The State Bar Board of Trustees meets at least six times annually. The State Bar’s subentities—committees, commissions, councils, and boards—also meet throughout the year.
Most meetings are currently held either by videoconference or in a hybrid format (in person and accessible by videoconference). For guidance on accessing meetings remotely, please see these tips.
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 welcomes comment at all of its public meetings and appreciates listening to a wide range of viewpoints that reflect the diversity of California.
To ensure the opportunity for the public to comment, the State Bar has developed a policy regarding public comment.
Highlights are summarized below:
It is not guaranteed that all who request to speak can be accommodated.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, those requiring modifications or 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. This requirement applies to presenters as well as other meeting participants who need interpreters. Reasonable accommodations will be provided free of charge. Public speakers who require interpreters shall be given at least twice the time limit for other speakers.
The name and contact information for the staff coordinator can be found at the on 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.