BYLAWS OF THE WORKER'S COMPENSATION SECTION OF THE PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION

ARTICLE I
Purpose

The purpose of this section shall be to promote the objectives of the Philadelphia Bar Association within the field of the worker's compensation law and to that end, to advance the development of the law and the further and continuing education of the Philadelphia bar within that field in all its branches, to formulate and extend the study of this field of law, to cooperate in attaining uniformity with respect to both legislation and administration in all matters within this field, and to simplify and improve the application of justice in this field, all in conformity with the Charter and Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association as at the time in effect.

ARTICLE II
Membership

Each member of this Section shall pay to the Philadelphia Bar Association annual dues initially at twenty dollars ($20.00) until the next annual meeting and thereafter not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00) as may be established for his or her class of membership. Any member in good standing of the Philadelphia Bar Association, upon request and payment of dues for the current year, shall be enrolled as a member of this Section of the appropriate class. Any member of this Section whose annual membership remains unpaid more than thirty (30) days after the end of the year for which they are billed shall thereupon cease to be a member of this Section. The Executive Committee, with the approval of the Board of Governors, may establish classes of membership based upon the number of years a member shall have been admitted to any bar.

ARTICLE III
Officers

Section 1. The officers of the Section shall be the Co-Chairs and the Co-Chairs elect, a Secretary and a Treasurer. Pending the first regular election, the present Co-Chairs of the Worker’s Compensation Section shall serve as the only interim officers. The Co-Chairs shall consist of one representative of the claimant’s bar, one from the defense bar and one from the Worker’s Compensation Judiciary.

Section 2. Each officer of the Section shall hold office for a term beginning on the January 1 next following the annual meeting of the Section as which he/she is elected and ending at the close of that calendar year, and until their successor shall have been elected and qualified. But officers elected in the course of such a term to fill a vacancy shall serve only until the close of the calendar year in which such election occurs, unless again elected for a regular term as provided below.

Section 3. The Co-Chairs elect shall be elected in accordance with Article VI below. On the January 1 next following the annual meeting of the Section the Co-Chairs elect whose term of office expire at that time shall automatically become Co-Chairs without the need of any election to that office.

Section 4. Subject to the direction and control of the Chancellor and the Board of Governors, the functions, duties, and authorities of the officers shall be as follows:

a. The Co-Chairs shall preside at all meetings of the Section and of the Executive Committee. They shall, by and with the advice and consent of the Chancellor, appoint the Chair and members of all Committees of the Section who are to serve during his/her term as Chair. They shall plan and superintend the programs of the Section during the term, subject to any direction and approval of the Executive Committee. They shall superintend the performance of all activities of the Section. They shall keep the Executive Committee duly informed and carry out its decisions. They shall present at each Annual Meeting of the Philadelphia Bar Association a report of the work of the Section for the year just ending. They shall perform such further duties and have such further powers as usually pertain to their office of as may be designated by the Executive Committee or the Chancellor. If one of the Co-Chairs shall be unable to serve then the others shall act alone for the remainder of the term.

b. The Co-Chairs elect shall, in consultation with the Co-Chairs and the Chancellor-Elect, arrange for the appointment of the Chair and members of all Committees who are to serve during their coming term. They shall assist in planning and superintending the programs offered by the Section during their term. They shall aid the Co-Chair in the performance of their responsibilities in such manner and to such extent as the Chair may request. They shall perform further duties and have such further powers as usually pertain to their office or as may be designated by the Executive Committee or the Co-Chair. In case of the death, resignation or disability of on of the Co-Chairs, the others shall perform the duties for the remainder of the term.

Section 5. The Secretary shall consult and assist all the officers of the Section as to the work of the Section generally in such manner and to such extent as they may request. The Secretary shall be the custodian of all principle books and documents of the Section, but not of money. The Secretary shall keep minutes of all the meetings of the Section and the Executive Committee, and shall perform such further duties and have such further powers as may be designated by the Executive Committee of the Chair. The Secretary may be elected to successive terms not exceeding three (3) one year terms.

