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Opportunities for Committee Service

ALTA is your association. By serving on a Committee, you are able to take full advantage and more fully benefit from your ALTA membership. If you're already an ALTA Member or a committee member, you can visit the ALTA Leadership pages online to review committee rosters, agendas, and other informative documents.

Please note that the deadline to volunteer online has passed. Please e-mail the ALTA Membership Department at membership@alta.org to volunteer and be considered for a committee appointment.

Process

Each year employees of ALTA member companies are sent Committee Volunteer Forms for the purpose of volunteering to serve on an ALTA Committee beginning in October. ALTA’s President-Elect reviews the list of volunteers and appoints members to serve on Committees during his/her presidential year. Committee letters or e-mails normally are sent to Committee members following the approval process.

Some Committees require specialized skills or expertise. The Public Relations Committee, for example, is comprised of individuals who perform the public relations function at their company or have significant interest in public relations. Another example: Members are chosen to serve on the Government Affairs Committee based on such factors as their demonstrated interest in the legislative and regulatory process.

Other Committees are "looking for a few good men" (and women) who are willing to work on behalf of the Association. Examples of these types of Committee include: Membership & Organization Committee (willing to make membership renewal phone calls and to plan strategic campaigns) or Education Committee (putting together an education seminar or developing questions for the Title Triumph™ board game).

Underwriter Staff and Employee Personnel
Committee service and convention attendance must be approved by the company CEO. The names of underwriter employees on staff who have volunteered for committee service are sent to the underwriter's headquarters office for approval before a final confirmation is sent to the volunteer.

Attendance
Since many Committees meet during ALTA’s Annual Convention, attendance at the Annual Convention is strongly encouraged for all volunteers.

Reimbursement
Participation on ALTA Committees is at the member’s expense. The Association does not reimburse committee-related travel expenses. ALTA does pay for the logistical cost of the meeting, including room rental fees and meals (breakfasts and lunches) which take place during the meeting, unless the committee is classified as an information exchange committee (see committee descriptions). The actual costs of those meetings are billed back to the participants. ALTA does not reimburse airfare or hotel charges.

List of ALTA Committees

Best Practices task Force
Bylaws Committee
Claims Administration Committee
Closing Committee
Committee on Internal Auditing
Education Committee
Government Affairs Committee
International Development Committee
Liaison Committee with the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping
Liaison Committee with the Commission on Uniform Laws
Liaison Committee with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Membership and Organization Committee
Native American Land Claims Committee
Public Relations Committee
Real Property Records Committee
Reinsurance Committee (Information Exchange Committee)
Research Committee - Abstracter-Agent Subcommittee
Research Committee - Underwriter Subcommittee
State Legislative and Regulatory Action Committee
Technology Committee
Title Counsel Committee (Information Exchange Committee)
Title Industry Political Action Committee
Title Insurance Accounting Committee
Title Insurance Forms Committee

Best Practices Task Force
The Task Force works on the implementation of the ALTA Title Insurance and Settlement Company Best Practices. They discuss concerns in the market place from lenders, realtors, consumers and regulators. The task force members will work on the options for certification and tools to assist members in their compliance. Task Force members frequently speak publicly and serve as liaisons to stakeholders.

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Bylaws Committee
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to consider all proposals to amend the Bylaws.

  1. Committee operates primarily via conference call. Meets only when major changes to the Bylaws are proposed.

  2. Committee membership is drawn from individuals with governance or legal background.

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Claims Administration Committee
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Promote greater efficiency and effectiveness in the internal management of title insurance claims through the sharing of ideas and information about individual company problems and solutions.
2. Disseminate information regarding automation of claims records, claims categorization, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, procedures for the establishment of claims reserves, management of outside counsel resources, litigation risk analysis and assessment and other claims administration issues.
3. Recommend to the Board of Governors participation of the Association as amicus curiae in litigation involving claims administration issues which might have significant broad effect on the interests of the title insurance industry.

  • Committee functions as a sounding board on issues by e-mail or conference call. Does not usually meet face-to-face.

