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Important Documents

CONSTITUTION (pdf)

ARTICLE I: NAME

The name of this Association shall be: New Orleans Association of Law Librarians, a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries.

ARTICLE II: OBJECTIVES

The Association is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. (Amended on 9/15/11)

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

Any person interested in or engaged in law library work may become a member of the Association by complying with the provisions of the Bylaws.

ARTICLE IV: MEETINGS AND VOTING

Meetings shall be held as provided in the Bylaws. Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order except as otherwise specified by the Constitution or Bylaws.
A regular member who is unable to attend a meeting may designate another regular member as his proxy for that meeting. Written authorization (either print or electronic) must be presented to the Secretary, and a member may hold only one proxy for a meeting.
The officers may determine that a vote of the members should be held by mail or electronic means in lieu of a meeting. Whenever an alternative method of voting is implemented, the vote shall otherwise be conducted in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws. (Amended on 9/15/11)

ARTICLE V: OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES

Section 1: OFFICERS: The officers of the Association shall consist of a president, a vice-president/president elect, a secretary, and a treasurer. The president must be a member of the American Association of Law Libraries.
Section 2: TERMS OF OFFICE: The vice-president/president elect and secretary shall be elected annually by the membership of the Association. The treasurer shall be elected to serve a term of two years. The vice-president/president elect shall automatically become president after one year and shall so serve during the second year following his/her election. In the event that the president resigns prior to the completion of a regular term or is otherwise unable to perform the duties of the office, the vice-president/president elect shall assume the presidency and shall so serve until the expiration of the term for which he/she was elected, and a special election to fill the office of vice-president/president elect shall be held. If a vacancy occurs in another office, a special election shall be held to fill that office for the remainder of the unexpired term.
Section 3: DUTIES OF OFFICERS: The officers shall perform the duties usually pertaining to their respective offices.
Section 4: COMPENSATION: The officers shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for any reasonable expenditures incurred in the discharge of their duties.
Section 5: COMMITTEES: There shall be such committees as the officers shall create or shall be created by a majority vote of those present and voting at any meeting of the Association. The president shall appoint all members of the committees.

ARTICLE VI: AMENDMENTS AND BYLAWS

Section 1: AMENDMENTS: Any proposed amendment to this Constitution or the Bylaws shall be filed with the secretary at least 30 days prior to a meeting of the Association. The secretary shall send notice of the proposed amendment to the membership at least 10 days before such meeting.
Section 2: VOTE: If two-thirds of the members present and voting at a meeting are in favor of an amendment to the Constitution, it shall stand adopted. If a majority of the members present and voting at a meeting are in favor of an amendment to the Bylaws, it shall stand adopted.

AMENDMENT I: Dissolution

Upon the dissolution of the association, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the parish in which the principal office of the association is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes. (Amended on 5/18/10)

BYLAWS (pdf)

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 or June 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 15 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 10 days prior to the annual business meeting. Additional nominations may be made by any regular member from the floor at the annual business meeting.
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, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.