Liaison Committee

Mission Statement

The purpose of the sub-committee is to ensure open communication and free exchange of constructive ideas between the Workers' Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and other entities including, but not limited to, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, local law schools and other educational institutions.

Members

The sub-committee shall consist of at least six (6) members, one (1) of whom shall be designated as Chair. The initial term of service shall be one (1) year with no limitation on the number of terms the member may serve to the extent that this is consistent with the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The members of the sub-committee are as follows: The Chair, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Liaison, the Section Representative to the Board of Governors, the Law School Liaison, the Legislative Liaison, and the Young Lawyers' Division Liaison.

The current co-chairs, consistent with the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Workers' Compensation Section, may appoint co-liaisons during their year of service, if it is deemed necessary to serve the purpose of the Liaison sub-committee.

The creation of any new Liaison position must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3rds) majority of the then existing Executive Board of the Workers' Compensation Section.

Duties

Chair of Sub-Committee

The Chair's primary responsibilities include attending all Executive Board meetings of the Workers' Compensation Section and coordinating the attendance of the liaisons at the Executive Board meetings of the Workers' Compensation Section, as well as meetings required by the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and other entities.

The duties of the Chair regarding Executive Board meetings of the Workers' Compensation Section are as follows:

  1. to attend all Executive Board meetings during his/her year of service;

  2. to communicate with the liaisons and co-liaisons regarding their attendance at the Executive Board meetings;

  3. to serve as the primary substitute if the liaison or his/her co-liaison is unavailable to attend an Executive Board meeting;

  4. to obtain an update regarding the respective liaison's organizational meeting and/or a current status of the liaison's activities from the liaison when substituting for the liaison and to present this update at the Executive Board meeting;

  5. to ensure that the respective liaison/co-liaison provides an update regarding any organizational meetings and/or a current status of the liaison's activities to the current Co-Chairs of the Executive Board within a reasonable period of time prior to an Executive Board meeting in the event that the both the liaison/co-liaison and Chair are unavailable to attend an Executive Board meeting;

  6. to apprise the current Co-Chairs of the Executive Board within a reasonable period of time prior to an Executive Board meeting in the event the Chair or any liaison committee member is unable to attend the Executive Board meeting.

The duties of the Chair regarding meetings other than Executive Board meetings of the Workers' Compensation Section are as follows:

  1. to communicate with the liaisons and co-liaisons regarding their attendance at any meetings required by their position;

  2. to coordinate the attendance of the liaisons and/or co-liaisons at each meeting required by their position;

  3. to serve as the primary substitute if the liaison or his/her co-liaison is unavailable to attend a required meeting;

  4. to locate a suitable replacement within the Liaison sub-committee if the Chair and the individual liaison/co-liaison is unavailable to attend a required meeting;

  5. to apprise the current Co-chairs of the Executive Board within a reasonable period of time prior to a required meeting in the event a replacement is not available within the Liaison sub-committee.

Liaisons

Pennsylvania Bar Association

The liaison or a co-liaison is responsible to attend all Pennsylvania Bar Association meetings whenever held during the period of his/her appointment. The liaison or a co-liaison is also responsible to attend all Executive Board meetings and must present an update on their respective organizational meeting at said time. If neither the liaison nor the co-liaison is able to attend a Pennsylvania Bar Association meeting or an Executive Board meeting, the liaison or co-liaison must immediately advise the Chair of the sub-committee to coordinate a suitable replacement.

Section Representative to the Board of Governors

The Section Representative is responsible to attend all monthly Philadelphia Bar Association - Board of Governors' meetings during the period of his/her appointment. The Section Representative is also responsible to attend all Executive Board meetings and must present an update on his/her respective organizational meeting at said time. If the Section Representative is unable to attend a Philadelphia Bar Association - Board of Governors' meeting or an Executive Board meeting, the Section Representative must immediately advise the Chair of the sub-committee to coordinate a suitable replacement.

The Workers' Compensation Section is entitled to only one Section Representative to the Philadelphia Bar Association - Board of Governors. This individual has voting privileges at the Philadelphia Bar Association - Board of Governors' meetings. This voting privilege is NOT TRANSFERABLE. As such, it is imperative that the appointed Section Representative attend all meetings, barring an extreme emergency. A substitute may attend the meetings, but a substitute does not have voting privileges.

