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AMENDMENTS TO BYLAWS
Article III, Membership; Section 1, Classes of Membership
(a) Fellows: Any person who has substantially met the qualifications as described in Article II, Section 3 for a period of not less than twenty years (or such shorter period of time as the Board of Governors may from time to time establish), devoting at least fifty percent (50%) of his or her time to the practice of labor and/or employment law, shall be eligible for election as a Fellow and to have all the rights and privileges of Fellows.
Amended and approved November 10, 2018.
Article VI, Meetings; Section 1, Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the College shall be held during the month of November, or such other month or date as may be designated by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Governors, for the purpose of electing members of the Board of Governors and for the transaction of such other business as may come before the meeting. If the election of the members of the Board of Governors shall not be held at the time designated herein for the annual meeting of the Board of Governors, or at any adjournment thereof, the Board of Governors shall cause the election to be held at a special meeting of the Board of Governors as soon thereafter as may be convenient. Notice of such annual meeting may be given as provided in Section 4 of this Article VI. The Board of Governors may designate, in its sole and absolute discretion, a time and place for an annual meeting of the Fellows, the Honorary Fellows and the Emeritus Fellows of the College.
Amended and approved August 1, 2015.
Article III, Membership; Section 6, Discipline and Expulsion
(a) Vote of the Board of Governors of the College: The Board of Governors of the College, by a vote of two-thirds of those present and entitled to vote, may expel from membership, call for the resignation of, or otherwise discipline or censure any Fellow of the College for reasonable cause which includes, but is not limited to, misconduct of the Fellow connected with either the College or the profession or conduct injurious or derogatory to the order, dignity, peace, reputation, interests, purposes or objectives of the College. [prefatory material is unchanged and provided for context.]
The Board may consider disciplining or expelling a Fellow when:
(a) three Fellows or
(b) any member of the Board of Governors
files a written charge with the Executive Director, who will bring it to the attention of the Board at its next regular or special meeting. The charge must contain a specific statement of the behavior alleged to warrant disciplinary action and include any supporting documents and other relevant material.
During the meeting at which the written charge is received, the President, with approval of the Board, will appoint a committee of three Governors from three different constituencies to conduct a preliminary investigation of the charge and recommend further action to the Board. The committee may recommend the Board: dismiss the charge, direct the committee to further investigate the charge or give written notice of the charge to the Fellow, establish a specific time period for the Fellow’s response, and advise the Fellow whether it will provide him/her with the opportunity for a hearing. The committee may make any additional recommendation it deems appropriate. The Board may adopt or decline to adopt the recommendations of the Committee or take any other action it deems just and proper. If the Board gives the Fellow written notice of the charge and of the opportunity for a hearing, it will appoint a committee of three Governors, none of whom was on the investigation committee, to hear the Fellow’s position, consider any evidence provided by the Fellow, and make a recommendation to the Board. The written notice must be sent no fewer than 45 days before the proposed date of the hearing.
The Fellow may request in writing that the hearing be held in abeyance during the pendency of any other investigation or proceeding involving the same or similar facts as those alleged in the charge. When the Executive Director receives the request, the hearing will be postponed until after the next scheduled Board meeting. At the first Board meeting after the request has been received, the Board will determine whether to postpone the hearing until after completion of the other investigation or proceeding. As a condition for granting the postponement, the Board may change the Fellow’s status to “administrative hiatus,” signifying the Fellow’s name has been temporarily removed from the membership roll. A Fellow on “administrative hiatus” is not permitted to assert membership in the College by any physical or electronic means. The Board may change the Fellow’s status back to “active” on its own motion or upon a request from the Fellow based on the documented conclusion and results of the other investigation or proceeding. If the Board postpones a Fellow’s return to “active” status after a request, it will notify the Fellow of any requirements that must be met before it will reconsider a request to return to “active” status. If the Board denies the request, it will provide the Fellow an opportunity to request for reconsideration.
Amended and approved June 15, 2013.
Article III, Membership; Section 3, Election to Fellowship
(e) Election of Judges: The Board of Governors of the College shall have the sole authority to initiate, nominate and elect for admission as Fellows judges who have made a mark in the jurisprudence of labor and employment law and who have contributed to the College's mission. A Governor who resides in or is admitted to practice in the jurisdiction of a judge under consideration may not initiate an application or participate in the consideration of or vote on the candidacy of that judge, provided, however, this limitation shall not apply in the case of a judge or justice of a court having national jurisdiction.
passed February 27, 2009
Article II, Section 3; Membership Admissions Standards
The College is a professional, educational and honorary association of labor and employment lawyers, including lawyers engaged in the private and public practice of law, in government, in academia, in corporate law departments, arbitrators, mediators and judges.
The College honors those professionals whose sustained performance in the practice of their profession exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism and achievement by granting them membership as Fellows. Membership shall be restricted by invitation to honor those individuals who have proven to their peers, and to the bar, bench and public, through long, continuous performance related to the practice of labor and employment law and dispute resolution, that they possess: (i) the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards; (ii) the highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership; (iii) a commitment to fostering and furthering the objectives of the College; (iv) sustained, exceptionally high quality professional services to clients, disputing parties, bar, bench and public; and (v) significant evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing, and/or distinguished published writings on labor and employment law. A nominee whose credentials substantially meet the above criteria shall be eligible to be honored by admission to membership as a Fellow.
Unanimously passed August 11, 2007.
Judicial or Administrative Nomination And Confirmation Process.
The College shall not participate in any judicial or administrative nomination process. The only information the College may provide is whether an individual is a member. The College shall not disclose anything else, including whether a person had been nominated and not admitted. Any Governor who testifies or participates in a judicial or administrative nomination shall make it clear, if appropriate, that he/she is not speaking on behalf of the College.
Unanimously passed August 10, 2002.
Amendment to Article V, Section (2), last sentence:
A Governor who has served two consecutive terms of three years shall not be eligible for reelection for a period of two years thereafter, except when a Governor is serving as an officer of the College at the time of his/her term expiration, in which event said Governor's term may be extended by the Board of Governors through the completion of his/her service as an Officer of the College. Former Presidents of the College will serve as Honorary members of the Board of Governors with voice but no vote.
Unanimously passed December 7, 2000.