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Closing Committee
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Provide inter-disciplinary consultation on matters involving residential and commercial real estate closing in order to assist ALTA staff in liaison efforts with federal and state legislatures and regulators or related industry groups.
2. Recommend industry guidelines or positions on closing issues, including, but not limited to, uniform closing instructions; tax reporting concerns; regulatory sanctions involving closing agents; and any future additional federal regulatory burdens to be placed upon closing agents.
3. Participate in the development or review of educational materials designed to benefit closing agents.
4. Provide guidance with regard to automation in the closing process.

  • Committee functions as a sounding board on issues by e-mail or conference call. Does not usually meet face-to-face.

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Committee on Internal Auditing
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Develop a manual of office procedures that will assist all ALTA members in assuring orderly financial activities, if said manual is authorized by the Board of Governors.
2. Monitor the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and to report on any recommended changes in internal auditing practices and procedures.
3. Monitor the title industry with respect to changes in business practices, and to develop internal auditing procedures for any new practices.
4. Work toward the efficient transfer of real property through improved member internal financial accounting.
5. Develop procedures and manuals that will enable orderly external audits, as directed by the Board of Governors.
6. Review the agency supervision and control guidelines annually.

  • Committee meets once annually outside of the Annual Convention.
  • Committee membership is drawn from individuals with responsibilities for internal auditing in their companies.

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Education Committee
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Evaluate the education needs of the Association, affiliated regional and state title associations, and individual ALTA members and plan activities that will best meet these needs.
2. Develop LTI/ALTA educational seminars, where appropriate, and present them on a continuing basis.
3. Assist regional and state title associations in strengthening their educational programs as requested.
4. Plan and develop educational materials for members and customer groups.

  • Committee normally meets three times a year-at the Annual Convention, the Business Strategies Conference (Tech Forum 2.0), and in the summer.

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Government Affairs Committee
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Recommend to the Board of Governors positions and involvement in federal and state governmental activities affecting the land title industry.
2. Develop and implement strategy and tactics in accordance with the bylaws to facilitate legislative/regulatory objectives.
3. Maintain a positive profile with allied organizations, working toward developing effective, cooperative relationships on legislative and regulatory initiatives of mutual interest to ALTA and the allied organizations.
4. Analyze and monitor federal and state governmental activities that would have a substantial impact on the land title industry.
5. Establish and maintain legislative and regulatory contacts at federal and state levels and coordinate such efforts with Association members.
6. Assist in the organization and program content for federal, state and regional land title seminars.
7. Provide speech content and articles to assist Association chairs, Officers, affiliated state/regional association executives and others in describing legislative/regulatory proposals affecting the land title industry.

  • Committee meets at conventions, at the Federal Conference, and via conference call.

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International Development Committee
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Enhance the understanding and share information to assist countries in developing reliable and secure real estate markets.
2 Create global partnership for the implementation of complete, accurate and current land records.
3. Provide automated land titling technology to facilitate efficiencies for international real estate markets.
4. Initiate and build relationships to create effective and profitable land titling systems worldwide.

  • Committee meets at the Annual Convention.
  • Committee membership is drawn from individuals with either a background or interest in extending land records management or title insurance internationally.
  • Individual Committee members may engage in international title representation work.

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Liaison Committee with the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to develop joint educational and informational materials to explain the importance to the consumer and real estate professional of owners title insurance coverage and an accurate land title survey.

  • Committee meets every few years to work on the next iteration of standards in response to the aggregation of comments and concerns of users of the standards over the previous period.

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Liaison Committee with the Commission on Uniform Laws
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Observe, with the approval of the National Conference of the Commissioners on Uniform Laws, drafting sessions on proposed model acts of concern to the title industry that are being developed by the National Conference.
2. Submit written comments to the National Conference.
3. Report to the ALTA Officers and staff on matters in this area affecting the title industry.

  • Committee does not meet. However, appointed "observers" from the title industry may be called upon to report (to either or both the Committee chair and the Government Affairs Committee) on the progress of the model act on which they are observing.

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Liaison Committee with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Maintain a positive profile with the NAIC.
2. Monitor and report on all title industry matters that arise through the NAIC.
3. Work with the NAIC in order to promote sound legislation and regulation and to prevent unsound legislation.
4. Assist the Government Affairs, Research and Accounting Committees in their dealings with the NAIC.
5. Maintain liaison with other insurance lines that are represented at the NAIC.

