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2022-2023 Committee Assignment Member Survey

The board of Public Justice generally performs three functions for the organization: (i) providing required board oversight, (ii) fundraising and (iii) supporting our organization’s litigation, advocacy, and operations under the guidance of our strategic vision. The board does this largely through a group of committees.

Please join us in improving all aspects of our organization by signing up to be on a committee! Please note that the commitment level varies by committee; generally speaking, committees that perform board oversight require less time than fundraising and strategic support. Committee goals and effort will be articulated early upon formation, and adjustments can be made. Broad information about particular Public Justice committees is below.

Please note that there are some changes this year.

First, because the Board approved the work of the Strategic Planning Committee, that committee is not renewed. However, there is a new Strategic Implementation Committee that is charged with overall oversight of ensuring implementation of the Strategic Direction and undertaking efforts in furtherance of the Strategic Direction that are not expressly within the ambit of other committees, with the notion that the Public Justice Board is a working board that should support the efforts of staff. Second, functions of the Audit committee are modestly expanded.

To indicate your interest in serving on one or more committees through summer 2023, please fill out this form by close of business on Monday, August 1, 2022. You may also indicate your preferences in an email to Senior Meetings and Events Manager Susan Gombert at sgombert@publicjustice.net. If you wish to chair or co-chair a committee, please indicate that at the end of the form. Please note that if you do not respond we may not automatically roll over membership in a committee from one year to the next.

  • Choose Committees

  • Audit Committee
    This is an oversight committee. It oversees the retention and work of our outside auditors in compliance with applicable California law. It also oversees budget issues prior to Executive Committee review. (Open to Board and Emeritus Board members only; the President and Treasurer are required to participate.)
  • Develops leaders for the organization and nominates candidates for the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Officer positions. In addition, and working with the DEIA Committee, the BDN committee (i) does outreach for new members, (ii) develops programs for retention and success of board members, and (iii) makes joint recommendations with the DEIA committee to the Executive Committee/Board for changes in organization policies/rules regarding board membership. The chair is the immediate past president. (For this year, Dan Bryson). (Open to Board and Emeritus Board members only.)
  • Case Evaluation Committee
    This is an oversight committee. It reviews all proposed cases before filing, decides major strategic issues related to the direction of ongoing litigation when needed, and decides Trial Lawyer of the Year Award finalists and winners. Participation by new members of the board is recommended as the committee provides an opportunity to observe the breadth of Public Justice lawyering. (Open to Board and Emeritus Board members only.)
  • Case Development Committee
    Helps investigate ideas for, and increase membership involvement in, case development, litigation, and special projects.
  • Class Action Preservation Project Committee
    Helps the Class Action Preservation Project achieve its litigation, public education, and development goals. (Open enrollment but requires a minimum $10,000 annual donation.)
  • Helps develop and implement the communications and marketing plan for Public Justice and the Public Justice Foundation. (Open enrollment).
  • Development Committee
    Works to ensure that the Board and other members are engaged in fund development activities and assists staff in securing contributions and/or membership dues from members and other supporters who give $5,000 or more annually. In addition to assisting the organization in meeting budgetary giving goals, the committee may establish its own fundraising programs, and goals for the committee and its individual members. The chair for the 2022-23 year will be Melissa Weiner. (Open enrollment).
  • Investment Committee
    This is an oversight committee to address Public Justice investments. (Open to Board and Emeritus Board members only).
  • Food Project Committee
    Acts as strategic partner and support for the Food Project. (Open enrollment).
  • Debtors' Prison Project Committee
    Acts as strategic partner and support for the Debtor’s Prison Project. This committee was established mid-way through the 2021-22 year; it is hoped to roll chairmanship and membership over into the 2022-23 year. (Open enrollment).
  • Strategic Implementation Committee
    This is a new committee, and its charter will be refined. During the 2021-22 year, the Public Justice Board approved the Public Justice Strategic Direction. In collaboration with staff, this committee is charged with overall oversight of ensuring implementation of the Strategic Direction, and undertaking efforts in furtherance of the Strategic Direction that are not expressly within the ambit of other committees, with the notion that the Public Justice Board is a working board that should support the efforts of staff. (Open enrollment).
  • Students' Civil Rights Project Committee
    Acts as a strategic partner and support for the Students’ Civil Rights Project. This committee was established mid-way through the 2021-22 year; it is hoped to roll chairmanship and membership over into the 2022-23 year. (Open enrollment).
  • Access to Justice Project Committee
    Acts as a strategic partner and support for the Access to Justice Project. This committee was established mid-way through the 2021-22 year; it is hoped to roll chairmanship and membership over into the 2022-23 year. (Open enrollment).
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Committee
    Provides oversight for diversity, equity, inclusion & accessibility policies and compliance by Public Justice staff and board, implements DEIA policy for the board, including organizing board DEIA training, and recommends to the Executive Committee policy, procedure, and practice changes to the extent the committee deems such changes necessary to further the board’s DEIA goals. In addition, and working with the BDN Committee, the DEIA committee (i) does outreach for new board members, (ii) develops programs for retention and success of board members, and (iii) makes joint recommendations with the BDN committee to the Executive Committee/Board for changes in organization policies/rules regarding board membership. For the 2022-23 year, the chair will be Anna Prakash. (Open to Board and Emeritus Board members only.)
  • Membership and Outreach Committee
    Charged to increase and maintain Public Justice membership in all categories up to and including the Advocate level by, among other things, overseeing and facilitating outreach to lawyers, lawyers' organizations, law schools, public interest groups and others. (Open enrollment).
  • PERFORMANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE

    Conducts annual performance evaluation of Executive Director and Chairman. Membership is the current and immediate past presidents, the president-elect and the treasurer.

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