Rule 14-103. Organization and management of theBar.
(a) Board of Commissioners, number, term and vacancies, powers andduties.
(a)(1) There shall be a Board of Commissioners of the Barconsisting of no fewer than 13 but no more than 15 voting members, including 11elected lawyers and two non-lawyers appointed by the Supreme Court. The initialterm of office of one of the non-lawyer commissioners shall be for two years.Except as otherwise provided, the term of office of each commissioner shall bethree years and until a successor is elected and qualified. If a lawyer vacancyon the Board occurs prior to the expiration of the completed term of office,the remaining commissioners shall:
(a)(1)(A) conduct a special election;
(a)(1)(B) appoint a successor from among the active members of theBar whose business mailing addresses on the records of the Bar are in thedivision from which the commissioner was elected, who shall serve until thefollowing annual election; or
(a)(1)(C) fill the vacancy through the nextregular annual election.
(a)(2) If a lawyer vacancy on the Board is filled by either aspecial or regular election, the Board may establish the term of the successorto be either a one, two or full three-year term, provided that there wouldbe not more than three but not fewer than two commissioners from theThird Division whose terms expire in any one year and not more than five butnot fewer than four commissioners on the Board whose terms expire in any oneyear.
(a)(3) A President?s unexpired Commission term shall be filled inthe regular election cycle immediately preceding thetime he or she succeeds to the office of President.
(b) The Board is granted and may exercise all powers necessary andproper to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Bar and the purposesof these rules and shall have all authority which is not specifically reservedto the Supreme Court. The Court specifically reserves the authority to:
(b)(1) approve Bar admission andlicensure fees for attorneys and Licensed Paralegal Practitioners;
(b)(2) approve all rules and regulations formulated by the Boardfor admission, licensure, professional conduct, client security fund, feearbitration, procedures of discipline and disability, legislative activities,unauthorized practice of law, and Bar Examination review and appeals; and
(b)(3) establish appropriate rules andregulations governing mandatory continuing legal education.
(c) Territorial divisions. The First Judicial District shall beknown as the First Division; the Second Judicial District shall be known as theSecond Division; the Third Judicial District shall be known as the ThirdDivision; the Fourth Judicial District shall be known as the Fourth Division;and the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Judicial Districts shall be
(d) Number of lawyer commissioners from each division. There shallbe one lawyer member of the Board from each of the divisions, except the ThirdDivision from which there shall be seven lawyer commissioners. No more than onelawyer commissioner from any division except from the Third Division, and nomore than seven lawyer commissioners from the Third Division, shall serve onthe Board at the same time.
(e) Nomination and eligibility of lawyer commissioners. Lawyerswhose business mailing addresses on the records of the Bar are in a particulardivision shall alone have the right to nominate persons for the office ofcommissioner from that division. To be eligible for the office of commissionerin a division, the nominee's business mailing address must be in that divisionas shown by the records of the Bar. Nomination to the office of commissionershall be by written petition of ten or more members of the Bar in goodstanding. Any number of candidates may be nominated on a single petition.Nominating petitions shall be provided to the executive director within aperiod to be fixed by the rules made by the Board.
(f) Election of commissioners.
(f)(1)The lawyers on the Board shall be elected by the vote of theresident active members of the Bar as follows:
(f)(1)(A) in the year 1983 and everythird year thereafter, one member from the Second Division and two members fromthe Third Division, except that in the year 1983 only, there shall be fourmembers elected from the Third Division;
(f)(1)(B) in the year 1984 and everythird year thereafter, one member from the First Division and three membersfrom the Third Division; and
(f)(1)(C) in the year 1985 and everythird year thereafter, two members from the Third Division and one each fromthe Fourth and Fifth Divisions.
(f)(2) The candidate from any division, and thethree or two candidates from the Third Division, receiving the greatest numberof votes of that division shall be the commissioner from such division.For the year 1983, the candidate from the Third Division receiving the fourthgreatest number of votes shall be the commissioner for a two-year term. Amember is limited to voting for candidates for commissioner from the divisionin which his or her business mailing address is located as shown by the recordsof the Bar. The ballots shall be returned to the Bar offices in accordance withits rules. There shall be an annual election by the resident active members ofthe Bar for the purpose of filling vacancies. The Board shall fix the time forholding the annual election and prescribe rules and regulations in regardthereto not in conflict with this chapter. The Board shall, in accordance withits rules, give notice of the annual election by mail at least 90 days prior tothe date on which ballots will be counted.
(f)(3) Those persons holding office as commissioners at the timeof the adoption of these rules or who were elected under the existing statutewill continue in office for the period of time elected to serve.
(g) Nomination and election of president-elect. The Board shallnominate two lawyers in good standing on active status to run for the office ofpresident-elect to be elected by the vote of the active members of the Bar. Thepresident and the president-elect shall hold office until their successors areelected and seated. A secretary and such other assistants as the Board mayrequire, may be selected from within or without the Board to hold office at thepleasure of the Board and to be paid such compensation as the Board shalldetermine.
(h) Officers and organization of Board. The Board shall beorganized and authorized to conduct business by the seating of electedcommissioners, and a president and president-elect of the Bar. Thepresident-elect for the previous year shall automatically succeed to the officeof president. A president and a president-elect who are not electedcommissioners have the authority to vote on matters brought before the Board.In the event of a tie vote, the matter at hand shall fail to pass.
(i) Annual and special meetings notice.There shall be an annual meeting of the Bar, presided over by the president ofthe Bar, open to all members in good standing, and held at such time and placeas the Board may designate, for the discussion of the affairs of the Bar andthe administration of justice. Special meetings of the Bar may be held at suchtimes and places as the Board may designate. Notice of all meetings shall begiven by mail to all members of the Bar not fewer than 15 days prior to thedate of such meeting.
Effective November 1,2018