(a) Boardof Commissioners: number, term, and vacancies.
(1) Number.The Bar?s Board of Commissioners consists of at least 13 but no more than 15voting members, including 11 elected lawyers and two nonlawyers appointed bythe Supreme Court.
(2) Term.Unless otherwise provided, the term of office of each commissioner is threeyears and until a successor is elected and qualified. The initial term ofoffice of one of the nonlawyer commissioners is two years.
(A) If alawyer vacancy on the Board occurs before the completed term of office, theremaining commissioners will:
(i) conduct aspecial election;
(ii) appointan interim successor from among the active Bar members whose business mailingaddresses on the Bar?s records are in the division from which the commissionerwas elected, who will serve until the next annual election; or
(iii) fill thevacancy during the next regular annual election.
(B) If alawyer vacancy on the Board is filled by either a special or regular election,the Board may establish the term of the successor to be a one, two or fullthree-year term, provided that there would be only two or threecommissioners from the Third Division whose terms expire in any one year andonly four or five Board commissioners whose terms expire in any one year.
(C) APresident?s unexpired Commission term will be filled in the regular electioncycle immediately preceding the time he or she succeeds to the officeof President.
(b) Board?spowers. The Board may exercise all powersnecessary and proper to carry out its duties and responsibilities and has allauthority not specifically reserved to the Supreme Court. The Courtspecifically reserves the authority to:
(1) approve Baradmission and licensure fees for attorneys and licensed paralegalpractitioners;
(2) approveall rules and regulations for admission, licensure, professional conduct,client security fund, fee arbitration, legislative activities, unauthorizedpractice of law, and Bar Examination review and appeals; and
(3) establish appropriaterules and regulations governing mandatory continuing legal education.
(c) Territorialdivisions. The First Division includes theFirst Judicial District; the Second Division includes the Second Judicial District;the Third Division includes the Third Judicial District; the Fourth Divisionincludes the Fourth Judicial District; and the Fifth Division includes theFifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Judicial Districts.
(d) Numberof lawyer commissioners from each division.Each division will have one lawyer commissioner, except the Third Division willhave seven lawyer commissioners. No more than one lawyer commissioner from anydivision except from the Third Division, and no more than seven lawyercommissioners from the Third Division, may serve on the Board at the same time.
(e) Nominationand eligibility of lawyer commissioners. Tonominate a person for commissioner for a particular division, a member?sbusiness mailing address on the Bar?s records must be within that division. Tobe eligible for the office of lawyer commissioner in a division, the nominee?sbusiness mailing address on the Bar?s records must be within that division.Nomination to the office of commissioner must be by written petition of at least10 Bar members in good standing. Any number of candidates may be nominated on asingle petition. Nominating petitions will be provided to the executivedirector within a period fixed by the Board?s rules.
(1) Lawyercommissioners must be elected by resident active Bar members as follows:
(A) beginningin 1983 and every third year thereafter, one member from the Second Divisionand two members from the Third Division, but in 1983 only, there will be fourmembers elected from the Third Division;
(B) beginningin 1984 and every third year thereafter, one member from the First Division andthree members from the Third Division; and
(C) beginningin 1985 and every third year thereafter, two members from the ThirdDivision and one each from the Fourth and Fifth Divisions.
(2) Thecandidate from any division, and the two or three candidates from the ThirdDivision, receiving the greatest number of votes of that division will bethe commissioner of such division. A member may only vote for commissionercandidates in the division in which the member?s business mailing address onthe Bar?s records is located. The ballots will be returned to the Bar officesin accordance with its rules. There will be an annual election by the residentactive Bar members for the purpose of filling vacancies. The Board will fix thetime for holding the annual election and prescribe such rules and regulationsin accordance with this chapter. The Board must mail annual election notices atleast 90 days before the date on which the election closes.
(g) President-elect?snomination and election. The Boardmust nominate at least one active lawyer in good standing to run for the officeof president-elect, to be elected by the active Bar members. The president andthe president-elect will hold office until their successors are elected andseated. A secretary, and such other assistants as the Board may require, may beselected from within or without the Board to hold office at the pleasure of theBoard and to be paid such compensation as the Board determines.
(h) Boardofficers and organization. The Boardis organized and authorized to conduct business through its electedcommissioners, and the Bar?s president and president-elect. The president-electfor the previous year will automatically succeed to the office of president. Apresident and president-elect who are not elected commissioners have theauthority to vote on matters brought before the Board. In the event of a tievote, the matter at hand will fail to pass.
(i) Annualand special meetings notice. There mustbe an annual meeting of the Bar, presided over by the Bar president, open toall members in good standing, and held at such time and place as the Board maydesignate, for discussing Bar affairs and the administration of justice.Special Bar meetings may be held at such times and places as the Boarddesignates. Notice of all meetings must be published to the Bar?s website notfewer than 14 days before the date of such meeting.
(j) Bylaws. The Board may adopt Bylaws, not conflicting withany of these rules? terms, concerning officer selection and tenure, creation ofsections and committees and their powers and duties, and generally for thecontrol and regulation of the business of the Board and of the Bar.
EffectiveDecember 15, 2020