See also Current Bylaws
These bylaws were adopted at the Section's annual meeting in Philadelphia, July 16, 2000,
and amended at the Section's annual meeting in Orlando, July 21, 2002, as indicated
Article I: NAME
The name of this special interest section of the American Association
of Law Libraries (AALL) shall be the Academic Law Libraries Section.
Article II: OBJECT
The Academic Law Libraries Section is established:
1. To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information
on Academic Law Libraries; and
2. To represent its members' interests and concerns within
the American Association of Law Libraries.
It shall conduct its affairs in conformity with the Constitution and
Bylaws of the American Association of Law Libraries.
Article III: MEMBERSHIP
Membership shall be open to any AALL member requesting affiliation with
the Academic Law Libraries Section as provided in the AALL bylaws.
Article IV: MEETINGS
There shall be an annual meeting of the Academic Law Libraries Section,
held in connection with, or during, the annual meeting of the AALL.
Article V: OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES
Section 1. Officers.
The officers shall consist of a Chair, a Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, and
a Secretary/Treasurer. The Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect shall automatically become
chair one year after being elected Vice-Chair, and shall serve as Chair
during the second year following that election. The Secretary/Treasurer
shall be elected biennially.
Section 2. Duties of Officers.
The Chair, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer shall perform
the duties usually pertaining to their respective offices, and such other
duties as may be assigned by the Executive Committee of the membership.
Section 3. Succession
In the event of the disability or withdrawal of the Chair, the
title, duties, and obligations of the office shall be assumed by the Vice-Chair,
who shall then serve until the end of his or her own term as Chair. If
the vacancy occurs more than twenty weeks before the next election, a special
election shall be held to fill the office of Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect upon
the assumption of the office of Chair by the Vice-Chair.
Section 4. Executive Committee.
- There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of
the Officers named above, the immediate past Chair and one (1) elected
member. The elected member shall serve a term of two (2) years. All officers
and members of the Executive Committee shall serve until the adjournment
of the annual meeting at which their successors are announced. The duties
of the Executive Committee shall be those usually assigned to such committees
in similar associations.
- The Executive Committee shall have the power to fill any vacancy
of the Executive Committee except that of Chair and Vice-Chair, the person
so appointed by the Executive Committee to serve the unexpired term.
Section 5. Committees.
There shall be such standing or special committees as the Executive
Committee, or the membership of the section, shall create. There
shall be a standing Nominating Committee, appointed by the Executive Committee,
to consist of three members, no one of whom shall be a member of the Executive
Committee, and no one of whom shall be a candidate for office at the succeeding
election. Each member of the Committee shall serve for a term of one year.
(Revised Article V. adopted at the Section's Annual Meeting in Orlando,
Florida, July 21, 2002.)
Article VI: NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Section 1. Nominating Committee.
The Nominating Committee shall submit the names of candidates for the
office of Vice-Chair/Chair-elect, Secretary/Treasurer, and
the elected member, together with their written acceptances, to the Chair
by January 30.
In the event that the Vice-Chair/Chair-elect cannot
assume the duties of Chair, and such fact is known prior to January 15,
the Committee shall also submit the names of candidates for the office
of Chair for the term of one year.
Section 2. Notification.
The Executive Committee shall notify membership
of the candidates proposed by the nominating committee by February 28.
Notification to the membership can be by mail, ALL-SIS newsletter or broadcast
email as the Executive Committee decides.
Section 3. Nomination by Petition
Additional nominations may be made upon written
petition of five (5) members of the Section. Such petitions, accompanied
by written acceptance of the nominees, must be filed with the Chair by
Section 4. Ballots.
The Secretary shall prepare an official ballot, including nominations
by petition. The professional position of each nominee shall appear on
Section 5. Election.
The Officers of the Section shall be elected by
mail ballot. The Secretary shall mail ballots to each member of the Section
by April 1. Ballots shall be marked and returned to the Secretary by April
25. The candidates receiving the largest number of votes for each office
shall be declared elected, and shall be reported by the Secretary at the
annual meeting of the Section. All candidates shall be notified of
the results of election by May 5.
Section 6. Tie Votes.
In case of a tie vote, a run-off election shall be held at the business
meeting of the Section at the annual AALL convention. Run-off elections
shall be by secret ballot. The ballots shall be immediately counted, and
the candidate with the largest number of votes shall
be declared elected.
Section 7. Destruction of Ballots.
If there are no challenges to the results of the
election, the ballots may be destroyed by the Secretary after the annual
Article VII: AMENDMENTS.
Section 1. Bylaws.
Bylaws of the Section may be adopted, amended or suspended at the annual
meeting of the Section by a majority vote of the members present and voting.
Or, bylaws may be adopted, amended, or suspended through a mail ballot.
Whenever the bylaws are to be changed by mail vote, the Secretary shall
mail ballots to every member in good standing of the Section. Such
ballots shall state the text of the proposed change, the purpose of the
change, and the date by which ballots must be returned to the Secretary.
Proposed changes in the bylaws by mail must receive a majority vote of
the ballots returned to the Secretary in order to pass. Tie votes shall
be considered failure to pass.
Section 2. Effect.
Any amendment shall take effect after it has been approved by the AALL
Article VIII: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY.
Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure,
in the latest edition, shall govern all deliberations of the Section when
not in conflict with the bylaws of the Section.