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A general summary of all such annual reports, and of the proceedings of the annual meetings, shall be prepared and printed by and under the direction of the Executive Committee, together with the Constitution, By-Laws (as then existing), names and residences of officers, standing committees and members of the Association, as soon as practicable after each annual meeting.
The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings, conduct all the necessary correspondence of the Association, and discharge such other duties as shall be required of him by the Association.
The Treasurer shall collect and (by order of the Executive Committee) disburse the moneys of the Association, and discharge such other duties as shall be required of him by the Association. He shall give security in such sum and in such form, for the safe keeping of and accounting for moneys of the Association coming to his hands, as shall be required by the Executive Committee.
The Association may provide in its By-Laws for other standing committees, and no matter shall be referred to a special committee which is relevant to the function of any standing committee.
There shall be an Annual meeting of the Association held at such time and place as the Executive Committee shall fix, in January of each year; and such adjourned metings as the
Association, by a vote of three-fourths of all present, may determine; and at any such adjourned meeting any business of the Association may be transacted, except the election of officers.
Special meetings may be called at any time by the Executive Committee. At such special meetings no business shall be transacted except such as shall be specified in the notice thereof. At every meeting of the Association the presence of 25 members shall be necessary to constitute a quorum. At least one month's notice shall be given of the time fixed for the annual meeting.
The admission fee shall, in all cases, be $3, to be paid as provided by the By-Laws.
The annual dues of members shall be $2, and shall be payable yearly on or before the first day of the annual meeting of the Association.
Any member may be suspended or expelled for misconduct. in his relation to the Association, or in his profession, after conviction thereof, by such method of procedure as may be prescribed by the By-Laws; and all interest in the property of the Association of persons ceasing to be members by expulsion, resignation or otherwise, shall thereupon vest absolutely in the Association.
Any member of this Association may withdraw therefrom, by written application to the Secretary for that purpose, and the payment of all the annual dues accrued, including the dues for the year in which such application is made. XIX.
At the annual meeting in January, 1878, and at each annual meeting thereafter, there shall be elected, by ballot, the officers of the Association for the year next ensuing, and they shall hold their offices until the election of their successors.
In case of a vacancy in any office, it shall be filled by appointment by the Executive Committee, which, however, can appoint only a Vice-President to the office of President.
This Constitution shall go into effect immediately. It can be amended only by a two-thirds vote of the members present at an annual meeting of the Association.
Adopted by the Association January 10th, 1879, and Amended January 8th, 1880.
The Association shall convene at the hour of 10 o'clock A. M. on the day of the Annual Meeting.
ORDER OF BUSINESS.
1. Reading of minutes of preceding meetings.
2. Report of Committee on Admissions.
Election of Officers.
The Annual Address by the retiring President.
5. Reports of Standing Committees, in the order named.
The Standing Committees shall meet and organize by selecting one of their number Chairman and another Secretary, immediately upon their appointment and during the annual meeting. Standing committees shall perform their respective duties so far as practicable during the annual meeting, and report to such meeting.
Applications for admissions may be made in writing to the Secretary, accompanied with the admission fee and the recommendation of a member of the Association. The Secretary shall lay such applications as are received by him before the Committee on Admissions, for its consideration and report.
The public deliberations of the Association shall be governed by the usual parliamentary rules.
The proceedings, at the meeting of the Association, shall be published and distributed by the Secretary.
Members in arrears for annual dues, after notice and demand in writing by the Secretary, shall be reported to the Association by the Secretary, and shall be suspended from membership.
Charges of misconduct on the part of any member of the Association, shall be preferred in writing to the Chairman of the Committee on Grievances; and said committee, after due notice, shall investigate such charges, and make report thereof to the Association. The Association shall thereupon, after notice to the member under charges, take such action upon the report and charges as may be determined, and either exonerate, suspend, or expel said member.
Adopted January 11, 1888.
Resolved, That it is within the province of this Association to receive complaints affecting the professional conduct of practicing lawyers in this State other than its own members, and to undertake, through its standing Committee on Grievances, the investigation of such complaints; in which investigation said committee shall only be required to consider complaints presented to the Secretary of the Association in writing, duly verified by the oath of a reputable person or persons, and such evidence as shall be submitted in writing, duly verified by oath; nor shall said committee consider any such complaint and evidence in support thereof until a copy of such complaint shall have been served by mail on the person complained against, by the Secretary of this Association, and a reasonable time, to be fixed by the Secretary, shall have elapsed for the accused, if he shall so desire, to meet and answer such complaint; and that said committee report its conclusions, along with the complaint and evidence submitted, to this Association for its action thereon. But in serving such copy of complaint upon the accused, the Secretary shall withold the name of the person making the complaint; nor shall such name be disclosed to any person but the Secretary and the Committee on Grievances until after such complaint shall have been finally acted upon, and not then, unless the complaint shall be sustained by said committee.