PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION RESOLUTION AMENDING BYLAWS SECTION 208

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association has a longstanding commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession; and

WHEREAS, an inclusive, diverse legal profession brings more varied perspectives, experiences and backgrounds to the practice of law and the administration of justice; and

WHEREAS, creating and achieving diversity and inclusion is an evolutionary process that requires a continued renewal of the Association’s commitment to strategies of inclusion; and

WHEREAS, Bylaws Section 208 governs the Chancellor’s appointments to the Board of Governors; and

WHEREAS, Bylaws Section 208 (A) (6) states that "three persons appointed by the Chancellor pursuant to Section 208(C), each of whom shall serve for a term of three years, one person being appointed each year;" and

WHEREAS, Bylaws Section 208 (C) states: "On or before January 15 of each year, the Chancellor, upon consideration of the recommendation from the Committee on Diversity in the Profession with respect to such appointment, shall appoint a Member who is a member of a racial minority as a member of the Board, pursuant to Section 208(A)(6);" and

WHEREAS, having a diverse Board of Governors is consistent with the Philadelphia Bar Association’s commitment to diversity and inclusion; and

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors supports the increase in the number of appointments from "three persons" to "six persons" appointed by the Chancellor pursuant to Section 208(C), each shall serve for a term of three years, "two people" being appointed each year; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors recommends supplementing the designation of the term "racial minority" and adding "the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community or other diverse individuals" as an appointment pursuant to Section 208(C);

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors approves the proposed amendments to Bylaws Sections 208 (A) (6) and 208(C) in the form attached to this Resolution and approves the submission of these Bylaws amendments to the Members in accordance with Article XI of the Bylaws.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chancellor shall take steps all necessary steps to publish the proposed amendments and submit them to the Members for approval in accordance with Section 1100(B) of the Bylaws.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: September 22, 2014

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BYLAWS SECTION 208(A)(6)

Section 208. The Board.

A. The members of the Board entitled to vote, shall be

6. six persons appointed by the Chancellor pursuant to Section 208(C), each of whom shall serve for a term of three years, two people being appointed each year; and

(a) In order to transition the 208(A)(6) appointments from three members with three year terms to six members with three year terms, the 2015 Chancellor shall on or before January 15, 2015, appoint two members to a term ending December 31, 2017, the 2016 Chancellor shall on or before January 15, 2016, appoint two members to a term ending December 31, 2018, and the 2017 Chancellor shall on or before January 15, 2017, appoint two members to a term ending December 31, 2019. As of January 15, and each year thereafter, the Chancellor shall appoint two members to a three year term as defined by 208(A)(6);"

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BYLAWS SECTION 208 (C)

208. The Board.

C. On or before January 15 of each year, the Chancellor, upon consideration of the recommendations from the Committee on Diversity in the Profession with respect to such appointments, shall appoint two Members who are members of a racial minority, the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community or other diverse individuals as members of the Board, pursuant to Section 208(A)(6).