ARTICLE I - MEMBERSHIP

Section 100. Classes of Membership; Rights.

  1. There shall be the following classes of membership:
    1. Regular Member. A Regular Member shall be a member of the Bar
      1. of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, or the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; or
      2. of any court of record whose office or principal practice is in the City of Philadelphia; or
      3. of any court of record who is employed in the City of Philadelphia or who maintains therein his or her principal office or of any court of record, who is a full-time member of the faculty of any accredited law school situated within 100 miles of the City of Philadelphia.
    2. Associate Member. There shall be the following classes of Associate Membership:
      1. a member of the Bar
        1. of any court of record who is not qualified to be a Regular Member and who has requested in writing to be an Associate Member;
        2. of any court of record whose office or principal practice is not in the City of Philadelphia and who has requested in writing to be an Associate Member; or
        3. of any court of record who is a full-time member of the faculty of any accredited law school.
      2. a Legal Assistant. A Legal Assistant for purposes hereof shall be a person who is not a member of the Bar but who is qualified as a legal assistant through education, training or work experience and who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law firm, government legal body or other law-related entity in a capacity or function which involves the performance, under the direction or supervision of an attorney, of specifically delegated substantive legal work, which work, for the most part, requires a sufficient knowledge of legal concepts such that, absent that legal assistant, the attorney would perform the task.
      3. a Legal Administrator. A Legal Administrator for purposes hereof shall be a person who is not a member of the Bar but who is qualified as a legal administrator through education, training or work experience and who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law firm, government legal body or other law-related entity in a capacity or function which involves general responsibility for business management, marketing, support functions and/or staff personnel of the entity.
      4. a Law Librarian. A Law Librarian for purposes hereof shall be a person who is not a member of the Bar but who is qualified as a law librarian through education, training or work experience and who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law firm, government legal body or other law-related entity in a capacity or function which involves responsibility for the law library of the entity. An Associate Member is entitled to all privileges of a Regular Member except the rights to vote and to hold office.
    3. Honorary Member. An Honorary Member shall be a person qualified to be a Regular Member but who is a member of the judiciary, or a person who is a member of the legal profession and who has been elected as an Honorary Member by the Board. An Honorary Member who is a member of the judiciary is entitled to all rights of a Regular Member except the right to hold office. An Honorary Member who is not a member of the judiciary is entitled to all the rights of a Regular Member except the rights to vote and hold office. No Honorary Member shall be obligated to pay dues.
    4. Senior Member. A Senior Member shall be a person who
      1. has been a Regular Member for at least 25 years;
      2. has reached the age of at least 70 years, or has reached the age of 65 years and has retired from active practice; and
      3. has made a written request to become a Senior Member.

      A Senior Member is entitled to all rights of a Regular Member except the right to hold office.

    5. Law Student Member. A Law Student Member shall be a person who is enrolled in any accredited law school and who has made a request to be a Law Student Member. A Law Student Member is entitled to all rights of a Regular Member except the rights to vote and hold office.
    6. The right to hold office as used in this Section 100 means the right to hold any office listed or referred to in Section 300(A).

Section 101. Admission to Membership.

  1. Any person desiring to be a Member (other than an Honorary Member elected by the Board) shall send to the Secretary 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. The Secretary shall determine whether the applicant is qualified to be a member of the class desired and shall notify the applicant of such determination.
  3. If the Secretary determines that the applicant is so qualified, the applicant shall become a Member as of the date of such determination.
  4. If the Secretary determines that the applicant is not qualified to be a member of the class desired, the applicant may appeal such determination in writing to the Board, whose determination shall be final.
  5. Any former Member who has not been a Member for four years or more shall be treated as a new applicant upon application for membership.

Section 102. Resignation from Membership.

A Member may resign from membership by written resignation directed to the Secretary, but such resignation shall not relieve the Member of any delinquency with respect to the payment of dues. (See Section 500(C) with respect to the power of the Board to waive such delinquency.)

Section 103. Termination of Membership for Non-Payment of Dues.

  1. If a Member’s dues have not been paid within 90 days after they become due in any year, the Treasurer shall give the Member notice that the dues are delinquent, which notice shall be accompanied by a copy of this Section 103. If the Member shall fail to pay the delinquency within 60 days after such notice has been mailed to such Member, the Member shall be certified to the Membership Committee as delinquent, and the Member shall be given notice thereof and that his or her membership and all rights and benefits thereof shall ipso facto terminate and the Theodore F. Jenkins Memorial Law Library Company shall be so notified. (See Section 500(C) with respect to the power of the Board to waive any provision of this Section 103.)
  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. In the event of reinstatement, the Theodore F. Jenkins Memorial Law Library Company shall be promptly notified thereof.
  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 Secretary at any time after such year, if then qualified, upon payment of the dues for the full current year ( i.e., Section 500(D) shall not apply), and in addition a reinstatement fee equal to the amount of the dues for the full current year, in which event any outstanding delinquency shall be discharged.

Section 104. Expulsion or Suspension of Member.

  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. 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 (1) the suspension has been lifted by the court that imposed the suspension, and (2) the Board has determined to lift such suspension as a Member.
  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.
  4. Any Member suspended pursuant to Section 104(C) 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, or by receipted hand delivery. Such Member shall be entitled to a reasonable opportunity to be heard by the Board before the appeal is decided. Once the Board decides the appeal, its decision shall be final, with no further right of appeal.
  5. Any Member recommended for expulsion pursuant to Section 104(C) shall have a right to a trial 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.
  6. All proceedings under subsections C, D and E above shall be conducted in accordance with rules promulgated by resolution of the Board.
  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.