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BAR ASSOCIATION BYLAWS

     

    LAKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION BY-LAWS

    Approved and adopted on March 27, 1985.

    Amended on June 6, 2007

    ARTICLE 1 – Name

    Section 1.1 Name

    The Corporation shall be known as and do business as Lake County Bar Association hereinafter referred to as "Corporation".

    ARTICLE II – Membership

    Section 2.1 Membership

    There shall be two classes of membership.

    A.  General Membership: Any person who has been admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio, and is in good standing with the Supreme Court of Ohio, shall be eligible for general membership.

    B.  Associate Membership: Any person who holds a paralegal degree, certificate, or has received suitable training and is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible shall be eligible for associate membership. Associate members are non-voting members of the corporation.

    Associate members shall not be appointed to the Grievance Committee, Judicial Selection/Endorsement Committee, and the Admissions/Application to the Bar Committee.

    Section 2.2 Election of Members

    A.  An applicant qualified for general membership in the Corporation shall become a member upon approval of the application by the membership Committee and the payment of current dues then applicable to him.

    B.  An applicant qualified for associate membership in the Corporation shall become an associate member upon approval of the application by the membership Committee and the payment of current dues applicable to him.

    Section 2.3 Dues

    The Board of Trustees (hereinafter called the Board) shall establish dues for membership in the Corporation.

    Section 2.4 Termination of Membership

    A member of the Corporation may resign from membership at any time. Upon his reapplication for membership, the Board may determine the requirements for payment of arrearages before acting upon his application.

    ARTICLE III – Board of Trustee

    Section 3.1 Members

    A.  There shall be a Board consisting of: the President; the Vice-President; the Treasurer; the Secretary; the immediate Past-President for the one (1) year period following the expiration of his term of office as President; three (3) elected members who shall be general members in good standing of the Corporation, one (1) of whom shall be elected each year pursuant to Article V, Nominations and Elections for these regulations; a person who represents Lake County as a district representative to the Ohio State Bar Association, if such person is a general member of the Corporation; and a person who is the delegate to the Ohio State Bar Association if such a person is a general member of the Corporation.

    B. Any vacancy in the membership of the Board may be filled for the unexpired term by the Board.

    Section 3.2 Powers and Duties

    A.  Subject to the provisions of these Regulations, the Board shall determine the policies of the Corporation and manage its affairs.

    B.  All appropriations of funds of the Corporation shall be made by the Board.

    C.  From time to time the Board shall cause to be examined the accounts of the Treasurer and shall report thereon to the Corporation at least once a year.

    Section 3.3 Meetings

    A.  The Board shall meet at least once each month at such time and place as determined by the President or a majority of the Board.

    B The President may call special meetings of the Board when desirable in his judgment, and he shall call such meetings when requested in writing by three (3) members of the Board or by ten (10) members of the general membership.

    C Notice of each meeting shall be given to each member of the board by U. S. mail, electronic mail, telegram, telephone, or in person.

    D Six (6) members of the Board present at a meeting shall constitute a quorum. The act of a majority of the members of the Board shall be the act of the Board, except as otherwise provided in these Regulations.

    EIf a Board member is absent from two-thirds (2/3) or more of the meetings scheduled in any six(6) month period, such member shall be removed from the Board, unless such Board member establishes good cause for such absences.

    ARTICLE IV- Officers

    Section 4.1 Officers

    The elected officers of the Corporation shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Treasurer, and a Secretary. The officers shall be members of the Corporation.

    Section 4.2 Duties of the President

    The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation. He shall preside at all meetings and shall have powers and duties as are in these Regulations and as the Board from time to time assigns.

    Section 4.3 Duties of the Vice-President

    During the absence or disability of the President, the Vice-President shall assume the duties of the President and the Vice President shall have such additional powers and duties as the Board from time to time assigns.

    Section 4.4 Treasurer

    The Treasurer shall collect and, subject to the control of the Board, shall disburse funds of the Corporation. He shall report at each Board meeting the amount of the funds received and disbursed by him. He shall keep regular accounts which at all times shall be open to inspection by the membership. He shall report to the membership the finances of the Corporation at the Annual Meeting and shall perform such other duties of his office as may be required by the Board.

    Section 4.5 Secretary

    The Secretary shall prepare and maintain the minutes of the Board and meetings of the membership. The Secretary shall also be responsible for the publication of the newsletter of the Corporation and perform such other duties as directed by the Board. The Secretary shall present the minutes of each Board meeting to the membership within thirty (30) days of each Board meeting.

    Section 4.6 Term

    Each officer provided for herein shall hold office for one year or until his successor has been duly elected or appointed.

    Section 4.7 Vacancies

    The vacancy in any office shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the Board, except that if the office of the President becomes vacant, the Vice-President shall fill such office. If both the offices of President and Vice-President become vacant, they shall then be filled by election by the Corporation’s membership either at the next regular election or by a special election to be held in such manner as the Board determines.

    ARTICLE V – Nominations and Elections

    Officers and Board Members shall be elected as follows:

    AAt least ninety (90) days prior to the annual meeting of the Corporation, the President shall announce the appointment of a Nominating Committee consisting of five (5) immediate Past Presidents who are members in good standing of the Corporation or its predecessor Association.

