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Notice of Proposed Bylaw Change

In accordance with Article VIII, Section 8.1, of the bylaws of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), this notice is hereby filed on this 12th day of August, 2016, and the membership has been duly notified that changes to the association’s bylaws have been proposed.

Motion

It is recommended that the bylaws of the association, section 2.2D, be amended as follows:

Current Provision

Proposed Amendment

 

2.2.d Affiliate membership shall be open to any institution that offers a program of paralegal education and ascribes to the policies of AAfPE, but does not qualify as an Institutional or Associate Member.

 

 

2.2.d Affiliate membership shall be open to any institution that offers a program of paralegal or legal studies education and ascribes to the policies of AAfPE, but does not qualify as an Institutional or Associate Member.

 

  

Rationale

According to current membership definitions, the bylaws of the association prevent any institution or organization that does not offer a paralegal education program from joining the association. This precludes a large number of vocational schools, colleges, universities, and other higher-education institutions throughout the country that offer extensive programs in legal studies from AAfPE membership.

By adding the words “or legal studies” to the current definition of Affiliate Membership, AAfPE will be able to seek out new affiliate members that do not offer paralegal programs, but instead offer extensive legal studies programs within their institutions. This would not only increase the membership numbers of the association, but would also bring in a diverse body of membership that would not only benefit from membership with AAfPE, but contribute to the collective knowledge base and strength of the association.

Board Recommendation

The AAfPE Executive Board recommends adoption of this proposed bylaws change.

Voting

This proposed bylaws amendment will be voted on in accordance with Article VIII, section 8.2, of AAfPE bylaws on Friday, October 14, 2016, during the business meeting at the 35th Annual Conference. The bylaws amendment shall not be adopted unless it is approved by two-thirds of the votes cast on the proposed amendment at the annual meeting. A member school shall not be counted as voting unless it votes for or against the amendment. The votes cast shall not include blank ballots and abstentions. 

Comments

If you would like to submit any questions, comments, or feedback on this proposed bylaws amendment, please use the form below. All feedback will be addressed at the business meeting in October. 

 

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