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Section 1. This Association shall be known as "The Colorado Bar Association,” and is formed to advance the science of jurisprudence; to promote the administration of justice; to secure proper legislation; to encourage a thorough legal edugation; to uphold the honor and dignity of the bar; to cultivate cordial intercourse among the lawyers of Colorado; and to perpetuate the history of the profession and the memory of its members.
Sec. 2. It shall not take any partisan political action, nor endorse or recommend any person for any official position.
Sec. 3. Those members of the bar who signed the call for the meeting at which this Association was formed, and who shall prior to January 1, 1898, pay the admission fee and sign or cause to be signed a roll containing these By-Laws, are hereby de clared to be active members of this Association.
Sec. 4. Any member of the bar of the Supreme Court of Colorado residing and practicing in this state, and who has practiced herein for the period of one year; any state or federal judge residing in this state, and any professor in a regularly organized law school in this state, who shall comply with the requirements hereinafter set forth, may become an active member upon approval by two-thirds of the Committee on Admissions, and a favorable vote by ballot of four-fifths of those present at the meeting of the Association.
Sec. 5. All applications for membership must be in writing, signed by the applicant, stating, inter alia, his name, age, residence and date of admission to practice in the Supreme Court, commission to the bench, or appointment as professor in a regularly organized law school in the state, and endorsed by three or more members of the Association, not members of the Committee on Admissions, and must be accompanied by the usual admission fee.
Sec. 6. Persons elected to membership must, within three months after notification of their election, sign, or cause to be signed for them, a roll containing the Charter and By-Laws, or such election shall become void,
Sec. 7. No application shall be considered at any meeting unless filed with the Secretary forty days prior thereto.
Sec. 8. A list of all applications filed as aforesaid, and approved by the Committee on Admissions, shall be included in the next call for a meeting, and shall be reported to said meeting.
Sec. 9. Rejected applicants shall not be again proposed within one year after their rejection.
Sec. 10. Distinguished non-resident lawyers may be elected honorary members by a vote of the Association, and shall have a voice, but no vote, at the meetings of the Association.
Sec. 11. The officers shall be a President, a First and Second Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be held by one person.
Sec. 12. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association, and shall deliver at the annual meeting an appropriate address, with particular reference to any statutory changes in the state of public interest, and any needed changes suggested by judicial decisions during the year.
Sec. 13. The Vice-Presidents, according to number, shall act when required in the place of the President.
Sec. 14. The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of the Association, and of such other matters as may be directed to be placed on the files of the Association; he shall keep an accurate roll of the officers and members, and notify them of their election or appointment on committees; he shall issue notices of all meetings; furnish the Treasurer with the names and addresses of persons elected members; conduct the correspondence of the Association and keep its seal. He shall report to the Executive Committee, prior to the annual meeting, a summary of his transactions during the year, and shall perform such other duties as may be required of him by the Association, the President or the Executive Committee. His books and papers shall at all times be open to the inspection of the Executive Committee, and he shall receive such compensation as shall be allowed by that committee.
Sec. 15. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate roll of the active members of the Association; notify members of their election to membership; collect, keep careful and regular book accounts of, and expend, under direction of the Association or the Executive Committee, all moneys of the Association, and shall exhibit at the annual meeting, and when directed by the Association or the Executive Committee, detailed statements of the moneys received and expended, the amounts due to and by the Association, and an estimate of the resources and expenditures for the ensuing year. His books and accounts shall at all times be subject to examination and audit by the Executive Committee, or by any special committee appointed for that purpose.
Sec. 16. Vacancies in the offices of the Association shall be filled by the Executive Committee, but no appointment shall be made to the office of President while any Vice-President is able and willing to serve.
Sec. 17. The officers of the Association shall be elected by ballot at the annual meeting, to serve for one year and until their successors are chosen.
Sec. 18. No member shall be elected President for two successive terms.
Sec. 19. The first annual meeting of this Association shall be held at Colorado Springs, Colo., upon the 6th day of July, 1898, and thereafter the annual meetings shall be held at such time and place as the Association shall select. In default of such selection, it shall meet at the same time and place as the last preceding annual meeting.
Sec. 20. Adjourned meetings shall be held at such time and place as the Association shall determine.
Sec. 21. Special meetings shall be called by the Secretary, when requested in writing by the President, the Executive Committee, or twenty members of the Association. Such request shall specify the purpose of the meeting. At special meetings no business shall be transacted except that stated in the call, unless by consent of four-fifths of the members present and voting.
Sec. 22. At all meetings fifteen members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Sec. 23. At least one month's notice shall be given of the annual meeting, and ten days' notice of adjourned or special meetings, by letter mailed to the last known address of each member.
Sec. 24. The Executive Committee shall arrange for the reading of appropriate papers at the annual meeting, and for the opening of a discussion thereupon; and notice thereof shall be given to the members in the call for the meeting.
Sec. 25. At the annual and adjourned meetings the order of business, unless otherwise directed by a majority of members voting, shall be as follows:
1. Reading of the minutes of the preceding meeting.
5. Report of Executive Committee.
Sec. 26. Except as lierein otherwise provided, the meetings shall be conducted according to the usual parliamentary rules, Cushing's Manual governing; but, without leave of the Association, no member shall be permitted to speak more than ten minutes at any one time, or more than twice on the same subject.
Sec. 27. Except by leave of the Association or the Executive Committee, no one not a member shall be allowed on the floor while the meetings are in progress.
Sec. 28. No complimentary resolution shall be entertained relative to the reading of any paper by, or to the performance of any act or duty by any officer or member of the Association.
Sec. 29. A stenographer shall be selected by the Executive Committee to report the proceedings of each meeting; and those proceedings, together with any papers read at the meeting, shall be printed, and a copy thereof sent to each member. If desired, twenty additional copies shall be sent to each member reading a paper by request. Copies shall also be sent to every law library in the state, to every other State Bar Association extending a like courtesy to this Association, and to every National Bar Association.
Sec. 30. The standing committees shall be an Executive Committee, a Committee on Admissions, a Committee on Grievances, a Committee on Law Reform, a Committee on Legal Education, and a Committee on Legal Biography.