Essential Duties of District Bar Officers

1. Correspond with your district bar councilor(s) to advise of the district bar’s position on recent actions proposed by the State Bar Council

2. Review district bar bylaws, governing statutes, and governing rules and regulations (see attached governing statutes and rules and regulations)

3. Make sure a current copy of the district bar bylaws is on file with the executive director of the State Bar and with the office of the resident superior court judge for your district

4. Provide the names and addresses of all officers and members of the Board of Directors (if the bylaws provide for a BOD) to the executive director of the State Bar

5. Call and schedule annual and special meetings for purposes of:

  • Electing district bar officers
  • Electing State Bar Councilor(s), upon notification from State Bar that a councilor’s
     term has expired
  • Choosing candidates for submission to the Governor in filling district court judge
     vacancies
  • Any other official business of the district bar as may come up from time to time, such
    as amendments of bylaws, imposition of or increase in dues, and other matters
    requiring formal action by the active members of the bar
  • Any other activities of the district bar, such as CLE, programs/speakers, and volunteer
    activities/outreach projects undertaken by the district bar

6. Appoint board of directors and committee members, as required by bylaws

7. Oversee committee responsibilities, including functions of the fee dispute resolution committee and local grievance committee (if any)

8. Update roster of district bar membership annually, as requested by State Bar (with assistance of the secretary/treasurer)

9. Assist State Bar in locating attorneys to serve as law practice trustees in the event of the death, disability, or disbarment of an attorney who has no partners or associates capable of winding down his or her law practice

10. Oversee collection of district bar dues by secretary/treasurer (if any are imposed)

11. Report to State Bar any judicial district bar member who is 12 months or more in arrears in payment of district bar dues

12. Oversee expenditures of district bar dues to ensure proper uses of dues

13. Make sure that the district bar provides an annual financial report to the executive director of the State Bar

 

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