International practice: Bylaws | The American Association For Justice

International practice: Bylaws

ARTICLE I

NAME

The name of this Section shall be the International Practice Section of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

ARTICLE II
PURPOSES

The purpose of this Section is to promote the objectives of AAJ within the field of international practice; to further develop, stimulate and extend the study of international practice; to further the education of AAJ members and guests as well as the Bar and general public in the field of international practice; to simplify and improve the application of justice in the field of international practice; and to assist in the formulation of AAJ policy in matters relating to international practice.

ARTICLE III
MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Any United States or Canadian AAJ member in good standing may, upon making application, and paying the applicable dues, become a member of the International Practice Section.

Section 2. Regular, Life, Sustaining, President's Club and Associate members in good standing, who reside outside of the United States or Canada, will automatically be enrolled as members of the Section at no additional dues.

Section 3. Government, Judicial, Law Graduate, Law Professor, Law Student, Military, and Paralegal members in good standing, may become members of the International Practice Section upon making application and paying the full dues, regardless of their residence.

Section 4: Membership in this Section may be terminated by resignation. Termination of membership in AAJ shall result in automatic termination of membership in the Section.

ARTICLE IV
OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Section 1. The officers of this Section shall be two Co-Chairs, four Vice Chairs (each Vice Chair to represent a different country), and a Secretary. They shall perform the duties prescribed by these Bylaws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by AAJ.

Section 2. The officers shall be elected to serve for one year, or until their successors are elected. Their term of office shall begin at the conclusion of the AAJ Annual Convention at which they are elected.

Section 3. The Co-Chairs shall preside at all meetings of the Section and the Executive Council and shall present an annual report to the Section membership meeting at the AAJ Annual Convention. The Co-Chairs shall exercise such power and perform such duties as are necessary to provide direction and continuity to the affairs of the Section.

Section 4. The Vice-Chairs shall perform such duties as are delegated by the Co-Chairs. The Vice Chairs shall elect from among themselves one who shall succeed to the office of Co-Chair in the event of the death, resignation, or inability of one of the Co-Chairs to fulfill the duties of office.

Section 5. The Secretary shall keep minutes of all Section meetings and shall send out notices and perform such related functions as directed by the Co-Chairs.

Section 6. There shall be an Executive Council of the Section comprising of the Co-Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Secretary. The Executive Council shall be the governing body of the Section and shall exercise general supervision and control of the affairs of the Section. The Executive Council shall be empowered to act for the Section between meetings of the Section.

ARTICLE V
ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Section 1. Election of officers shall be conducted in accordance with the AAJ Section Election Rules as directed by the bylaws of AAJ.

Section 2. No person may be elected to a Section office who has held such office for the two preceding consecutive years, nor may any person associated with his/her firm be elected to succeed him/her, except if there is no other candidate.

Section 3. Any vacancy which may occur in the Executive Council may be filled by appointment of a Section Co-Chair. Any person so appointed shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term.

ARTICLE VI
MEETINGS

Section 1. This Section shall meet annually during the Annual Convention of AAJ, and at such other time and place selected by the Executive Council, subject to the approval of the AAJ Board of Governors.

Section 2. A majority of the Executive Council may call special meetings of the Executive Council as it considers necessary for the proper conduct of the affairs of the Section. Action of the Executive Council shall require the affirmative votes of three of its members. Voting by the Executive Council may take place by meeting, by mail, or by telephone conference.

Section 3. All actions taken at a business meeting of the Section shall be by majority vote.

ARTICLE VII
GENERAL POWERS AND RESTRICTIONS

Section 1. No salary, compensation, travel, or other expenses shall be paid to any officer or member of this Section without prior approval of the President of AAJ.

Section 2. Any action or resolution of this Section must be in compliance with the Bylaws of AAJ.

Section 3. Neither this Section, not any of its members or officers, shall have the authority to make public statements regarding matters or policies of AAJ or of the Section without prior specific authorization by the AAJ Board of Governors.

ARTICLE VIII
BYLAWS AND AMENDMENTS

Section 1. These bylaws shall be consistent with the Bylaws of AAJ and shall become effective upon adoption by a two-thirds vote of the Section members at a regular meeting and upon approval of the Board of Governors of AAJ.

Section 2. These bylaws may be amended at the Annual Meeting of the Section, by a two-thirds vote of the members. Amendments shall be effective upon approval by the Board of Governors of AAJ.

Section 3. A proposed amendment must be submitted in writing to the Co-Chairs or Secretary not less than sixty (60) days prior to the first day of the Annual Convention of AAJ. The Secretary shall circulate proposed amendments in written form to those Section members who register for the Annual Convention of AAJ.