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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 ByLaws.

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 consider 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.
5. Grievances, of five members.
6. Admissions, of five members.
7. Legal History and Biography.
8. A Necrologist.

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 thcase 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 ByLaws.


AMENDMENTS. This Constitution may be amended by a members present at an annual meeting.

two-thirds vote of the QUORUM.





The Association shall convene at the place and hour indicated in the notice therefore. The presence of twenty-five members shall constitute a quorum.



1. Reading Minutes of Preceding Meeting.
2. Report of Committee on Admissions.
3. Annual Address by the President.
4. Election of Officers for Ensuing Year.
5. Reports of Standing Committees.

(a.) Executive Committee.
(6.) Judicial Administration.
(C.) Law Reform.
(d.) Legal Education.
(e.) Grievances.
(f.) Legal History and Biography.

(9.) Necrologist.
6. Reports of Special Committees.
7. Special Addresses.
8. Miscellaneous Business.



PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT. The President shall assume the general duties of his office on the adjournment of the annual meeting at which he is elected; but during the session at which he is elected he shall announce all committees for the succeeding year, the appointment of which shall not have been otherwise provided for.

He shall, when present, preside at all meetings of the Association, and deliver the President's Annual Address, embodying therein such reference to recent changes in the law of this State, its present state and administration, with his recommendations in respect thereto, as shall seem best calculated to conserve the general weal.

He shall be a member and Chairman of the Executive Committee. In his absence, or in case of vacancy in the office of President, the duties of President shall be discharged by the Vice-President selected by the Executive Committee.


SECRETARY-TREASURER. The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep a record of the proceedings of the Association and the Executive Committee; be the keeper of the records and archives of the Association; superintend the publication and distribution of the publications of the Association, as directed by the Executive Committee; demand, receive and receipt for all moneys coming to the Association, and safely keep and disburse the same under the direction of the Executive Committee; be a member and Secretary of the Executive Committee, and discharge such other duties as may be imposed upon him. Of the moneys coming to his hands he shall retain $200 per annum as his salary.



Chairmen shall call a meeting of their respective committees immediately after they have been announced, and at such other times as may be required for the prompt and thorough consideration of the matters falling within their jurisdictions respectively, or may have been referred to them respectively. Committee reports shall be in writing, signed by the Chairman; but such reports shall show what members thereof concur therein.

The proceedings of the Executive Committee, and the Committees on Admissions and Grievances, shall be conducted with closed doors, and only the result of their deliberations be made public.



NEW MEMBERS. Applications for membership may be made at any time to the Secretary-Treasurer. They shall be in writing and show the place of residence, (with office number and street in cities), of the applicant, and bear the endorsement and recommendation of a member, and also be accompanied with an admission fee of $5.00.

On the first day of each annual meeting a list of all such applicants shall be posted in a conspicuous position in the place in which said session is held and no report of said committee shall be presented to the Association until the second day of such session. The adoption by the Association of a favorable report of the committee and the payment of the admission fee shall constitute the applicant a member, but no annual dues shall be required for the first year of membership.


HONORARY MEMBERS. The Justices of the Supreme Court of this State, in commission; past Justices of the same Court, not in practice; Justices of the United States Courts, resident or assigned in this State; and the ex-Presidents of the Association, shall be enrolled as honorary members; and distinguished members of the profession may, by vote of the Association, be enrolled as honorary members; and all honorary members (not also active members) shall be entitled to all the privileges of membership, save voting at the election of officers.


ANNUAL DUES. The annual dues of members-not enrolled as honorary-shall be $3, payable to the Secretary-Treasurer on demand.

Members, who, after notice mailed to their last reported address, neglect or refuse the Secretary-Treasurer's demands or drafts therefor, may be expelled by vote of the Association.


WITHDRAWAL. Withdrawal from membership may be effected by application to the Secretary-Treasurer, and the payment of all unpaid dues, including those of the current year.

*Revised and adopted in this form at July meeting, 1897.

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