Education Law Section Bylaws


 

UTAH STATE BAR
EDUCATION LAW SECTION
BYLAWS


ARTICLE 1
ORGANIZATION

1.1 Creation. The Education Law Section ("Section") was established pursuant to the Rules
For Integration And Management Of The Utah State Bar and Bylaws of the Utah State Bar
(sometimes referred to as the "Bar") to accomplish the purposes set forth therein.
1.2 Purpose. The purpose of the Section shall be to assist its members and all interested
members of the Bar:
a. By providing high quality continuing legal education ("CLEft) opportunities
which will satisfy all of the Utah State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal
Education requirements;
b. By sponsoring periodic CLE luncheons with topics selected by Section officers
(after considering input from Section members);
c. By sponsoring break-out session(s) at the Utah State Bar mid-year and annual
meetings;
d. By providing opportunities and forums for education and school lawyers to
network and exchange Ideas regarding their practice;
e. By monitoring legal and political issues relevant to education lawyers and to
make recommendations to the Bar with respect thereto including without
limitation participation on the Utah State Bar Governmental Affairs Committee;
f. To undertake such other service as may be of benefit to the Section's members,
the legal profession and the public.
1.3 Limitations. The power and authority of the Section Officers is created, and these
Bylaws are adopted, subject to the applicable Utah Statutes, Rules For Integration And
Management Of The Utah State Bar, the Bylaws of the Utah State Bar, and the Utah State Bar
Commission, and supersede any existing Bylaws of the Section.
1.4 ' Principal Office. The principal office of the Section shall be maintained in the offices of
the Utah State Bar.
1.5 Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Section shall coincide with that of the Utah State Bar.

ARTICLE 2
MEMBERSHIP

2.1 Enrollment. Any member of the Utah State Bar in good standing with the Bar shall, upon
request to the Executive Director of the Bar, be enrolled as a member of the Section by the
payment of annual Section dues in an amount and for the purpose approved by the Board of
Commissioners of the Utah State Bar. Persons who are not members of the Bar may be placed
on the mailing list of the Section and notified of meetings of the section and encouraged to
attend.
2.2 The Membership. Members enrolled as provided in Section 2.1 shall constitute the
membership of the Section.
2.3 Dues. The Section officers shall set the dues for Section members. The dues shall be
$15.00 for each member per year unless the Section officers determine an adjustment should be
made.

ARTICLE 3
MEETINGS

3.1 . Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the Section shall be held at a place determined
by the officers during the months of April or May each year.
3.2 Quorum. Those Section members present at any duly called Section meeting shall
constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
3.3 Controlling Vote. Action ofthe Section shall be by majority vote of the members present
and voting at any meeting of the Section.
3.4 Agenda. At the annual meeting of the Section members, Officers of the Section shall be
elected and other business may be discussed and voted upon as determined to be appropriate by
the Officers.
3.5 Special Meetings. Special meetings of the membership of the Section may be called by
the Section Chair at such time and place as may be determined.
3.6 Notice of Meetings. Written, printed, or electronic notice shall be given to all Section
members stating the date, hour and place of all meetings of members, and in the case of all
special meetings the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called. Notice shall be
delivered by hand, U.S. mail or e-mail at least five (5) days prior to the date of the meeting to
each member of the Section. If mailed, notice shall be deemed delivered when deposited in the
United States mail addressed to the member at his or her address as it appears on the records of
the Utah State Bar, with postage thereon prepaid.

ARTICLE 4
OFFICERS

4.1 Officers. The Officers of the Section shall be a Chair, a Vice Chair, a Treasurer, and a
Secretary, chosen from the membership of the Section, The Officers shall establish the rates for
Section dues, CLE presentations (monthly lunches and the annual Section meeting), as well as
approve expenditures for special projects, donations, reimbursements and lodging and meals for
guest speakers at Section-sponsored events. Specific duties of those officers related to
administration and operation of the Section shall be as follows:

ARTICLE 5
ELECTIONS

5.1 Succession to Offices. The Secretary shall automatically succeed to the office of
Treasurer. The Treasurer shall automatically succeed to the Office of Vice Chair. The Vice Chair
shall automatically succeed to the Office of Section Chair..
5.2 Elections. A new Secretary shall be elected each year at the Section's annual meeting by
majority vote of the members then ill attendance. If for lack of nominations or any other reason
no Secretary is elected, the position may be filled pursuant to Section 5.3, below.
5.3 Vacancies. If at any time an office shall become vacant for any reason, then the
remaining Section Officers may appoint any member of the Section to fill the vacancy for the
balance of the unexpired term.
5.4 Term of Office. The term of office shall begin with the adjournment of the Se.ction
Annual Meeting, following election 'or succession to office, and shall end following the Annual
Meeting at which a successor has been duly elected and qualified, appointed and qualified, or
succeeded to office.

ARTICLE 6
COMMITTEES

6.1 Committees. The Section shall have such committees as may from time to time be
appointed by the Officers to perform such duties and exercise such powers as the Officers may
direct.
6.2 Committee ·Chairperson. Each Committee shall have a Chairperson to be appointed by
the Officers who will then regularly report to the Officers.
6.3 Duties of Committees. Each Committee shall have the responsibilities which are
delegated to it by the Officers, which may include the following:
a. To plan and implement Section projects including but not limited to Section
meetings and continuing legal education seminars.
b. To analyze issues and make recommendations to the Officers on matters referred
to the Committee or on its own initiation.
6.4 Membership of Committees. Upon request, any member of the Section may be a member
of one or more Committees,
6.5 Duties of Menlbers of Committee. A Section member shall become a member of a
Committee with tIle understanding he or she will devote sufficient time to assist the Chairperson
of the Committee in performing the duties of the Committee.
6.6 Meetil1gs. TIle Committees may act by correspondence or at meetings separate frOITI the
Section. Section members may but l1eed not be given notice of Committee meetings and all
Committee meetings may but need not be open to all Section members.

ARTICLE 7
AMENDMENTS

7.1 These Bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Section by a majority vote of the
members of the Section present and voting.
CERTIFICATION OF ADOPTION
I CERTIFY THAT THE FOREGOING BYLAWS WERE ADOPTED BY VOTE OF THE
SECTION MEMBERSHIP OF THE EDUCATION LAW SECTION OF THE UTAH STATE
BAR AT A MEETING, DULY CALLED, ON THE 19th DAY OF May ,2008.
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BY: G. Richard Hill
SECTION CHAIR