Thursday, June 27, 2013

Questionable conduct at the State Bar’s BOG meeting

Steve Levine with an op-ed at the Wisconsin Law Journal on the recent meeting of the Board of Governors (BOG) of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
"The Board of Governors moved to quash dissent by adopting a bylaw that allows the board to remove a member of the board for 'conduct outside office which is contrary to the best interest of the State Bar.' ...

"The Board of Governors voted to eliminate funding for three longstanding State Bar committees, even though one of the committees offered to continue working at no cost to the State Bar. As a result, the State Bar’s committees on Professionalism, Board of Bar Examiners Review, and Unauthorized Practice of Law no longer exist. ...

"The Board of Governors elected a delegate to the American Bar Association who, it was pointed out by his opponent, was not a member of the ABA. This move was contrary to specific language of a State Bar bylaw [Article III., Section 11. (c)] that requires ABA membership at the time of election. ..."