The Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association adopted, on March 25, 1981, the following resolution dealing with public statements for purposes of legislative activity.
Resolution of the Board of Trustees of the
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Adopted March 25, 1981
Communication with Legislative and Executive Branches of Government.
To encourage full participation by the widest possible range of Association members in legislative activities, sections and committees are permitted to express the views of the section or committee, as determined by that group’s executive structure, to the legislative and executive branches of federal and state government (including regulatory agencies) through written, telephonic, or personal communications. All such communications must include a statement that the views are those of the section or committee, and not those of the Association. Copies of all correspondence with state legislators, the governor’s office and their respective staffs, as well as brief memoranda summarizing telephone or in person communications with such state representatives, are to be sent to the Association Legislation Committee Liaison for that section or committee and to the Association President. Copies of all correspondence with representatives of the federal government and state regulatory agencies, as well as brief memoranda summarizing telephone or in person communications with such representatives, are to be sent to the Association President.
In all instances in which there is known to be a conflicting position held by another section or committee, that fact must be mentioned in the communication. The chair of the section or committee which holds the conflicting position must be sent a copy of all correspondence and summaries of conversations relating to the conflicting position. A section or committee cannot take a position inconsistent with a position of the Association Executive Committee or Board of Trustees.
More Visible Legislative Activities.
Any more visible legislative activities, such as testimony before committees, requires the prior approval of the Association President (or in the President’s absence, that of the next senior officer available). Such approval should be sought at least 48 hours in advance of the contemplated activity. In extraordinary situations, more rapid approval is possible. The approval requirement helps the Association avoid inconsistent statements being made by individual components of the Association, such as sections, committees, and the Board of Trustees.
Action in the Name of the Association.
No action or position can be taken in the name of the Association itself without the specific approval of the Board of Trustees.