  • Committee meets outside of conventions, as needed.
  • Committee members are encouraged to attend the meetings of the NAIC, which take place quarterly around the country.

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Membership and Organization Committee
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Promote membership in or affiliation with ALTA.
2. Encourage the organization of state or regional title associations and assist with such organizations as requested.
3. Develop programs designed to recruit new and retain existing ALTA members.

  • Committee normally meets 2-3 times a year-at the Annual Convention and the Business Strategies Conference (Tech Forum 2.0). Two conference calls are also held during the year.

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Native American Land Claims Committee
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Keep ALTA and its members apprised of new developments in the Indian Land Claims area.
2. Monitor ongoing Indian Claims litigation to determine its general impact on title insurance and conveyancing.
3. Recommend to the Board of Governors participation of ALTA as amicus curiae in Indian Claims litigation involving issues which might have significant broad effect on the interests of the title insurance and conveyancing industries.
4. Consider legislative and administrative developments in the Indian Land Claims area and assist the officers and staff of ALTA in developing official positions regarding such developments.
5. Provide an opportunity for exchange of information regarding the legal questions presented by this unique category of title problems.

  • Committee meets at the Annual Convention and has a semi-annual report prepared by outside counsel.
  • If necessary, Committee will "meet" via e-mail of conference call as issues arise.

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Public Relations Committee
The purpose and scope of this Committee is to:
1. To develop and execute a program of communication in order to improve favorable national public understanding and acceptance of the land title industry and its services.
2. To strengthen customer knowledge and awareness of the value and benefit of title industry’s products and services.
3. To improve ALTA’s role as the primary source of timely, valuable and accurate information concerning the title industry.

  • Committee meets at the Annual Convention and will sometimes meet during the year, if necessary.
  • Committee membership is drawn from individuals with company public relations responsibilities or significant interest in public relations.

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Real Property Records Committee
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Monitor and report to the title industry on the activities of organizations such as the National Association of County Recorders and Clerks (NACRC); the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT); the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA); and the Association for Title Information Management (ATIM).
2. Encourage the development of more efficient public recordation systems and recording practices.
3. Monitor legal and technological developments which affect the land title industry's timely and cost effective access to public land records.
4. Report to ALTA Officers and staff on matters in this area affecting the title industry.

  • Committee meets at conventions and via conference call.

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Reinsurance Committee (Information Exchange Committee)
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Promote the exchange of information within the ALTA membership about current developments in the law affecting the reinsurance and co-insurance of title insurance risks.
2. Update the ALTA Reinsurance Manual and exchange information relevant to processing facultative reinsurance agreements throughout the industry-from both a legal and administrative perspective.
3. Establish an institutional mechanism for sharing views on common reinsurance and co-insurance problems.

  • Committee meets annually in August.
  • Committee meeting expenses are billed back to participants.
  • Committee membership is drawn from reinsurance counsel and administrators.

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Research Committee - Abstracter-Agent Subcommittee
The purpose and scope of work of this Subcommittee is to:
1. Collect data pertaining to, and report on, the organizational and financial characteristics of ALTA member title industry abstracters and agents.
2. Promote the general welfare and professional growth of title industry abstracters and agents.
3. Survey the ALTA membership on topics suggested by the ALTA Officers and staff.
4. Undertake any special studies of the Abstracter-Agent Section of the ALTA that are required by other ALTA Committees, and/or the ALTA Officers and staff.

  • Committee meets twice a year-in the winter and summer.

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Research Committee - Underwriter Subcommittee
The purpose and scope of work of this Subcommittee is to:
1. Assist the ALTA Officers and staff in performing economic analyses on matters that might affect the title insurance industry.
2. Monitor and report on the work being performed by economic consultants hired by the Association.
3. Collect, compile and report title industry financial information to the ALTA membership, members of Congress, state insurance departments, and the general public on a quarterly and annual basis.
4. Maintain liaison with Federal, private and other trade association research departments and Committees.
5. Assist the Public Relations Committee whenever possible in educating the general public concerning the economic aspects of the title insurance industry.

  • Committee meets outside of conventions, on an as-needed basis.

