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Currently an executive committee must have fifteen members who are appointed for a three year term and allows for a seventeen member committee only for the purpose of permitting an officer, vice chair and/or chair to serve an extended term. Typically, vice chairs, chairs and chair elects serve in a fourth, fifth or sixth year, but occasionally, they serve as an officer during their original three year term. In the latter set of circumstances, where all officers are within their three year term, a committee would not be permitted to have more than 15 members.
The sections are seeking to amend sections of State Bar Rule 3.54 which limit the number of members appointed to a section executive committee. The proposed amendment would allow a section to have a 17-member executive committee even if the officers are all serving within their first three years of membership.
Redlined Rules of the State Bar, Title 3, Div. 2, Rule 3.54 (A) and (B)
June 12, 2013