There is a term limit of no more that three consecutive one-year terms pursuant to the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Philadelphia Bar Association - Workers' Compensation Legislative

The liaison or co-liaison is responsible to attend all monthly Philadelphia Bar Association - Legislative Liaison meetings during the period of his/her appointment. The liaison or co-liaison is also responsible to attend all Executive Board meetings and must present an update on his/her respective organizational meeting at said time. If neither the liaison nor the co-liaison is able to attend a Philadelphia Bar Association - Legislative liaison meeting or an Executive Board meeting, the liaison or co-liaison must immediately advise the Chair of the sub-committee to coordinate a suitable replacement.

The Liaison or co-liaison is responsible for registering with the “PaLegis Notification” system in order to receive and monitor all updates for any legislation that is directly or indirectly relevant to the Workers' Compensation Section and to report his/her findings at the Executive Board meetings. In the event that the proposed legislation has an immediate and direct impact on the Section, immediate notification shall be provided to the current Co-Chairs. The liaison or co-liaison is responsible for the drafting of any resolutions regarding legislation as directed by the Executive Board and for coordinating with the current Co-Chairs regarding the presentation of said resolution at any Philadelphia Bar Association - Board of Governors meetings.

Philadelphia Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division

The liaison or co-liaison is responsible to attend all monthly Philadelphia Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division meetings during the period of his/her appointment. The liaison or co-liaison is also responsible to attend all Executive Board meetings and must present an update on his/her respective organizational meeting at said time. If neither the liaison nor co-liaison is able to attend a Philadelphia Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division meeting or an Executive Board meeting, the liaison or co-liaison must immediately advise the Chair of the sub-committee to coordinate a suitable replacement. A replacement for Young Lawyers Division meetings must be a Young Lawyer as defined by the Philadelphia Bar Association. As such, it is imperative that the appointed liaison or co-liaison attend all meetings, barring an extreme emergency.

Law School

The liaison or co-liaison is responsible to attend all Executive Board meetings and must present an update on his/her duties at said time. If neither the liaison nor the co-liaison can attend an Executive Board meeting, the liaison or co-liaison must immediately advise the Chair of the sub-committee to coordinate a suitable replacement.

The purpose of the liaison or co-liaison is to support the teaching of workers' compensation law in the local law schools, to increase knowledge of our Section and its activities at these schools, and to encourage student involvement in the Philadelphia Bar Association. In promoting our Section, the liaison is primarily responsible for marketing, preparing, and assisting with the presentation of The Irvin Stander Award, the Section's annual award to a law student showing excellence in administrative law.

The liaison or co-liaison's specific duties referable to The Irvin Stander Award are outlined as follows:

  1. soliciting nominations for the award;

  2. marketing and publicizing the award in conjunction with the current co-Chairs and Marketing and Communications sub-committee;

  3. updating the application materials when necessary with review and approval of the current co-Chairs;

  4. preparing the announcement for the award with review and approval of the current co-Chairs;

  5. ensuring that the application materials and announcement of the award are timely publicized on the Section's website in conjunction with the current co-Chairs and Marketing and Communications sub-committee;

  6. ensuring that the application materials and announcement of the award is timely publicized through the Workers' Compensation Section listserv at the beginning of the application period in conjunction with the current co-Chairs and Marketing and Communications sub-committee;

  7. ensuring that the application materials and announcement of the award is periodically re-publicized during the application period through the Workers' Compensation Section listserv in conjunction with the current co-Chairs and Marketing and Communications sub-committee;

  8. communicating the announcement of the application for the award through other methods such as mail or e-mail solicitation of law school professors, law school deans, and law school student organizations; use of the Internet; or other means approved by the current co-Chairs.

  9. assisting the current co-Chairs with communicating with the award winner or nominating professor, if requested to do so;

  10. assisting the current co-Chairs with obtaining tax information, biographical information, photographs, releases and any other documentation required by the Philadelphia Bar Association from the award winner, if requested to do so;

  11. drafting an announcement regarding the award winner in a timely manner for circulation on the Workers' Compensation Section listserv;

  12. assisting the current co-Chairs with drafting an article regarding the award recipient for publication in The Philadelphia Bar Reporter, if requested to do so.

  13. assisting the current co-Chairs with any necessary duties regarding the presentation of the award at the Spring awards luncheon, if requested to do so.

The duties of this liaison position may be expanded consistent with the directives of the current co-Chairs and Executive Board.

Communication

The mode of communication for this sub-committee shall be via e-mail or telephonically.