LGA PRACTICE GROUPS: POLICY GUIDELINES
The LGA Board of Directors believes that having practice groups within its membership will support its core purposes, as listed in the articles of incorporation of the organization, including:
(i) promoting the continuing education of local government
attorneys in matters of common interest;
(ii) furnishing information to local government attorneys in order to
enable them better to perform their functions; and
(iii) providing a forum through which its members may from time to
time meet and exchange ideas and profesional experiences of
importance to Virginia local government attorneys.
These Practice Groups will help fulfill these purposes by permitting lawyers that share a specialty, a shared area of practice, or common professional interests to meet, discuss and share information with one another, and to support the work of the larger organization by assisting with the conference topics and other educational opportunities for the entire LGA membership within the Group's area of expertise.
The LGA Board of Directors hereby sets two major ongoing objectives for the Practice Groups:
(i) Support the work of the conference committees by suggesting
topics for the conferences within the Practice Group's area of
practice as may be appropriate, consistent with the policy
guidelines of the LGA Board of Directors.
(ii) Share, meet and discuss professional or legal issues that are of
interest to the members of the Practice Group, and participate in
educational or other opportunities that meet the needs of the
attorneys in the Practice Groups and are consistent with the
purposes and goals of the LGA.
Practice Groups may consist of attorneys authorized to represent LGA's members.
Practice Groups may be formed or dissolved by vote of the LGA Board of Directors as needed. The leader of the practice group, who shall be known as the "Practice Group Leader" shall be appointed by the LGA President with the consent of the LGA Board of Directors, for a term of two (2) years, expiring August 31 of the appropriate year, with the opportunity for reappointment. Other leaders or officers of the Practice Groups may be similarly appointed as needed, also for similar two-year terms.
The LGA Board of Directors will form certain groups initially, in order to begin Practice Groups in those practice areas. In many of these practice areas, there are informal groups that already exist and share information on a regular basis. Members wishing to form a Practice Group not formed by the LGA Board of Directors previously may petition the LGA Board of Directors.
Once a Practice Group is formed and a Leader appointed, the Practice Group Leader will call for an organizational meeting of the group. Each Group will review the above three purposes, and determine how it can help fulfill those purposes for (i) the Practice Group itself, and (ii) the LGA as an overall organization. Each Group will also review the two ongoing objectives and determine how it wishes to pursue and attain the objectives. Each Group may wish to nominate other officers or leaders as appropriate, who may be appointed by the LGA President with the consent of the LGA Board of Directors.
Reports and Communication
Once organized, the Practice Group Leader should make a report to the LGA Board of Directors. Thereafter, a report should be submitted annually in advance of the LGA Board's annual retreat, setting forth the activities of the Practice Group. These reports are important for the LGA Board of Directors to keep informed about the activities of the Practice Groups, and for the LGA Board to be aware of any ideas or desires of the Practice Groups in its planning and decision-making for the larger organization.
The Practice Group may wish to communicate with its members through the LGA listserv or Bill of Particulars, through the LGA website, or otherwise.
At an appropriate time, the LGA President may appoint a member of the LGA Board of Directors or other appropriate person as liaison to the Practice Groups to provide a conduit between the Practice Groups and the LGA Board of Directors, and to provide assistance to the Practice Groups as may be desired.
The Practice Groups are intended to be largely informal groupings of attorneys. However, the level of formality of each group may be decided by the Practice Group itself. Membership will be governed by the Practice Group, consistent with the LGA's policy guidelines. The Practice Group may decide to have some activities for active members of the LGA only, and others for all members.
As stated above, a primary purpose of the practice groups is to support the work of the conference committees in planning topics at the conferences as may be appropriate and that meet the needs of the attorneys in the practice groups. Each Practice Group, through its chair, may propose to each conference committee chair topics for the conference committee's consideration within time frames established and communicated by the conference committee chair. Speakers may also be proposed. Decisions on topics and speakers remain the responsibility of the conference committee, subject to the review of the LGA Board.
The Practice Groups may recommend to the LGA Board of Directors other roles the Practice Groups may wish to play as appropriate and also may recommend to the LGA Board programs or activities that further the interests of the attorneys in the practice groups and further the goals of the LGA. Any requests from a Practice Group for legislative or amicus participation are subject to policies of the LGA Board of Directors and will require advance approval according to those policies.