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Tracked Bylaw Changes (posted June 16, 2010)

Adopted by JLF membership December 3, 1992

Approved by the CBA Board of Governors November 16, 2010.

 

BYLAWS OF THE

JUVENILE LAW SECTION

OF

THE COLORADO BAR ASSOCIATION

 

ARTICLE I

Name and Mission Statement

Section 1. This section shall be known as the Juvenile Law Section (“JLS” or “Section”) of the Colorado Bar Association ("CBA").

Section 2. The purpose of the JLS shall be to promote the objectives of the Colorado Bar Association within the particular field designated by the name of the Section. The JLS shall foster the continuing development of juvenile law and juvenile lawyers through: education of juvenile lawyers at all levels of experience; dissemination of information regarding issues affecting children to judges as well as other professionals working with children in the Colorado judicial system; promotion and implementation of the highest standards of excellence in the practice of juvenile law; analysis, constructive input, and where appropriate sponsorship of legislation affecting Colorado's children, in accordance with CBA guidelines; promoting a dialogue and sharing of resources between juvenile lawyers and other professionals working with children in the Colorado judicial system.

 

ARTICLE II

Membership and Dues

Section 1. Any member of the Colorado Bar Association may become a member of the JLS upon payment of the annual Section dues. Such dues shall be due and payable, in advance, on the first day of July of each year. Any member of the JLS who has not paid the annual dues on or before September 1 in any year shall thereupon cease to be a member of the Section. Membership in the JLS is also open to all persons who are eligible to be associate members of the Colorado Bar Association. Associate membership in the Committee shall be open to, but not limited to, the following: social workers; representatives of child placement agencies; juvenile probation officers; and medical or mental health professionals in child welfare fields.

Section 2. The Executive Council of the JLS shall have the power to fix the amount of annual dues paid by members of the Section and to establish any classification it deems appropriate for such purposes. The Executive Council shall fix the amount of the dues and establish any classifications on or before April 1 of each year and if it fails to do so, scheduled dues and classifications of the preceding year shall remain in full force and effect.

 

ARTICLE III

Officers

Section 1. The officers of the JLS shall be a Chair, the Immediate Past Chair, a Chair-elect and a Secretary. All officers shall be members of the Colorado Bar Association and of the JLS.

Section 2. There shall be an Executive Council which shall consist of the Chair, Chair-elect, Secretary, Immediate Past Chair, and persons appointed by the Chair, who head the following committees: Legislative, Membership, Newsletter, Website Management, and Program.

Section 3. The Chair shall serve a term of one year beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of the following year. The Chair shall also serve a one-year term as Immediate Past Chair, beginning on the day following expiration of her/his term as Chair. The Chair-elect shall serve a one year term, and shall automatically become the Chair of the Committee the following year.

Section 4. Upon the resignation or death of the Chair, the Chair-elect shall elect: (1) to perform the duties of the Chair for the remainder to the Chair's term; or (2) to fill the office by vote of the membership within forty-five days of the vacancy. In the event of a vacancy of the office of Chair-elect, the Chair shall fill the office by vote of the membership within forty-five days of the vacancy.

 

ARTICLE IV

Nominations and Elections

Section 1. Elections will be held in May of each year to elect the new Chair-elect and Secretary for the JLS.

Section 2. Nominations shall be conducted as follows:

a.   The Chair, no later than April 1 of each year, shall submit nominations solicited from the Section Members for the position of Chair-elect and Secretary.

b.   Membership of the Section shall vote on the Chair-elect and Secretary by written ballot through e-mail, fax, or at a Section meeting. The incoming Chair shall have thirty days from the date the new officers are elected within which to fill the remaining Executive Council positions.

 

ARTICLE V

Duties of Officers

Section 1. CHAIR: The Chair shall preside at all meetings of the JLS and of the Executive Council. The Chair shall formulate and present an annual report of the work of the JLS to the members. The Chair shall supervise the activities of the committees. The Chair shall perform such other duties and acts as usually pertain to this office.

Section 2. CHAIR-ELECT: The Chair-elect shall assist the Chair in the running of the JLS and overseeing the committees. The scope of the responsibility of the Chair-elect shall be determined by the Chair. During the disability of the Chair, the Chair-elect shall perform the duties of the Chair.

Section 3. SECRETARY: The Secretary shall be the custodian of all the books, papers, documents and other property of the JLS, except money. The Secretary shall keep a true record of the proceedings of all meetings of the Executive Council. At the request of the Chair, the Secretary shall keep a true record of the proceedings of other Section or committee meetings. The Secretary, in conjunction with the Chair, as authorized by the Executive Council, shall attend generally to the business of the Section. The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all monies appropriated to and expended for the use of the JLS as reported to the Secretary by the Colorado Bar Association Budget Committee liaison.

Section 4. IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR: The Immediate Past Chair shall assist the other officers in the running of the JLS. The scope of the responsibility of the Immediate Past Chair shall be determined by the Chair and may include assisting with the duties of any Executive Council member.

 

ARTICLE VI

Committees

Section 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS: The JLS shall have five standing committees, as described in Sections 2 through 6 of this article and such ad hoc committees (see Section 7 of this article) as the Chair shall assemble. All heads of the committees will serve at the pleasure of the Chair.

Section 2. LEGISLATIVE:         The Legislative Committee shall be responsible for reviewing all bills before the Colorado Legislature which will have primary impact on the lives of children of the state of Colorado or the practice of juvenile law. The Legislative Committee shall report to the membership on the status of all such bills and shall coordinate constructive criticism or comment on such bills by the members of the JLS.