    B.  At least seventy (70) days prior to the annual meeting of the Corporation, the Nominating Committee shall:

              1. Nominate, from the roster of the general members in good standing of the      
                 
    corporation, at least one (1) candidate for each of the offices of President,
                  Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

              2. Nominate at least one (1) candidate for each place on the board which
                  is to be filled at the annual meeting, which nominees shall be from the
                  roster of the general members in good standing of the corporation.

              3. File with the President its written report setting forth the names of the candidates.

              4. The President shall cause a copy of such report to be mailed to each  
                 
    member of the corporation sixty (60) days prior to the election.

    C Any additional candidate or candidates for any of the offices to be filled may be nominated by petition bearing the signatures of not less than fifteen (15) general members in good standing of the Corporation. Said petition shall be filed with the President of the Corporation not later than fifteen (15) days after the date of the mailing of the Nominating Committee’s report referred to above in Article V, section (B) (4).

    DIf for any elective office there are more candidates than the number to be elected, the entire list of those nominated for such office shall be printed in alphabetical order on a ballot, and at least (3) days before the annual meeting, the President shall cause a ballot to be mailed to all general members in good standing of the Corporation, whereupon the general members, after indicating their votes thereon shall mail or deliver the ballots to the office of the Corporation. Only those ballots received at the office of the Corporation on or before the day preceding the day on which the annual meeting is held shall be counted.   At or before the annual meeting the President shall appoint five (5) tellers who shall count the ballots and announce the results thereof at the annual meeting.

    E.  The election of unopposed candidates shall be made by motion at the annual meeting.

    There shall be no nominations from the floor.

    ARTICLE VI – Meetings of the Corporation Membership

    Section 6.1 Annual Meeting

    The annual meeting shall be held in June of each year at such hour and place as shall be fixed by the Board.

    Section 6.2 Procedure

    All meetings shall be governed by the most recent edition of Roberts Rules of Order.

    ARTICLE VII – Committees

    Section 7.1 Membership Committee

    The membership committee shall be a standing Committee. Its members shall be appointed annually.

    Section 7.2 Special Committees

    The Board may from time to time, upon the recommendation of the President, create special committees. Committees shall, when necessary, prepare rules for their governance, not inconsistent with these by-laws, which shall become effective when approved by the Board.

    Section 7.3 Appointment

    A.  The President, after consultation with the Board, shall appoint all members of all Committees. The President shall be a non-voting, ex-officio member of all committees.

    B.  The President shall not re-appoint to a committee any member who failed to attend at least one-half (1/2) of the committee’s meetings in the previous year.

    Section 7.4 Liaison

    The President shall appoint to the standing committee and each special committee a member of the Board as a non-voting member of such committee for the purpose of liaison between the committee and the Board.

    Section 7.5 Chairman

    The President shall designate the Chairman of each committee with the advice and approval of the Board.

    Section 7.6 Quorum

    Fifty percent (50%) of the members of each Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business assigned to it, unless a different requirement for a quorum is provided in the rules of the committee which have been promulgated and adopted by the Board of Trustees.

    Section 7.7 Removal and Vacancies

    The President, with the advice and approval of the Board, may remove any member of any Standing Committee or Special Committee for failure to attend to his duties and may fill for the unexpired term any vacancy in any such committee or in the office of chairman.

    ARTICLE VIII – Amendment of the By-Laws

    Section 8.1 Quorum

    The by-laws may be amended at a meeting of the membership at which at least fifty (50) general members in good standing are present, by a majority vote of those members present.

    Section 8.2 Meeting Notice

    Written notice of a meeting to amend these by-laws must be given to all general members in good standing at least fourteen (14) days in advance of such meeting.

    ARTICLE IX – Terms

    Section 9.1

    All reference to the masculine gender shall be deemed to include the feminine gender.

     

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    LAKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

    POSITION STATEMENT RESOLUTION

    (Passed at the Lake County Bar Association Annual Meeting on June 9, 2004)

    WHEREAS, THE LAKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION IS CONCERNED ABOUT NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF DIRECT SOLICITATION ON OUR IMAGE AS ATTORNEYS, AND

    WHEREAS, THE PRIVACY OF ACCIDENT VICTIMS SHOULD BE PRESERVED AND NOT VIOLATED, AND

    WHEREAS, THIS ASSOCIATION IS MINDFUL OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF LAWYERS TO PRACTICE THEIR PROFESSION UNDER THE RULES OF THE OHIO SUPREME COURT FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BAR AND THE CODE OF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND

    WHEREAS, THIS ASSOCIATION DESIRES TO RAISE THE STANDARD OF PROFESSIONALISM AS IT RELATES TO DIRECT MAIL SOLICITATION,

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:

    THE LAKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION DISCOURAGES DIRECT SOLICITATION ADVERTISING PRACTICES THAT INVADE THE PRIVACY OF ACCIDENT VICTIMS AND ADVERSELY AFFECT THE CREDIBILITY OF ATTORNEYS WITH THE PUBLIC.

    THE LAKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION ENCOURAGES ALL ATTORNEYS TO MAINTAIN THE HIGHEST STANDARDS IN THEIR PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND REFRAIN FROM DIRECT MAIL SOLICITATION OF ACCIDENT VICTIMS.

    THE LAKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION BELIEVES THAT WE, AS LAWYERS, MUST BE EVER MINDFUL OF THE EFFECT OF OUR CONDUCT UPON THE IMAGE OF OUR SYSTEM OF JUSTICE, INCLUDING THE IMPACT OF ADVERTISING METHODS UPON THE PUBLIC.