Social security disability law: Bylaws
Section 1. This Section shall be known as the Social Security Disability Law Section (SSDLS) 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 protect the rights of claimants seeking Disability Insurance Benefits, Supplemental Security Income and attendant Medicare and Medicaid coverage before the Social Security Administration. Subject to the approval of AAJ's Board of Governors and in coordination with the Legal and Public Affairs Departments will promote and support legislation, regulation, and agency policy designed to protect claimants' rights to disability compensation and oppose legislation which adversely affects those rights; and present programs of continuing legal education in the area of Social Security disability law.
Section 3. The Policies and procedures published by AAJ for Litigation Groups and Sections as promulgated and as duly amended by AAJ are incorporated herein by reference and the Section shall operate in full conformity with these policies and procedures.
Section 1. Every member of AAJ shall be eligible for membership in the Social Security Disability Law Section.
Section 2. Every member of AAJ in good standing shall, upon making application and paying the applicable dues, be made a member of the Social Security Disability Law Section. Publicly funded Legal Services attorneys may apply for a reduction of Section dues pursuant to a case review by the Executive Council of the Section.
Section 1. The officers of this Section shall be a Chairperson, a Chairperson-Elect, a Vice Chairperson, and a Secretary.
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 or 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 one year has expired since his/her last term as Chairperson, nor shall any officer of this section succeed beyond a one year term in any particular office.
Section 1. The Executive Council shall consist of the officers of the Section, the immediate past-chairperson and the chairpersons of each Standing Committee of the Section.
Section 2. 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 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 Council may delegate whatever additional functions it may determine to the Officers of the Section.
Section 3. The Executive Council shall retain the right to authorize any expenditure of Section funds, to approve, together with AAJ's Board of Governors, 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 Council, 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 Council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at meetings thereof. Because of distances which may be involved, meetings and voting of the Executive Council, 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 all the Committee members. Unless otherwise specified in these bylaws, the Executive Council shall act upon the majority vote of those members present at a duly authorized meeting. The Executive Council shall meet at least once a year prior to the annual meeting of the Section and during the annual convention of AAJ.
Section 5. The Chairperson of the Section shall be the Chairperson of the Executive Council but shall only have one vote on the Executive Council.
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 Council. The following Standing Committees are hereby established:
a.Membership and Duesb.Publications
c. Education & Long Range Planning
d. Liaison with Other Sections
e. Policy & Legislation
Section 2. Ad Hoc Committees may be established from time to time by the Chairperson of the Section for the purpose of focusing on issues of generic concern to the members of the Section in their law practices.
Section 3. Membership in a committee shall be open to any interested Section member.
Section 4. The Chairperson of the Section shall appoint the chair of each standing committee at the annual convention or as soon thereafter as practical.
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.
The Executive Council shall have the power to establish and set membership dues as necessary for the operation of the Section and the furtherance of its goals, subject to the approval of the AAJ Board of Governors and in accordance with the AAJ Budget Procedures.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1. Chairperson: The Chairperson shall serve on the Executive Council of the Section and shall be the chief executive officer of the Section during his/her term of office and shall preside at all meetings of the Section and the Executive Council. He/she shall serve as Section liaison to the AAJ Board of Governors and will report to that Board upon Section activities at such times and places and in such manner as directed by the Board and/or the Executive Council of this Section.
Section 2. Chairperson-Elect: The Chairperson-Elect shall act in the absence of the Chairperson and shall perform such duties and responsibilities as delegated by the Chairperson.
Section 3. Vice-Chairperson: The Vice-Chairperson shall act in the absence of the Chairperson-Elect and shall perform such duties and responsibilities as delegated by the Chairperson.
Section 4. Secretary: The Secretary, or an alternate designated by the Chairperson, shall be present at all meetings of the Section and shall record and keep minutes of all the Section meetings. The Secretary 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.
Section 1. The regular Annual Meeting of the Executive Council and the Section shall be held each year during the Annual Convention of AAJ.
Section 2. The Chairperson may call special meetings of the Executive Council at such times as he/she considers necessary for the proper conduct of the affairs of the Section. The Executive Council shall call special meetings of the Section at such times as it 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 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 present, which amendments, however, shall take effect only upon approval by the Board of Governors of AAJ.
Section 3. All amendments must be offered to the Secretary of the Section in writing not less than ninety (90) days prior to the annual meeting of the Section and shall be circulated by the Secretary in writing not less than sixty days (60) prior to the annual meeting of AAJ.