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Notice of Proposed Bylaw Changes

In accordance with Article VIII, Section 8.1, of the bylaws of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), notice is hereby filed on this 21st day of August, 2017, and the membership duly notified that changes to the association's bylaws have been proposed. If you would like to submit any questions, comments, or feedback on these proposed bylaws amendments, please use the form at the bottom of the page. All feedback will be addressed in a timely manner. 

Motion

It is recommended that the bylaws of the association, section 2.4.b, be amended as follows:

Current Provision

Proposed Amendment

 

2.4.b  Membership dues are due and payable on January 1 of each year. Dues paid after April 30 are subject to a late fee to be determined by the Board of Directors, but that fee will not exceed 10% of the delinquent sum. Dues for the membership year January 1 - December 31 that are not paid on or before September 1 are delinquent.  An institution that is delinquent in the payment of its dues is not a member in good standing and is not eligible to vote at the annual or any special meeting. An institution seeking membership must submit an application and have it approved, by September 1, and pay the current year's dues prior to the official opening of the Annual Conference in order to be counted as part of a quorum and to vote at the annual or any special meeting. 

 

2.4.b  Membership dues are due and payable on January 1 of each year. Dues paid after February 15

are subject to a late fee of 10 percent. Dues for the membership year January 1 - December 31 that are not paid on or before September 1 are delinquent.  An institution that is delinquent in the payment of its dues is not a member in good standing and is not eligible to vote at the annual or any special meeting. An institution seeking membership must submit an application and have it approved, by September 1, and pay the current year's dues prior to the official opening of the Annual Conference in order to be counted as part of a quorum and to vote at the annual or any special meeting.

 


It is recommended that the bylaws of the association, Articles IV and V, be amended as follows:

Current Provision

Proposed Amendment

 

4.1  Officers.  The officers of this Association shall be the immediate past president, president, president-elect, treasurer, and secretary.
 
4.4.c  Only one educator or administrator of a voting institution shall serve on the Board at any one time.  The immediate past president shall be ineligible for immediate election to the Board, but shall be so eligible after one (1) full year off the Board.
 
4.9  Terms of Office.  The term of office for president and president-elect, and immediate past president shall be for one (1) year.  The term of office for treasurer and secretary shall be for three (3) years.  Directors are elected for three (3) year terms.  No elected officer or director may serve for more than two consecutive terms in the same office.  The time spent in filling a partial term created by removal or vacancy shall not count towards the two term limitation.  No officer or director shall hold more than one office.
 
5.1  Voting Members of the Board of Directors.  The president, president-elect, immediate past president, secretary, treasurer, and directors set forth in 4.2. and 4.3 are voting members of the Board.
 
4.1  Officers.  The officers of this Association shall be the president, president-elect, treasurer, and secretary.
 

4.4.c
  Only one educator or administrator of a voting institution shall serve on the Board at any one time.  The president shall be ineligible for immediate election to the Board, but shall be so eligible after one (1) full year off the Board.
 
4.9  Terms of Office. The term of office for president and president-elect shall be for two  (2) years each.  The term of office for treasurer and secretary shall be for three (3) years.  Directors are elected for three (3) year terms.  No elected officer or director may serve for more than two consecutive terms in the same office.  The time spent in filling a partial term created by removal or vacancy shall not count towards the two term limitation.  No officer or director shall hold more than one office.
 
5.1  Voting Members of the Board of Directors.  The president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, and directors set forth in 4.2. and 4.3 are voting members of the Board.


Rationale

A full two-year term as president, would allow for increased development of our president as an effective leader, even more  accountability to the membership, and enhance consistency in organizational communication.

Explanatory Comments
 
To effect the change, the candidate elected to be president at the 2018 business meeting shall serve only one year as president-elect and assume the two-year term as president beginning with the election of the next president at the business meeting conducted at the 2019 national conference. Thereafter, beginning with the 2019 election, presidential elections shall be conducted for two year terms in odd numbered years only and the term of president and president-elect shall each be two years.  The role of immediate past president will be deleted from the board of directors at the end of the 2019 term.
 
It is further recommended that the bylaws of the association, section 4.3, be amended as follows:

Current Provision

Proposed Amendment

 

4.3  Regional Directors. There shall be one director elected from each of the five regions: North Central; South Central; South East; North East; and Pacific.  The Board of Directors shall be responsible for defining the geographic boundaries of these regions.  These Directors shall be elected by the delegates from the respective regions at the annual meeting.

 

4.3  Regional Directors. There shall be one director elected from each of four regions: Central, North, South, and West. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for defining the geographic boundaries of these regions. These Directors shall be elected by the delegates from the respective regions at the annual meeting. Further, this change will not take place until the close of the annual 2018 meeting.

 


Board Recommendation
 
The AAfPE Executive Board recommends adoption of these proposed bylaws changes.


Voting

This proposed bylaws amendment will be voted on in accordance with Article VIII, section 8.2, of AAfPE bylaws on Friday, October 20, 2017, during the business meeting at the 36th Annual Conference. The bylaws amendments 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. 

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