July 10, 2009
Board of Governors Actions, May-June 2009
The Columbus Bar Board of Governors met to consider reports and recommendations. The Board took the following action on the matters before it:
The Real Property committee recommended format and substantive changes for the CBA real property forms, based in part upon HB 525 Standardization of Forms, that was passed by the Ohio Legislature and takes effect on July 1, 2009. Those changes were approved.
Eric Brehm was appointed to the Admissions Committee.
The Board approved a conflict of interest policy requiring disclosure of any potential conflicts by the members of the Board, officers, staff and members of certain committees. The Board authorized the officers to review the forms and to determine if any conflicts exist for all but the CBA Board of Governors members. Where a potential conflict arises with a Board member, such conflict must be presented to the full Board for review and determination.
The Board passed a resolution supporting the ABA's position in asking the Federal Trade Commission to exempt attorneys from regulation as creditors under the Commission's proposed Red Flag rules. These proposed rules are designed to guard the public against identity theft.
The Columbus Bar will be a presenting partner with the Columbus Metropolitan Club when they feature a presentation by Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer.
An additional year was added to the Executive Director's three year evergreen contract with modifications. The contract will thus have a full three-year duration.
The operating budget was approved for 2009-2010. Total revenues are projected to reach $3,716,188 and expenses are projected to be $3,633,573.
The Columbus Bar will sponsor a new pro bono program titled "Just take One." Developed by the Pro Bono Committee, it is designed to encourage members to accept one pro bono case this year in an area of their choosing.