership.
Voted to send the proposed amendment on ARPC 3.6 on Trial Publicity to the Supreme Court.
Heard a request for reinstatement from inactive to active status; a subcommittee of the Board (Granger, Hoffman, Katcher) will review the circumstance of the previous grievance, future plans for his practice; the Board asked for briefing on the legal standards for reinstatement and any caselaw relevant to reinstatement decisions; they will review a transcript of the Board meeting at which the discipline was imposed and any discipline that would have been imposed.
Approved the following Trustee Counsel reimbursements: Bob Lewis: $152.57; Yale Metzger: $8,808.37 and Perkins Coie: $43,814.
Agreed to participate in the ABA Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP) program by organizing and educating volunteer lawyers who would provide such assistance on a pro bono basis.