Bylaws

Bylaws

ARTICLE I: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: DEFINITIONS

a. Regular Member: Any person who is or has been within the last three years officially connected with a law library or with a library or firm that maintains a legal collection located in Louisiana may become a regular member upon recommendation by the membership committee and payment of dues.

b. Associate Member: Any person interested in Louisiana law librarianship and not eligible for membership under another category may become an associate member upon recommendation by the membership committee and payment of dues.

c. Vendor Member: Any person who represents publishers, library equipment, supplies or other law library services may become a vendor member upon recommendation by the membership committee and payment of dues.

Section 2: RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES

a. The right to hold office and vote shall be restricted to regular members. The right to attend business meetings shall be restricted to regular and associate members.

b. All members can serve on committees at the President's discretion and will receive professional announcement mailings and newsletters. All members are encouraged to attend social functions.

Section 3: DUES

The annual dues of all members except student members shall be $25.00. Student dues shall be $10.00.

ARTICLE II: MEETINGS

Section 1: ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

The annual business meeting shall be held in May at a time and place designated by the officers for election and installation of officers.

Section 2: ADDITIONAL MEETINGS

Additional meetings may be held at such times and places as the officers designate.

Section 3: QUORUM

A quorum necessary to conduct business in a meeting of the Association shall consist of 25% of the regular members.

ARTICLE III: NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

Section 1: NOMINATIONS

The president shall appoint a nominating committee who shall submit the names of a candidate or candidates for the offices of vice-president/president elect and secretary to the president and secretary at least 45 days prior to the annual business meeting. The nominating committee will submit name(s) for the office of treasurer every two years. The secretary shall circulate this list of candidates to the membership at least 30 days prior to the annual business meeting. Additional nominations may be made by any regular member from the floor.

Section 2: ELECTIONS

The officers shall be elected at the annual business meeting and shall assume office at the conclusion of the election. Special elections to fill vacancies in offices other than president shall be held at the next scheduled meeting of the Association provided that there is sufficient time in the judgment of the remaining officers to notify the membership of the special election. Otherwise, the remaining officers shall call a meeting for the purpose of conducting the election no later than 60 days following the creation of the vacancy.

ARTICLE IV: FISCAL YEAR

Each fiscal year of the Association shall begin June 1. Members failing to pay dues after three months and after notice by the treasurer will be suspended from membership. Suspended members may be reinstated at any time upon payment of the full current year's dues.

ARTICLE V: ANTI-DISCRIMINATION

Membership in the Association or participation in any activity of the organization shall not be denied to any individual or abridged, on account of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or sexual orientation.

 

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