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State Legislative and Regulatory Action Committee
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1.Obtain information on a timely basis on state legislative and regulatory proposals affecting the land title industry.
2. File annual reports on state legislative activity.
3. Assist in commenting on state legislation and proposals for uniform state laws.

  • Committee meets in roundtable discussions at the Annual Convention.
  • Committee membership is drawn from individuals who are active in state legislative and regulatory efforts.

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Technology Committee
The purpose and scope of this Committee is to:
1. Study automation for local title office operations and title plants, and provide the ALTA membership with timely information and advice in this field.
2. Develop programs on local title office automation and title plants for ALTA meetings as appropriate.
3. Develop automation expositions for ALTA meetings.
4. Monitor and report on developments in electronic information transfer and other technologies that have implications for the title industry.
5. Develop, modify and communicate standards and procedures for the exchange of information in order to further the integration of technology with the title business.
6. Develop and maintain liaison with others in the real estate industry and elsewhere as is necessary to conduct this activity.

  • Committee normally meets four times a year-at the Annual Convention, at the Business Strategies Conference (Tech Forum 2.0), in the winter, and in the summer.
  • Committee membership is drawn from company CIOs/CTOs, plus agents with technology responsibilities.

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Title Counsel Committee (Information Exchange Committee)
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Promote the exchange of information within the ALTA membership about current developments in the law affecting title insurance and conveyancing generally.
2. Conduct semi-annual meetings to facilitate the exchange of information.
3. Establish an institutional mechanism for sharing views on common legal problems.
4. Assist the ALTA staff in advising ALTA Officers and staff on specific legal developments.
5. Assist the ALTA staff in providing legal review of publications and other legal documents.
6. Act as task force on any legal problem facing the title industry which is identified by the Title Insurance Underwriters Section executive Committee as warranting the Committee’s consideration.
7. Assist the staff in the development of bulletins to the membership on legal and general underwriting issues of broad concern.

  • Committee meeting expenses are billed back to participants.
  • Committee meets twice a year-in May and November. Attendance is open to title counsel of all member companies and any Associate member with title claims or underwriting background and interest.

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Title Industry Political Action Committee
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Promote and strive for the improvement of government by encouraging and stimulating persons engaged in the title insurance industry and others to participate in governmental and political affairs.
2. Encourage persons engaged in the title insurance industry and others to know and understand the nature and actions of their government (legislative, executive and judicial) concerning land transactions and the title to land, including informing the public and office-holders on important issues relating thereto and the records of office-holders and candidates with respect to such issues.
3. Assist persons engaged in the title insurance industry and others in organizing themselves for more effective political action.
4. Support, without regard to party affiliation, those candidates and office-holders whose expressed philosophy or records in office are consonant with the concepts of government through the private-enterprise system.
5. Do any and all things which are permitted by law and which are necessary or desirable for the achievement of the purposes stated herein.

  • Committee meets at the Annual Convention, and via conference call.

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Title Insurance Accounting Committee
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Assist the Association Officers and staff in analyzing any accounting matters that might affect the title insurance industry.
2. Work with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners toward developing uniform accounting practices and procedures.
3. Work towards improving the NAIC title insurance blank so that it becomes a more efficient vehicle for portraying title industry statutory financial activity.
4. Review all accounting practices and procedures used by Association members.
5. Maintain liaison with other trade association accounting groups.

  • Committee meets outside of conventions, on an as-needed basis as issues arise.
  • Membership is limited to 12, and is drawn from CFOs/Comptrollers/Chief Statutory Accountants of member underwriter companies.

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Title Insurance Forms Committee
The purpose and scope of work of this Committee is to:
1. Review, from time to time, the ALTA approved title insurance forms.
2. Recommend new forms or revisions of existing forms to keep title insurance coverage responsive to the needs of insureds and the industry and consistent with requirements of supervisory authorities.
3. Confer with representatives of insureds and supervisory authorities for the purpose of accomplishing the above objectives.

  • Committee meets four times a year-at the Business Strategies Conference (Tech Forum 2.0), the Annual Convention, in the winter, and in the summer.
  • Membership is limited to 12, and is drawn from title insurance companies’ headquarters underwriting counsel.

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Further Information
Please contact the American Land Title Association at service@alta.org or 1-800-787-ALTA. We would be happy to assist you.



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