RESOLUTION REGARDING APPOINTMENT OF MINORITY MEMBERS TO THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association recognized the need to address the historic under-representation of racial minority members of the bar in the leadership of the Association;

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors adopted a resolution in October 1990 supporting the creation of two additional seats on the Board of Governors designated for appointment of racial minority members of the bar for two-year terms by the Chancellor;

WHEREAS, a bylaw amendment embodying that resolution was subsequently approved by the membership in July 1991;

WHEREAS, said bylaw provision, Section 208(D), requires the Board of Governors to carry out a review of the operation and effectiveness of the provision as soon as practicable after the expiration of five years from January 1, 1991, considering and giving regard to the following:

(1) The efficacy of the provision in achieving its purposes as set forth in the recitals to the original Board resolution,

(2) The need for the continuation of the provision in light of the then prevailing circumstances, and

(3) Such other matters as appear to the Board to be relevant to the operation and effectiveness of the provision;

WHEREAS, the appointment of racial minority members of the bar to the two designated seats on the Board of Governors has brought individuals of considerable talent into the leadership of the Bar Association;

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors adopted a resolution in May 1996 extending 208(D) for an additional five year period;

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors recognizes that although Section 208(D) has ensured consistent representation of racial minorities on the Board of Governors, it has not yet had the effect of correcting the historic under-representation of racial minority members of the bar in the leadership of the Association and of achieving true diversity in the leadership;

WHEREAS, continuation of Section 208(D) will assist the Philadelphia Bar Association in attaining its goal of achieving diversity in the leadership of the Association;

WHEREAS, the continuation of Section 208(D) in conjunction with concerted efforts by the leadership of the Association to actively recruit racial minority members of the Bar Association to become involved in its leadership may obviate the need for the aforementioned bylaw provision;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association supports

(1) continuation of Section 208(D) of the Association bylaws for an additional period of five (5) years,

(2) re-evaluation of the operation and effectiveness of this provision by the Board of Governors as soon as practicable after the expiration of five years from Jan. 1, 2002 in accordance with the criteria set forth in Section 208(D) of the Association bylaws, and

(3) a concerted effort by the leadership of the Bar Association to recruit racial minority members to become involved in the leadership of the Bar Association.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: December 19, 2002