The head of the Legislative Committee shall serve as the Section’s representative on the CBA Legislative Policy Committee. Based upon the input and direction of the Section and its officers, the Legislative Committee may advocate that the CBA sponsor, support or oppose legislation according to the guidelines set forth by the Colorado Bar Association.

Section 3. MEMBERSHIP: The Membership Committee shall be responsible for promoting membership in the Section, not only to members of the Colorado Bar Association, but also to those persons from other disciplines actively involved with children in the Colorado judicial system.

Section 4. NEWSLETTER: The Newsletter Committee shall be responsible for preparation of a newsletter to be distributed to the members of the JLS on no less than a quarterly basis. The Newsletter Committee shall update the membership on the work of each of the committees and contain other information consistent with the purposes stated in Article I, Section 2.

Section 5. PROGRAM: The Program Committee shall be responsible for providing continuing legal education for the members of the JLS, to support the purposes stated in Article I, Section 2. Topics shall include programs for both experienced and inexperienced lawyers practicing in the juvenile law field and shall be consistent with the purposes in Article I, Section 2.

Section 6. WEBSITE MANAGEMENT: The Website Management Committee shall be responsible for the design and maintenance of the JLS website. It shall also be responsible for posting Minutes, useful links and other information, subject to the oversight of the Executive Council.

Section 7. AD HOC: At the discretion of the Chair, ad hoc Committee(s) may be assembled. The purpose and duties of any such committee shall be set forth by the Chair and approved by the Executive Council. The heads of ad hoc committees shall not be members of the Executive Council, unless specifically invited by the Council to serve in that capacity.

 

ARTICLE VII

Duties and Powers of the Executive Council

Section 1. The Executive Council shall have general supervision and control of the affairs of the Committee subject to the provisions of the Bylaws of the CBA and the Bylaws of the JLS. It shall especially authorize all commitments for contracts which shall entail a payment of money and shall authorize the expenditure of all monies appropriated for use for benefit of the Section. It shall not, however, authorize commitments or contracts which shall require the payment of more money during any fiscal year than an amount which shall have been previously appropriated to the Committee for such fiscal year.

Section 2. The Executive Council shall consider all requests by the Chair to assemble ad hoc committees from Section members, to perform such duties and exercise such powers as the Executive Council may direct, subject to the limitation of these Bylaws and the Bylaws of the Colorado Bar Association.

Section 3. Meetings of the Executive Council may be called by the Chair or by any two members of the Executive Council upon three days notice at such time and place as shall be specified in such notice. Meetings may be held in person or by telephone. A quorum shall consist of three members of the Executive Council. All binding action of the Executive Council at such meeting shall be by a majority vote of those who are present in person or by telephone.

Section 4. The Executive Council shall have the power to fix the amount of annual dues paid by members of the JLS and to establish any classification it deems appropriate for such purposes. The Executive Council shall fix the amount of the dues and establish any classifications on or before April 1 of each year and if it fails to do so, scheduled dues and classifications of the preceding year shall remain in full force and effect.

 

ARTICLE VIII

Meetings

Section 1. On an annual basis, the Executive Council shall set a general meeting schedule to commence in July when the new officers assume their official duties. Such schedule shall include a meeting in May, during which the general election shall be held. The program and order of business shall be set forth by the Executive Council.

Section 2. Special meetings of the Section may be called by the Chair upon approval of the Executive Council, at such time and place and upon such reasonable notice as the Executive Council may determine.

Section 3. The members of the JLS present at any meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Section 4. All binding action of the JLS shall be by a majority vote of the members present. At the discretion of the Chair, a vote may be conducted by ballot by e-mail, by fax, or through the United States Postal Service.

 

ARTICLE IX

Miscellaneous Provisions

Section 1. The fiscal year of the JLS shall be the same as that of the Colorado Bar Association.

Section 2. All bills incurred by the Section, before being forwarded to the Treasurer of the Colorado Bar Association for payment shall be approved by the Chair or, if the Executive Council shall so direct, by both the Chair and Chair-elect.

Section 3. No salary or compensation shall be paid to any officer, Executive Council member, or member of the Section.

Section 4. The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the JLS in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws.

Section 5. Any action by the Section must be approved by the Colorado Bar Association before same becomes effective as the action of the Colorado Bar Association.

Section 6. These Bylaws shall become effective upon approval thereof by the Section and by the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association.

 

ARTICLE X

Amendments

These Bylaws may be amended at any annual or special meeting of the JLS by a majority vote of the members of the Section present. At the discretion of the Executive Council, a vote may be conducted by ballot by e-mail, by fax, or through the United States Postal Service. Proposed Bylaw amendments shall be mailed to members of the Section no less than two weeks prior to any vote on said proposed Bylaw amendments.

 

History:

  1. Juvenile Law Forum Committee Bylaws.  Adopted by JLF Committee membership December 3, 1992.

  2. Juvenile Law Forum Committee Bylaws.  Approved by CBA Board of Governors January 9, 1993.

  3. Name Change to Juvenile Law Section.  Structure change to Section rather than Committee.  Approved by CBA Board of Governors May 11, 2002.

  4. Juvenile Law Section Bylaws amended 2010.  Approved by Juvenile Law Section membership _____________________________________.

  5. Juvenile Law Section Bylaws amended 2010.  Approved by CBA Board of Governors _______________________________________________.