Bar committee forms available in December

first_img Bar committee forms available in December The annual committee preference form for Bar members seeking appointments for the presidential term of President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson will again only be available on The Florida Bar’s Web site this year.The forms will be posted at beginning December 1. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802, and request a form to be mailed or faxed to you.To apply to serve on a committee, members will have to fill out the committee preference form and submit it online, eliminating the need to mail or fax in the completed form. It will be presented in the same format as usual and should only take a minute or two to complete and submit.The move to an electronic committee preference form is saving the Bar approximately $10,000 a year.“During the past several months, many of you have expressed a desire to serve on a committee of The Florida Bar,” Johnson said. “Now is the time to let me know of your continued interest by submitting your committee preference form.”Johnson said committee work is time-consuming and demanding, but is also extremely rewarding.“It provides an opportunity to have meaningful input into matters that are important to the public and our profession, and allows you to enjoy the company of lawyers throughout the state,” Johnson said. “If you submit a request to serve on a committee, I will assume you will devote the necessary time to be a fully participating member of the committee during your term.”There are roughly 500 appointments to be made, and typically 5,000 Bar members apply. Johnson said since the number of requests for appointments always exceeds the number of positions available, she will work to appoint people who have not previously had an opportunity to serve on Bar committees and will consider several factors, including previous history of service to the Bar and voluntary bar organizations.“Diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, geography, and areas of practice will also be important,” Johnson said. “If you are presently serving on a committee, your level of participation and substantive contribution, together with the evaluation of committee chairs, will be carefully considered.”If you are currently serving on a standing committee, check the September 2003 directory issue of The Florida Bar Journal at pages 640 – 656 to determine when your term expires. If your term expires in 2004, you must complete a new form to be considered for reappointment. If you are not currently on a standing committee, and wish to be appointed, complete the form and return it prior to January 16, 2004. If you are serving on a substantive law committee and wish to continue to do so, you also must complete and return this form by January 16, 2004, to retain membership on that committee.“Only your readiness to volunteer your time and talent to our profession can keep the legal system strong for us and for the public that we are sworn to protect,” Johnson said. “I look forward to working with each of you in the coming year.” Bar committee forms available in Decembercenter_img November 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img

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