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OBJECTS. The objects of the Association are to foster legal science, maintain the honor and dignity of the profession of law, to cultivate professional ethics and social intercourse among its members, and to promote improvements in the law and the modes of its administration.
ELECTION OF MEMBERS. All nominations for membership shall be made by the Local Council of a county or Bar Association when such Local Council or Bar Association exists; when there is no such Local Council or Bar Association in any county, nominations for such county shall be made by the Central Council. All nominations thus made or approved shall be reported by the council to the Association, and all whose names are reported thereupon become members of the Association ; provided, that if any member demands a vote upon any name thus reported the Association shall thereupon vote thereon by ballot. Five negative votes shall be sufficient to defeat any election for membership. But interim, the Central Council, upon recommendation of any Local Council, shall have the power to elect applicants to membership.
MEMBERSHIP. Any person shall be eligible to membership in this Association who shall be a member of the bar of this State, in good standing, and who shall also be nominated as herein provided.
OFFICERS. The officers of this Association shall consist of one President, three Vice-Presidents, a Secretary and Treasurer, a Central Council, who shall be the Board of Directors, under the charter, to be chosen by the Association. One of the members of the Central Council shall be its chairman. Each of these officers shall be elected at each annual meeting for the next ensuing year, but the same person shall not be elected President for two years in succession. All such elections shall be by ballot. The officers elected shall hold office until their successors are elected and qualified according to the Constitution and By-Laws.
CENTRAL COUNCIL. The Central Council shall consist of nine members to be appointed by the President, three members thereof to be appointed by the President elected at the 1911 meeting for a · term of three years, three to be appointed for a term of two years, three to be appointed for a term of one year, and, the President elected at each succeeding annual meeting of the Association thereafter will appoint three members of the Central Council for a term of three years. The Central Council shall be at all times an advisory board of consultation and conference, when called on for that purpose by the President, or, any Vice-President, who may for the time being, be acting as President.
three years of consultancident, or, ,
LOCAL COUNCIL. The President by and with the advice and consent of the Central Council, may establish a Local Council in any county in the State by issuing a warrant to that effect, naming therein the persons composing such Local Council. Each Local Council shall consist of not less than three nor more than seven members. No person shall be eligible to appointment as a member of any Local Council who is not at the time a member of this Association.
ELECTION OF MEMBERS. All members of this convention signing the charter, and all members elected as herein provided shall become members of the Association upon the payment of the admission fee as herein provided for. But after the adjournment of this convention all nominations for membership shall be made as herein provided.
Each member shall pay three dollars to the Treasurer as annual dues, and no person shall be qualified to exercise any privilege of membership who is in default. Such dues shall be payable, and the payment thereof enforced, as may be provided by the By-Laws. Members shall be entitled to receive all publications of the Association free of charge. The admission fee shall be three dollars, to be paid as the member is elected. The admission fee shall be in lieu of all dues for the first year.
ADOPTION OR AMENDMENTS OF BY-LAWS. By-Laws may be adopted or amended at any annual meeting of the Association by a majority of the members present.
COMMITTEES. Section 1. There shall be standing Committees of this Association as follows, viz: 1. On Jurisprudence and Law Reform ; 2. On Judicial Administration and Remedial Procedure; 3. On Legal Education and Admission to the Bar; 4. On Legislation ; 5. On Grievances. The five Committees hereby and just before created, shall each consist of nine members to be appointed by the President. Three of the members of each of said Committees, shall be appointed by the President elected at the 1911 meeting, for a term of three years, and three for a term of two years, and three for a term of one year, and the President elected at each succeeding annual meeting of the Association thereafter will appoint three members of each of said Committees for a term of three years. Also Committees : 6 on Publication; 7 on Grievances ; 8 on Obituaries and Memorials, each of which shall consist of three members to be appointed by the President elected at the 1911 meeting, one for a term of three years, one for a term of two years, one for a term of one year, and the President elected at each succeeding annual meeting of the Association thereafter will appoint one member for each of said Committees for a term of three years.
A majority of any Committee, or of the Central Council shall constitute a quorum. Vacancies in any office, council or committee provided for by the Constitution shall be filled by appointment by the President, and the appointees shall hold office until their successors are appointed by the President elected at the next meeting of the Association, or elected by the Association.
The Central Council shall perform such duties as may be assigned to them by the President, or as may be defined by the By-Laws, except as herein otherwise directed.
MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION.
The Association shall meet annually at such time and place as the Central Council may select, and those present at such meeting shall constitute a quorum. The Secretary shall give sixty days' notice of time and place of such meeting, either by publication in a public newspaper or by personal communication.
DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT. The President shall open each annual meeting of the Association with an address, in which he shall communicate the most noteworthy changes in the statute law, on points of general interest, made in the state and by Congress during the preceding year.
ALTERATIONS OR AMENDMENTS OF THE CONSTITUTION.
The Constitution may be altered or amended by a vote of three-fourths of the members present at any annual meeting, but no such change shall be made at any meeting at which less than twenty members are present.
DUTIES OF THE LOCAL COUNCIL. Each Local Council shall perform such duties as it may be called upon to perform by the President, or as may be defined by the By-Laws.
SUSPENSION OF MEMBERS. Any member of the Association may be suspended or expelled for misconduct in his relations to this Association, or in his profession, on conviction thereof, in such manner as may be prescribed by the By-Laws.