At the Board of Governors meeting on May 15 & 16, 2000, the Board took the following action:
Certified the results of the February Bar Exam. The pass rate of the 56 applicants was 57%; the pass rate of the 29 first time takers was 66%.
Certified seven reciprocity applicants.
Approved special accommodations for three applicants taking the July 2000 bar exam.
Accepted a stipulation for disbarment in the matter of Dennis Bump, with the recommendation to the Supreme Court that the effective date be July 3, 1996, the date of his interim suspension.
Voted down motions to increase the penalty for late payment of bar dues, and to increase the Rule 81 fee for Outside Counsel.
Approved a grant of $7,500 to the Alaska Pro Bono Program for purpose of providing funding for attorneys to travel to remote Alaska locations to teach clinics to the public, and/or to train local attorneys to teach these clinics.
A committee was appointed to determine whether the Bar should have a budget item for grants, how much it should be, and to make recommendations to the Board; Long, Bodwell, and Faulhaber were appointed to this subcommittee.
Discussed the continuation of the New Lawyer Liaison position, and Weyhrauch will seek to appoint a Liaison from Southeast.
Directed the CLE Director to review the Partners for Downtown Progress program for possible CLE credit, but to not otherwise provide financial sponsorship.
Approved a stipulation for 2 year suspension, which will now go to the Supreme Court for consideration.
Agreed to put on the August agenda the issue of auditing a lawyer's trust account if the member is suspended for nonpayment of bar dues.
Voted to send a conditional admission rule (Bar Rule 5) to the Supreme Court; approved regulations pending the adoption of the rule.
Voted to send Bar Rule 2(3) to the Supreme Court, which would provide that a graduate of a non-ABA accredited law school could take the Alaska Bar Exam if they have engaged in the practice of law for 5 of the 7 previous years, instead of just the previous 5 years.
Voted to send a housekeeping rule change to Bar Rule 56 (Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection) to the Supreme Court.
Voted to publish Bar Rule 29 on reinstatement, which would specify the burden of proof and deleting certain timeframes.
Accepted a stipulation for a private reprimand with conditions.
Voted to reimburse Peg Roston for her work as Trustee Counsel.
Referred Jeff Friedman's concerns regarding certain IOLTA rules to the Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct committee.
Voted to publish ARPC 1.5 (permitting an attorney to charge a contingent fee for a later modification of alimony or property division in a domestic relations case.)
Appointed Bob Groseclose to the vacancy on the Judicial Council.
Approved the March minutes as corrected.
The Board discussed and took positions on resolutions.
Voted to recommend the following slate of officers at the annual business meeting: President-elect - Mauri Long; Vice President - Lori Bodwell; Secretary - Brian Hanson; and Treasurer - Dan Winfree.