Committee Leadership Handbook

This Handbook is designed to help Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs navigate their leadership terms.  It was created with input from the AIPLA Board of Directors, past Committee Leaders, and AIPLA Staff.  The information contained in this section is updated regularly by AIPLA Staff.

Association Leadership

  • AIPLA Board of Directors (Click Here)
  • Committee Leadership Contact List (with Board Liaisons) as of 11/5/2020 (Click Here)
  • List of Committees by Groupings (includes Board and Staff Liaisons) (Click Here)
  • Headquarters Staff Contact Information (Click Here)

Guidelines for Being a Good Committee Chair

  • Committee Best Practices Outline (Click Here)
  • Timeline for Obtaining CLE Credit for Committee Educational Sessions (Click Here)
  • Tips for Committee Voting and Obtaining a Quorum (Click Here)

Board Resolutions

  • Formatting Resolutions for Presentation to the Board of Directors (Click Here)
  • Past Action Manual  1982-2020 (Click Here) -- A listing of existing approved AIPLA Resolutions

Committee Reports

  • 2021 Mid-Winter Institute Committee Reports (Click Here)
  • 2020 Mid-Winter Institute Committee Reports (Click Here)
  • 2019 Annual Meeting Committee Reports (Click Here)
  • 2019 Spring Meeting Committee Reports (Click Here)
  • 2019 Mid-Winter Institute Committee Reports (Click Here)
  • 2018 Annual Meeting Committee Reports (Click Here)
  • Committee Reports Guidelines (Click Here)

New Project Development and Implementation Criteria (Click Here)

Website and Email Lists information and guidance.

  • Using your Committee Microsite (Click Here)
  • How-To Videos on Maintaining your Microsite (Click Here - Login Required)
  • Committee Voting Email List (Click Here)
  • Committee Email List Usage and Guidelines (Click Here)
  • Social Networking Platforms Terms of Service (Wiki's, Blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) (Click Here)

Membership Development Strategy for Committee Leaders (Click Here)

Networking & Collegiality


  • Fostering Advocacy at the Committee Level (Click Here)
  • Distinction Between Voting and Non-Voting Committee Membership (Click Here)
  • Procedure to Identify Issues for Legislative Initiatives (Click Here)

Educational Programming: Committee Involvement

Policies and Procedures for Requesting USPTO Speakers (Click Here)

Committee Communications Information Guide (Click Here)

Additional Information

*These items are not available to download online.  To obtain either the Road Show or Stated Meeting Kits, contact