The State Bar Board of Trustees meets at least six times annually. In-person meetings typically alternate between the State Bar's San Francisco and Los Angeles offices and are webcast. The State Bar’s subentities—committees, commissions, councils, and boards—also meet throughout the year.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Trustees and subentities are currently meeting via Zoom/teleconference.
Meetings of the State Bar Board of Trustees and subentities are open to the public except for closed sessions as allowed by law for specified purposes. The State Bar is subject to open meeting rules under the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Govt. Code Sections 11120, et seq.).
The State Bar website includes upcoming and archived agendas for Board of Trustees meetings, upcoming and archived agendas for subentity meetings, archived minutes of Board of Trustees and subentity meetings, and archived recordings of open-session meetings.
Public comment can provide valuable insight to Trustees and members of State Bar subentities and may improve their understanding of the issues scheduled to be discussed that day. An opportunity for the public to provide comment is also required by law, subject to certain limitations.
The chair of the meeting may impose reasonable limitations on public comment and may opt to structure public comment in one of several ways, including having all participants comment at the beginning of the meeting, or allowing public comment in advance of each agenda item.
In order for the entire meeting agenda to proceed on schedule, those who wish to speak are allotted limited time, typically three minutes or less, depending on the number of requests and the time available.
Public comment may be restricted to the items on the agenda. The meeting chair has discretion to curtail public comment unrelated to agenda items, as well as public comment that exceeds the given time allotment. It is not guaranteed that all who request to speak can be accommodated.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, those requiring accommodations at State Bar open meetings should notify the designated staff coordinator at least 72 hours prior to the meeting in order to provide sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. The name and contact information for the staff coordinator can be found at the bottom of the agenda.
The State Bar circulates for public comment proposals to amend the Rules of the State Bar, Rules of Procedure of the State Bar Court, and the California Rules of Court prior to finalization and adoption. The State Bar may also circulate for public comment proposals on issues under consideration by State Bar subentities. Formal invitations to comment are posted on the Public Comment webpage. Comments may be submitted in the linked comment form for each proposal. Members of the public can sign up for email notifications of all invitations to comment using the signup form at the top of the Public Comment webpage.