New Entity Planning Group,
Council of State Bar Sections

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Notice and Agenda

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Conference Call-in Number: 855-520-7605 pass code:7665220450#

The public may also join the open session of the teleconference meeting at the following locations:
180 Howard Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

Additional call-in locations are noted at the end of the agenda

Questions regarding any agenda item should be directed to Tricia Horan at 415-538-2223, or 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105.

The order of business is approximate and subject to change.

Open Session

I. Roll Call

II. Public Comment

Members of the public may speak to any item on the agenda.  The New Entity Planning Group reserves the right to limit the duration of public comment period. 

III. Chair's Report

IV. Business

  1. Status report on separation & best estimate as to new entity start date.
  2. Status of communication with and/or approval from Senate Judiciary Committee to stand up the new entity now and start hiring; timing and not upsetting the balance with Assembly Judiciary.
  3. Hiring a professional: what kind and who? 1 lawyer, 1 interim Executive director, 1 financial professional, 1 website developer, and 1 marketing consultant?
  4. Considerations as to new entity staffing; staff report; updated information with salary costs added.
  5. Transition issues with the Bar re: subcontracting, cost and methodology. Who/what tasks do we need to retain and what will be outsourced
  6. Considerations as to new physical location and subletting. When will the new entity need to lease space and where should it be physically situated? What functions can be performed by new staff or independent contractors remotely?
  7. Cost projections/Developing a pro forma needs analysis and set of financials to validate the business model.
  8. Revenue sources, assumptions, and projections. What assumptions should we make about membership retention and rates? Do we charge the same or less? What about fees or joining one section or more than one section? What can we expect to get from Fund 88?
  9. What considerations exist in transfer of the Affinity insurance programs to the new entity?
  10. How should revenues and costs be apportioned? Common expenses vs. unique individual Section expenses and how to fairly divide revenue.
  11. Will it be necessary to have general counsel? What about lobbyists?
  12. Assessing experience of other bar associations: canvassing our sister bars and other existing MCLE providers to see how they are structured to do what we want this organization to do.
  13. Developing marketing, communications and branding plan.
  14. Developing strategies for member retention and outreach given the expected double-digit drop in membership after the transition.
  15. Understanding the cost and mechanics of transitioning/offering member services such as credit cards, malpractice insurance, life insurance, lawyer referral services, career services (e.g. job postings, resume services, job fairs, mentoring), etc.
  16. Outreach and partnerships with other legal education providers such as law schools, the ABA, local bar associations, etc., for joint sponsorship of legal education activities as a new organization.
  17. Outreach and partnerships with community leaders and organizations to foster/sponsor pro bono activities and enable access to justice as a new organization.
  18. Suggested Topics for Next Meeting

Meeting Notice

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, those requiring accommodations at this meeting should notify Tricia Horan at least 72 hours prior to the meeting at 415-538-2223.

This notice and agenda is available at: http://sections.calbar.ca.gov/Sections/MeetingAgendas.aspx

Additional call-in locations: 

  • 2010 Crow Canyon Pl., Ste 200, San Ramon, CA  94583
  • 1300 I St., Sacramento, CA 94244
  • 450 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC 20530
  • 2775 Park Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050
  • 50 Rio Robles, San Jose, CA 95134
  • 600 Administration Dr Rm 212J, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
  • 817 Garden St., Ste. 200, Santa Barbara, CA  93101
  • 500 E Esplanade Dr., #510, Oxnard CA 93036
  • 1010 F St Ste 100, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • 500 Capitol Mall, Ste. 2260, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • 555 Capitol Mall, Suite 600, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • 656 Santa Rosa St., Ste. 2A, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  • 3600 American River Dr Ste 135, Sacramento, CA 95864
  • 1940 Settindown Drive, Roswell, GA 30075
  • 775 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Notice and Agenda

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Conference Call-in Number: 855-520-7605 pass code:7665220450#

The public may also join the open session of the teleconference meeting at the following locations:
180 Howard Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

Additional call-in locations are noted at the end of the agenda

Questions regarding any agenda item should be directed to Tricia Horan at 415-538-2223, or 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105.

The order of business is approximate and subject to change.

Open Session

I. Roll Call

II. Public Comment

Members of the public may speak to any item on the agenda.  The New Entity Planning Group reserves the right to limit the duration of public comment period. 

III. Chair's Report

IV. Business

  1. Status of new entity planning group recommendations to CSBS
  2. Status of request by CSBS for funding and hiring of professionals
  3. Status report on separation & best estimate as to new entity start date.
  4. Report on identity of recommended legal and financial professionals 
  5. Sections’ changes to staff report: modified or additional requests.  
  6. Transition issues with the Bar: who/what tasks do we need to retain and what will be outsourced 
  7. Considerations as to new physical location and subletting.  When will the new entity need to lease space and where should it be physically situated?   What functions can be performed by new staff or independent contractors remotely?   
  8. Cost projections/Developing a pro forma needs analysis and set of financials to validate the business model.
  9. Revenue sources, assumptions, and projections.  What assumptions should we make about membership retention and rates?  Where do we set new entity dues and per section costs?  Level of fees or joining one section or more than one section? 
  10. What considerations exist in transfer of the Affinity insurance programs to the new entity?  What can we expect to get from Fund 88?  
  11. Will it be necessary to have general counsel?  What about lobbyists? 
  12. Assessing experience of other bar associations: canvassing our sister bars and other existing MCLE providers to see how they are structured to do what we want this organization to do.
  13. Developing marketing, communications and branding plan.
  14. Developing strategies for member retention and outreach given the expected double-digit drop in membership after the transition.
  15. Understanding the cost and mechanics of transitioning/offering member services such as credit cards, malpractice insurance, life insurance, lawyer referral services, career services (e.g. job postings, resume services, job fairs, mentoring), etc.
  16. Outreach and partnerships with other legal education providers such as law schools, the ABA, local bar associations, etc., for joint sponsorship of legal education activities as a new organization.
  17. Outreach and partnerships with community leaders and organizations to foster/sponsor pro bono activities and enable access to justice as a new organization.
  18. Suggested Topics for Next Meeting

Meeting Notice

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, those requiring accommodations at this meeting should notify Tricia Horan at least 72 hours prior to the meeting at 415-538-2223.

This notice and agenda is available at: http://sections.calbar.ca.gov/Sections/MeetingAgendas.aspx

Additional call-in locations: 

  • 1300 I St., Sacramento, CA 94244
  • 450 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC 20530
  • 2775 Park Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050
  • 50 Rio Robles, San Jose, CA 95134
  • 600 Administration Dr Rm 212J, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
  • 817 Garden St., Ste. 200, Santa Barbara, CA  93101
  • 500 E Esplanade Dr., #510, Oxnard CA 93036
  • 1010 F St Ste 100, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • 500 Capitol Mall, Ste. 2260, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • 555 Capitol Mall, Suite 600, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • 656 Santa Rosa St., Ste. 2A, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  • 650 Evangeline Way, Hayward, CA. 94544
  • 3600 American River Dr Ste 135, Sacramento, CA 95864
  • 1940 Settindown Drive, Roswell, GA 30075

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