Ms. Monaco called the meeting to order at approximately 7:35 a.m., and at her request, Ms. Schriner provided the Treasurer's report. She indicated that the account balance as of December 31 was at $8,133.67. She also noted that in reviewing the financial statements as of that date, she had found $480.00 in misallocated charges that will be corrected on the next statement. A brief discussion ensued regarding the payment of Mr. Epstein for the February seminar.
Ms. Mann stated that she had nothing new to share with the Council regarding membership. She indicated, however, that she would contact the State Bar for a new listing of Section members now that all of the dues had been paid.
The focus of the discussion from the Education Committee was the upcoming seminar on February 20th on multidisciplinary practices by Steve Epstein. Mr. Gorzalski reported that everything was ready, and Ms. Schriner informed the Council that 35 people had signed up. In Ms. Monaco's absence, Mr. Gorzalski will introduce Mr. Epstein.
The Council briefly talked about ideas for future seminars. Mr. Gorzalski said that he would be attending the ALA Conference in May in order to check out potential speakers, and Ms. Mann suggested two possibilities: 1) a seminar on personnel basics which Karin Roosa of Seyburn, Kahn is now offering, or 2) a seminar on cyberspace law by Connie Kustron of Eastern Michigan University (EMU).
Ms. Mann then shared with the Council the results of her meeting on January 25 with Ms. Kustron and Dr. David Boggs at EMU regarding a partnership to create and provide online courses for Section members. She said that they had indicated a sincere interest in working with the Section on this, and that such an effort was not only in line with their mission but also within their expertise and technical resources. The Department of Business and Technology Education offers a Legal Administrator Certificate within their Master of Liberal Studies program, and they currently offer a number of their courses online.
Two areas of concern to Ms. Kustron and Dr. Boggs were 1) the intellectual property rights of the courses and 2) the decision to classify these courses as non-credit so they could reside under the continuing education umbrella. Other than this, they were most willing to take the project to the next level within the University once they received a proposal in writing from the Section.
A preliminary draft of a proposal was circulated to the Council for their review and comment. Ms. Mann pointed out a potential obstacle to going forward: We had not yet discussed this with the State Bar, and it seemed premature to submit a proposal to EMU prior to obtaining approval from the Bar. Ms. Monaco said that she would find out to whom we should address this question. In the meantime, Ms. Mann requested that any revisions to the proposal be submitted to her.
The final item of business was the web site, and Mr. Gorzalski shared with the Council a handout of its content, including the flyer about the seminar. It was agreed that the minutes and newsletters from 1999 should be removed.
At approximately 8:40 a.m. Ms. Monaco reminded the Council that we would meet next on Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 a.m. at Bakers Square in Birmingham, and she adjourned the meeting.