By-Laws of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association
A Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
(As revised April 10, 2018)
The name of the organization shall be the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, hereinafter called the Association. The Association is a chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY).
The Officers of the Association shall be a President, a President-Elect, three Vice Presidents, a Treasurer, a Recording Secretary and a Corresponding Secretary, which shall comprise the Executive Committee. It shall be the duty of this Committee to vote on matters that arise between meetings and on which the entire Board of Directors is unable to be consulted.
The Officers of the Association shall be elected annually as provided in these By-Laws and shall take office on June 1st. No officer shall serve in the same office for more than two (2) consecutive terms. No person may serve in more than one office at the same time. The Officers shall perform such duties as may be assigned to them from time to time by the Board of Directors, in addition to those set forth in these By-Laws.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall consist of the Officers of the Association, the Representatives/Delegates of the Association to the State Board of Directors of WBASNY, Officers of WBASNY who are members of the Association, the Immediate Past President and fifteen (15) members elected pursuant to Article VI, Section 6 of the By-Laws.
The terms of the members of the Board of Directors shall commence on June 1 and shall be for a period of one (1) year.
Any person admitted to practice before the Bar to which the applicant has been admitted in good standing, any law school student and any law school graduate awaiting admission to the Bar may be a member of the Association. All members of the Association, who are in good standing and admitted to practice by the Bar of the State of New York, are eligible to vote. Secondary chapter and student members are not eligible to vote.
Applications for membership shall, upon payment of the appropriate dues for the current year, require an affirmation by the applicant that she is a member in good standing of the Bar to which the applicant has been admitted or, in the case of a pre-admission member, an affirmation that she is engaged in the study of law or is awaiting admission to the Bar. All applicants for membership are subject to review by the Membership Committee for determination that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements.
At the annual membership meeting, the Officers of the Association, Directors of the Association and the Representatives/Delegates of WBASNY shall be elected by a vote of the majority of the members in good standing casting their votes in person, via email or by mail ballot. Email ballots are to be considered only if uncontested. The ballot shall be sent to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual general membership meeting. The ballot shall be sent via email unless a member opts out of email correspondence.
At the meeting at which the election of Officers of the Association, Directors of the Association, and/or Representatives/Delegates of the Association to the Board of Directors of WBASNY is to be held, the Corresponding Secretary shall present a list of all members entitled to vote. If any contested nomination has been submitted for this election, the President shall appoint two (2) tellers who, together with the Corresponding Secretary, shall conduct the balloting and canvass the votes.
The standing committees of the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association shall be as follows:
- Judicial Screening
- Continuing Legal Education
- Annual Dinner
The By-Laws may be adopted, amended or rescinded at any membership meeting of the Association by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members in good standing present and voting, provided that notice of the proposed action, which may be filed with the Corresponding Secretary by one or more members of the Association, shall have been given in writing at least ten (10) days before the meeting at which such action is proposed to be taken.
These By-Laws and any Amendments shall take effect immediately upon their adoption by the Association.
The fiscal year of the Association shall commence June 1.
No Committee or member of the Association, other than the President or her designated representative, shall make any statement on behalf of the Association on any issue unless authorized to do so by the Board of Directors.
Interpretation of By-Laws
Wherever the word “she” or “her” is used herein, such word shall be construed to include “he” or “him” where appropriate.
Indemnification and Insurance
In its By-Laws, WBASNY defines the circumstances under which it may indemnify “Association Executives” and “Non-Profit Subsidiaries” (as defined in WBASNY By-Laws, Article XXVII, and including the WBASNY Foundation, the Chapters, the Chapter Foundations, and those duly acting on their behalf) against any judgments, fines, amounts paid in settlement and expenses, including counsel fees and disbursements. That Article also provides that WBASNY may, to the fullest extent permitted by law, maintain insurance to cover potential claims and suits, including for the potential liability and indemnification of Association Executives and such Non-Profit Subsidiaries.
Bar Related Expenses
Reasonable travel or other incurred expenses by Board members or Officers for attendance at bar-related functions or for bar-related purposes, shall be reimbursed within available budget appropriations and subject to approval by the Officers, as long as the expenses are reasonable and necessary expenses incurred for the benefit of the Association.
If any section of these By-Laws is renumbered, the remaining By-Laws shall be deemed renumbered accordingly. If any section of the WBASNY By-Laws referred to herein is changed or renumbered, these By-Laws shall be deemed amended accordingly.