Article X
COMMITTEES AND SECTIONS



 

Section 1. Standing Committees and Sections.   
In addition to the Executive Committee provided for in Article V and the Nominating Committee, the Association shall have such standing Committees and Sections as may be authorized by the Board of Trustees. The President may create such Special or Ad Hoc Committees, or eliminate any existing Special or Ad Hoc Committees, as the President may from time to time deem desirable.

Section 2. Public Actions and Statements. 
Except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, no Committee or Section shall commit the Association, or take action in the name of the Association, or make public statements in the name of the Association, without first obtaining approval of the President of the Association or following such procedures as the Board of Trustees may from time to time adopt. A Committee or a Section may make public statements in its own name only after obtaining approval from the President of the Association or following such procedures as the Board of Trustees may from time to time adopt.


COMMITTEES

Section 3. Committee Appointments. 
The President of the Association shall have authority to appoint and remove all Committee members and appoint and remove the Chairpersons of all Committees. In making appointments, the President shall consider the diversity of the membership of the Association.

Section 4. Committee Functions. 
The duties of each Standing Committee shall be those prescribed by the Board of Trustees and of each Special or Ad Hoc Committee shall be those prescribed by the President. Each Standing, Special or Ad Hoc Committee shall have the power to fix its own time and place of meetings, and to adopt rules for its own conduct and course of proceedings consistent with the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws and any guide-lines or any directives issued by the Board of Trustees or, as to Special or Ad Hoc Committees, the President of the Association. Each Committee shall keep a record of all its proceedings.

Section 5. Proxies. 
On questions submitted to any Committee for its vote, proxies shall not be permitted.

Section 6. Designation of Standing Committees. 
The Board of Trustees shall have the power to designate Standing Committees.

Section 7. Term of Appointment - Standing Committees. 
Appointments to a Standing Committee may be for a term of more than one year but not more than three years. A person who has completed a term may be reappointed by the President. It shall be the general policy of the Association to have staggered terms of membership on its Standing Committees.

Section 8. Term of Appointment - Special or Ad Hoc Committees. 
Appointments to Special or Ad Hoc Committees shall be for a term of the earlier of one year from the date of creation of the Special or Ad Hoc Committee by the President or the completion of the Special or Ad Hoc Committee’s charge as designated by the President.

 


SECTIONS

Section 9. Section Membership.   
Only members of the Association shall be eligible for membership in one or more Sections of the Association. Except as membership in a Section may be restricted under a Bylaw enacted by the Section and approved by the Board of Trustees, an Association member may become a member of any such Section by filing an appropriate application and by paying Section dues.

Section 10. Section Executive Committee.   
The officers and members of the Executive Committee of each Section shall be selected by appointment or ballot as the Bylaws of each Section may from time to time provide.

Section 11. Barristers/Young Attorneys. 
Among the Sections authorized by the Board of Trustees shall be a Section which shall be known as the “Barristers/Young Attorneys of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.” All members of the Association within the categories set forth in Section 2 through 7 of Article II who are under thirty-six (36) years of age or who have been admitted to practice for no longer than five (5) years on January 1st of each calendar year, shall be members of the Barristers/Young Attorneys for that calendar year by paying Barristers/Young Attorneys Section dues. Current law student members of LACBA, per Section 9 of Article II, will be Barristers/Young Attorneys Section members without the payment of Section dues. LACBA members who are newly admitted to the State Bar of California will be Barristers/Young Attorneys Section members for their first year of membership without the payment of Section dues.

Section 12. Section Bylaws. 
Each Section authorized or created pursuant to this Article X shall be governed by such Bylaws as it may see fit to enact, provided that such Bylaws shall not conflict with the Association’s Articles of Incorporation or these Bylaws, and shall be approved by the Board of Trustees. A certified copy of the Bylaws of each Section and all amendments thereto shall be filed with the Executive Director of the Association immediately upon adoption.

Section 13. Section Dues. 
The Executive Committee of a Section may recommend the annual dues for membership in the Section, which shall be subject to approval by the Association’s Board of Trustees.

Section 14. Expenditure of Section Funds. 
All dues and other funds collected by a Section shall be deposited with the Association to the credit of the Section and may be drawn upon and expended for Section purposes as may be directed by the Executive Committee of the Section, subject to the Section’s obligation to pay an appropriate amount toward the Association’s overhead and meet other financial guidelines set by the Association. Extraordinary expenses shall be subject to prior approval by the Executive Committee of the Association, and in no event shall any amount be expended for a purpose which would jeopardize the tax-exempt status of the Association.