difference – volunteer through the State Bar
The 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
deadline to apply is Feb. 1. A complete list of openings, application forms and
detailed committee information is available on the State Bar website’s Committees and Commissions page. 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.
Among the committees seeking applicants are:
- 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
governors 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
- 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 Access and Fairness, which is devoted to
increasing diversity in the legal profession
Applications also are available by calling the bar’s appointments
office at 415-538-2370 or by faxing 415-538-2305.
Five positions, including the young lawyer position, will open
on the ABA House of Delegates next
August. All applicants, including incumbents eligible for reappointment, must submit
the State Bar 2013-14 application by Feb. 1. State Bar delegates serve two-year
terms and may serve three consecutive terms. The State Bar does not reimburse
its delegates for travel and meeting expenses. In addition, one lawyer position
on the Judicial
Council will be vacant. Applicants must file the
2013-14 State Bar application by Feb. 1. Members serve staggered three-year
terms that begin Sept. 15.
The Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation will have 11
openings on its 2014 roster; applications are due June 1, 2013, for terms that
begin Feb. 1, 2014. In addition, two lawyer positions will be open on the 2014
Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) Oversight committee. Members serve four-year
terms that can be renewed. Applicants including incumbents eligible for
reappointment must submit the State Bar 2013-14 application by June 1, 2013.
Detailed information about the application requirements for
these entities is available at www.calbar.org/appointments; select the link to Other Entity Appointments.