Board of Governors Action Items
September 17 & 18, 2009
Voted to grant a hearing in the admissions appeal of an applicant from the February 2009 bar exam.
Voted to not take any action on a reciprocity application until all the paperwork is complete.
Voted to recommend 10 reciprocity applicants to the Supreme Court for admission.
Voted to approve Rule 43 (ALSC) waivers for Nicholas Gasca and Robert Lynch.
Directed the staff to send Russ Winner’s letter requesting a modification of the regulation regarding rounding of MCLE credits to the CLE Committee for consideration.
Voted to determine that Roger Snippen has complied with the recommendations of the Lawyers Assistance Committee as modified by the Board.
Voted to refer a reciprocity applicant to a Board subcommittee (McClintock, Maassen, Sebold.)
Voted in the disciplinary matter of Eugene Cyrus to recommend to the Supreme Court a five year suspension, with two years stayed, three years probation; that while on probation he be required to practice law solely as an employee of an agency or firm, that he commit no further discipline violations, that he pay all fines and sanctions imposed by any court, that he obtain certification from his employer on an annual basis that he is employed, and that he must notify the Bar within 10 days of any change in his employment status.
Voted to adopt a stipulation in a discipline matter as modified: that respondent attorney be suspended for three years, commencing with his voluntary transfer to inactive status in 2008; that he make full restitution to the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection for services provided by Trustee Counsel; that he serve a two year probation and practice under a mentor or with an agency and that he meet with his mentor at least bi-weekly and that the mentor report to the Bar quarterly whether the respondent is meeting bi-weekly; that respondent complete 12 hours of CLE in law office management, trust accounting and legal ethics.
Considered six Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Committee recommendations and voted to approve all of their recommendations.
Voted to delete Bylaws Article IV, section 10 regarding action of the Board without assembling.
Redrafted the Legal Intern rule (Bar Rule 44) per the Board review and comments and asked staff to circulate it to the affected agencies and have it back to the Board in October.
Voted to publish a proposed amendment which would permit appearance by legal interns before the appellate courts.
Voted to publish a proposed amendment to Bar Rule 26(d) which requires attorneys to self-report any criminal conviction within 30 days to the Bar Association.
Voted to publish a proposed amendment to Bar Rule 3.8 regarding special duties of a prosecutor.
Took no action on ABA Model Rule 1.10(a) regarding imputation of conflicts of interest.
Voted to suspend the Standing Policies which provides that a nominating committee will present a proposed slate of officers to the Board. The Board will accept nominations for officers from any board member.
Reviewed a request that the Board consider adding the Alaska Administrative Code and Workers Comp decision on to Casemaker. They said that the AAC can be found online for free and asked if the Workers Comp decision could also be found online for free.
Voted to add two new sections: Appellate Law and Public Contracts Law.
Voted to appoint Natasha Singh to the vacancy for the ALSC Board, alternate position to Corinne Vorenkamp in the 4th Judicial District.
Voted to approve the minutes for the Board meetings of May 5, May 29 and July 21.
Voted to accept the Findings and Conclusions of the Area Hearing Committee in the disciplinary matter of Ra Shipps, but not the recommendations for discipline. The Board voted to recommend five years suspension (none stayed), that reinstatement is subject to Shipps complying with Bar Rule 29(b) and also submitting the information and complying with the requirements in Bar Rule 30(g) for reinstatement from disability practice; that he take 15 hours of CLE including law office management and legal ethics; that he pay the Bar Association $1,000 as partial reimbursement of costs; that he reimburse the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection for any amounts expended; that following reinstatement that he be on probation for two years and may practice law only if employed by a law firm or agency and submit a certificate from his employer regarding his employment and notify the Bar within 10 days of any change in employment.