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Virginia Trial Lawyers Association(VTLA.com)

The name of this association is the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

ARTICLE II. OBJECTS AND PURPOSES

Section 1. This association is a nonprofit, nonstock corporation organized under the provisions of the Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act. Va. Code Ann. Sections 13.1-201 - 13.1 - 296.

Section 2. The purposes for which this organization is formed are to foster continuing legal education and scholarship and to promote and increase the trial and appellate skills and knowledge of the members of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Virginia through the means of seminars and meetings and cooperation with educational institutions and associations, and to do all things necessary to uphold and maintain the traditionally high standard of the legal profession and the administration of justice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Section 3. The powers and limitations of this association are as provided by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia and as enumerated in Paragraph 3 and Paragraph 9 of the Articles of Incorporation but within those limitations which are in furtherance of the exempt purpose set forth in Section 501 (c) (6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 and any regulations thereunder.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Members.

A. Active Members. Any person who is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a member in good standing of the Virginia State Bar shall be eligible to become an active member of this association. Active members shall have the right to vote and to hold office. Voting shall be by the member in person and not by proxy. In order to vote and participate in the business affairs of the association or to be elected to office, a lawyer must be a member of the association in good standing with current dues paid prior to the date of the annual election of Governors.

B. Sustaining Members. Any active member who pays dues for a year in an amount greater than normal dues as determined by the Board shall be known as a sustaining member and shall be so designated in any published list of the members of this association. Sustaining members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of other active members.

C. Life Members. The Board may at its discretion from time to time set an amount of dues which if paid by a regular active member shall thereupon entitle him to life membership in this association. Life members shall not be required to pay dues but shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of other active members.

D. Judicial Members. Any person who is a full-time member of any of the judicial or quasi-judicial bodies hereafter named in this paragraph shall, unless he objects, become a judicial member of this association. Judicial members shall not be required to pay dues nor shall they be eligible to vote or hold any office in this association and, therefore, shall not by virtue of their membership be deemed parties to any views, opinions or recommendations made or expressed by this association.

1. The Supreme Court of Virginia

2. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

3. All state courts

4. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

5. The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia

6. The State Corporation Commission of Virginia

7. The Industrial Commission of Virginia

E. Honorary Members. Any person may be elected an honorary member of this association by the unanimous vote of all members of the Board of Governors present at any meeting of the Board. Honorary members shall not be required to pay dues nor shall they be eligible to vote or to hold any office in this association and, therefore, shall not by virtue of their membership be deemed parties to any views, opinions or recommendations made or expressed by this association.

F. Associate Members. Any person who is not licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia but is licensed to practice law in some other state or country shall be eligible to become an associate member of this association. The procedure for becoming an associate member shall be the same as for an active member, but an associate member shall not be eligible to vote or to hold any office in this association. The dues for associate membership shall be as determined by the Board.

G. Student Members. Any person may be elected a student member of this association under procedures as adopted from time to time by the Board. Student members shall not be eligible to vote or to hold any office in this association.

H. Allied Members. Any person who is employed as a legal assistant or paralegal by an attorney member in good standing shall be eligible to become an allied member of this association. Allied members shall not be eligible to vote or to hold office in the association. The dues for allied members shall be determined by the Board.

Section 2. Application for Membership. All applications for membership in the association shall be submitted to the Secretary.

Section 3. Transfer of Membership. A certificate of membership may be issued to each member. Membership shall be nonassignable and nontransferable.

ARTICLE IV. FEES AND DUES

The membership fee and annual dues shall be set from year to year by the Board of Governors. Annual dues shall be payable on January 1 or otherwise as determined by resolution of the Board. Any member in arrears on dues or membership fee for 45 calendar days shall not receive Association publications or membership rates at educational Seminars. The Secretary shall then notify the member to pay such dues and fees within an additional 45 days; and if said dues or fees are not paid within this period, then the Board of Governors may act to terminate his or her membership. Such members may thereafter be reinstated upon application filed as directed by the Board of Governors.

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