THE ANNUAL STATE BAR HOUSE OF DELEGATES MEETING -- 2009
Over one hundred fifty lawyers (150) met at the Bar Center yesterday for the annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting. The House of Delegates is the legislative branch of the State Bar Association (SBA). Some House of Delegates members are elected by their constituents. Some are anointed by virtue of their office, for example, county bar association --presidents. Oddly, the Board of Governors, the executive branch of the SBA government, runs the House of Delegates meeting.
RECOMMENDATION -- It is recommended that the House of Delegates develop their own leadership and run their own meetings. They are eunuchs otherwise.
The State Bar House of Delegates, by statute, may modify or rescind any and all decisions of the Board of Governors. The House of Delegates may also direct the Board of Governors as to future action. Here is what they did on a sunny, November, Friday afternoon at their annual meeting for 2009:
- Chief Justice Paul De Muniz gave a speech on the budget of the state court system.
- Voted not to adopt an aspirational standard of 50 hours of free legal work per year. The reluctance was based on the fact that the new requirement would be found in the ethical rules, '...but not enforced...' as an ethical rule. (?)
- Voted to encourage fair compensation for judges and other public service.
- Voted not to allow paralegals to represent parties in landlord-tenant court.
- Voted on various housekeeping changes to procedural rules.