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The President, and in his absence, the Vice-President, shall preside at all meetings of the Association. If neither of these officers be present, a President, pro tem., shall be chosen by and from the attending members.


At annual and adjourned meetings, after the appropriate opening thereof, the Order of Business will be:

1. Reading of the Minutes of the preceding meeting.

2. Nominations for Membership.

3. Report of Executive Committee.

4 Report of Treasurer.

5. Report of Committee on Admissions.

6. Election of Members.

7. Election of Officers.

8. Reports of other Standing Committees.

9. Reports of other Special Committees.

10. Special Orders.

11. Miscellaneous Business.

This order of business may be changed at any meeting by vote of a majority of the members present. And, except as otherwise provided by the Constitution or By-laws, the usual Parliamentary rules and orders will govern the proceedings.



The Secretary will keep a record of the proceedings of the Association, and of such other matters as may be directed by the Association to be placed on its files or record; will keep an accurate roll of officers and members, and notify officers and members of committees of their election or appointment; will issue notices of all meetings, with a brief note in case of special meetings, of the object for which they are called; will promptly furnish the Treasurer with the names of persons elected members, and will keep the seal of the Association. (Amended January 28, 1909.)

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The Treasurer will keep an accurate roll of the members; will notify members of their election; will collect, and under direction of the Executive Committee, expend, deposit or invest the funds of the Association; will keep regular accounts in books of the Association, which accounts shall be open to inspection by any member of the Executive Committee; and will report, in writing at each stated meeting, and to the Executive Committee, as and when required by them, the financial condition of the Association. His report, at each Annual Meeting of the Association, shall exhibit a statement of receipts and expenditures for the year, and of outstanding obligations and appropriations, and an estimate of resources and expenditures for the ensuing year. And his accounts shall at all times be subject to examination and audit by the Executive Committee and by the Association, or by a Special Committee appointed for that purpose.


The Executive Committee, subject to the control of the Association, and within the limits of power prescribed by the Constitution and By-laws, may make such provisions and regulations and take such action as shall by them be deemed necessary or proper for conduct of the affairs and protection and disposition of the property of the Association.

There will be a meeting of the Committee on the 22d day of November, 1876, and an Annual Meeting thereof at the place selected for holding the Annual Meeting, on the day preceding the Annual Meeting of the Association, and such other meetings as they may appoint; and representatives from five judicial districts, or seven members, will be a quorum for the transaction of business. They shall choose from their number a Chairman and Secretary, and each District Executive Committee shall choose from their number a Chairman thereof; and they shall keep a record of their proceedings and report the same at each stated meeting of the Association, with such recommendations as they may deem advisable. (Amended January 28, 1909.)

Under regulations to be prescribed by this Committee, they may provide for action upon any subject or class of subjects through correspondence. Either

First. Whereby the individual votes of the several members of the General Executive Committee can be certified to the Secretary thereof; in which case ten negative votes (if returned to him within a period to be prescribed by the Committee) shall prevent the adoption of any resolution so acted upon; or,

Second. Whereby the votes of the various District Committees can be certified by the respective Chairman thereof, to the Secretary of the General Executive Committee; in which case, however, no resolu

tion shall be regarded as adopted unless it receives the certified approval of at least five of the District Committees.

Subject to the control of the General Committee, and under regulations prescribed by them, their powers, in any matter or matters pertaining only to a district, may be exercised by the District Committee of such district, which Committee, subject to the like control and regulation, may also call meetings of the members of the Association residing and practicing within the district, to consider such matters.


The Committee on Admissions will meet at the city of Albany on the 12th day of December, 1876, and on the day preceding each Annual Meeting of the Association, and at such other times and places as they may appoint, and five members will be a quorum for the transaction of business. They shall choose from their number a Chairman and Secretary.

Candidates for membership must be proposed in writing by one or more members of the Association; and any members of the Committee on Admissions in the district where the nominee resides or practices may affix thereto the approval of the Committee on Admissions, and transmit the same to the Secretary of the Executive Committee for further action. Proposals of the candidates for membership will state the name of the candidate, his place of residence or business, the time and place of his admission to the Bar, and such particulars as may best make known his character and professional status.

Each District Committee, in accordance with the regulations prescribed by the General Committee, may examine into the qualifications of any candidate and transmit a report thereon to the Secretary of the Executive Committee.

The proceedings of the General Committee and of each District Committee shall be secret and confidential, except as communicated between the Committees or two members thereof, or as publicity is required under the constitution.

It shall be the duty of the Committee on Admissions to seek to bring into membership of the Association all the lawyers in the respective judicial districts of the State, of honorable standing in the profession, who have been at the Bar at least three years.


The Committee on Grievances shall choose from their number a Chairman and a Secretary, and shall meet on the day preceding each Annual Meeting of the Association, and at such other times as they may appoint. And twelve members will be a quorum for transaction of business.

of the Treasurer to serve upon him personally, or by mail, a copy of this By-law, and notice that unless the same are paid within one month thereafter, the default will be reported to the Executive Committee, which may, by order, without further notice, cause the name of such member to be stricken from the rolls, and his membership and all rights in respect thereof will thereupon cease. The names of those so stricken from the membership roll by order of the Executive Committee for non-payment of dues, may be published, by direction of the Executive Committee, in a list of members dropped for non-payment of dues in the annual report of the proceedings of the Association. But upon his written application, satisfactorily explaining the default, and upon payment of all dues to the date thereof, the Executive Committee shall have power to remit the penalty of this By-law. (Amended January 24, 1908.)



These By-laws may be amended at any meeting of the Association or of the Executive Committee, by a vote of two-thirds of those present, provided that twenty days' previous notice in writing of the proposed amendment shall have been given to the Executive Committee and also to the Chairman of the Committee (if any) especially affected thereby.

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