ARTICLE VII - COMMITTEES

Section 700. Standing Committees.

  1. The Standing Committees of the Association shall be the committees designated by the Board as Standing Committees.
  2. The names and descriptions of the Standing Committees shall be listed in a Register of Committees.

Section 701. Composition and Appointment of Standing Committees.

  1. Except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, all members of Standing Committees shall be Members. Such committee members shall be appointed by the Chancellor during the term of the Chancellor to serve for a term concurrent with the Chancellor’s term or until their successors are appointed.
  2. The Chairs of Standing Committees shall be named by the Chancellor on or before January 15 of the Chancellor’s term to serve for a term concurrent with the Chancellor’s term or until their successors are appointed. The Chancellor, Chancellor-Elect and Vice Chancellor shall be ex officio voting members of such committees. Except as otherwise provided, vacancies in the Chair of a Standing Committee shall be filled by appointment of the Chancellor.
  3. Where the Chancellor deems the same to be in the best interests of the Association, and subject to the provisions of this Section 701 as well as the other provisions of the Bylaws, the Chancellor may appoint one or more non-lawyers to serve as members of any Standing Committee except that, unless otherwise approved by the Board, (1) any one Standing Committee may have no more than five or no greater than one-third of its members, whichever is less, who are non-lawyers, and (2) no non-lawyer may be Chair of any Standing Committee.

Section 702. Special and Ad Hoc Committees.

  1. Committees other than Standing Committees may be created as the Board or the Chancellor may direct. The Chancellor, Chancellor-Elect and Vice Chancellor shall be ex officio voting members of each such Special Committee or Ad Hoc Committee. The term Ad Hoc Committees shall include Task Forces.
  2. Where the Chancellor deems the same to be in the best interests of the Association, the Chancellor may appoint one or more non-lawyers to serve as members of any Special Committee or Ad Hoc Committee except that, unless otherwise approved by the Board, no non-lawyer may be Chair of any Special Committee or Ad Hoc Committee unless there is a Co-Chair of such Special Committee or Ad Hoc Committee who is a Member.
  3. Except as otherwise provided, vacancies in the Chair of a Special Committee or Ad Hoc Committee shall be filled by appointment of the Chancellor.
  4. The names and descriptions of the Special Committee and Ad Hoc Committee shall be listed in a Register of Committees.

Section 703. Register of Committees.

The Secretary shall maintain a Register of Committees which shall include the names and descriptions of the Standing, Special and Ad Hoc Committees. The Register of Committees shall be published annually.

Section 704. Committee Meetings.

  1. Each Committee shall meet from time to time at the call of the Chair thereof, and it shall be the duty of the Chair to call a meeting upon the written request of a majority of the members of the Committee or of the Chancellor.
  2. At the discretion of the Chancellor or the Chair of the Standing Committee affected, notice of a meeting or meetings of a Standing Committee may be given in such manner and to such persons, whether or not members of the Standing Committee or of the Association, as deemed to be in the best interests of the Association.

Section 705. Committee Procedures; Reports.

  1. Except as otherwise provided herein, all Committees shall fix their regular time and place of meeting, may provide that a number less than a majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum thereof, and shall have the general power to adopt regulations for their own government and course of procedure not inconsistent with the Charter, Bylaws and resolutions of the Association.
  2. No Committee shall undertake any activity involving the expenditure of funds unless first authorized by the Board.
  3. At such time or times as the Chancellor or Board shall determine, the Chair of each Committee shall transmit a report of its activities to the Chancellor and/or the Board.
  4. Committees charged with acting on behalf of the Association or with representing its views shall do so subject to Section 1002 of these Bylaws.

Section 706. Effect of Excessive Absence.

Subject to the exercise of the discretion of the Chancellor, any appointed member of a Committee who, after due notice, is absent without excuse from three successive Committee meetings shall, upon written request of the Chair of the Committee to the Chancellor, cease to be a member of the Committee; the member’s name shall be removed forthwith from any roster of the Committee maintained by the Association, and the vacancy thereby occasioned shall be filled as in the case of other vacancies.