Budget and Finance

Marni E. Byrum, Chair

The Standing Committee on Budget and Finance met on January 9, 2020, to review and approve the staff’s proposal for the FY 2021 operating budget.  The committee proposed changes be made to the Professionalism course budget because of the decrease in the course reserve.  The Budget and Finance committee approved the FY 2021 budget pending recommended changes from the Standing Committee on Professionalism.

The Standing Committee on Professionalism met on February 20, 2020 and recommended several changes. Effective December 2020, a new fee structure increases the course fee to $200 for bar exam admittees and to $225 for reciprocity, VCC admittees and lawyers returning to Active status.  Also, the committee recommended an immediate change to the staff salary/benefit expense allocation from the current 60/40 percent split between the Bar Services department and the Professionalism Course to a 90/10 percent split.

On February 29, 2020, Bar Council considered, and unanimously approved, an operating budget of $14.7 million for FY 2021. Chief Justice Lemons communicated the Supreme Court's approval of the budget on April 2, 2020, to Karen Gould, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.

The FY 2021 proposed budget estimates $14.7 in expenditures. This is a decrease of approximately $1.2 million over the prior year budget. The decrease is primarily due to the removal of the offsetting Attorney Wellness transfer ($984,000). The Attorney Wellness transfers are handled as revenue reductions and not expenditures.

The Standing Committee on Budget and Finance continues to evaluate the appropriate levels of reserves and dues for the Bar.

Updated: Jul 15, 2020