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Proposed Changes to the
By-Laws of the Lycoming Law Association

On October 13, 2014, the Lycoming County Law Association Executive Committee approved the submission of a change in the Association's By-Laws to the membership for approval. Approval will be sought at the Annual Meeting, which is scheduled to take place January 12, 2015.

The proposed change is to completely replace "Article I. Membership" with a revised article that defines three classifications of members: active, senior and associate. Most members are "active." "Senior" membership was established a number of years ago, but the criteria was not at that time defined in the By-Laws. The definition of a "senior" member will now track that of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. The final classification is entirely new. "Associate" members are those who are members of the Pennsylvania Bar, but who do not maintain an office or residence in Lycoming County. "Associate" members are non-voting members, but are entitled all other benefits of membership.

The current By-Laws are here. The proposed revision follows below:

ARTICLE I. MEMBERSHIP

1. Membership in the Lycoming Law Association (hereinafter "LLA" or "Association") shall be open to all members in good standing of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, or persons who retired from the practice of law while members in good standing of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

2. Membership Classification.

A.  Active Member. An attorney who maintains or who maintained at the time of retirement, primary residence or a primary office for the practice of law in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, and who meets all of the conditions of membership as established by the LLA from time to time, including but not limited to payment of LLA dues.

B.  Senior Member. An Active Member who has been a member for at least 35 years, has reached the age of at least 75 years, and who desires to continue membership in the Association as a Senior Member. Senior Members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of Active Members. Senior Members shall not be assessed LLA dues.

C.  Associate Member. An attorney who is a member in good standing of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and who does not qualify for Active Membership shall be eligible for Associate Membership. Associate Members shall be entitled to all rights and privileges of Active Members except the right to vote on Association business or to hold office in the Association. Associate Members shall be assessed LLA dues at an established Associate Membership rate.

3. Any member who fails to meet the conditions of membership may be removed by majority vote of a quorum of the Executive Committee of the LLA or by majority vote of the members of the LLA.