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This Association shall be known as the Illinois State Bar Association.
The Association is formed to cultivate the science of jurisprudence, to promote reform in the law, to facilitate the administration of justice, to elevate the standard of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession, to encourage a thorough and liberal legal education, and to cultivate and cherish a spirit of brotherhood among the members thereof.
All persons, members of the Illinois State Bar Association in good standing on January 24, 1895, are declared members of this Association.
Any member of the legal profession in good standing, residing or practicing in this State, may be admitted to active membership; and distinguished members of the profession not in active practice at the bar, may be enrolled as honorary members.
There shall be elected at the annual meeting the following general officers, who shall respectively hold their offices for one year and until their successors are elected: A President, who shall, however, be ineligible to re-election for the term succeeding his term of service; three Vice-Presidents and a Secretary-Treasurer.
At the annual meeting the following standing committees shall, unless otherwise directed, be appointed by the President-elect:
1. Executive Committee of five members, which shall have general management of the affairs of the Association, and prescribe its By. Laws.
2. Judicial Administration, of five members, which shall take note of all proposed changes of the administration of the law, and recommend such as may, in its opinion, be entitled to the favorable consideration and endorsement of the Association; and, further, shall observe the workings of the judicial system of the State; shall collect Information with reference thereto, and recommend such action as it may deem advisable.
3. Law Reform, of nine members—three to hold three years, three for two years and three for one year; and at each annual meeting three members shall be appointed in the place of those retiring, who shall serve for three years. It shall be the duty of this committee to con. sider and report to the Association such amendments of the law as, in its opinion, should be adopted; also to scrutinize proposed changes of the law, and recommend such as should receive the approval of the Association.
4. Legal Education, of five members.
Other standing committees may be created at an annual meeting; and no matter falling within the jurisdiction of a standing committee shall be referred to a select committee, unless upon vote of the Association.
ADMISSION FEE-ANNUAL DUES.
Applicants for membership shall, at the time of making application, pay an admission fee, which shall include the annual dues for the first year and the annual dues of all active members shall be payable on demand. Both the admission fee and the annual dues shall be prescribed by the By-Laws and a failure to pay dues shall be a good cause for expulsion.
Vacancies will be created by the death, removal from the State or inexcusable neglect of duty, of the incumbent. In the case of President, Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer, such vacancy shall be filled by the Executive Committee, but only a Vice-President shall be appointed to the office of President. In the case of Chairman of a committee, such vacancy shall be filled by the President; and in the case of committeemen, by the Chairman of the committee.
An annual meeting of the Association shall be held at a time and place to be fixed by the Executive Committee, which, however, may be adjourned, by vote of the members present, to another specified time and place. Provision for such annual meeting, and the character of its exercises, shall be made and prescribed, and timely notice thereof given by the Executive Committee. Special meetings may be called by the Executive Committee and the business there transacted shall be only such as is designated in the notice therefor.
WITHDRAWALS AND EXPULSIONS.
Members may withdraw from the Association in the manner and upon the conditions prescribed by the By-Laws, and members may be expelled for misconduct in their relations to brother members, to the Association, or in their profession, as may be prescribed by the By. Laws.
This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at an annual meeting.