NOTE: ARCHIVAL TEXT IS PUBLISHED HERE FOR HISTORICAL REFERENCE ONLY. FOR CURRENT ALLUNY POLICY, SEE: BYLAWS.

Amendment To Constitution – Dissolution of Constitution
WHEREAS AALL has advised chapters that Consitutions are no longer necessary establishment documents for NFP 503(c) organizations. The convention is outmoded and creates unnecessary hurdles to change. Many other AALL Chapters have already dissolved their Constitutions in favor of simple, flexible By-laws documents.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Constitution of the Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York be amended by being dissolved.
Approved October 19, 2014.

Association of Law Libraries
of Upstate New York

CONSTITUTION

(Adopted September 8, 1956; amended September 7, 1957; amended September 17, 1960; amended September 12, 1964; amended September 21, 1973; amended October 2, 1977; amended March 30, 1981; amended September 24, 1988; revised October 7, 1990; amended October 2, 2005; Constitution DISSOLVED October 19. 2014.)

ARTICLE I. NAME
ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVES
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS
ARTICLE V. MEETINGS
ARTICLE VI. COMMITTEES
ARTICLE VII. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS

ARTICLE I. NAME

The name of this association is Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York, Inc., a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, and abbreviated ALLUNY.

ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVES

Section 1.

The Association is established for educational and scientific purposes. It shall be conducted as a not-for-profit corporation a defined by Section 102 and Section 201 of the Not-for Profit Corporation law.

Section 2.

The purposes of the association shall be to aid the progress of the profession of Law Librarians in the Upstate New York area generally; to advance the practice of law librarianship and its related fields; to enhance the status of the law librarian; to increase the usefulness of the organized law library community and related organizations and in furtherance of such accomplishments to encourage research and the preparation of programs, institutes and seminars on law library topics; to endeavor to maintain high standards of ethical practice by members; to foster the study of law librarianship and encourage the personal and professional development of law librarians and students; to cooperate with other library associations and groups; and to advance public relations with governmental agencies and the public in general and law librarians of other areas; and to do any and all things necessary and proper to accomplish these objectives in the manner permitted by law. It will also foster a spirit of cooperation among the several law libraries in the State of New York and encourage membership and active participation in the American Association of Law Libraries.

Section 3.

As a not-for-profit corporation, which is exempt under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code, no part of the property, assets or net income of the Association shall inure to the benefit of any director, officer, member, trustee or other private individual except that the Association shall be authorized to pay the reasonable compensation for services rendered and to pay payments and distributions in furtherance of the objectives set forth in Article II, Section 1 of this Constitution. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be to carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation (except as provided by Section 501 (h) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended) or participate in, or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

Section 4.

In the event of liquidation or dissolution, after payment of all debts and liabilities, the remaining funds and other property shall be distributed to any organization or organizations exempt from taxation under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, such organization or organizations to be selected by the directors of the corporation. In the event the directors fail to so select, the New York State Supreme Court shall select such organization or organizations.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.

Any person interested in law libraries or law librarianship may become a member of the Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York, Inc. by qualifying under the provisions of one of the classes of membership specified in the bylaws of the Association.

Section 2.

Privileges, rights and dues of the various classes of membership shall be specified in the bylaws of the Association.

ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS

Section 1.

The officers shall consist of a President, Vice President/President-Elect, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The officers shall hold office as specified in the bylaws. The officers shall perform the duties usually pertaining to their respective offices and such other duties as may be assigned by the Association.

Section 2.

In the event of a vacancy by an officer, the position will be filled according to the bylaws.

ARTICLE V. MEETINGS

Meetings shall be held as provided in the bylaws of the Association.

ARTICLE VI. COMMITTEES

The President shall appoint all members of such committees as the Association shall deem necessary.

ARTICLE VII. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1.

There shall be a Board of Directors consisting of the current officers, the last retired President, the Newsletter Editor, and three other elected members. Terms of office shall be as designated in the bylaws.

Section 2.

The Board of Directors shall meet prior to the annual business meeting. The President shall preside at this meeting of the Board and the Secretary shall act as a Secretary of the Board.

ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS

Section 1.

This Constitution may be amended as follows: a written notice of an amendment shall be filed with Secretary at least sixty days before the annual meeting and notice thereof shall be sent to the members by the Secretary at least thirty days prior to said meeting. If two-thirds of the members present and voting at said meeting be in favor of any proposed amendment, it shall be deemed adopted.

Section 2.

Association bylaws may be adopted, repealed or suspended by a two-thirds vote of those present at the annual meeting of the Association.

Section 3.

Amendments to the Association’s Constitution and Bylaws shall be submitted to the American Association of Law Libraries by the Secretary of ALLUNY upon any adoption or change by the membership.