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MINORITY CAUCUS BYLAWS

ARTICLE I
NAME AND PURPOSE

Section 1.  This Caucus shall be known as the Minority Caucus (Caucus) of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

Section 2.  The Caucus shall be responsible for recommending and developing educational programs as well as other programs of special interest to minority members of AAJ consistent with existing procedures governing Sections.  The Caucus shall recommend to the AAJ Board of Governors the development of programs which will stimulate minority membership in AAJ and participation by minorities in the activities and leadership of AAJ.

Section 3.  The Policies and Procedures published by AAJ for Sections are promulgated on October 23, 1992, and as duly amended by AAJ are incorporated herein by inference and the Caucus shall operate in full conformity with these policies and procedures.

ARTICLE II
MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.  The Caucus shall be composed of representatives as established by the AAJ Bylaws and other voting members of AAJ who shall also be members of a “minority” as defined by federal law.

Section 2.  All members of the Caucus shall be empowered to participate fully at any meeting of the Minority Caucus, including by not limited to voting for elected officers relating to the Caucus.

Section 3.  Only delegates shall be elected as the four (4) Governors who serve on the AAJ Board of Governors representing the Caucus.

Section 4. The members present at a regularly scheduled and duly noticed meeting of the Minority Caucus shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at meetings thereof.

ARTICLE III
OFFICERS

Section 1.  The Officers of the Caucus shall be a Chair, Vice Chair, First Vice Chair, Second Vice Chair and the four (4) Governors who serve on the AAJ Board of Governors representing the Caucus.

Section 2.  The Chair shall be charged with the responsibility of carrying out the purposes of the Caucus as set forth in these Bylaws.  The Chair shall serve as the chief executive officer of the Caucus, and shall preside at all meetings of the Caucus and the Executive Committee.  The Chair shall appoint such regional or state chairs as deemed necessary and proper to carry out the affairs of the Caucus within each circuit or state.

Section 3. The Vice Chair shall be charged with the responsibility of carrying out the purposes of the Caucus as set forth in these Bylaws, particularly by assisting the Chair as necessary.
 
Section 4. The Minority Caucus Governor must be a State Delegate and shall be charged with the responsibility of communicating to the AAJ Board of Governors issues of concern to the Caucus.  As a member of the Board of Governors, the Minority Caucus Governor shall be authorized to carry out related functions concerning the Caucus as necessary.  Each individual elected to serve as a member of the Board shall serve a two-year term.  For transitional purposes in administrative year 2006-2007, the Minority Caucus shall elect two individuals to serve two-year terms, and two individuals to serve a one-year term, and thereafter shall elect two individuals each year to serve two-year terms.  The term of the office shall commence at the Annual Convention meeting of the new Board.  The Caucus Chair shall act as proxy or designate an alternate proxy from among the members of the Caucus to attend the meeting in that Governor’s absence.  The Caucus Executive Committee shall fill any vacancy in the office of Minority Caucus Governor.

Section 5.  The Officers shall be nominated and elected in the manner hereinafter provided at the annual meeting of the Caucus, and shall hold office for the term of one year and/or until their successor shall have been elected.

Section 6. No Chair may be reelected to that office until at least two (2) years have passed since the expiration of the Chair’s term.

ARTICLE IV
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1.  The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officers of the Caucus, the Immediate Past Chair of the
Caucus, and the Chairs of each standing committee of the Caucus. The Chair of the Caucus shall be the Chair of the Executive Committee.

Section 2.  The Executive Committee shall be the governing body of the Caucus and shall exercise general
supervision and control of the affairs of the Caucus. The Executive Committee shall delegate to the Officers of the Caucus the responsibility to carry out the day-to-day operations of the Caucus, and shall delegate to the committees of the Caucus the power necessary to carry out their functions. The Executive Committee may delegate whatever additional functions it may determine to the Officers of the Caucus.

Section 3.  The Executive Committee shall retain the right to authorize any expenditure of Caucus funds, when available; to create or abolish committees; to remove any officer or Committee Chair upon a 2/3 vote of the entire membership of the Executive Committee; and to carry out such other functions as are necessary for the fair and efficient operation of the Caucus.

ARTICLE V
COMMITTEES

Section 1.  Standing Committees devoted to continuing issues related to the operation of the Caucus shall be
established by these Bylaws. Additional Standing Committees may be created or existing Committees eliminated by the Executive Committee. The following Standing Committees are hereby established:

A. Education
B. Membership
C. Bylaws
D. Liaison

Section 2.  Ad Hoc Committees shall be established from time to time by the Executive Committee of the Caucus for the purposes of focusing on issues of generic concern to the members of the Caucus in their law practices.

ARTICLE VI
ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Section 1.  Election of Officers for the Caucus shall occur during the Annual Meeting of the Caucus which would take place during the AAJ Convention. The elections shall comply with AAJ Bylaws and Election Rules relating to the Caucus.

Section 2.  The Executive Committee shall have the power to fill vacancies for a term coinciding with the next
Annual Meeting of the Caucus.

ARTICLE VII
MEETINGS

Section 1.  The regular Meetings of the Executive Committee and the Caucus shall be held each year during the
AAJ Annual and Winter Convention.

Section 2. The Chair may call special meetings of the Executive Committee at such times as the Chair considers
necessary for the proper conduct of the affairs of the Caucus.

ARTICLE VIII
BYLAWS AND AMENDMENTS

Section 1.  These Bylaws shall become effective upon approval of AAJ Board of Governors.

Section 2.  These Bylaws may be amended at the Annual Meeting of the Caucus, by a 2/3 vote of the members
present, which amendments, however, shall take effect upon approval of the AAJ Board of Governors.

Section 3.  All amendments must be offered to the Chair of the Caucus in writing not less than sixty (60) days prior to the Annual Meeting of the Caucus and shall be circulated in Printed form to all Caucus Delegate.


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