By-Laws of the Allegheny County Bar Association

 

NOTICE TO THE MEMBERS OF THE BAR ASSOCIATION

 

ACBA BOARD OF GOVERNORS AMENDS BAR ASSOCIATION BY-LAWS

 

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, the Board of Governors at its monthly meeting voted to amend the Bar Association By-Laws. A quorum of members of the Board was present for the Board Meeting. The vote of those present at the meeting to amend the By-Laws was unanimous. 

 

In accordance with Article 21 of the ACBA By-Laws, the Board can amend the By-Laws by a vote of 2/3 of the members of the Board of Governors present and voting at any meeting in connection with which a quorum is present; provided that the results of the such vote shall be published in the Pittsburgh Legal Journal within ten (10) days of the aforesaid vote to amend, accompanied by a notice to members that the By-Laws, as amended, shall become effective within twenty (20) days of the date of such publication unless a petition is filed with the Association signed by fifty (50) active members in good standing requesting a vote of the membership on the subject amendment(s), or particular portion(s) thereof. Upon receipt of such petition, the matter shall be placed before the membership for a vote at the next annual meeting of the membership or at a meeting specially convened for that purpose.

 

Notice is hereby given that the By-Laws, as amended, shall become effective on May 1, 2016, unless a petition is filed with the Association as herein above set forth.


The following are the proposed amendments. The new language is underlined and shown in bold type and removed language is stricken out. A full and complete copy of the Bar Association by-laws is available on the web site at www.acba.org under the “About” tab.

 

 

David A. Blaner

Executive Director

 

 

 

ARTICLE 5

ASSOCIATION MEETINGS

 

Section 5.2.  SPECIAL MEETINGS.

(a)    Special meetings of the Association may be called at any time by the President or the Board of Governors and shall be called by the President upon the written request of at least twenty-five (25) Active Members, which request shall specify the nature of the business to be brought before the Association.

 

(b)    Written notice of such special meeting shall be given to the membership at least five (5) days prior to the meeting, and such notice shall state the place, day, and hour, and nature of the business to be conducted at such special meeting. No business may be transacted at any special meeting other than that stated in the notice of the meeting, together with other business which is germane thereto.

 

 

(c)     At all Special Meetings, the Association shall provide for electronic meetings through the use of technology that permits Members to have simultaneous aural communication as if they were actually present in the room.

 

Section 5.3.  QUORUM.

            Twenty-five (25) Active Members of the Association, whether physically present or participating via electronic means, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. If no quorum attends within a reasonable time after the hour fixed for any meeting, the members present may fix a time to which the meeting shall stand adjourned.

 

Section 5.4. ORDER OF BUSINESS; RULES OF ORDER.

            At all meetings of the Association, the order of business shall be as determined by the President. Robert’s Rules of Order, as updated from time to time, shall govern the conduct of business at the annual or any special meeting.

 

Section 5.5.  NOTICES.

            All notices required by this Article shall be satisfied by publication in any official publication of the Allegheny County Bar Association, as the Board of Governors of the Association may direct, in addition to the daily Pittsburgh Legal Journal.

 

 

ARTICLE 8

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

 

Section 8.5.  MEETINGS.

(a)    The Board of Governors shall meet at least quarterly at a date, time and place within or without the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as determined from time to time by the Board of Governors. Robert’s Rules of Order, as updated from time to time, shall govern the conduct of business at all meetings.

 

(b).  At all meetings, the Board of Governors shall provide for electronic meetings through the use of technology that permits Board Members and other individuals invited to participate to have simultaneous aural communication as if they were physically present in the room.

 

Section 8.6.  QUORUM.

            At all meetings of the Board of Governors, the presence of a majority of the Board Members in office and entitled to vote shall constitute a quorum. In addition to those Board Members who are present in person at any meeting, any or all Board Members shall be considered present at such meeting if participating via electronic means. Once a quorum has been established, the departure of one or more Board Members from the meeting shall not cause the quorum to be lost provided that and so long as at least one-third of the Board Members continue to present. The act of a majority of the Board Members entitled to vote at a meeting at which quorum is present shall be the act of the Board. A majority of the Board Members present and entitled to vote, whether or not a quorum exists, may adjourn any meeting of the Board to another time and place. Notice of any such adjourned meeting shall be given to the Board Members who are not present at the time of adjournment.

 

ARTICLE 10

COMMITTEES

 

Section 10.6.  MEETINGS AND QUORUM.

(a)    Each Committee shall convene at least once a year. It shall also meet (a) at the call of the President or the assigned liaison member of the Board of Governors, (b) at such other times as its Chair may direct, and (c) at such times as meetings are called by a majority of members of the committee. 

 

(b)   Each Committee, with the exception of the Judiciary Committee and Nominating Committee, may provide for electronic meetings through the use of technology that permits Committee members and other individuals invited to participate to have simultaneous aural communication as if they were physically present in the room.

 

(c)     A majority of the members of any committee shall constitute a quorum, unless they have determined otherwise. In addition to those Committee members who are present in person at any meeting, any Committee members shall be considered present at such meeting if participating via electronic means.

 

 

ARTICLE 19

DIVISIONS

 

Section 19.2.  ORGANIZATION, AND BY-LAWS AND MEETINGS.

(a).  Each Division so created may operate under By-Laws and amendments thereof, not inconsistent with these By-Laws, duly adopted by the Division and approved by the Board of Governors. 

 

(b).  Robert’s Rules of Order, as updated from time to time, shall govern the   

        conduct of business at all meetings.

 

(c).  At all meetings, each Division may provide for electronic meetings through the use of technology that permits Division Members and other individuals invited to participate to have simultaneous aural communication as if they were physically present in the room.

 

(d).  A majority of the members of any Division shall constitute a quorum, unless they have determined otherwise. In addition to those Division members who are present in person at any meeting, any Division members shall be considered present at such meeting if participating via electronic means.

 

ARTICLE 20

SECTIONS

 

Section 20.2.  ORGANIZATION, AND BY-LAWS, AND MEETINGS

(a)    Each Section so created may operate under By-Laws and amendments thereof, not inconsistent with these By-Laws, duly adopted by the Section and approved by the Board of Governors. 

 

(b).  Robert’s Rules of Order, as adopted from time to time, shall govern the conduct of business at all meetings.

 

(c).  At all meetings, each Section may provide for electronic meetings through the use of technology that permits Section Members and other individuals invited to participate to have simultaneous aural communication as if they were physically present in the room.

 

(d).  A majority of the members of any Section shall constitute a quorum, unless they have determined otherwise. In addition to those Section members who are present in person at any meeting, any Section members shall be considered present at such meeting if participating via electronic means. 

 

 

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