At the Board of Governors meeting on March 30 & 31, 2001, the Board took the following action:
Appointed a Strategic Planning Committee (Weyhrauch, Long, & Faulhaber) to work on getting a retreat facilitator, the location & a budget for doing a strategic planning session in late Sept./early Oct. The Committee is to report back to the Board in May.
Approved the use of the Bar Association's credit card system for the Alaska Pro Bono Program's Barristers Ball.
Tabled the issue of a VCLE discount until the May Board meeting, and will seek input from the supreme court and Bar members.
Received information about the dues reduction given to Fairbanks attorney Ruth Bohms for providing more than 400 hours of Pro Bono work to senior citizens in 2000.
Approved Rule 43 (ALSC) waivers for Judith DeMarsh and Elizabeth Dickey.
Voted to publish a proposed Bylaw to form a Standing Committee on Judicial Independence.
Voted to make the following appointments to the ALSC Board of Directors: Janine Reep to the regular seat in the 1st district, with Richard Whittaker as alternate; Bob Bundy to the regular seat in the 3rd district, with Carol Daniel as alternate; Bethany Spalding to the regular seat in the 4th district.
Voted to nominate Jeff Feldman to the Judicial Conduct Commission.
Appointed Board members Bodwell and Long to the 9th Circuit Lawyer Representative selection Committee, and will appoint 1-2 other lawyers to that Committee.
Unanimously adopted the report of the Area Hearing Committee recommending that Marcus Paine be disbarred.
Voted to adopt the stipulation that an attorney be disbarred, and to send this recommendation to the supreme court.
Voted on the recipients for the Distinguished Service Award, the Professionalism Award, and the Layperson Service Award to be presented at the convention.
Requested that the Executive Director set up a timeline and procedure for the implementation of evaluations of the Executive Director and the Bar Counsel. Established a Subcommittee to conduct the evaluations, which will consist of the President-elect, one immediate past president (or board member at discretion of the president) and one public member.
Approved the Ethics opinion entitled "Attorney's Duties When Advised By Custodian that Criminal Defendant Has Breached Conditions of Client's Release."
Approved 7 reciprocity applicants for admission.
Approved the request to form a Law & Community Health Section.
Approved one free slot at each CLE for Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) attorneys.
Requested staff to do a comparison in costs between prospective pension plans.
Voted to send to the supreme court Bar Rules 10 & 12 regarding the appointment of special bar counsel.
Voted to send to the supreme court Bar Rule 31, regarding increasing the maximum fee that can be paid to Trustee Counsel from $5,000 to $10,000.
Voted to table Bar Rule 45 regarding the definition of dishonest conduct for the purposes of the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection.
Voted to publish a proposed amendment to Bar Rule 31(g)(3) & Bar Rule 54 which would provide that Trustee Counsel be paid from the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection.
Voted to publish ARPC 1.5 which would allow contingent fees in certain domestic relations matters.
Check into the option of buying a catastrophic umbrella or layer insurance for large LFCP claims.
Get a Bar Association Visa or MasterCard and talk to vendors about paying our bills by credit card to get travel mileage for the Bar.
Heard a report by Bar Counsel that the U.S. Supreme Court declined to accept Obermeyer's appeal; heard that the Alaska Supreme Court declined to grant an applicant a hearing in her appeal to the court.
The nominating Committee for Board officers will be Weyhrauch, Long, Vermont and Faulhaber.