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NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS
OF THE
HUDSON COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS:

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE HUDSON COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION HAS RECOMMEDED ADOPTION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS OF THE HUDSON COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION.  A SUMMARY OF THOSE PROPSOED AMENDMENTS IS ATTACHED HERETO.

THE CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS PERMIT VOTING BY REGULAR MAIL.  (ART. XI).  BALLOTS SHALL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE MEMBERSHIP THIRTY (30) DAYS PRIOR TO A SPECIAL MEETING, AND SHALL BE RETURNED NOT LESS THAN TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THAT MEETING.  THE BALLOT, TOGETHER WITH A PRE-PAID RETURN ENVELOPE, IS ENCLOSED WITH THIS NOTICE.

THE DATE OF THE SPECIAL MEETING SHALL BE ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015 AT 5:00 P.M. AT THE OFFICE OF THE HUDSON COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, BRENNAN COURTHOUSE, 583 NEWARK AVENUE, FOURTH FLOOR, JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY 07306.  THE AGENDA WILL BE TO OPEN AND COUNT BALLOTS.  NO OTHER BUSINESS WILL BE CONDUCTED.

ALL BALLOTS MUST BE RETURNED BY REGULAR MAIL AND RECEIVED NOT LATER THAN Monday, FEBRUARY 9, 2015.

THE COMPLETE TEXT OF THE CURRENT CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS AND THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS THERETO ARE AVAILABLE BY CLICKING ON THE BELOW . 

Proposed Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws

Current HCBA Constitution and Bylaws

MEMBERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE BAR ASSOCIATION OFFICE TO REQUEST A PAPER COPY.  PLEASE CALL (201) 798-4708.

MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW THE NEW CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS AND PARTICIPATE IN THE VOTE.

Dated:         JANUARY 16, 2015

Summary of Proposed Amendments

Proposed Amendment

Existing Bylaws Reference

Summary

Article IV, Section 9

Article IV, Section 9

Increased total number of Trustees from twenty-nine (29) to thirty-two (32)

Article IV, Section 17

New Section

Requiring Officers of the Hudson County Bar Association to be members in good standing of the New Jersey State Bar Association

Article VI, Section 1

Article VI, Section 1

Changes name of “Judicial Selection Committee” to “Judicial and Prosecutorial Due Diligence Committee; adds additional permanent, standing committees of the Hudson County Bar Association; clarifies that additional committees’ functions shall be set by the Board of Trustees

Article VI, Section 2

New section; formally part of Article VI, Section 1

In addition to bifurcating former section, permits total number of committee members to range from six (6) to eleven (11), or such other number as determined by the Board of Trustees by resolution

Article VI, Section 4

Formerly designated Article VI, Section 3

Changes text of section heading from “Committee Membership” to “Committee Membership Term and Eligibility”

Article VI, Section 5

New section; formally Article VII, Section 1

No change; section moved

Article VI, Section 6

New section; formally Article VII, Section 2

No change, section moved

Article VI, Section 7

New section; formally Article VII, Section 3

No change; section moved

Article VI, Section 8

New section; formally Article VII, Section 4

Section moved; in addition, requires the Board of Trustees to adopt procedures for the “Judicial and Prosecutorial Due Diligence Committee” consistent with New Jersey State Bar Association procedures

Article VI, Section 9

New Section

Defines membership and role of Budget Committee

Article VI, Section 10

New Section

Designated President of Hudson County Bar Association as ex officio member of all Association committees

Article VII, Section 1

Formerly designated Article VIII, Section 1

Requires all Officers of the Hudson County Bar Association to be designated as delegated to the New Jersey State Bar Association General Council, plus additional members as appointed by the President (rather than elected by the Board of Trustees)

Deleted Section

Article VIII, Section 2

Deleted term limits on service as Hudson County Bar Association delegate to New Jersey State Bar Association General Council

Article IX, Section 1

Formerly Article X, Section 1

Requires written notice be provided to members in advance of membership meeting

Article XII, Section 1

Formerly Article XIII

Adds designation as “Section 1. Rules of Order”

Article XII, Section 2

New section

States Board of Trustees shall interpret bylaws upon recommendations of Bylaws Committee, and President may interpret bylaws during course of a meeting

Article XII, Section 3

New section

Authorizes President to appoint parliamentarian

Article XIII, Section 1

New section

Establishes fiscal year as beginning on January 1

Article XIII, Section 2

New section

Establishes seal as “Hudson County Bar Association Established 1877”

The summary is provided for informational purposes only, and members are encouraged to review text of proposed amendments.


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