Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association
 

Officers and Directors Elected

2017 – 2018 Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Board of Governors


OFFICERS

Agnes Jury

President

Brace Kern

Immediate Past President

Michael Naughton       

President-Elect

Mallory Donick

Secretary

John Lynch

Treasurer


GOVERNORS

Lawrence LaSusa          

06/2020

Jennifer Berry

06/2020

Page Graves

06/2019

Heather Abraham

06/2019

Lori Schmeltzer

06/2018

Brian Langepfeffer

06/2018


ASSOCIATIONS

Mardi Black

                    Women Lawyers

Dane Carey

                    Young Lawyers

REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY

John Blakeslee

Delegate

Lea Ann Sterling             

Delegate

Wilson Brott

Delegate

Robert Witkop

Lee Hornberger

Former Delegate

Former Delegate/Representative

Administrator

Kristyn Brendel

231-668-7022 (Phone & Fax)
admin@gtlaba.org


Our Committees

Committee Chair Telephone
Membership Heather Abraham
231-941-0771
Charitable Giving Lawrence LaSusa 231-392-9616
Entertainment/Special Events
Jennifer Berry
231-941-0771
Continuing Legal Education Lawrence LaSusa and Lee Hornberger     231-392-9616
Technology
Michael Naughton
231-409-8248
Pro Bono
Marie Walker
231-590-5108
Newsletter/Publications/Social Media
Heather Abraham
231-941-0771
ADR Committee

Co-Chairs - Becky Rogan
     Marie Walker
231-941-5835
231-590-510
Marketing

New Lawyers Association
Christopher Carol

Dane Carey


231-929-0500
Women Lawyers Association Mardi Black 231-271-3402



Probate Court Judicial Liaisons Lee Hornberger 231-941-0746
Family Division Circuit Court Liaisons Laura Garneau 231-941-9660
District Court Judicial Liaisons Jennifer Berry
231-941-0771



State Bar Representatives Wilson Brott 231-938-1000

Lea Ann Sterling 231-486-0559

John Blakeslee

Former State Bar Representative
Robert Witkop 231-946-4300


GTLA BAR ASSOCIATION SUMMARY OF BOARD MEMBER AND OFFICER DUTIES

 Introduction

This document briefly outlines the duties of the Board members and officers. The GTLA Bar Association has five officers. They are the Secretary, Treasurer, President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President. Historically these positions have been stepping stones, one to the one above. The person who is Secretary would, for example, be expected to be the next Treasurer, and, after that, the President-Elect, etc. This provides continuity, training, institutional memory, and predictability.

Secretary

The first step on the officer ladder is Secretary. The basic duty of Secretary is to attend all Board meetings and write the minutes. The Secretary should read those portions of Robert's Rules of Order concerning how to write minutes and what should be in them. Some Presidents have chosen to read the draft minutes before they are sent to the Board for approval.

Treasurer

The next position is Treasurer. The Secretary would be the person who runs for and becomes the Treasurer. The Treasurer is an extremely important position for a number of reasons. First, it is one of the stepping stones to ultimately being President Elect and President. Second, the Treasurer is in a perfect and unique position to learn the details of the Association's activities and the Board's interactions with the Executive Director. The Treasurer does the actual bookkeeping and paying of checks with QuickBooks. This gives the Treasurer excellent knowledge of the organization and what is happening. It also saves the Association hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in bookkeeper fees. The Treasurer attends all Board meetings and provides timely financial reports to the Board. In the spring, the Treasurer is deeply involved with the President, President Elect, and Executive Director in creating the draft budget.

President -Elect

The next position is President-Elect. Historically, being President-Elect was, in part, an award for doing all the hard work of being Treasurer. Other than attending all Board meetings, in and of itself, the President-Elect position has no actual duties other than to watch and wait, think, consider, and ultimately become President. The President-Elect, who has previously been Secretary and Treasurer, should proceed to being President. This is a position meant to prepare the holder to become President. The By-Laws provide that "The President-Elect shall be a voting member of the Board of Governors for three (3) years, the first year as president elect, the second year as president and the third year as immediate past president." By-Laws, Article IV(1)(2).

