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Article 1


    This section shall be known as the "Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Michigan."

Article 2


    The objectives and purposes of the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Michigan ("YLS") shall be to sponsor and carry on activities of particular interest and value to young attorneys in Michigan; to coordinate activities of the various local young lawyer groups in Michigan; to cooperate fully with, and as an integral part of, the State Bar of Michigan ("State Bar");and to cooperate with the various local bar associations in the State of Michigan, the American Bar Association, and the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division in the promotion of their programs.

Article 3


    SECTION 1. ELIGIBILITY. Except as otherwise allowed in Art 4, sec 4 and Art 5, sec 2 of these bylaws, every attorney who is a member in good standing of the State Bar is a member of the YLS through the annual meeting following the member's36th birthday or through the annual meeting following the member’s 5th anniversary of being licensed, whichever period is greater.

    SECTION 2. MEMBERSHIP REMOVAL. Any member the YLS shall, upon written request, be dropped from membership without prejudice to reinstatement upon written request if still eligible.

Article 4


    SECTION 1 .OFFICERS. The officers of the YLS shall be: A Chairperson, Chairperson-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer.

    SECTION 2. COUNCIL, TERM, VACANCY. The Chairperson-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected by the Council members from their own number at the annual Council meeting immediately following the annual meeting of the YLS. All officers shall serve in the respective offices to which they have been elected for a term of one year, or until their successors are elected. If, before the expiration of the normal one-year term of any office, a vacancy occurs with respect to such office, except that of Chairperson where a Chairperson-Elect is available to fill the vacancy, such office shall be filled by election at the next regular Council meeting, and the tenure of officers so elected shall be for the remainder of the unexpired terms.

    SECTION 3. CHAIRPERSON. The Chairperson shall automatically be a member of the Council, shall be chief executive officer of the YLS, and shall fill by appointment, subject to approval by the Council, all vacancies occurring in the membership of the Council from the district in which the vacancy has occurred for the remainder of the term being filled. The Chairperson shall appoint the chairs of all standing committees and such other committees as the Chairperson may deem necessary or as the Council may recommend or create. Except as otherwise provided in these bylaws, the Chairperson shall call and preside at all meetings of the Council, regular meetings of which shall be held at least four times each year in the city of Lansing and at such other times and places as the Council shall designate. The Chairperson shall also call and preside at the annual meetings of the YLS and Council.

    SECTION 4. CHAIRPERSON-ELECT. The Chairperson-Elect shall automatically succeed to the office of Chairperson at the conclusion of the term as Chairperson-Elect, or earlier upon the existence of a vacancy. In the event the Chairperson-Elect succeeds to the office of Chairperson prior to the expiration of the term as Chairperson-Elect, he/she shall continue in the office of Chairperson through the full term of office that he/she would otherwise have served. The Chairperson-Elect shall act as Chairperson during the absence of the Chairperson. The Chairperson-Elect shall also act as editor of the YLS newsletter, Inter Alia, perform the duties assigned by the Chairperson in planning and coordinating the projects and activities of the YLS and shall perform other duties usually incident to the office. A person elected Chairperson-Elect may automatically succeed to the office of Chairperson, even if he/she does not meet the age requirement for YLS membership, and that person shall be deemed a member of the YLS during the term of office as Chairperson. In anticipation of the Chairperson-Elect succeeding to the office of Chairperson at the annual Council meeting, the Council member seat occupied by the Chairperson-Elect shall be filled by election prior to the annual Council meeting.

    SECTION 5. SECRETARY. The Secretary shall keep all minutes and records of meetings of the Council and the YLS, shall preside at meetings of the Council in the absence of both the Chairperson and the Chairperson-Elect, and shall perform other duties usually incident to the office.

    SECTION 6. TREASURER. The Treasurer shall maintain current information as to the financial affairs of the YLS, and shall perform other duties usually incident to the office.

    SECTION 7. RETIRING CHAIRPERSON AS EX OFFICIO MEMBER. The immediate past Chairperson shall be an ex officio member of the Council for the following year, with all voting rights. All other past Chairpersons shall be honorary members of the Council for advisory purposes but without the right to vote.

