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 MCBA BOARD COMMITTEES

 

Executive

The Executive Committee oversees operations of the Board; often acts on behalf of the Board during on-demand activities that occur between meetings, and these acts are later presented for full board review; it is comprised of the Board President, other officers, and/or committee chairs; and often performs evaluation of the Chief Executive.

 

The Executive Committee meets as necessary and appropriate at the call of the President or the Executive Director.  The Committee Chair provides an update to the full board within the committee report, which is distributed to the Board in advance of the next regularly scheduled board meeting following the committee meeting.

 

Finance

The Finance Committee oversees the development of the budget; ensures accurate tracking, monitoring, and accountability for funds; ensures adequate financial controls; is led by the Board Treasurer; and reviews major grants and associated items as necessary.  Tasks include the following:

  • Review budgets initially prepared by staff, help develop appropriate procedures for budget preparations and to ensure consistency between the budget and the organization's plans
  • Report to the Board on any financial irregularities, concerns, or opportunities
  • Recommend financial guidelines to the Board, such as to establish a reserve fund or to obtain a line of credit for a specified amount
  • Work with executive management and staff to design financial reports and ensure that reports are accurate and timely
  • Oversee short and long-term investments except where a separate investments committee is so tasked
  • Recommend selection of and work with auditors except where a separate audit committee is so tasked
  • Advise the executive director and other appropriate staff on financial priorities and information systems, depending on committee member expertise

The Finance Committee meets the third week of the month following reconciliation in order to review financials, and prior to board packet distribution or as necessary and appropriate at the call of the Committee Chair, President or the Executive Director.  The Committee Chair provides an update to the full board within the committee report, which is distributed to the Board in advance of each regularly scheduled board meeting.

 

Membership, Events, Programs and Fundraising

This Committee oversees development and implementation of the annual membership and fundraising plan.  Tasks include the following:

  • Work with executive staff to establish a membership and fundraising plan that incorporates a series of appropriate vehicles such as special events, direct mail, product sales, etc.
  • Work with staff and the Board to build advocacy and raise money
  • Take the lead in outreach efforts such as chairing a dinner/dance committee or hosting fundraising parties, etc.
  • Monitor fundraising efforts to be sure that ethical practices are in place, that donors are acknowledged appropriately, and that fundraising efforts are cost-effective

The Development Committee meets monthly, ideally in the first week of every month and as necessary and appropriate at the call of the Committee Chair(s) or the Executive Director.  The Committee Chair(s) provide an update to the full board within the committee report, which is distributed to the Board in advance of each regularly scheduled board meeting.

 

Marketing, Communications & Public Relations 

The Communications Committee oversees development and implementation of the MCBA Marketing, Communications and Public Relations Plan, including identifying potential markets, their needs, how to meet those needs with products/services/programs, and how to promote/sell the programs; represents the organization to the community; and enhances the organization's image, including communications with the press as needed, at the request of the Executive Director.

 

The Communications Committee meets the second month of every quarter or as necessary and appropriate at the call of the Committee Chair or the Executive Director.  The Committee Chair provides an update to the full board within the committee report, which is distributed to the Board in advance of the next regularly scheduled board meeting following the committee meeting. 

 

 

Bench Bar Relations

The Bench Bar Relations Committee investigates and develops innovative programs in dialog with the Court to address the impacts of constrained court budgets and to foster close coordination between the bench and bar.

 

The Bench Bar Relations Committee meets at the discretion of the Committee Chair.  The Committee Chair provides an update to the full board within the committee report, which is distributed to the Board in advance of the next regularly scheduled board meeting following the committee meeting.

 

Judicial Evaluation

The Judicial Evaluation Committee meets as needed to respond to referrals of judicial applicants seeking appointment, and/or at the call of the Committee Chair.  The Committee Chair provides an update to the full board within the committee report, which is distributed to the Board in advance of the next regularly scheduled board meeting following the committee meeting.

 

Continuing Legal Education

The Continuing Legal Education committee meets every month and as necessary and appropriate at the call of the Committee Chair or the Executive Director.  The Committee Chair provides an update to the full board within the committee report, which is distributed to the Board in advance of each regularly scheduled board meeting.

  

Lawyer Referral Service Coalition of Monterey County (LRSCMC) Governance

The LRSCMC Governance Committee is comprised of at least 50% active state bar attorneys per the mandate of California State Bar rules governing LRS programs. 

 

The LRSCMC Governance Committee meets quarterly or as necessary and appropriate at the call of the Committee Chair, the Executive Director, or the Associate Dean of the Practical Lawyering Program.  The Committee Chair  provides an update to the full board within the committee report, which is distributed to the Board in advance of the next regularly scheduled board meeting following the committee meeting.

 

 

Disaster Task Force

The Disaster Task Force meets semi-annually in March and September or as needed and appropriate at the call of the Committee Chair or the Executive Director.  The Committee Chair provides an update to the full board within the committee report, which is distributed to the Board in advance of the next regularly scheduled board meeting following the committee meeting.

 

Conference of Delegates Task Force

The Conference of Delegates Task Force meets or confers monthly in January, February, August, and September and further meets or confers as needed. Members may be requested to attend the CCBA Conference of Delegates, which is held in conjunction with the annual California State Bar Meeting. The Committee Chair or his/her designee present any proposed legislation to the Board at the February and October meetings and as requested. 

 

 

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