Membership & Disciplinary Committee
Margaret A. Ramage
The Membership and Disciplinary Committee is currently co-chaired by Lambert Pechan and Margaret A. Ramage.
The Membership and Disciplinary Committee develops and implements an action plan for membership development. The ability of ECTA to serve the trade mark community and meet professional and personal requirements is directly related to the size and strength of the association’s membership base. With the aim to recruit new members, the Committee develops a plan and communicates with members and other Committees in order to implement the plan. It leads the association’s recruiting efforts, and therefore encourages all members to reach out to colleagues and acquaintances in other law firms, at courts, in offices and in business corporations by asking them to join.
The Committee is regularly conducting assessments in order to determine ECTA’s perception by members and develop new standards addressing new members. It ensures that members are informed, involved, and recognised for their contributions to the association which will increase member satisfaction. Monitoring trends in attendance and length of membership can point out concerns that will be addressed by the Committee.
The Mission of the Membership and Disciplinary Committee is to strengthen and expand the membership base, to achieve association membership goals such as to conduct member satisfaction assessments, to determine strengths and weaknesses, to create a positive association image that is attractive to prospective and current members alike; to develop and improve programs to educate and train new and current ECTA members and to develop cooperation and exchange of expertise with other trade mark related international as well as national associations. The Committee is also responsible for reviewing new member applications and for the enforcement of the Code of Conduct of ECTA that contains general principles concerning the professional conduct of the Members of the Association, thus complementing ECTA’s Articles of Association.