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Committee Leader: Attention to Proposed Changes Requested

Dear SBM Committee Leader:

On April 21, the SBM Board of Commissioners will consider a proposal to restructure the way we carry out our new Strategic Plan, adopted to implement the innovations identified by the 21st Century Practice Task Force while preserving the more traditional work of the Bar. This is the message sent to all members through the March Bar Journal ad we hope you saw. We ask you now to re-read the ad to advance understanding and help implement the changes underway. We also ask you to consider how we might best use all skills, insight, and energies of current committee members—and enlist others in the mission.

We are confident a reorganization will capture common interests, eliminate duplicative efforts, and deliver to our members and to the public a more engaged and responsive Bar in tune with changes in the profession and the marketplace.

We anticipate that many of the current standing committees will continue, and the functions of others will be united under umbrella groups that address broad goals. We also anticipate that the streamlined approach will allow us to assess and implement more recommendations of the Task Force and the direction of the Strategic Plan in a more timely fashion.

We wanted you to be familiar with the message for new volunteer service, and to invite your participation in a telephone conversation about the direction we are headed before the April 21 Board meeting. We are offering two opportunities for this purpose:

Monday April 17, 2017, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Please complete this survey to let us know of your ability to join one of the calls, learn more about our direction, and offer insights on how we can accomplish these goals in a way to keep and grow your committee members' involvement.

Donald G. Rockwell

Jennifer M.  Grieco
Vice President