President

The next position is President. The President is the chief executive officer of the Association, is responsible for the general supervision and management of the business and affairs of the Association and sees that all orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect. The President presides over all meetings of the Board and of the members, and because of the President's office is a member of all committees. The president, in general, performs all duties incident to the office of President and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board. Id, Article Vl(4). The President sets and creates the agenda, attends and presides over all Board meetings, and supervises and regularly meets with the Executive Director. The President sets the tempo and direction of the organization for the year. The President is actively involved with making sure the committee structure is working effectively. This includes having committee chairs, members and programs. This especially includes, for example, the newsletter, golf outing, spring and fall dinners, pro bono, and Law Day. In addition, sixty days before the scheduled date of the annual meeting of members, the president appoints a nominating committee to nominate candidates for officers and Board members. Id, Article V(I ).

Immediate Past President

The final officer position is Immediate Past President. The Immediate Past President is the prior president. The Immediate Past President is a voting member of the Board and should attend all Board meetings. The Immediate Past President is, in a way, like the British Monarch. The job of the Immediate Past President is to silently listen and privately provide advice to the President. In addition, the Immediate Past President fulfills the duties of the President when the President is unable or unavailable to fulfill the President's duties. Id, Article VI(6).

Board Members-At-Large

There are six members-at-large on the Board of Governors with staggered terms. Members attend all Board meetings. The Board meetings should be put on the member's calendar for the entire year so these dates are kept available for attending Board meetings. The basic duty of the Board members is to be actively involved with the Association, the Board, and the committees. In addition, being an at-large Board member is an avenue to being Secretary, which is the first officer step to ultimately being President.

Young Lawyers Association and Women Lawyers Association

The Presidents of the Young Lawyers Association and the Women Lawyers Association are members of the Board of Governors. In addition, the representatives of the 13th Circuit Court area to the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly are non-voting members of the Board. Board Members and Officers interact occasionally with other organizations, related or not related to the Association. These include the Free Legal Aid Clinic (FLAC), and the GTLABA Foundation.

Free Legal Aid Clinic (FLAC)

The Free Legal Aid Clinic (FLAC) is held every Tuesday evening at Third Level Crisis Intervention Center in the Child and Family Services Building, 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City.  It is an opportunity for individuals to receive free and confidential legal advice and problem clarification from attorneys of the GTLA Bar Association.  Over 60 attorneys from the bar volunteer their time to the program and answer legal questions of all types.

Patrons are asked to call at 5:00 p.m. sharp to sign up for the clinic, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 people who arrive.  Phone number: 231-922-4800.

Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation

In 2000, the GTLA Bar Association established an endowment fund with the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. Donations to the endowment since that time have been through self-initiated individual bar member donations rather than a focused fund raising effort by the Association. The GTLABA Endowment Fund may annually spend up to 4% of its total fund value for donation to a tax exempt charity, as recommended by the Advisory Council to the endowment, and approved by the Community Foundation Board. A recipient of endowment funds must be a 501(c)(3) charity, serving the five county region. The Advisory Council is made up of Association members, the same members that also serve the Association's Charitable Giving Committee. Donations to the endowment are tax deductible. Donations to the Bar Association are not tax deductible, which was one incentive for establishing the endowment fund. Donations to the fund can be from any source and are not limited to those of Bar Members. Of late, the Board has voted to donate the annual proceeds from the GTRCF to the Third Level Free Legal Aid Clinic

Conclusion

There is no doubt that being a Board Member or Officer of the GTLA Bar Association is a rewarding professional and personal experience. Anyone interested in any of the opportunities outlined above, including being active with Association members and committees, out-reach in groups such as the FLAC, and climbing the officer ladder to become President of the Association, is encouraged to reach out to one of the current Board Members.



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