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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 28th day of August, 2018, and the membership duly notified that changes to the association's bylaws have been proposed.
 
Motion

It is 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.

 
 
Rationale
This change will equalize representation across regions as well as save money by eliminating a board position. Compare current and proposed regions. View message from AAfPE President Kye Haymore. 

It is further recommended that the bylaws of the association be amended as follows:

Sections 1.3, 1.3 a, b, f, 2.1., 2.2 a, and 2.2 c will be changed in all places within the bylaws where is says ‘paralegal education’ to be changed to ‘paralegal and legal studies education’ and in all places where it says ‘paralegal educators’ to be changed to ‘paralegal and legal studies educators'.

Rationale
These changes allow AAfPE to broaden its membership without jeopardizing its foundation and purpose or changing its high standard for a voting membership. All programs, whether legal studies or paralegal studies, must still be either ABA-approved or in substantial compliance with ABA to be considered Institutional Members. 

Board Recommendation

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

Voting
These proposed bylaws amendments will be voted on in accordance with Article VIII, section 8.2, of AAfPE bylaws on Friday, November 2, 2018, during the business meeting at the 37th 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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