ARTICLE I – NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1 – Name. The name of this Association shall be the “Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association” (LCYLA).
Section 2 – Purpose. The primary purpose shall be threefold:
(A) To promote and encourage the maintenance of the high standards of knowledge of the law among young members of the legal profession, and the exercise of diligence in the fulfillment of all legal functions the members of the legal profession are called upon to perform.
(B) To enhance and uphold the general public’s respect for the legal profession; and
(C) To develop and continue the maintenance of cordial relationships between the members of the Bar as a whole.
ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1 – Regular Membership. Any person duly licensed to practice law in the State of Texas who is thirty-six (36) years of age or under on June 1st, or within the first five (5) years of licensure, regardless of age, shall be eligible for Regular Membership in this Association by paying the prescribed dues.
Section 2 – Additional Membership. Other classes of membership, if any, shall be prescribed by the Bylaws.
ARTICLE III – OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
Section 1 – Officers. The Officers of the Association shall be President, President-Elect, a Secretary, and a Treasurer, all of whom, except the President, shall be chosen by written ballots at the regular meeting of the Association in May, pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Bylaws. The President-Elect shall become President of the Association upon his or her completion of one year as President-Elect, or upon the disqualification or resignation of the President.
Section 2 – Directors. There shall be four (4) Directors of the Association who shall be chosen by written ballot for two-year staggered terms at the regular meeting of the Association in May, pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Bylaws.
Section 3 – Board of Directors. The President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Directors shall constitute the Board of Directors for this Association. The Board of Directors shall meet regularly under the direction of the President to manage the affairs of the Association, in accordance with this Constitution and the Bylaws.
Section 4 – Terms. The Officers of this Association shall assume office on June 1st of each year and shall serve until May 31st of the following year. The Directors of the Association shall assume office on June 1st for two year staggered terms which will expire May 31st of the second year; however, a term of one year for Director may be established whenever necessary to maintain staggered terms.
ARTICLE IV – COMMITTEES
Section 1 – Appointments. The President, with the advice of the Board of Directors, shall appoint such committees as may be deemed necessary to carry out the purpose of this Association or to assist the Board in the orderly management of the affairs of this Association, consistent with this Constitution and Bylaws.
ARTICLE V – DUES
Section 1 – Annual Dues. Annual dues for the fiscal year for regular members shall be as provided by the Bylaws of this Association.
Section 2 – Fiscal Year. The fiscal year shall be concurrent with the term of office of the Officers of this Association.
Section 3 – Dues. Annual dues shall be paid by each member to the Association in an amount proposed by the Board of Directors and approved by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of regular members present at the regular meeting of the Association next following the regular meeting of the Association at which the Board’s dues proposal was read and discussed.
ARTICLE VI – BYLAWS
Section 1 – Bylaws. Bylaws consistent with this Constitution shall be adopted by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of regular members present at a regular meeting.
ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENT
Section 1 – Amendment. This constitution shall be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the regular members present at a regular meeting if notice of such amendment, which shall in general terms describe the changes proposed, is given at least twenty four (24) hours before the commencement of the regular meeting.