Board of the Finnish Bar Association
The Board is responsible for the implementation of the Finnish Bar Association’s strategy and monitors the Bar Association’s operations through monthly meetings. The majority of Board work is related to the discharge of the Bar Association’s statutory duties, such as the approval of members and supervision of attorneys-at-law.
The members of the Board perform their statutory duties with the responsibility of a judge.
The Chairman of the Board and thus the Finnish Bar Association for 2016–2020 is Jarkko Ruohola (Turku) and Vice-Chairwoman Hanna Räihä-Mäntyharju (Tampere).
Chairman of the Board (2016–2020), attorney-at-law Jarkko Ruohola
|Jarkko Ruohola, Attorney-at-Law, Master of Laws with court training, Master of Economic Sciences
Asianajotoimisto Lukander Ruohola HTO Oy
Yliopistonkatu 15 B, 20100 Turku
Vice-Chairwoman (2016–2020), Attorney-at-Law Hanna Räihä-Mäntyharju
|Hanna Räihä-Mäntyharju, Attorney-at-Law, Master of Laws with court training
Asianajotoimisto Tempo Oy
Hämeenkatu 15 B, 33100 Tampere
In addition to Chairman and Vice-Chairwoman the Board comprises eight Finnish- and Swedish-speaking members representing different parts of Finland. Members of the Board serve for a term of three years.
In December 2019, the Board members are, from the left in the photograph: Max Lindholm (Helsinki), Sinikka Kelhä (Satakunta), Jussi Ikonen (Helsinki), Christian Näsman (Vaasa), Eero-Pekka Uotila (Helsinki), Hanna Räihä-Mäntyharju, Vice-Chairwoman (Häme), Jarkko Ruohola, Chairman (Turku), Antti Riihelä (Helsinki), Tero Puha (Chairman of the Delegation, Helsinki, right to attend meetings), Katri Mäntylä (Päijät-Häme) and Jyrki Piiparinen (Eastern Finland).
The Management Committee of the Finnish Bar Association is the Secretary General’s strong right arm. The Secretary General has overall responsibility for the operations of the Bar Association and management of the office. The other members of the Management Committee serve as supervisors in charge of decision-making and management in their own fields of operation. If you have any questions at all on the Bar Association’s areas of activity or the development of operations, please contact the members of the Management Committee directly.
The members of the Management Committee in 2020 are, from the left:
- Communications Director Sari Krappe (communications and marketing, IT and development),
- Service Director Liisa Aro (membership issues, attorney training, CCBE, deputy to the Secretary General) and
- Secretary General Minna Melender (overall responsibility for the Bar Association’s operations, judicial policy and international affairs).
The Committees of the Finnish Bar Association prepare matters relating to themes of particular importance to the Bar Association for discussion by the Board. They are tasked with keeping track of issues related to the development of attorney services and judicial conditions and preparing proposals for decisions in these areas.
At present, the Committees are focusing on the development of professionalism, ethical questions, matters related to IT, data protection and data security, the training / continuing education of attorneys-at-law, development of mediation activities and encouraging activity in young attorneys-at-law. If you have questions or development ideas related to the field of a Committee, please contact the Committee’s Chairperson directly.
Committee Chairpersons 1 October 2018–
- Katri Mäntylä, Professional Committee
- Eero-Pekka Uotila, Ethics Committee
- Christian Näsman, IT Committee
- Jyrki Piiparinen, Education Committee
- Antti Pulkkinen, Mediation Committee
- Iina-Mari Supperi, Youth Committee