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Standard 2.1 on Board Governance

Standard 1.3 | Table of Contents |  Standard 2.2


Overall responsibility for the conduct, effectiveness, and impact of the legal aid organization rests with its board of directors, and the board must embrace that responsibility.


As indicated in Standard 1.1, the governing body (which may also be known as the governing board or the board of directors) creates a clear mission for the legal aid organization; selects and supports the executive director; engages in strategic organizational planning with leadership and staff; determines, monitors, and strengthens programs and services; makes major policy decisions; holds organizational management accountable for effective performance of responsibilities; develops and maintains resources for the organization; and promotes public awareness of the organization in the community to enhance the organization's overall effectiveness and influence.