Railroad law: Bylaws
NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1. This Section shall be know as the Railroad Law Section of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).
Section 2. The purpose of this Section is to promote the objectives of AAJ within the field designated by the name of the Section and to that end to research, study and thereafter educate the membership with respect to available legal remedies to . . .; in coordination with and subject to the approval of AAJ's Board of Governors and Public Affairs Department, to promote legislation designated for . . . and to stimulate programs of continuing legal education in this area of the law.
Section 3. The Policies and Procedures published by AAJ for Litigation Groups and Sections as promulgated on December 19, 1990 and as duly amended by AAJ are incorporated herein by reference and the Section shall operate in full conformity with these policies and procedures. The Section newsletter shall not be distributed to Associate Members of the Section.
Section 1. Every member of AAJ shall be eligible for membership in the Railroad Law Section.
Section 2. Each Section member must affirm that he/she is a dues-paying member in good standing with AAJ, and is a member in good standing of the bar of one or more jurisdictions.
Additional requirements, including the payment of dues to cover the costs of programs, mailings, and other administrative activities may be added by the Section, consistent with AAJ Policies.
Section 1. The officers of this Section shall be a Chairperson, a Chairperson-Elect, a Vice Chair, and a Secretary-Treasurer.
Section 2.The officers shall be nominated and elected in the manner hereinafter provided at such annual meeting of the Section to hold office for the term of one year and until their successors shall have been elected at the Section's meeting at the AAJ Annual Convention.
Section 3. No Chairperson of this Section shall succeed beyond a one-year term and shall not thereafter serve as Chairperson until at least two years have expired since his/her last one-year term as Chairperson.
Section 1. The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the Section, the immediate past-Chairperson and the chairpersons of each committee of the Section. The Chairperson of the Section shall be the Chairperson of the Executive Committee but shall only have one vote on the Executive Committee.
Section 2.The Executive Committee shall be the governing body of the Section and shall exercise general supervision and control of the affairs of the Section. The Executive Committee shall delegate to the officers of the Section the responsibility to carry out the day to day operations of the Section and shall delegate to the committees of the Section the power necessary to carry out their functions. The Executive Committee may delegate whatever additional functions it may determine to the officers of the Section.
Section 3.The Executive Committee shall retain the right to authorize any expenditure of Section funds; upon prior approval of AAJ's Board of Governors, to approve any public statement to be made in the name of the Section on any subject; to create or abolish committees; to remove any officer, committee chairperson or Section member 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 Section.
Section 4. The majority of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at meetings thereof. Because of distances which may be involved, the voting of the Executive Committee, other than at the Annual Meeting, may be in person or by conference telephone call. Such conference telephone call votes will be recorded by the Secretary and duly entered upon the minutes, with a copy of such minutes being sent to the Executive Committee. Unless otherwise specified in these bylaws, the Executive Committee shall act upon the majority vote of the members present at a duly authorized meeting. The Executive Committee shall meet at least once each year prior to the annual meeting of the Section and during the Annual Convention of AAJ.
Section 1.Standing Committees devoted to continuing issues related to the operation of the Section 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.Publications -- The Publications Committee will be responsible for any Section publications, such as directories and newsletters. In addition, this Committee will serve as the liaison with the staff of AAJ publications, including TRIAL, the Advocate, and the law reporters.
B.Education -- This committee will be responsible for working with the National College of Advocacy to develop high-quality continuing legal education programs of interest to Section members.
C.Long-Range Planning/Special Projects
Section 2.Ad Hoc Committees shall be established from time to time by the Executive Committee of the Section for the purpose of focusing on issues of generic concern to the members of the Section in their law practices. The initial Ad Hoc Committees shall be established by the officers of the Section.
Section 3.Membership in a committee shall be determined by the Chairperson of the Section except as otherwise provided in these bylaws. Except as otherwise provided in these bylaws, the committee membership shall elect its own officers for such terms and to perform such functions as each committee deems appropriate. However, the chairperson of a committee shall not serve for a term of more than two years consecutively and may not be reappointed chairperson of the committee until at least two years after he/she was last chairperson. This limitation shall not apply to those chairpersons who hold the chairpersonship ex officio.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Section 1. Election of officers for the Section shall be undertaken during the Annual Convention of AAJ in accordance with the AAJ Section Election Rules as directed by the Bylaws of AAJ.
Section 2. Only those members of AAJ who are in good standing and who have applied for membership in the Section sixty (60) days or more prior to the registration date of the Annual Convention of AAJ shall be eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting of this Section. There shall be no voting by proxy.
Section 3. The Chairperson of the Section shall have the power to fill vacancies among the officers by appointment, such appointee serving until the next Annual Meeting of the Section at the Annual Convention of AAJ.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1.The Chair shall serve on the Executive Committee of the Section and shall act as the highest ranking executive officer of the Section during his/her term of office. He/she shall preside at all meetings of the Section and the Executive Committee. The Chair shall have the authority to assign additional duties and/or to reassign existing duties to other Section officers or member of the Section's Executive Committee. He/she shall be responsible for the presentation of the Section program to the Meetings of AAJ and at such other dates and places mutually agreed upon by the Board of Governors of the Association and the Board of Directors of this Section. The Chair shall represent the Section on AAJ's Section Leaders Council and shall appoint at least one other Section member as non-voting representative(s) to the Council.
Section 2.The Chairperson-Elect and the Vice-Chairperson shall serve on the Executive Committee for the Section. They shall be charged with the responsibility of carrying out the purposes of this Section as set forth in Article I, Sections 2 and 3, subject to the overall supervision and authority of the Executive Committee.
Section 3.The Secretary-Treasurer shall record and keep minutes of all the Section meetings. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be the custodian of all books, papers, documents and other property of the Section, subject to the general supervision of the Chairperson of the Section and the Secretary of AAJ. He/she shall keep appropriate records of the receipts of the Section and shall be responsible for such funds, together with such other funds as may come into the possession of the Section by allocation from the Board of Governors of AAJ or from any other sources. He/she shall be responsible for the depositing of such funds with such banking institution as may be designated to be depository by the Executive Committee of this Section. He/she shall be responsible for the disbursements and records of the accounts of such funds.
Section 1. The regular Annual Meeting of the Executive Council and the Section shall be held each year during the AAJ Annual Convention.
Section 2. The Chair may call specific meetings of the Executive Council and of the Section at such times as he/she considers necessary for the proper conduct of the affairs of the Section.
BYLAWS AND AMENDMENTS
Section 1. These bylaws shall become effective upon approval of the AAJ Board of Governors.
Section 2. These bylaws may be amended at the Section Annual Meeting by a two-thirds vote of the members present which amendments, however, shall take effect only upon approval by the AAJ Board of Governors.
Section 3. All amendments must be offered to the Chair and Secretary of the Section in writing not less than sixty (60) days prior to the Annual Meeting of the Section and shall be circulated in printed form to those who register for the AAJ Annual Convention at the expense of the person offering the amendment.