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Society By-Laws6

BY-LAWS OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TRIAL CONSULTANTS

BY-LAWS TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Article I, General Provisions and Property Interests
Article II, Membership
Article III, Meetings of Members
Article IV, Society Powers
Article V, Officers and Employees
Article VI, Committees
Article VII, Miscellaneous
Artticle VIII, Amendments

 

ARTICLE VI, COMMITTEES

SECTION 6.1: STANDING COMMITTEES:

Membership on all standing committees shall be a period of one year concurrent with the assumption of office of each new President. ASTC membership is a requirement for membership on any ASTC committee.

Section 6.10: Membership. A Membership Committee is composed of at least three (3) members of the Society. The Chairperson and Board member shall be appointed by the President promptly after the annual meeting. It shall be the duty of this committee to develop and recommend to the Board a plan for recruitment and retention of individuals who may be interested in the Society. The Committee Chairperson shall prepare and submit an interim and a final report to be submitted to the Executive Director two weeks prior to the mid-year Board meeting and the annual meeting, respectively.

Section 6.11: Pro Bono. A Pro Bono Publico and Awards Committee is composed of at least three (3) members of the Society. The Chairperson and Board liaison shall be appointed by the President at the annual meeting. The committee is responsible for promoting and supporting the efforts of ASTC and its member to offer trial consulting services free of charge to those otherwise unable to afford them. The Committee Chairperson shall prepare and submit an interim and a final report to the Executive Director two weeks prior to the mid-year Board meeting and the Annual meeting, respectively.

Section 6.12: Nominating and Awards. A procedure for subsequent admission to membership in the Society shall be the same as for the Nominating and Awards Committee, and shall be composed of at least three (3) members of the Society who are not members of the Board of Directors. The President shall appoint this committee promptly after the annual meeting. However, no member of the Nominating and Awards Committee may have his or her name placed in the nomination. The Committee shall be empowered to establish alternate methods for soliciting nominations, as it deems necessary. Members may nominate themselves or other members. For those members nominated by others, the Committee shall contact and verify their willingness to have their names placed in nomination. A biographical statement must accompany each nomination. In preparing a slate of candidates, the Committee will take into account possible geographical diversity and academic interests.  In addition, the Nominating and Awards Committee shall be responsible for collecting nominations for the pro-bono award, determining the winner(s), solicitating award sponsorship, and executing the award(s).  The committee shall follow the guidelines set forth in the Leadership Manual.  The Committee is also responsible for establishing criteria for and determining lifetime achievement awards to the profession as well as emeritus status in the Society.  The Committee Chairperson shall prepare and submit an interim and a final report to the Executive Director two weeks prior to the mid-year Board meeting and the Annual meeting, respectively. 

Section 6.13: Research. A Research Committee is composed of at least three (3) members of the Society. The Chairperson and Board member shall be appointed by the President promptly after the annual meeting. It shall be the duty of the Research Committee to identify pertinent ongoing and completed litigation research and bring such research to the attention of the membership. This Committee shall cooperate with the President-Elect in planning research-oriented programs for the annual conference. In addition, the Research Committee may also encourage quality trial-related research through the awarding of grants and prizes in the name of the Society. The Committee Chairperson shall prepare and submit an interim and a final report to the Executive Director two weeks prior to the mid-year Board meeting and the annual meeting, respectively.

Section 6.14: Professional Standards. A Professional Standards Committee is composed of at least three (3) members of the Society. The Chairperson and Board member shall be appointed by the President promptly after the annual meeting. It shall be the duty of this committee to develop, review, and update the ASTC Professional Code, and to present to the membership at an annual or special meeting and as specified in Section 7.8 of these By-Laws, any recommended changes, additions, or deletions to that Code. The Committee shall identify potential problems relative to professional and ethical conduct and communicate these issues where appropriate to the membership. The Committee Chairperson shall prepare and submit an interim and a final report to be submitted to the Executive Director two weeks prior to the mid-year Board meeting and the annual meeting, respectively.