Section 6. The Treasurer shall be custodian of all funds of the Section, and shall keep an accurate record of all monies appropriated to and expected or the use of the Section. He/she shall prepare an annual budge which shall be submitted to the Executive Committee for it’s approval, and shall present to the membership at its annual meeting a Financial Report, and to the Executive Committee such interim financial reports as it may request.

ARTICLE IV
Executive Committee

Section 1. There shall be an Executive Committee which shall consist of the elected officers of the Section and the immediate past Co-Chairs.

Section 2. If any elected member of the Executive Committee shall, without just cause, fail to attend three consecutive meetings of the Committee, his/her office may be declared vacant by the Executive Committee.

Section 3. The Executive Committee shall, subject to action of the members taken at annual meetings of the Section and to any action of the Board of Governors of the Association have general supervision and control of the affairs of the Section but only in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and the By-Laws of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the By-Laws of this Section. The Executive Committee, with the advice and consent of the Chancellor may create and terminate committees. The Executive Committee shall adopt the annual budget and authorize the expenditure of all monies of the Section or appropriated for its use, provided it shall not authorize commitments or contracts involving the payment of money during any fiscal year in an amount exceeding the monies of the Section or appropriated for its use.

Section 4. The Executive Committee shall meet at least quarterly in each year at a place fixed from time-to-time by the Co-Chair and upon not less than ten (10) days written notice to all members.

Section 5. Except as provided in Section 3 of this Article IV, all actions of the Executive Committee shall be taken at a regular meeting thereof or at a special session at which a quorum is present. A quorum shall consist of not less than two (2) voting members present in person. All action shall be by a majority vote of those present. Members of the Committee, if personally present, shall vote in person but if absent may indicate their vote, in writing, on any proposition, to the Secretary, and such vote shall have the same effect as if in person at the meeting.

ARTICLE V
Meeting of the Section

Section 1. The annual meeting of the Section shall be the last business meeting of the calendar year and held in either November or December in the City of Philadelphia at a place and hour to be stated in the notice of the meeting.

Section 2. The members of the Section present at any meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Section 3. Except as provided in Section 4 or Article VI, all binding action of the Section shall be a majority vote of the members present.

Section 4. The Executive Committee may direct that a proposition be submitted to the members of the Section for vote by mail. In such event adoption by the Section shall be by a majority of the votes received, or such greater proportion of the vote as the Executive Committee may fix for the purpose in accordance with rules fixed by the Executive Committee, and approved by the Chancellor. If the proposition shall be rejected, it may not be brought before the Section again until the next annual Meeting and then only upon petition of fifteen (15) members of the Section.

ARTICLE VI
Nominations and Elections

Section 1. The Nominating Committee shall consist of the Co-Chairs, the Co-Chair Elects and the immediate past Co-Chairs. The Nominating Committee shall make recommendations on:

A. Vice Chairs (Chair Elect) and;

B. Such other nominations as maybe appropriate to file vacancies on committees of the
section.

Section 2. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the annual meeting.

ARTICLE VII
Miscellaneous

Section 1. The fiscal year of the Section shall be the same as that of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Section 2. All bills incurred by this Section shall be approved by either the Co-Chair or if the Executive Committee shall so direct, by all of them.

Section 3. No salary or compensation shall be paid to any officer of the Section, member of the Executive Committee or member of any other Committee of the Section.

Section 4. No action by this Section shall become effective as the action of the Philadelphia Bar Association until it is approved by the Philadelphia Bar Association. Any resolution adopted or action taken by this Section may on request of the Section or the Chair be reported by the Chair of the Section to the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association for approval or other necessary action.

Section 5. These By-Laws shall become effective upon approval of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

ARTICLE VIII
Amendments

These By-Laws may be amended at any annual or special meeting of the Section, consistently with the Constitution and By-Laws of the Philadelphia Bar Association, by a majority vote of the members of the Section present and voting, provided that such proposed amendment shall have been, or shall be approved by a majority vote of the whole Executive Committee. But no amendment so adopted shall become effective until approved by the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

ARTICLE IX
Termination

The existence of the Section is automatically terminated whenever the total membership shall fall below fifty (50), or whenever the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association shall, by resolution, so determine.