BYLAWS OF THE J. REUBEN CLARK LAW SOCIETY
Salt Lake Chapter
- Mission Statement
We strive through public service, professional excellence, and our international organization, to further among our members and society: fairness, decency, integrity, and virtue founded upon the rule of law, the U. S. Constitution, and America’s religious heritage.
- Affiliation with the Internationl J. Reuben Clark Law Society
The Salt Lake Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society is a voluntary, unincorporated association, which is part of the International J. Reuben Clark Law Society. It is separate from the Brigham Young University Law School Alumni Association.
The Salt Lake Chapter membership is multi-faith, open to any person who shares the values
and objectives of the mission statement.
The Chapter’s membership is made up of those who pay annual dues. Members are listed in a professional directory, receive a copy of the Clark Memorandum, which is the official semi-annual publication of the Law Society , and receive other benefits as determined by the Board of Directors.
Members, J. Reuben Clark Law School graduates, and others who have expressed interest in Chapter activities, are given invitations to participate in Chapter events.
Board of Directors
Members: The Board of Directors of the Salt Lake Chapter is made up of not fewer than ten nor more than twenty members, who are nominated by the Chapter Chair, after consultation with the Executive Committee of the International Society, and approved by the Board.
Term: The initial term for new directors is one year. A director may serve additional one to four-year terms, with staggering of terms allowed to provide for overlap of experienced members with new members. Except for the immediate past Chapter Chair, the maximum length of consecutive service for any board member is five years. The immediate past Chapter Chair shall serve as a director for one year after his or her service as Chapter Chair, irrespective of the previous length of service.
General Powers: The Board of Directors acts as an advisory group on matters of policy, programs, and procedures; Directors serve on committees of the Board as assigned by the Chapter Chair; they support and promote the goals and activities of the Law Society; and they actively recruit participation and membership by other attorneys in the activities of the Salt Lake Chapter.
Meetings: The Board holds meetings at the call of the Chapter Chair. These meetings shall be held at least four times a year.
Business: A majority of those directors present may transact business.
- Board Officers and Ex-officio board members
The Board consists of the following officers and ex-officio members:
- The Chapter Chair serves for a one or two-year term. The Chapter Chair is the principal officer of the Chapter and has such duties and powers as prescribed by the Board. Upon completion of the Chapter Chair’s term of office, this person shall continue for an additional year as a member of the board and may serve additional terms as a member of the board.
- The Chapter Chair-Elect is nominated one or two years before the Chapter Chair’s term expires by the new Chapter Chair, with the approval of the Executive Committee of the International Board of the Law Society, and is approved by the Board. The Chapter Chair-Elect succeeds the Chapter Chair at the expiration of the Chapter Chair’s term. The Chapter Chair-Elect shall assist the Chapter Chair and has such other duties as are prescribed by the Chapter Chair and the Board.
- The Secretary is nominated by the Chapter Chair and is approved by the Board. This person is responsible to provide minutes of the Board meetings; and to communicate the membership to the International Law Society. The Secretary has such other duties as are prescribed by the Chapter Chair and the Board.
- The Treasurer is nominated by the Chapter Chair and is approved by the Board. This person is responsible to receive and account for all membership and other funds deposited with the Chapter, to provide an annual accounting of these funds to the International organization; and to communicate the membership to the Board and to the International Law Society. The Treasurer has such other duties as are prescribed by the Chapter Chair and the Board.
- Ex-Officio Members
- Liaison with the International Law Society is selected by the International Law Society’s Executive Committee. The liaison serves until replaced by the International Law Society’s Executive Committee.
- J. Reuben Clark Law School Alumni Association Liaison is selected by the Dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School and serves as a liaison between the Brigham Young University Law School Alumni Association and the Society.
- University of Utah Liaison is selected by the Dean of the University of Utah Law School. The liaison serves until replaced by the Dean.
- Other Officers of the Board as nominated by the Chapter Chair and as approved by the Board.
- Committee Assignments as appointed by the Board Chapter Chair
- Awards Committee focuses on a Citizen Lawyer Award to be presented annually to some outstanding lawyer, judge, or individual who embodies the principles of the Society’s mission statement. In addition to a plaque, a cash award, and a lifetime membership in the Society may be granted.
- Membership/Community Relations Committee has an outreach program designed to increase the membership in the Society. This Committee is responsible to maintain the membership list for the Salt Lake Chapter and to maintain a current Society database in order to publish the Directory and facilitate regular mailings to all members.
- Program Committee focuses on luncheon and evening speakers or events which focus on principles espoused in the Society’s mission statement, with a particular emphasis on ethics.
- Service Committee implements opportunities to link Society members with members of the community in need of pro bono legal or other community service.
- Young Lawyers Committee brings attention of new law graduates to the Society. It seeks through its activities to involve them in the mission of the Society.
- Other Committees may be established by the Board as needed. [Fund Raising, Executive Committee, Placement Committee, etc.]
- Adoption and Amendments
These bylaws shall be adopted and may be amended by a majority vote of the Board of Directors attending a properly convened meeting