Section 6.15: Visibility. A Visibility Committee is composed of at least three (3) members of the Society. The Chairperson and Board member shall be appointed by the President promptly after the annual meeting. The Executive Director shall be an ex officio member of the Committee. It shall be the responsibility of this Committee to establish communication with bar associations and law firms to identify ways in which the Society can maintain a credible profile with the legal community. The Committee shall publicize important contributions made by ASTC members to the press. Further, this Committee shall work with the President-Elect and the local host prior to and during each annual conference to prepare materials for the media. The Committee shall work with the Executive Director in designing public relations plans for Board approval and in implementing the approved plans. The Committee Chairperson shall prepare and submit an interim and a final report to be submitted to the Executive Director two weeks prior to the mid-year Board meeting and the annual meeting, respectively.

Section 6.16: Professional Education. A Professional Education Committee is composed of at least three (3) members of the Society. The Chairperson and Board member shall be appointed by the President promptly after the annual meeting. One member shall serve as Chair of the Committee. It shall be the duty of this Committee to develop and promote continuing education opportunities focusing on varying facets of trial consulting for members of the Society. The Committee will plan and implement regional meetings on topics of importance to members of the Society. The Committee Chairperson shall prepare and submit an interim and a final report to be submitted to the Executive Director two weeks prior to the mid-year Board meeting and the annual meeting, respectively.

Section 6.17: Program Planning. A Program Planning Committee is composed of at least three (3) members of the Society. The Chairperson shall be appointed by the President-Elect (who shall also serve on the committee) after the annual meeting. The Executive Director shall be an ex-officio member for the Committee. It shall be the responsibility of this committee to plan the annual conference. It is the duty of this committee to develop and promote quality conference programs to further the professional development for the members of the Society. The committee chairperson shall report regularly to the Board on the progress of the conference planning.

Section 6.18: Communications. A Communications Committee is composed of a chairperson, the current ASTC President, President-Elect, all ASTC editors, as well as other members at the Committee Chairperson’s discretion. The President shall appoint the Committee Chairperson after the annual meeting. The purpose of the committee will be to create ways to meet the Society’s purposes and objectives via internal and external communication, oversee the Society’s publication and communication strategy, recommend editors and outline responsibilities and duties of editorship positions to the President, and encourage quality content contributions. The Committee Chairperson shall prepare and submit an interim and final report to the Executive Director two weeks prior to the mid-year Board meeting and the annual meeting, respectively.

Section 6.19: Grievance. A Grievance Committee is composed of seven members appointed by the Grievance Chair. All committee members, including the Chair, must meet one of two qualifications: (a) be an ASTC member for at least five years and have served as a committee chair for at least one year, or (b) have served at least one year as an elected ASTC Board of Directors member. Active Board members are ineligible for this committee. The ASTC President appoints the Grievance Chair. It shall be the duty of this committee to handle all grievances pertaining to the ASTC Professional Code. The Committee shall follow the guidelines set forth in the Grievance Procedure document.

Section 6.101: Development. A Development Committee is composed of at least six (6) members. The President shall appoint the Chairperson after the annual meeting. The ASTC Treasurer and current-year President should be committee members. At least one senior member of ASTC should be appointed to the committee to aim at efforts at estate planning considerations for that peer group. The ASTC Executive Director shall be an ex officio member of the committee. It shall be the duty of the Committee to engage in fund raising and the solicitation of endowments. The committee is charged with fundraising for (a) conference sponsorships and donations, (b) projects and operating budget needs and (c) endowments and long-term underwriting of specific activities. The Committee Chairperson shall prepare an interim and final report to the Executive Director two weeks prior to the mid-year Board meeting and the annual meeting, respectively. 

SECTION 6.2: OTHER COMMITTEES: 

Such other committees, standing or special, shall be appointed by the President, with the approval of the Board, as are deemed necessary to carry on the work of the Society.