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changes and reforms in the system, and to consider and reconimend to the Association such action as they may deem expedient.
COMMITTEE ON LEGAL EDUCATION AND ADMISSION TO THE BAR.
It shall be the duty of the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar to take into consideration the subject of legal education and other requisites for admission to the Bar, and to recommend to the Association from time to time such action as they may deem necessary to guard the approaches to the profession from persons unfit for membership therein by reason of character or preparation.
COMMITTEE ON LIBRARY AND LEGAL LITERATURE.
It shall be the duty of the Committee on Library and Legal Literature to influence, and, if possible, to secure liberal appropriations for the different libraries of the Supreme Court of Appeals, and wise disbursements thereof; to facilitate the convenient use of said libraries by providing convenient catalogues of the same and seeing that proper rules as to the use of the same be adopted and enforced. They shall also have charge of the library of the Association whenever one shall be established. And they shall recommend to the Association from time to time such action as they may deem expedient.
COMMITTEE ON GRIEVANCES.
1. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Grievances to hear all complaints against members of the Association, and also all complaints which may be made in matters affecting the interests of the legal profession, the practice of the law and the
administration of justice, and to report thereon to the Association, with such recommendations as they may deem advisable; and in behalf of the Association institute and carry on such proceedings against offenders and to such extent as the Association
2. *Whenever any complaint shall be preferred against a member of the Association for misconduct in his relations to the Association, or in his profession, the person or persons preferring such complaint shall present it in writing to the Committee on Grievances, subscribed by the complaining party, plainly stating the matter complained of. If the committee are of opinion that the matters therein alleged are of sufficient importance, they shall cause a copy of the complaint, together with a notice of not less than five days of the time and place when the committee will meet for the consideration thereof, to be served upon the member complained of, either personally or by leaving the same at his place of business during office hours, properly addressed to him; and they shall cause a similar notice to be served on the party presenting the complaint. At the time and place appointed, or at such other time as may be named by the committee, the member complained of may file a written answer or defence, and the committee shall proceed to the consideration of the case upon such complaint and answer, or upon the complaint alone if no answer is interposed.
The complainant and the member complained of shall each be allowed to appear personally and by counsel. The witnesses shall vouch for the truth of the statements on their word of honor. The committee may summon witnesses, and if such witnesses are members of the Association, a neglect or refusal to appear may be reported to the Association for its action.
The committee, of whom at least three must be present at the trial, except that a less number may adjourn from time to time, shall hear and decide the case thus submitted to them, and shall determine all questions of evidence.
If they find the complaint, or any material part of it, to be true, they shall so report to the Association, with their recom
*Amended August 4, 1897—Vol. X, p. 67.
mendation as to the action thereon, and, if requested by either party, may in their discretion, also report the evidence taken or any designated part thereof.
The Association shall thereupon proceed to take such action on said report as they may see fit, provided only that no member shall be expelled unless by the vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting.
3. *Whenever specific charges of fraud or unprofessional conduct shall be made in writing to the Committee on Grievances against a member of the Bar not a member of the Association, or against a person pretending to be an attorney or counsellor-at-law practicing in this State, said charges shall be investigated by the Committee on Grievances; and if, in any such case, said committee shall report in writing to the Executive ('ommittee that, in its opinion, the case is such as requires further investigation or prosecution in the courts, the Executive ('ommittee may appoint one or more members of the Association to act as prosecutor, whose duty it shall be to conduct the further investigation or prosecution of such offender, under the instructions and control of the Committee on Grievances.
The reasonable disbursements of the Committee on Grievances for expenses incurred in any such investigation or prosecution may be paid out of the funds of the Association under the direction of the Executive Committee.
All the foregoing proceedings shall be secret, except as their publication is hereinbefore provided for, unless otherwise ordered by a majority of the Committee on Grievances present at the investigation, or, on an appeal, by a vote of a majority of the Association present at any meeting.
t. +It shall be the duty of any member or members of this Association, upon the request of the Chairman of the Executive ('ommittee or the Chairman of the Committee on Grievances, to prosecute any case of professional misconduct occurring in his or their circuit, without compensation, though his or their expenses shall be paid by the Treasurer of the Association.
*Amended August 8, 1901—Vol. XIV, pp. 10, 11, 37, 40. #Amended July 6, 1898—Vol. XI, pp. 17, 32.
COMMITTEE ON PRESENTMENTS.
It shall be the duty of the Committee on Presentments, and of each member thereof, diligently to inquire, and true presentment make, of all such matters as may come to their knowledge, apparently offending against the ethics of the profession. No person shall be presented through prejudice or ill-will, nor shall any be left unpresented through fear or favor; but whenever apparently authentic reports of unprofessional conduct or of evils in the administration of justice shall be brought to the knowledge or attention of the committee or of any member thereof, it shall be their duty to present the same to the Committee on Grievances in the manner required by Article IX. of the By-Laws.
COMMITTEE ON PUBLICATIONS.,
It shall be the duty of the President, on the first day of each annual meeting, to appoint a special committee of three members, to be known as the Committee on Publications, whose duty it shall be to determine which of the papers read at such annual meeting should be published with the reports of the Association, as hereinafter provided.
COMMITTEE TO RECOMMEND OFFICERS.
It shall be the duty of the President, on the first day of each annual meeting, to appoint a special committee of five members, whose duty it shall be to consider and recommend to the Association suitable persons for officers and members of the Executive Committee to be elected at such meeting; but the Association shall not be confined to the election of the persons so recommended.
*Adopted August 7, 1901—Vol. XIV, pp. 10, 11, 37.
GENERAL POWERS AND DUTIES OF STANDING COMMITTEES.
Except as otherwise expressly provided, each standing committee shall have the following powers and be charged with the following duties :
1. Organization.—They shall organize immediately upon their appointment, or as soon thereafter as possible, by electing one of their members as chairman and another as secretary. They may adopt regulations for their own government and proceedings, not inconsistent with the Constitution and By-Laws, and subject to revision by the Association.
2. *Meetings.—They shall meet annually on the day preceding the annual meeting of the Association; special meetings may be called by the chairman of any committee, whenever in his opinion it may be necessary or advisable, and shall be called by him upon the written request of a quorum of the committee. At any meeting of any standing committee, other than the Committee on Admissions, three members shall constitute a quorum; and at any meeting of the Committee on Admissions five members shall constitute a quorum.
3. Records and Archives.—It shall be the duty of the secretary of each committee to keep full and accurate minutes of each meeting of the committee, and, under direction of the chairman, to conduct its correspondence, and to carefully preserve its archives and transmit them to his successor in office.
4. Voting by Correspondence.—They may, by correspondence, consider and vote upon any matter which might properly come before them in meeting. Such correspondence shall be carefully preserved by their secretary, and a minute thereof entered upon his records.
5. Annual Reports.—They shall report to the Association at each annual meeting, giving a summary of their proceedings
*Amended August 4, 1897—Vol. X, p. 67.