New Entity Planning Group,
Council of State Bar Sections

Notice and Agenda

Friday, March 3, 2017
9 a.m. – 10 a.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. Discussion of Purpose of Planning Group/Definition of Goals
  2. Status report on separation & best estimate as to new entity start date
  3. What are the issues we face and must solve to move forward with a new entity?
  4. How do we get the Sections IP and reserves released
  5. Writing a mission statement for the new entity
  6. Dual track planning: public agency and private entity
  7. What help can we get from the Bar, Supreme Court, Legislature and Executive?
  8. Identifying and dealing with Structural, Governance, Operational Issues: suggestion that volunteers be taken to write on each and report back
  9. Considerations as to new entity staffing
  10. Considerations as to new physical location and subletting
  11. Revenue sources, assumptions, and projections
  12. Hiring a professional: what kind and who?
  13. Transition issues with the Bar
  14. Will it be necessary to have general counsel?
  15. Assessing experience of other bar associations.
  16. Canvasing our sister bars and other existing MCLE providers to see how they are structured to do what we want this organization to do.
  17. Cost projections/Developing a pro forma needs analysis and set of financials to validate the business model.
  18. Developing a marketing, communications and branding plan.
  19. Developing strategies for member retention and outreach given the expected double-digit drop in membership after the transition.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Outreach and partnerships with community leaders and organizations to foster/sponsor pro bono activities and enable access to justice as a new organization.
  23. Suggested Topics for Next Meeting

Meeting Notice

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