CBJ - November 2012 #07. State Bar committees need volunteers.


California Bar Journal


CBJ - November 2012 #07.

State Bar committees need volunteers

The California LawyerNovember 2012State Bar committees need volunteersThe State Bar is recruiting applicants for approximately 200 volunteer positions on more than three dozen committees, boards and commissions. Groups with open positions range from committees dealing with access and fairness issues to section executive committees focused on particular areas of the law to a committee addressing questions of professional responsibility and conduct. If your interest is the day-to-day delivery of legal services to poor and middle-income individuals, administering the IOLTA program or exploring ways to improve access to civil justice, positions on legal services committees are available.

Most of the appointments carry a three-year term, and the application deadline is Feb. 1. A complete list of openings, application forms and detailed committee information is available at www.calbar.org/appointments. Applicants can apply to a maximum of three committees but can only be appointed to one. The State Bar Board of Trustees will make the appointments next summer and committee terms begin Oct. 13, 2013.

The committees seeking applicants include:

* Courts/administration of justice committees that review proposed changes in civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, appellate and federal rules, procedures and practices, as well as comment on proposed legislation governing these issues. * Insurance committees, which act as counsel to the board of trustees on insurance matters and oversee the bar's member group insurance programs including life, accidental death and dismemberment, disability, personal auto and homeowners, long-term care, workers' compensation and professional liability. * Regulatory committees such as the Committee of Bar Examiners, Committee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration and Legal Specialization commissions, which are established by statute and oversee mandated admission, arbitration and certification programs of the State Bar. * The Council on...

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