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Ramsey County Bar Association
Strategic Plan 2006-2009
February 3, 2006

Vision: Building on its success, the Ramsey County Bar Association will effectively develop and deploy its resources to increase membership and diversity, promote the independence of the judiciary, and serve the profession and the public through community and media outreach.
Priority Area #1: To increase membership, particularly among solo/small firm practitioners, young lawyers, and government attorneys, by delivering value.
Action Items Responsibility Time Frame
1. Review existing dues and membership categories Membership Committee Just do it.
Board member assigned:
Charles Clippert
Facilitators Note: Coordinate with priority area #5, action item 1 for creating a long-term financial plan.
2. Continue to build on CLE program CLE Oversight Committee On-going
Board member assigned:
Judith Rush
3. Outreach to members and nonmembers

Membership Committee
Board

TBD
Board member assigned:
Charles Clippert
Facilitator’s Note: Coordinate and integrate with priority area #4, action item 2, increasing minority membership.
4. Build on current outreach to solo and small firm practitioners Solo and Small Firm Committee TBD
Board member assigned:
Shawn Bartsh
5. Law Student Outreach Task Force Next academic year, use the summer to plan
Board member assigned:
Charles Clippert
6. Review and strengthen programming through Events Oversight Committee Events Oversight Committee On-going
Board member assigned:
Hon. Robert Awsumb
Priority Area #2: To ensure the independence of the judiciary and the integrity of the judicial selection process.
Action Items Responsibility Time Frame
1. Delineate the role the RCBA is to play in judicial elections Board Appointed Task Force This issue won't wait and is ripe for attention.
Board member assigned:
Richard Kyle, Jr.
2. Direct the Judiciary Committee regarding the goal for judicial independence
Include in the plan:
Judiciary Committee Just do it.
Board member assigned:
Richard Kyle, Jr.
Facilitator's Note: Integrate judicial issues with priority area #3: community awareness and outreach.
Priority Area #3: To continue community outreach and promote public and media awareness of those activities.
Action Items Responsibility Time Frame
1. Create public relations / media plan Board TBD
Board member assigned:
David Schultz
Facilitator's Note: There is an opportunity to incorporate judicial selection and judicial independence with priority area #2: increased community awareness of the RCBA and its programs and activities.
2. Create new community service activity [Evaluate appropriateness given the resources that would be necessary to implement a new project.] Board TBD
[It is recommended that this be addressed after the resource and long-term financial planning item has been considered to ensure that there are adequate resources.]
Board member assigned:
David Schultz
3. Consider hiring part-time staff for community and public relations outreach
[Evaluate appropriateness given the resources that would be necessary to implement a new project.]
Board TBD
See above
Board member assigned:
David Schultz
Priority Area #4: To reflect the age, gender, racial cultural, practice area and view point diversity evident in the legal profession on the RCBA boad and among its membership. 
Action Items Responsibility Time Frame
1. Board Board

Just do it.

Board member assigned:
Juan Hoyos
2. Membership Membership Committee
CLE Oversight Committee, Board
TBD
Board member assigned:
Charles Clippert
Facilitator's Note: The membership initiatives to ensure diversity should be aligned with those identified under priority area #1: action items 3 & 4.
Priority Area #5: To continue and strengthen the financial infrastructure of the association to support its activities.
Action Items Responsibility Time Frame
1. Develop a long-term financial plan Board to appoint task force from within the board, also include representatives from the membership committee This item should be done quickly in order to provide a framework for the funding of proposed additional programming.
Board member assigned:
Eric Larson
Facilitator's Note: Coordinate with Priority Area #1, Item 1
2. Develop a fundraising plan
Consider:
Board and the foundation board TBD
Board member assigned:
Eric Larson