ARTICLE II MEMBERSHIP

2.1 Classes Of Membership; Rights.

  • 2.1.1 The Association shall have two types of members: Voting Members and Nonvoting Members, subject to the admission requirements set forth in Section 2.2.
  • 2.1.2 Voting Members.
    • 2.1.2.1 An individual in good standing at the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, a territory, possession, or tribal court of any federally recognized tribe of the United States, and an individual who has passed the bar examination of such jurisdiction without regard to whether that individual has been admitted to practice shall be eligible to be a Voting Member.
    • 2.1.2.2 An attorney who is currently a member of the judiciary may be a Voting Member as determined by the Board and shall be entitled to all rights of a Voting Member, except the right to hold the position of Officer.
    • 2.1.2.3 Any individual may be an Honorary Member as determined by the Board and shall be entitled to all rights of a Voting Member, except the right to hold the position of Officer.
  • 2.1.3 Nonvoting Members. Any of the following may become Nonvoting Members, as determined by the Board. Nonvoting Members shall be entitled to all rights of a Voting Member, except the right to vote, to hold the position of Board Member, Officer, Division officer, Section officer, member of a Division or Section executive committee or committee chair.
    • 2.1.3.1 Attorneys who are a member of any court of record whose office or principal practice is not in the City of Philadelphia and who have requested to be an Associate Member;
    • 2.1.3.2 Law students;
    • 2.1.3.3 Paralegals/Legal Assistants;
    • 2.1.3.4 Legal administrators;
    • 2.1.3.5 Law librarians;
    • 2.1.3.6 Association employees;
    • 2.1.3.7 Employees of other bar associations;
    • 2.1.3.8 Individuals associated with vendors who provide goods and/or services to members of the legal profession; and
    • 2.1.3.9 Other individuals who have an interest in or show an affinity for the legal profession.

2.2 Admission To Membership.

  • 2.2.1 Any person desiring to be a Member (other than an Honorary Member as determined by the Board) shall send to the Association a signed application in the form approved by the Board demonstrating that the applicant is qualified to be a member of the class of membership desired together with payment of the dues for the current year for that class (if applicable).
  • 2.2.2 The Association shall determine whether the applicant is qualified to be a Voting Member or Nonvoting Member and shall notify the applicant of such determination in the manner determined by the Board.
  • 2.2.3 If the Association determines that the applicant is so qualified, the applicant shall become a Member as of the date of such determination and payment of any dues.
  • 2.2.4 If the applicant is determined not qualified to be a member, the applicant may appeal such determination in writing to the Board, whose determination shall be final.

2.3 Resignation From Membership.

  • 2.3.1 A Member may resign from membership by written notice directed to the Association, but such resignation shall not relieve the Member of any delinquency with respect to the payment of dues. A Member’s resignation shall be effective upon receipt by the Association and shall constitute a relinquishment of all the resigning Member’s rights and privileges, without any return or adjustment of dues.

2.4 Termination Of Membership For Non-Payment Of Dues.

  • 2.4.1 If a Member’s dues have not been paid within 90 days after they become due in any year, the Association shall give the Member notice that the dues are delinquent. If the Member shall fail to pay the delinquency within a period of time as determined by the Board, the Association shall give the Member notice that his or her membership and all rights and privileges thereof have been terminated for nonpayment of dues.
  • 2.4.2 Any person whose membership has been terminated hereunder for non-payment of dues shall have the right to immediate reinstatement as a Member at any time during the calendar year in which the termination took place upon the payment of the delinquency.
  • 2.4.3 A person whose membership has been terminated for non-payment of dues and not reinstated by payment of the delinquency during the calendar year in which the termination took place may be reinstated by the Association at any time after such year, if then qualified, upon payment of the dues for the current year.

2.5 Expulsion From Or Suspension Of Membership.

  • 2.5.1 A Member shall be expelled as a Member upon receipt of notice that the Member has been disbarred from any court of record.
  • 2.5.2 A Member shall be suspended as a Member upon receipt of notice that the Member has been suspended from practice before any court of record. Such suspension as a Member shall continue until such time as (a) the suspension has been lifted by the court that imposed the suspension, and (b) the Board has determined to lift such suspension as a Member.
  • 2.5.3 A Member also may be suspended and/or recommended for expulsion as a Member by majority vote of the Officers for good cause, including, but not limited to, conduct that unreasonably interferes with or disrupts the business of the Association. Any such Member shall be provided with written notice of the decision and the reasons for the suspension and/or recommendation within ten business days.
  • 2.5.4 Any Member suspended pursuant to Section 2.5.3 may appeal to the Board within ten business days after receiving notice of the decision, by delivering notice of the appeal to the Executive Director by certified mail, return receipt requested; by receipted hand delivery; or by nationally recognized overnight courier. Such Member shall be entitled to a reasonable opportunity to be heard by the Board before the Board decides the appeal. Once the Board decides the appeal, its decision shall be final, with no further right of appeal.
  • 2.5.5 Any Member recommended for expulsion pursuant to Section 2.5.3 shall have a right to appear before the Board on reasonable notice and with a reasonable opportunity to be heard. The decision of the Board shall be final, with no further right of appeal.
  • 2.5.6 All proceedings under Sections 2.5.3, 2.5.4 and 2.5.5 shall be conducted in accordance with rules promulgated by resolution of the Board.
  • 2.5.7 Any Officer, the Executive Director, or any employee designated by the Executive Director, shall have the authority to use any lawful means to cause the removal of a Member from the Association headquarters or any Association event for good cause, including, but not limited to, conduct that unreasonably interferes with or disrupts the business of the Association.
  • 2.5.8 The expulsion or suspension of a Member pursuant to this Section 2.5 shall constitute a termination or suspension of all of the terminated/suspended Member’s rights and privileges of membership without any return or adjustment of dues.