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Any member of the legal profession in good standing, residing and practicing in the State of Illinois, may become a member by vote of the Association, or upon nomination, after a favorable report from the Committee on Admissions; and on subscribing to this Constitution (or otherwise in writing notifying the Secretary of his acceptance of membership), and within the period limited by the By-Laws, paying the admission fee and annual dues of the current year.
OFFICERS. The officers of the Association shall be a President, who shall deliver the annual address, and be ineligible for the term succeeding his term of service; seven Vice Presidents, one to be chosen from each Supreme Judicial District; an Executive Committee; a Committee on Admissions; a Committee on Grievances; a Committee on Law Reform; a Committee on Legal Education; a Committee on Legal Biography; a Secretary and a Treasurer-all of whom shall be elected at the annual meeting, and hold their offices until the next annual meeting of the Association: Provided, any one or more of the above-mentioned committees may be filled by appointment by the President, if the Association so direct.
PRESIDENT. The President, or in his absence) one of the Vice Presidents, or (in the absence of all of them) one of the members, shall preside at all meetings of the Association.
The President and Secretary shall be ex officio members of the Executive Committee.
This committee shall manage the affairs of the Association, subject to the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws, and shall be vested with the title to all its property, as trustee thereof, until the Association shall be incorporated; and the Executive Committee shall make by-laws for the Association, subject to amendment by the Association.
COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS.
The Committee on Admissions shall consist of five members.
The proceedings of this committee shall be deemed confidential, and shall be kept secret, except so far as written or printed reports of the same shall be necessarily and officially made to the Association.
COMMITTEE ON GRIEVANCES.
The Committee on Grievances shall consist of five members.
It shall be the duty of the committee to receive all complaints which may be made in matters affecting the interests of the legal profession, the practice of the law and the administration of justice, and to report the same to the Association with such recommendations as they deem proper.
The proceedings of this committee shall be deemed confidential, and kept secret, except so far as written or printed reports of the same shall be necessarily and officially made to the Association.
COMMITTEE ON LAW REFORM.
The Committee on Law Reform shall consist of five members.
It shall be the duty of this committee to consider and report to the Association such amendments of the law as in its opinion should be adopted; also, to scrutinize proposed changes of the law, and when necessary, report upon the same; also, to observe the practical working of the judicial system of the State, and recommend by written or printed report, from time to time, any changes therein which observation or experience may suggest.
COMMITTEE ON LEGAL EDUCATION. The Committee on Legal Education shall consist of seven members, to be appointed by the Association from year to year.
Its duty shall be to examine and report what changes it is expedient to propose in the system of legal education, and of admission to the practice of the profession in the State of Illinois.
COMMITTEE ON LEGAL BIOGRAPHY. The Committee on Legal Biography shall consist of so many members as the Association shall appoint from year to year.
It shall be its duty to provide for the preservation, among the archives of the Association, of suitable written or printed memorials of the lives and characters of deceased members of the Bar of the State, and make report thereof to each annual meeting of the Association.
Every standing committee shall, at each stated annual meeting, report in writing a summary of its proceedings, since its last annual report (except such matters as the Constitution and By-Laws require to be kept secret), together with any suggestions deemed suitable and appertaining to its powers, duties or business.
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, and 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 the city of Springfield, on the second Tuesday in January in each year, and such adjourned meetings as the Association, by a vote of threefourths 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.
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,
EXPULSION. 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.
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.