    SECTION 8. ELIGIBILITY. No person shall be eligible to hold office unless, at the time he/she is appointed or elected, that person is a member of the YLS. No person shall hold the same elective office for two consecutive terms.

    SECTION 9. REMOVAL. The Council or YLS may, by a two-thirds vote, remove or discharge an officer.

Article 5


    SECTION 1.

    POWERS. There shall be a Council for the YLS which shall be its final policy-making body. The Council shall advise and aid the Chairperson and perform other acts as provided in these bylaws.

    SECTION 2. MEMBERS. The Council shall be composed of not more than 23 members, namely, the Chairperson, elected or appointed council members (which includes the Chairperson-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer), the immediate past Chairperson and the Chairperson of the Law Student Section.

    SECTION 3. NOMINATIONS, ELECTION PROCEDURES. To be nominated, a Council member shall file a petition signed by at least 5 persons entitled to vote for the nominee with the Secretary or his or her designee between April 1 and April 30. Only members of the YLS eligible to vote in the district they are to represent and who consent to their candidacy in writing may be nominated to serve as Council members. The Secretary shall cause to be published and mailed prior to the end of the month of April in each year an announcement of the vacancies to be filled on the Council, the month during which nominations may be filed, and a form of petition for the nomination of Council members. Nominations may be made on such forms, but nominations in any other form of petition which complies with these bylaws shall be deemed sufficient. The address of record of each YLS member which is on file with the State Bar as of April of the election year shall determine eligibility for all election purposes. A ballot shall be voted for the number of candidates selected on the ballot, but in no event shall the number of candidates selected on the ballot exceed the maximum number of vacancies to be filled in the district to which the YLS member is eligible to vote. No ballot shall be counted which does not comply with this requirement. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes will be declared elected. In the case of a tie vote, the tellers shall determine the successful candidate by lot.

    SECTION 4. ELECTION DISTRICTS, REAPPORTIONMENT, TERM. There shall be three council election districts comprised as indicated: District 1 - YLS members in Macomb and Wayne Counties; District 2 - YLS members in Oakland County; District 3 - YLS members not in District 1 or District 2. A YLS member is a member of the district which corresponds with the member’s address on record with the State Bar of Michigan. As of the reapportionment for election districts held in advance of the elections held in 2010, District 1 shall be entitled to elect a total of 5 Council members, District 2 shall been titled to elect a total of 7 Council members and District 3 shall be entitled to elect a total of 8 Council members. Every six years the Council shall review election Districts and report to the State Bar Board of Commissioners whether or not a reapportionment of Districts is necessary, and, if so, shall submit a proposed reapportionment plan, which upon adoption shall govern subsequent elections without the need to revise these bylaws. One-half of the number of Council members to which each District is entitled shall be elected each year to staggered two-year terms, including those elected in the year first following enactment of these bylaws provisions. Elected Council members shall take office at the close of the annual YLS meeting following their election and shall, together with Council members whose terms continue, convene the annual Council meeting.

    SECTION 5. SPECIAL MEETINGS. Special meetings may be called by the Chairperson, either upon his/her own initiative or upon written request of two-thirds of the Council and shall be held at the time and place designated by the Chairperson.

    SECTION 6.QUORUM. A quorum of the Council shall consist of a majority of its members. Members shall attend meetings in person, unless the Chairperson permits a member to attend by videoconference or by telephone. The decisions of the Council shall be determined by a majority vote of the members present at a meeting at which a quorum exists. In the event that a quorum is not present at any meeting, the members present may proceed with the business of the meeting as if a quorum were present, and their acts shall become effective when and if enough absent members ratify them in writing, in addition to those present, to constitute a majority of the Council. Upon prior consent of the Chairperson, any action that maybe taken at a meeting may be taken without a meeting and determined by a majority vote of members via electronic means.

    SECTION 7. ABSENCES. If a Council member is absent for two consecutive meetings of the Council without having been excused by the Chairperson, or three meetings during the course of the Bar year for any reason, the Chairperson may declare the seat of that Council member vacant and fill the vacancy as provided for in Article 4, section 3.

Article 6


    SECTION 1. YLS ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the YLS shall be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the State Bar.

