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ARTICLE I.—The objects of the Association are to foster legal science, maintain the honor and dignity of the profession of law, to cultivate professional ethics and social intercourse among its members, and to promote improvements in the law and the modes of its administration.
ELECTION OF MEMBERS.
ARTICLE II.-All nominations for membership shall be made by the Local Council of a County or Bar Association when such Local Council or Bar Association exists; when there is no Local Council or Bar Association in any county, nominations from such county shall be made by the Central Council. All nominations thus made or approved shall be reported by the Council to the Association, and all whose names are reported shall thereupon become members of the Association ; Prorided, That if any member demands a vote upon any name thus reported, the Association shall thereupon vote thereon by ballot. Five negative votes shall be sufficient to defeat any election for membership.
ARTICLE III.—Any person shall be eligible to membership in this Association who shall be a member of the bar of this State, in good standing, and who shall also be nominated as herein provided.
OFFICERS. ARTICLE IV.-The officers of this Association shall consist of one President, three Vice-presidents, a Secretary and Treasurer, a Central Council, who shall be the Board of Directors under the charter, to be chosen by the Association. One of the members of the Central Council shall be its Chairman. Each of these officers shall be elected at each annual meeting for the next ensuing year, but the same person shall not be elected President two years in succession. All such elections shall be by ballot. The officers elected shall hold office until their successors are elected and qualified according to the Constitution and By-laws.
ARTICLE V.- The Central Council shall consist of five members, and shall be, at all times, an advisory board for consultation and conference when called on for that purpose by the President, or any Vice-president who may, for the time being, be acting as President.
ARTICLE VI.-The President, by and with the advice and consent of the Central Council, may establish a Local Council in any county in this State by issuing a warrant to that effect, naming therein the persons composing such Local Council. Each Local Council shall not consist of less than three nor more than seven members. No person shall be eligible to alpointment as a member of any Local Council who is not, at the time, a member of this Association.
ELECTION OF MEMBERS.
ARTICLE VII.--All members of this convention signing the charter, and all members elected as herein provided, shall be. come members of the Association upon the payment of the admission fee as herein provided for. But after the adjournment of this convention all nominations for membership shall be made as herein provided.
ARTICLE VIII.- Each member shall pay five dollars to the Treasurer as annual dues, and no person shall be qualified to exercise any privilege of membership who is in default. Such dues shall be payable, and the payment thereof enforced, as
may be provided by the By-laws. Members shall be entitled to receive all publications of the Association free of charge. The admission fee shall be five dollars, to be paid as soon as the member is elected.
ADOPTION OR AMENDMENT OF BY-LAWS.
ARTICLE IX.-By-laws may be adopted or amended at any annual meeting of the Association by a majority of the members present.
ARTICLE X –The following committees shall be annually appointed by the President for the year ensuing, and shall consist of five members each:
1. On Jurisprudence and Law Reform.
A majority of those members of any committee, or of the Central Council, who may be present at any meeting of such committee or Council, shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of such meeting. Vacancies in any office provided for by this Constitution shall be filled by appointment by the President, and the appointees shall hold office until the next meeting of the Association.
ARTICLE XI.—The Central Council shall perform such duties as may be assigned to them by the President, or as may be defined by the By-laws, except as herein otherwise directed.
MEETING OF ASSOCIATION.
ARTICLE XII.-This Association shall meet annually in July, at such time and place as the Central Council may select, and those present at such meeting shall constitute a quorum. The Secretary shall give sixty days' notice of time and place of such meeting, either by publication in a public newspaper or by personal communication.
DUTIES OF PRESIDENT.
ARTICLE XIII.—The President shall open each annual meeting of the Association with an address, in which he shall communicate the most noteworthy changes in statute law, on points of general interest, made in the State and by Congress during the preceding year.
ALTERATION OR AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION. ARTICLE XIV.-This Constitution may be altered or amended by a vote of three-fourths of the members present at any annual meeting, but no such change shall be made at any meeting at which less than twenty members are present.
DUTIES OF LOCAL COUNCIL.
ARTICLE XV.—Each Local Council shall perform such duties as it may be called upon to perform by the President, or as may be defined by the By-laws.
SUSPENSION OF MEMBERS.
ARTICLE XVI.—Any member of the Association may be suspended or expelled for misconduct in his relations to this Association or in his profession, on conviction thereof in such manner as may be prescribed by the By-laws.
ARTICLE XVII.—This Constitution shall go into immediate effect. This Association shall be incorporated under the laws of the State of Tennessee as soon as practicable, and until such incorporation all money and property of said Association shall be vested in the President and Treasurer as trustees thereof, who shall pay over and deliver the same to said corporation as its property as soon as the corporation is created by law.
The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association, and in case of his absence, one of the Vice-presidents shall preside.
The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the Association, and of all other matters of which a record shall be deemed advisable by the Association, and shall conduct the correspondence of the Association, with the concurrence of the President. He shall notify the officers and members of their election, and shall keep a roll of the members, and shall issue notices of all meetings.
III. - SECRETARY AND TREASURER.
The Secretary and Treasurer shall collect, and, under the direction of the Central Council, disburse all funds of the Association; he shall report annually, and oftener if required; he shall keep regular accounts, which shall be at all times open to inspection of the members of the Association. His accounts shall be audited by the Central Council. Before discharging any of the duties of this office, the incumbent shall execute a bond, with good and sufficient surety, to be approved by the President, payable to the President and his successors in office, in the sum of one thousand dollars, for the use of the Association, and conditioned that he will well and faithfully perform the duties of his office so long as he discharges any of the duties thereof.
The Central Council shall meet at least once every three months, and oftener if called together by the President. They shall have power to make such regulations, not inconsistent