There Ought to be a Law: Write Resolutions and Represent Your Bar Association as a Conference Delegate
LACBA sends approximately 50 delegates to the conference. Participating in the delegation is an opportunity to enrich your career by playing an active role in creating California law and an opportunity to enjoy camaraderie with an esteemed community of attorneys who actively advocate changes and additions to California law. Here’s how dedicated delegate, former Attorney General John Van de Kamp, characterizes his involvement:
The LACBA Delegation is the largest delegation in the state and has enjoyed tremendous success over the years with its resolutions passed by the CCBA and then by the legislature. Interested LACBA members should complete the application accompanying this story. Continuing delegates may suggest candidates for the Charles R. English Spirit Award, renamed in 1999 in memory of a previous delegate and recipient who personified the award. The award recognizes a person who has been an inspiration to the LACBA Delegation and instrumental in promoting its interests.
Submit a resolution. Have you ever thought “There ought to be a law” while discussing an issue with your client or with a colleague? Whether you sign up as a delegate or not, any member is encouraged to submit to the LACBA Delegation proposed changes to or new law in the form of a resolution.
If you are interested in making improvements to California code sections that affect your clients and practice, take a look at 2010 resolutions at www.calconference.org and consider writing resolutions (with statements of reasons) that the LACBA Delegation might submit to the statewide conference in 2011.
Please send formatted resolutions to the LACBA Delegation chair in care of Grace Danziger at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 17, 2010. (If you wish to be introduced to a veteran delegate to consult with regarding your resolution idea prior to formatting and submitting it, please contact Grace Danziger. Delegates can share with you how great it feels to change California law in ways that will improve the lives of your clients or make a positive difference in your everyday practice.)
These resolutions will be reviewed and debated by members of the LACBA Delegation in January, and those receiving a supermajority vote of approval will be submitted as LACBA resolutions to the CCBA for the 2011 Conference.