RESOLUTION APPROVING THE SUBMISSION OF BYLAW AMENDMENTS TO THE MEMBERS CONCERNING COMMITTEES, SECTIONS AND NOMINATIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION
WHEREAS, the Board of Governors has determined that Bylaw amendments should be proposed to the Members;
WHEREAS, the proposed Bylaw amendments will dramatically simplify the method for establishing or terminating Standing Committees and establish a Register of Committees;
WHEREAS, a conforming amendment is proposed to Section 400 giving the Board of Governors the authority to change committee groupings on the Nominating Committee as changes are made in the committees that constitute Standing Committees; and
WHEREAS, the proposed Bylaw amendments shall increase the number of signatures required to nominate an individual for the position of Vice Chancellor.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following amendments be proposed to the Members in accordance with Section 1101 of the Bylaws:
1. Section 400 (A) of the Bylaws is amended and restated as follows:
Section 400. Nominating Committee; Composition.
(A) There shall be a Nominating Committee, which shall consist of the following:
(1) Chancellor, Chancellor-Elect and Vice Chancellor;
(2) the two immediate past Chancellors;
(3) three members of the Board designated by the Board from among those elected pursuant to Section 300(A)(1)(c);
(4) one person designated by each Section or Division from among its Executive Committee members; and
(5) five Chairs of Standing Committees of the Association, one of whom shall be elected from each of the following groups by the Chairs of the Committees listed in that group subject to the provisions of Section 700 (C):
Medico-Legal Medical Legal, Labor and Employment Law, Legislative Liaison, Bar-News Media, Insurance;
Bench-Bar Conference Judicial Independence, Charter and Bylaws, Long Range Strategic Planning, Publications Alternative Dispute Resolution;
(c) Women in the Profession, Minorities in the Profession,
Lawyer Referral and Information Service Membership/Bar Admissions and Placement, International Human Rights Legal Rights of Lesbian and Gay Men;
(d) Fee Disputes, Professional Guidance, Professional Responsibility, Lawyer Referral and Information Service;
(e) Compulsory Arbitration, Municipal Court, State Civil, Federal Courts.
2. Section 404 of the Bylaws shall be amended and restated as follows:
Section 404. Additional Nominations.
Additional nominations may be made in writing
, signed by at least 25 Members who are entitled to vote, and must be filed with the Secretary at least 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. The nominations must be signed by at least 25 Members who are entitled to vote, except for the nomination of Vice Chancellor, which shall be signed by at least 100 Members who are entitled to vote.
3. Section 700 of the Bylaws is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
Section 700. Standing Committees.
(A) The Standing Committees of the Association shall be the committees designated by the Board as Standing Committees.
(B) The names and descriptions of the Standing Committees shall be listed in a Register of Committees.
(C) If the Board adds or deletes any Standing Committee listed in the groups in Section 400(A)(5), the Board shall have the discretion to make the appropriate changes to the groups.
4. Section 702 of the Bylaws is amended and restated as follows:
Section 702. Special and Ad Hoc Committees.
(D) Committees other than Standing Committees may be created as the Board or the Chancellor may direct. The Chancellor, Chancellor-Elect and Vice Chancellor shall be ex officio voting members of each such Special Committee or Ad Hoc Committee. The term Ad Hoc Committees shall include Task Forces.
(E) Where the Chancellor deems the same to be in the best interests of the Association, the Chancellor may appoint one or more non-lawyers to serve as members of any Special Committee or Ad Hoc Committee except that, unless otherwise approved by the Board, no non-lawyer may be Chair of any Special Committee or Ad Hoc Committee unless there is a Co-Chair of such Special Committee or Ad Hoc Committee who is a Member.
(F) Except as otherwise provided, vacancies in the Chair of a Special Committee or Ad Hoc Committee shall be filled by appointment of the Chancellor.
(G) The names and descriptions of the Special Committee and Ad Hoc Committee shall be listed in a Register of Committees.
5. Sections 706 through and including 730 shall be deleted in their entirety.
6. The following Section 703 shall be inserted immediately after the amended and restated Section 702 of the Bylaws and subsequent Sections 703, 704 and 705 shall be renumbered to 704, 705 and 706, respectively:
Section 703. Register of Committees.
The Secretary shall maintain a Register of Committees which shall include the names and descriptions of the Standing, Special and Ad Hoc Committees. The Register of Committees shall be published annually.
7. Section 910 of the Bylaws is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
Section 910. The Real Property Section.
The Real Property Section shall promote the objectives of the Association within the field of real property law by discussing, studying and suggesting improvements in applicable laws, practices and procedures. The Section shall also assist in the formulation of continuing legal education programs and materials. The Section shall serve as a forum for communicating information to its members on current developments and trends in real property law and provide them with an opportunity to network and develop relationships with other lawyers and professionals in the real estate industry.
8. The following new Section 912 shall be inserted into the Bylaws:
Section 912. The Workers' Compensation Section.
The Workers' Compensation Section shall promote the objectives of the Philadelphia Bar Association within the field of the workers' compensation law. The Section shall advance the development of the law and assist in the formulation of continuing education. The Section shall seek to attain uniformity with respect to both legislation and administration in all matters within its field.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that except as set forth below, in addition to the Standing Committees currently identified in Article VII of the Bylaws, the following committees shall be designated as Standing Committees in the Register of Committees: Committee on Judicial Independence, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the following committees no longer exist and therefore, shall not be listed on the Register of Committees: Committee on Annual Conferences, Committee on Citizenship, Committee on International Human Rights, Committee on Law Practice Management, and Committee on Publications;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Register of Committees shall reflect the name change of the Long Range Planning Committee to the Strategic Planning Committee;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Register of Committees shall reflect the name change of the Medico-Legal Committee to the Medical Legal Committee;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the text of the proposed amendments shall be published in accordance with the provisions of Section 1100(A) of the Bylaws.PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: December 20, 2002