Board Action Items
Approved sending out RFPs for Bar database.
Approved 17 reciprocity applicants.
Approved two Rule 43 (ALSC) waivers and a Rule 43.1 (Military) waiver.
Voted in support of reporting MBE scores to tenth place, but will do it with a new database.
Granted relief on one of his essays to a February Bar Exam applicant who had failed the exam; this gave the applicant a passing exam score.
Voted to recommend for admission an applicant from the February 2002 bar exam, based on the completion of the character investigation.
Reviewed the budget and financial state of the Bar. Voted to send letters to two public attorneys and their supervisor due to their rudeness to Bar support staff and for writing derogatory comments on their bar dues checks.
Heard a status report on the Bar Services and Funding Committee, which will be reporting to the Board in January, 2005.
Approved the minutes from the April Board meeting and two May conference calls.
Approved the request to form a Health Law Section.
Adopted the ethics opinion entitled "Responsibilities of an Attorney When a Client cannot be Contacted."
Discussed the Judicial Selection with Jim Clark's representative, Assistant Attorney General David Marquez; voted to pass a resolution which strongly encourages the governor to uphold the rule of law, uphold the constitution, and appoint judges from those individuals that the Judicial Council has found most qualified.
Voted to accept a stipulation for discipline, which provides for a five year suspension, with two years probation and three years to serve, with the recommendation that it run concurrently with the California suspension.
Voted to direct Hagen Insurance to get quotes from Blue Cross for the next contract year for deductibles of $100/200/500/1,000/2,500, and the discretion to re-request quotes without the higher deductible if it skews premiums.
Reviewed Bar Rule 2 regarding graduates of foreign law schools, and voted that as a matter of policy, the Board thinks that, for the purposes of this rule, being admitted by exam in another state is more important than an additional year of law school.
Declined to consider imposing filing fees for Fee Arbitration.
Voted to increase bar dues by $100 to $550.
Voted down a proposal that would prohibit Fee Arbitration panel members from representing a client in a Fee Arbitration case.
Directed Bar Counsel to draft a proposed rule change which would provide for a minimum fee of $1,000 in cases where discipline is imposed as a cost recovery fee.
Denied a request to appoint counsel in a reinstatement matter.
Heard the results of the evaluation of the Executive Director and the Bar Counsel.
September 13 & 14, 2004