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Any member of the Bar in good standing, residing and practising in the State of Virginia, who shall have been at the Bar of this State at least one year, and any teacher in a regularly organized law school may become a member by vote of the Committee on Admissions, as may be provided in the By-Laws, and upon subscribing to this Constitution, or otherwise signifying in writing his acceptance of membership and paying the admission fee.
2. *Honorary Members.—All judges of the courts of this State who are not eligible to membership under the preceding clause of this article, and the judges of the Federal courts who are entitled to sit in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, are hereby declared to be honorary members of the Association, and shall continue such during their terms of office and no longer.
Honorary members shall not be eligible to any office in this Association, but shall be entitled, without the payment of fees, to all of its privileges and to participate in its proceedings, except such as may be had in connection with complaints against individuals which may be made in matters affecting the interest of the legal profession, the practice of the law, and the administration of justice.
The officers of this Association shall be a president, five vice presidents—one to be selected from each of the following five grand divisions of the State—viz.: The Southwest, the Southside, Tidewater, Piedmont, and the Valley—and a secretary and treasurer, whose duties shall be such as may be prescribed in the By-Laws. They shall be elected at the annual meetings hereinafter provided for, except those first elected under this Constitution.
They shall hold office from the adjournment of the ineeting at which they are elected until the adjournment of the next succeeding annual meeting, except those first elected under this Constitution, whose terms shall commence upon their election and expire at the adjournment of the first annual meeting. The president and vice-presidents shall be ineligible for re-election until one year after the expiration of their terms of office.
*Amended August 5, 1897—Vol. X, p. 71.
The offices of secretary and treasurer shall be filled by one person, who shall receive as compensation for his services the sum of three hundred dollars per annum, payable quarterly.
All elections shall be by ballot.
There shall be the following standing committees of this Association, to be chosen as hereinafter provided, whose duties shall be such as may be prescribed in the By-Laws: 1. Executive Committee, to consist of the President and six
members (to be chosen as hereinafter provided). 2. Committee on Admissions, to consist of one member from
each of the judicial circuits of the State. 3. Committee on Legislation and Law Reform, to consist of
five members. 4. Judiciary Committee, to consist of five members. 5. Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar,
to consist of five members. 6. Committee on Library and Legal Literature, to consist of
five members. 7. Committee on Grievances, to consist of five members. 8. Committee on Presentments, to consist of one member
from each of the judicial circuits of the State. 9. Committee on International Arbitration, to consist of nine
members, five of whom each year are to be selected from the same locality of the State, and three members to constitute a quorum of the committee.
* Amended August 4, 1897–- Vol. X, p. 67. Further Amended July 29, 1913 --Vol. XXVI, p. 46 *Amended August 7, 1901-Vol. XIV, pp. 10, 11, 37.
The members of the Executive Committee shall hold office as may be prescribed in the By-Laws, and no member thereof shall be eligible for re-election until one year after the expiration of his term of office.
The members of all other standing committees shall hold office from time of their appointment until the adjournment of the next succeeding annual meeting and until their successors are appointed.
Such other standing committees as shall be deemed necessary may be provided for by the By-Laws.
ELECTION AND APPOINTMENT OF STANDING COMMITTEES.
The members of the Executive Committee, except those first elected under this Constitution, shall be elected at the annual meetings in the manner provided in the By-Laws.
The President shall appoint all other standing committees as soon as possible after his election, and shall announce them to the Secretary, who shall immediately notify the persons so appointed.
This Association shall meet annually in the month of July or August, at such time and place as the Executive Committee may select, and those present at such meetings shall constitute a quorum. Such notice of the meeting shall be given as may be prescribed in the By-Laws.
Special meetings may be called at any time by the Executive Committee, upon such notice as may be prescribed in the ByLaws; and shall be called by said committee at any time upon the written request of twenty-five members, upon like notice. At a special meeting no business shall be transacted except such as is specified in the call therefor without the concurrence of at least four-fifths of those present; and at such a meeting forty members shall constitute a quorum.
FEES AND FINES.
The admission fee shall be five dollars, and the annual dues shall be five dollars, to be paid as may be prescribed in the By-Laws; provided, that the admission fee shall be in lieu of the annual dues for the current year in which it is paid. No member shall be qualified to exercise any privilege of membership while his fees or dues remain unpaid.
SUSPENSIONS AND EXPULSIONS.
Any member may be suspended or expelled for misconduct in his relations to this Association, or in his profession, upon conviction thereof, in such a manner as may be prescribed in the By-Laws; and all interest in the property of the Association of persons in any way ceasing to be members shall ipso facto vest in the Association.
In case of a vacancy in any office it shall be filled by appointment of the Executive Committee until the next annual or special meeting; provided, that a vacancy in the office of President shall be filled by appointment of one of the Vice-Presidents. In case of a vacancy in any committee it shall be filled by appointment of the President until the next annual or special meeting. A person appointed to fill a vacancy shall hold the office until his successor is elected or appointed.
ANNUAL ADDRESSES AND PAPERS.
At each annual meeting the President shall deliver an address upon some subject to be selected by himself, in which he shall make such suggestions as to the work of the Association as he may deem proper. An address shall also be made by some lawyer of prominence, not a resident of the State, to be invited by the Executive Committee. And papers shall be read by not more than five members of the Association, to be selected by the Executive Committee, as prescribed in the By-Laws.
This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any meeting; provided, that if it be an annual meeting, notice of the propɔsed amendment, subscribed by least five members, shall be given on the first day of such meeting; and, if it be a special meeting, a similar notice, similarly subscribed, shall be given in the call therefor.