    SECTION 2. ANNUAL COUNCIL MEETING. The annual meeting of the Council shall be held on the same date and at the same place as the annual YLS meeting and shall convene immediately following the annual YLS meeting.

    SECTION 3.AGENDAS. At such meetings, the order of business include the following:


    1. Opening remarks by Chairperson.
    2. Report of Secretary.
    3.Reports of standing committees.
    4.Reports of special committees.
    5.New business, special address, etc.
    6. Report of the Secretary of results of Council election.
    7. Other business
    8. Adjourn


    1. Appointment of Council vacancies by Chairperson and approval by Council.
    2. Assumption of office of Chairperson by Chairperson-Elect.
    3. Election of Treasurer, Secretary, and Chairperson-Elect and any other officer positions that have not been assumed.

    SECTION 4. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. Ballots for Treasurer, Secretary, and Chairperson-Elect, and any other officer positions that have not been assumed, shall be canvassed by a committee of tellers appointed by the Chairperson.

    No proxy voting shall be permitted in any election for officers of the YLS.

    Officers shall be elected by a majority of votes cast among the Council members present and voting. In the event of a tie, the tellers appointed by the Chairperson shall determine the successful candidate by lot. In the event of an uncontested election, a candidate’s election may be confirmed by acclamation.

    SECTION 5. DISPUTED ELECTIONS: In the event an election is disputed, a written petition shall be transmitted to the Chairperson within ten days, who shall preside over a special meeting of the Council. The determination of the Council shall be final, subject to a right of appeal to the State Bar Board of Commissioners.

Article 7


    SECTION 1. STANDING AND OTHER COMMITTEES. The Chairperson shall have power to create and appoint such standing committees and other committees as he/she may deem necessary or which are recommended or created by the Council. The Council shall have the authority to create special committees upon majority vote of the Council.

    SECTION 2. APPOINTING MEMBERS. The Chairperson shall have power to remove any member of any committee upon written notice and upon such removal, the Chairperson or the committee chair shall immediately fill the vacancy so created.

    SECTION 3. DUTIES AND POWERS. Each committee shall have the right and duty to perform the functions suggested by its title, and such other functions and duties as shall be assigned by the Chairperson or Council. At present and subject to this bylaw, the standing committees are:

    A. INTER ALIA COMMITTEE. The Inter Alia Committee shall be led by the Chairperson-Elect, and shall be responsible for collecting content for and publishing the YLS Newsletter, Inter Alia. The Chairperson-Elect shall name all other committee members and assign tasks.

    B. MEDIA/MARKETING RELATIONS. The Media/Marketing Relations Committee shall be established and shall be responsible for maintaining the YLS webpage, marketing and promotional materials, protocol regarding the YLS listserv, and initiating and maintaining any other media and/or marketing relations items. The Chairperson shall appoint a chair for the Media/Marketing Relations Committee, who will name all other committee members and assign tasks.

    C. DIVERSITY. The Diversity Committee shall be established and shall be responsible for promoting diversity, including initiating ideas for projects to promote diversity. The Chairperson shall appoint a chair for the Diversity Committee, who will name all other committee members and assign tasks.

Article 8


    SECTION 1. AMENDMENTS. These bylaws may be amended by two-thirds vote of the members of the YLS present and voting at any meeting of the YLS, provided such proposed amendment was first submitted to the Council for its recommendation; and further, that no such amendment shall be effective until approved by the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar. After approved by the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar, any amendments to these Bylaws shall become effective at the first meeting of the following Bar year.

    SECTION 2. PROCEDURES. Any proposed amendment shall be submitted in writing to the Council by any member of the YLS in time for it to be considered by the Council at or before the last regular Council meeting before a meeting of the YLS (either the annual meeting or other meeting of the YLS) at which it is to be voted upon. The Council shall consider the proposed amendment at said regular meeting, and shall prepare recommendations thereon, which recommendations, together with a complete and accurate text of said proposed amendment, shall be published in the Michigan Bar Journal or Inter Alia, at least thirty days prior to the meeting of the YLS at which it is to be voted upon.

Created 1940 as "Junior Bar"
Name changed to "Young Lawyers in 1960
Current as of 9/11




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