ARTICLE ONE – MEETINGS
Section 1 – Annual Meetings
The annual meeting of the Association shall be held in May of each year at a place to be selected by the President. At that meeting, annual reports of officers and committees shall be delivered and officers shall be elected.
Section 2 – Monthly Meetings
Monthly Meetings shall be held September through April at a place and time to be designated by the President. Meetings in June, July and August may be held at the discretion of the President or as a Special Meeting. Business may be transacted at such meetings if a quorum is present. A quorum consists of at least ten (10) members.
Section 3 – Special Meetings
Special meetings may be called by the President or may be called by another officer on request, in writing, of any five (5) members. Members shall have advance notice of the time, place and object of the meeting.
Section 4 – Order of Business
At the annual meeting, the order of business shall be as follows:
- Report of President.
- Report of Treasurer and proposed budget.
- Reports of committees.
- Old business.
- New business.
ARTICLE TWO – ELECTIONS
Section 1 – Nominations
The nominating committee to select candidates for the offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, shall be the incumbent officers of the Association and the immediate past President. The nominating committee shall prepare a slate of officers that may consist of the incumbent Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and any other member of the Association who has not previously served a full term as President. Prior to the selection of the candidates, the committee shall request written applications from any members of the Association who are interested in being considered as a candidate.
Section 2 – Election
Officers shall be elected at the annual meeting by a voice vote of the members present at the meeting or at a special election deemed necessary per Article Four.
ARTICLE THREE – OFFICERS
The officers shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Section 1 – President
The President of this Association shall preside at the regular, special and annual meetings, and shall perform such other duties as usually pertain to the presidential office. The President may appoint special committees. The President, with the assistance of the Vice-President, shall schedule and seek approval from the Supreme Court, for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars for the Association.
Section 2 – Vice-President
The Vice-President shall possess all the powers and shall perform all the duties of the President when the President is absent or for any reason is unable to perform the duties of the office. The Vice-President shall assist the President in scheduling and approval of the CLE seminars for the Association.
Section 3 – Secretary
The Secretary shall perform all of the duties of the President or of the Vice-President in their absence. The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of the Association, receive and answer letters, issue notices of all meetings, and perform such other duties as usually pertain to this office and are necessary to maintain the Association’s web site.
Section 4 – Treasurer
The Treasurer shall receive and hold all dues or assessments of the Association, and other monies coming to the Association; shall disburse the same upon the order of the Executive Committee or as otherwise authorized by the Association; and shall keep a true and correct account thereof. At each annual meeting he or she shall submit a complete report of such receipts and disbursements made during the preceding year. The Treasurer shall submit a budget at the annual meeting for approval by a majority of those present at the meeting.
ARTICLE FOUR – VACANCIES
Any vacancy in the office of President, Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer shall be filled for the remainder of the term, as deemed necessary, by the Association at its next meeting.
ARTICLE FIVE – COMMITTEES
Section 1 – Executive Committee
This Association shall have an Executive Committee composed of the officers of this Association. The President of the Association shall be the chair of the Executive Committee, but in his or her absence the Vice-President shall act as Chair pro tem; and if he or she also shall be absent, then the Secretary shall act as Chair. The Executive Committee shall have general charge of the affairs and activities of the Association, with the right to require reports from all committees and officers at such time as it may see fit. The Executive Committee shall have the authority to authorize expenditures of up to $750.00 without seeking prior authorization by the membership. If so requested, the Executive Committee shall report its activities to the Association at the meeting of the Association after which such request was made. It shall forthwith make such further investigation of all matters reported to it by any other committee as seems to it proper, and shall report its findings to the Association which shall thereupon take such action in the premises as it may seem proper.
Section 2 – Standing Committees
The President shall appoint the Chair and prescribe the duties of each standing committee with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee. The standing committees may be any of the following:
- ACTIVITIES, CLE & PROGRAM
- ADMISSION OF APPLICANTS
- ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
- APPOINTED DEFENSE COUNSEL
- BUSINESS LAW
- COURT RULES
- DOMESTIC RELATIONS
- ETHICS AND UNAUTORIZED PRACTICE
- GUARDIAN AD LITEM
- JUDICIAL APPOINTMENT
- LAW DAY
- PRO BONO CLINIC & LEGAL AID – CIVIL
- LIBRARY TRUSTEES
- PROBATE COURT
- REAL ESTATE
- TRIAL LAWYERS
- WEB SITE
Section 3 – Additional Committees
Any additional special committees can be appointed by the Executive Committee or by the President.
ARTICLE NINE – ASSESSMENTS
In order to meet the expenses of the Association, and to aid in accomplishing the objectives for which it is organized, an assessment may be ordered at any regular meeting to be paid by the members; but no assessment shall be ordered unless a majority of all members present vote in favor thereof.
ARTICLE TEN – GENERAL PROVISIONS
Section 1 – Expenditures
The Association shall not allow the moneys in the treasury to be spent for anything other than furthering the purposes of the Association, as said purposes are set out herein. No moneys in the treasury may be contributed to a charity.
Section 2 – Endorsements
With the exception of the actions of the Judicial Appointment committee, the Association shall not endorse or encourage endorsement of persons engaged in county, township, city, state or national politics, or the issues thereof. No moneys in the treasury shall be spent in such manner or form for such political endeavors.
Section 3 – Waiver
The failure to enforce any provision of these By–Laws shall in no way be deemed a waiver of the right to do so thereafter.
Section 4 – Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the Association shall be June 1st through May 31st of each year.