Bylaws of the Douglas County Bar Association
Young Lawyers Section
ARTICLE I - MEMBERS
Section 1. Any person who is a member in good standing of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Kansas or of the highest court of any other state in the United States, who resides in or is employed in Douglas County, Kansas, and who has practiced law in Douglas County for less than five years or is less than 36 years of age is eligible to join the Young Lawyers Section of the Douglas County Bar Association ("Young Lawyers Section") and shall become a member upon verification of payment of annual dues to the Douglas County Bar Association.
Section 2. Each member shall be entitled to one vote at all meetings of the members.
ARTICLE II - DUES
Section 1. The Young Lawyers Section does not collect membership dues; however, annual dues must be paid to the Douglas County Bar Association for membership in the Young Lawyers Section.
ARTICLE III - MEETING OF MEMBERS
Section 1. The annual meeting of the Young Lawyers Section for the election of officers and the transaction of such business as may come before the meeting shall be held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday in February in each year, at a place to be specified in the notice of such meeting. Notice of the annual meeting of the members shall be sent by e-mail to each member entitled to vote at such meeting, at his or her last known e-mail address, not less than five (5) days prior to the date of such meeting.
Section 2. Regular meetings of the Young Lawyers Section shall be held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, at a place to be specified in the notice of such meeting, which notice shall be sent by e-mail each member at his or her last known e-mail address, prior to such meeting.
Section 3. The members present in person shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section 4. At all meetings of the Young Lawyers Section, all questions, unless otherwise expressly directed by Statute or by these bylaws, shall be decided by the vote of a majority of the members who shall be present at the meeting in person or by written proxy and who shall vote thereon. In the case of a tie, the Young Lawyers Section President or an officer appointed by the President in his or her absence at such meeting shall cast the deciding vote.
ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS
Section 1. The Young Lawyers Section shall at all times have a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary-Treasurer, and an Immediate Past-President, may have additional officers as appointed by the Young Lawyers Section President.
Section 2. The term of office of the Young Lawyers Section officers shall be from March 1 of the year of the officers' election until the last day of February of the following year.
Section 3. The Douglas County Bar Association Board of Directors may, with cause, remove any of the Young Lawyers Section officers. Upon the removal or resignation of the Young Lawyers Section officer, a replacement officer shall be appointed by the officers of the Douglas County Bar Association to serve the remainder of the term.
Section 4. The Young Lawyers Section President shall preside at all meetings of the membership of the Young Lawyers Section, may give notice of any meeting of the Young Lawyers Section, may appoint and may remove additional officers other than the positions explicitly set forth in these bylaws. The President shall also serve as the Young Lawyers Section representative on the Douglas County Bench-Bar Committee and shall serve as a member of the Douglas County Bar Association executive board, and shall perform such duties as are customarily incident to the office of the president.
Section 5. The Young Lawyers Section Vice-President shall aid in the performance of the President's responsibilities in such manner and to such extent as the President may request. The Vice-President shall preside at meetings of the Section membership and other boards in the absence of the President. The Vice-President shall perform such duties and have such powers as usually pertain to the office or as may be designated by the Section President. In case of the death, resignation, or disability of the President, the Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President for the remainder of the President's term or disability.
Section 6. The Young Lawyers Section Secretary-Treasurer shall consult with and assist all the officers of the Young Lawyers Section in work of the Section in the manner and to the extent requested. The Secretaryâ€Treasurer shall be the liaison between the Section and its membership, and to the Douglas County Bar Association with respect to the retention and maintenance of books, records, papers, documents, and information in any form and other property pertaining to the work of the Section. The Secretary-Treasurer shall prepare such other recommendations and special reports on financial affairs of the Section as may be requested by the President or officers.
Section 7. The Young Lawyers Section Immediate Past President shall aid in the performance of the President's responsibilities in such manner and to such extent as the President may request and to maintain the continuity of the Section.
ARTICLE V - COMPENSATION
Officers of the Young Lawyers Section shall serve without compensation. Any member or officer may be compensated or reimbursed for services actually rendered or expenses actually incurred by him or her for the Young Lawyers Section with prior approval of the President or Secretary of the Douglas County Bar Association.
ARTICLE VI - AMENDMENTS TO BYLAWS
The bylaws may be amended at a regular or special meeting of the members by majority action.