Notice of Special Meeting of Members of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
In accordance with Section 3.2 of the Section’s Bylaws, the Executive Committee of the Section has called a Special Meeting of the Members of the Section to be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at the Ritz Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel). The address of the hotel is 160 East Pearson Street at Water Tower Place, Chicago, IL 60611. Members may also participate by telephone. Specific room information and call-in information will be posted on the Section’s web site before the meeting.
The purpose of the Special Meeting is to consider three amendments to the Section’s Bylaws. These proposed Bylaw amendments were approved by the Section’s Council at a duly called meeting held in New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 10, 2013, and the Executive Committee was directed to present these proposed Bylaw amendments for consideration and vote by the Section’s Members in accordance with Article 13 of the Section’s Bylaws.
1. First Proposed Amendment. Amend Section 2.3 of the Bylaws to read as follows:
§ 2.3 MEMBERSHIP AND TERMINATION. Members of the Association who are enrolled in the Section and whose Section dues are not delinquent shall constitute the membership of the Section. A person whose dues are delinquent by a period set by the Board of Governors shall cease to be a member of the Section.
The purpose of this amendment is to conform the Section’s Bylaws to the ABA’s adoption of new policies concerning the payment of ABA dues. The ABA’s Board of Governors has moved the drop date for nonpayment of dues from February 28 to September 30. The action of the Board included a transition period of two years, so that the new drop date of September 30 will be fully implemented by 2015. Our current Section Bylaws include a reference to a six-month delinquency period, so it is therefore necessary to amend the Section Bylaws to conform to this change.
2. Second Proposed Amendment. Amend portions of Section 9.1 of the Bylaws to read as follows:
§ 9.1 STANDING COMMITTEES. The Section shall have the following standing committees, and the chairs, vice-chairs, and membership shall be appointed by the Chair-Elect to serve during the ensuing year following the next annual meeting or until their successors are appointed: Communications, Community Outreach, Continuing Legal Education, Corporate Sponsorship, Diversity, Groups and Substantive Committees, Membership, Nominations, Planning, Publications, Trust and Estate Division Governmental Submissions, Real Property Division Governmental Submissions, and such other committees and task forces as authorized by Council. To the extent that the Committee serves both divisions of the Section, a co-chair and vice-chair from each division shall be appointed, and the membership shall include a more or less equal number of representatives from each division. Each council member shall serve on at least one standing committee.
§ 9.1(k) TRUST AND ESTATE DIVISION GOVERNMENTAL SUBMISSIONS. The Standing Committee on Trust and Estate Governmental Submissions shall consist of one chair or two co-chairs, and possibly one or more vice-chairs, and such other members as the Chair-Elect shall appoint after consulting with the Vice-Chair of the Trust and Estate Division. The Committee shall initiate and review submissions to governmental bodies with respect to proposed legislation, regulation projects, and other matters affecting estate planning and estate administration, with the view to improving the law and ensuring the highest quality and balanced approach.
§ 9.1(l) REAL PROPERTY DIVISION GOVERNMENTAL SUBMISSIONS. The Standing Committee on Real Property Governmental Submissions shall consist of one chair or two co-chairs, and possibly one or more vice-chairs, and such other members as the Chair-Elect shall appoint after consulting with the Vice-Chair of the Real Property Division. The Committee shall initiate and review submissions to governmental bodies with respect to proposed legislation, regulation projects, and other matters affecting real property, with the view to improving the law and ensuring the highest quality and balanced approach.
The purpose of the amendments to Sections 9.1 and 9.1(l) is to create a new Section standing committee on governmental submissions for the Section’s Real Property Division. The Section has long had a standing committee on governmental submissions for the Section’s Trust and Estate Division. The Section believes that a separate standing committee to address real property governmental submissions is appropriate. The purpose of the amendment to Section 9.1(k) is to correct a minor typographical error.
3. Third Proposed Amendment. Amend Section 3.1 of the Bylaws to read as follows:
§ 3.1 ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the Section shall be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association, at specific times and places to be designated by the Executive Committee or such other time and place as designated by the Council. The meeting may be conducted through the use of a conference telephone or interactive technology, including but not limited to electronic transmission, Internet usage, or remote communication, by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can communicate with each other. Participation in such meeting shall constitute attendance and presence in person at the meeting of the person or persons so participating.
The purpose of this proposed Bylaw change is to confirm that the Section does not have to hold a live in-person Annual Meeting. This proposed Bylaw amendment would clarify any potential ambiguity as to whether the Section must hold its Annual Meeting as a live in-person meeting. The Section believes that an affirmative statement recognizing the Section’s authority to set the format of its meeting is appropriate.
Questions about this Special Meeting of the Members or about the proposed Bylaw amendments should be directed to the Section’s Secretary:
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