of Governors Action Items
May 13 & 14, 2002
The Board took the following action at its Board meeting on May 13 & 14, 2002:
Welcomed new public Board member Sheila Selkregg, and new Board members-elect Matt Claman and Keith Levy.
Certified the results of the February 2002 bar exam. Of the 35 applicants, 18 or 51% passed. The 23 first time takers had a 61% pass rate. The applicants graduated from 29 different law schools.
Approved 3 reciprocity applicants for admission.
Considered requests for special accommodations for the July 2002 bar exam: granted the request of an incomplete quadriplegic applicant for use of voice activated computer software, extra time and a separate room; granted the request of an applicant with Dyslexia and ADD for extra time and a separate room, but denied the use of a computer.
Denied the request of a passing applicant to see his exam scores.
Voted to allow an inactive member to transfer to active status with conditions including attending 12 hours of CLE, passing the MPRE and retaining the services of a bookkeeper to manage his trust accounts.
Heard a report that 44% of active Bar members reported that they completed a minimum of 12 hours of CLE.
Agreed to reconstitute the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, to include Board members Jon Katcher, Matt Claman and Bill Granger.
Considered a bylaw amendment which would allow a Bar member who practices pro bono law exclusively to pay inactive member fees; voted to refer this proposal to the Pro Bono Service Committee for review and recommendation.
Voted to accept the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Committee's recommendations to reimburse the clients in two matters, and to deny the request for reimbursement in a third matter.
Considered a proposal to amend Bar Rule 22 to codify intake and intake review procedures for grievances; asked Bar Counsel to revise and redraft a procedure and standard for review; to work with Winfree and get input from Chris Cooke.
Voted to send to the Supreme Court proposed rules 16 & 29 which would provide for permanent disbarment after an effective date; eliminating reinstatement if permanently disbarred; adding waiting periods after rejection of petition for reinstatement; changing the time periods for automatic reinstatement and for objection to automatic reinstatement.
Appointed the following lawyers to the ALSC Board of Directors: Greg Razo and Steve Cole to the regular and alternate positions for the Kenai/Kodiak seat; Art Peterson and Keith Levy to the regular and alternate positions for the 1st District seat; and Mason Damrau and Cameron Leonard to the regular and alternate positions for the 4th District.
Was advised that the sunset bill, HB 362, passed the Senate, extending the Board of Governors for four years.
Approved the minutes of the March 2002 meeting.
Reviewed the resolutions for the annual business meeting.
Reviewed the proposed ethics opinion "Undisclosed Recording of a Conversation by a Lawyer" as well as proposed ARPC 3.11 which would prohibit recording of a conversation by a lawyer without the consent of all parties to the conversation; voted to refer proposed 3.11 to the ARPC Committee and to table consideration of the ethics opinion.
Voted to propose the following slate of officers: President-elect: Larry Ostrovsky; Vice President: Brian Hanson; Secretary: Rob Johnson; Treasurer: Bill Granger; Lori Bodwell was elected last year to be the next president of the Association.
Voted to publish proposed ARPC 6.1 regarding pro bono service as provided by the ABA rule.
Met with Vance Sanders, President of ALSC, Andy Harrington, Executive Director of ALSC, Loni Levy, Executive Director of Alaska Pro Bono Program and Judge Mark Rindner of the Pro Bono Service Committee. Voted to underwrite the Alaska Pro Bono Program's Executive Committee's monthly teleconference calls for the rest of 2002 (about $3,500); to provide the same level of in-kind support for the Barristers' Ball (mailings, publicity and accounting) as in 2001; and to get an idea of what it would cost to bring the Pro Bono Coordinator in-house to the Bar Association.