Sunday, May 9, 2010

State Bar Board of Governors debates tough issues at May 4-5 Board meeting

Our State Bar reported
Board authorizes petitions for voluntary-mandatory bar resolution
Specifically,
1.That the report of the Strategic Planning Committee attached to this resolution is accepted and placed on file; and

2.That the Wisconsin Supreme Court be asked to review the status of the integrated bar; and

3.That the Strategic Planning Committee is authorized to draft two or more petitions with the Wisconsin Supreme Court requesting that it review the status of the integrated bar and whether it should be modified or made voluntary; and

4.That all members of the Board of Governors are invited to participate in drafting and advancing the respective petitions.
Update: Bar leaders alter petition, support membership review, by Jack Zemlicka, Wisconsin Law Journal

Other Baord actions in the State Bar report were
approves petition to increase pay for court-appointed lawyers

approves a resolution for petition on unauthorized practice of law

adopts resolution to petition supreme court on OLR fund lapse

approves modifications to bylaws concerning dispute resolution between sections

approves motion to support petitions relating to appellate practice

approves proposal to move additional Board meeting offsite for 2010-11 term

approves appointments to the Board Nomination Committee
Next Board of Governors meeting June 25, 2010 at the State Bar Center, Madison