Constitution

ARTICLE I. NAME
    The name of this organization shall be: Kansas City Association of Law Libraries.

ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVE
    The Association is established for educational and scientific purposes. It shall be conducted as a non-profit association to promote librarianship, to develop and increase the usefulness of law libraries, to cultivate the science of law librarianship and to foster a spirit of cooperation among the members of the profession.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
    Any person interested in or engaged in law library work is eligible for membership by complying with the relevant Bylaw provisions.

ARTICLE IV. MEETINGS
    Meetings shall be held as provided in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE V. OFFICERS & COMMITTEES
    Section 1. Officers. The officers shall consist of a president, a vice president, a secretary and a treasurer. The vice president, the secretary, and the treasurer shall be elected annually be the Association. The vice president shall automatically become president after one year and shall so serve during the second year following his/her election.

    Section 2. Duties of Officers. The president, vice president, secretary and treasurer shall perform the duties usually pertaining to their respective offices as defined in the latest issue of Robert’s Rules of Order and such other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Board.

    Section 3. Committees and Other Organizations. There shall be such committees as the Board of Directors shall create or as shall be created by a majority vote of those present and voting at any meeting of the Association.

    Section 4. Appointments. The president shall appoint all committee chairpersons unless otherwise provided in the Bylaws or if the Association shall otherwise direct. Committee members shall be appointed by the committee chairperson.

    Section 5. Terms of Office. All officers and members of Committees shall serve for a period of one year or until their successors are elected or appointed and qualified. No members shall hold more than one office at a time, and no member shall be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office. Vacancies are in the province of the Executive Board as outlined in Article VI, Section 2.

ARTICLE VI. EXECUTIVE BOARD
    Section 1. There shall be a Board of Directors of seven consisting of the officers named in Article V, Section 1, the last retiring president, and two members whose terms shall be two years, one of whom shall be elected annually by the Association. The duties of the Board of Directors shall be those usually assigned to such boards in similar associations.

    Section 2. The Executive Board shall have the power to fill any vacancy on the Executive Board or in elective offices except that of president. In the event of the vacancy of the office of president, the vice president/president elect shall become president. The new president shall serve the unexpired portion of the current term of office.

ARTICLE VII. AMENDMENTS
    Section 1. This constitution may be amended in the following manner: Notice on any amendment may be proposed by written petition signed by at least three (3) active members of this Association. Said petition must be filed with the secretary at least sixty (60) days prior to the annual meeting. Notice thereof shall be sent by the secretary to members of the Association at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting. The proposed amendments shall become effective when approved by two-thirds of the voting members at said annual meeting.

ARTICLE VIII. BYLAWS
    Section 1. Any Bylaw may be adopted, repealed, amended or suspended by a majority vote of those present and voting at any meeting of the Association, provided that notice of the proposed change has been presented to the membership with or before the meeting notice.

1996