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LOUISIANA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
OF THE ANIMAL LAW SECTION
|NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1. This section shall be known as the
Animal Law Section ("Section") of the Louisiana
State Bar Association.
Section 2. The purpose of this Section is to:
(1) promote and assist members of the profession in
the study and understanding of the laws, regulations,
and court decisions dealing with legal issues involving
(2) provide a forum for members of the profession to
consider and discuss the legal issues involved in human
beings' relationship and coexistence with animals.
Section 1. Any member in good standing of the
Louisiana State Bar Association shall, upon request
to the Secretary of the Section, be enrolled as a member
of the Section. Members so enrolled whose dues are paid
shall constitute the membership of the Section.
Section 2. Each member of the Section must pay
to the Treasurer of the Section annual dues of $10.00.
Dues are payable upon enrollment and thereafter annually
on the same fiscal year basis as Louisiana State Bar
Association dues. Members of the judiciary shall not
be required to pay dues.
Section 3. Any member of this Section whose
annual dues are more than six months past due ceases
to be a member of this Section. Enrolled members whose
dues have been paid constitute the membership of this
Section 1. The officers of this Section are
as follows: Chair; Vice-Chair; Secretary; and Treasurer.
Section 2. Each officer shall hold office for
a term of one year, to begin with the adjournment of
the annual meeting of the Section at which the member
was elected and to end at the close of the second succeeding
annual meeting of the Section; or until such time as
a successor shall have been elected.
Section 3. Upon ratification of the Section
Bylaws and adoption of the Resolution creating a Section
of Animal Law by the membership of the Association,
the first Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer
shall be appointed by the President of the Louisiana
State Bar Association to serve for two years. Thereafter,
the officers shall be elected by the Section membership
in the manner hereinafter set forth.
NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Section 1. Nominations. Before the first session
of each annual meeting of the Section, the Chair shall
appoint a nominating Committee of three members of the
Section. This Committee shall make and report one nomination
for each office which is to be filled by election in
that year, identifying each nominee and including a
brief statement of activities undertaken by the nominee
in the Section and in the law profession. Upon receipt
of the Committee report, the Chair of the Section shall
have it published to Section members prior to the Annual
Meeting. Added nominations may be made prior to the
meeting by means of a petition signed by not less than
ten members of the Section.
Section 2. Elections. All elections must be
by written ballot unless otherwise ordered by resolution
duly adopted by the Section at the annual meeting at
which the election is held.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1. Chair. The Chair shall:
(1) preside at all meetings of the Section and of
(2) formulate and present at each annual meeting of
the Louisiana State Bar Association a report of the
work of the Section for the past year; and
(3) perform other duties customary for the Chair.
Section 2. Vice-Chair. Upon the death, resignation,
or during the disability of the Chair, or upon the Chair's
refusal to act, the Vice-Chair shall perform the duties
of the Chair for the remainder of the Chair's term except
in case of the Chair's disability, and then only so
long as the disability continues.
Section 3. Secretary. The Secretary is the custodian
of all books, papers, documents, and other property
of the Section. The Secretary shall keep a true record
of the proceedings of all meetings of the Section and
the Council, whether assembled or acting under submission.
The Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary shall prepare a
summary or digest of the proceedings of the Section
at its annual meeting. In conjunction with the Chair
and the Vice-Chair, the Secretary as authorized by the
Council, shall attend generally to the business of the
Section 4. Treasurer. The Treasurer is the custodian
of all financial books, papers, documents, and funds
of the Section. The Treasurer shall deposit the funds
of the Section in a separate account in any bank to
be selected by the Council, generally in the city where
the Treasurer resides, and shall make disbursements
from funds as directed and authorized by the Council
on checks signed by the Treasurer or either the Chair
or Vice-Chair. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate
record of all funds appropriated to and expended for
the use of the Section. The Treasurer shall submit to
the State Bar accounting department on a monthly basis
all bank statements, along with all canceled checks
and deposit slips and the check register.
DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE COUNCIL
Section 1. There shall be a Council which shall
consist of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer,
three members of the Section elected by Section membership,
and the retiring Chair, who shall be a non-voting member
for two years following retirement.
Section 2. The Council shall have general supervision
and control of the affairs of the Section subject to
the rules governing the Louisiana State Bar Association
and the Bylaws of this Section. The Council shall authorize
all commitments or contracts which require the payment
of money, and shall authorize the expenditure of all
Section 3. The Council may authorize the Chair,
with the Vice-Chair, to appoint committees from Section
members to perform duties and exercise the powers as
the Council may direct, subject to the limitations of
these bylaws and rules governing the Louisiana State
Section 4. The Council, during the interim between
annual meetings of the Section, may fill vacancies in
its own membership or in the offices of Secretary and
Treasurer; or, in the event of a vacancy in both the
office of Chair and Vice-Chair, then in the office of
Chair. Members of the Council, and officers, so selected
serve until the close of the next annual meeting of
the Section or until their successors have been elected
Section 5. Members of the Council when personally
present at a meeting of the Council shall vote in person,
but when absent may communicate their vote, in writing,
regarding any proposition, to the Secretary and have
the vote counted with the same effect as if cast personally
at the meeting.
Section 6. The Chair of the Section may, and
upon the request of any member of the Council shall,
submit or cause to be submitted, in writing, to each
of the members of the Council, any proposition upon
which the Council may be authorized to act, and the
members of the Council may vote regarding that proposition
by communicating their vote, in writing over their respective
signatures, to the Secretary. The Secretary shall record
the vote of each member of the Council, and keep on
file the written and signed votes. A vote conducted
under this Section of these Bylaws constitutes the vote
of the Council the same as if the vote was conducted
under Article VI, Section 5 of these Bylaws.
Section 7. The President of the Louisiana State
Bar Association shall appoint three members of the Section
to serve on the first Council. Such members shall be
elected by the President from a slate of six names furnished
to the President by the officers of the Section. Each
member shall serve for one year. At the expiration of
each initial term, members of the Council shall be elected
in the same manner set forth for officers to serve a
term of one year. Each term will begin with the adjournment
of the annual meeting at which the member was elected
and will end at the close of the second succeeding annual
meeting of the Section.
Section 1. The annual meeting of the Section
must be held during the annual meeting of the Louisiana
State Bar Association, in the same city as the annual
meeting of the Louisiana State Bar Association, with
the program and order of business as may be arranged
by the Council; provided that to the extent permitted
by rules governing sections of the Louisiana State Bar
Association, or by variance granted by the Louisiana
State Bar Association, the annual meeting of the Section
may be held at any place in the State of Louisiana at
a time that is within sixty (60) days prior to the time
of the Louisiana State Bar Association meeting.
Section 2. Special meetings of the Section may
be called by the Chair upon approval of the Council,
at a time and place the Council determines.
Section 3. The members of the Section present
at any meeting constitute a quorum for the transaction
Section 4. A binding action of the Section requires
a majority vote of the members present.
Section 5. Any recommendation or declaration
of the Section regarding existing or proposed legislation,
or regarding proposed governmental regulations or administration,
in order to constitute the action of the Section, must
first be approved by two-thirds of the members of the
Council and then must be approved by a majority of the
members of the Section; provided that the action must
also be submitted for approval to the Board of Directors
of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
Section 1. The fiscal year of the Section is
the same as that of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
Section 2. No salary or compensation may be
paid to any officer or member of this Section except
that actual expenses of the Section's officers may be
reimbursed if approved by the Council.
Section 3. These Bylaws shall become effective
immediately upon approval thereof, as required by the
Articles and Bylaws of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
These Bylaws may be amended at any annual meeting of
the Section by a majority vote of the members of the
Section present and voting, provided each proposed amendment
must have been approved by two-thirds of the members
of the Council. No amendment may become effective until
approved by the Board of Governors of the Louisiana
State Bar Association.
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