Bylaws of the Ted Dalton American Inn of
Section 1. Purpose.
The purposes of The Ted Dalton American Inn of Court are set forth
in its Organizational Charter issued by the American Inns of Court
Section 2. Principal Location.
The Ted Dalton American Inn of Court shall consist of members
drawn from the cities of Roanoke and Salem, the counties of
Bedford, Botetourt, Franklin and Montgomery, and the Washington
& Lee University Law School.
Section 1. The Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee is composed of the officers and the chairs
of the various committees formed by the Executive Committee and
such other members as are determined by the Masters. The duties of
the Executive Committee, and its members, are set forth in the
Organizational Charter, and as set forth herein.
Section 2. The Officers.
The officers of the Inn shall be a president, a counselor, a
secretary/treasurer or secretary and treasurer, and such other
officers as the Masters deem necessary. The officers serve a
two-year term, or as otherwise directed by the Masters, and may
succeed themselves only once. The officers are selected by the
Masters in accordance with the Organizational Charter of the
Section 3. Committees.
The Executive Committee may establish standing and ad hoc
committees from time to time from among the active members of the
Inn, and from time to time may change or discontinue
Initially, the following standing committees shall be established:
Membership Committee, Program Committee, Social Committee,
Reporting Committee and Liaison Committee.
Among such other duties as may be assigned by the Masters and
the Executive Committee, the duties of each committee shall be as
Membership Committee - The Membership Committee
shall solicit and review applications and make recommendations to
the Executive Committee, for membership in the Inn, shall maintain
records of attendance and oversee attendance in accordance with
Article IV, Section 2 of these Bylaws.
Program Committee - The Program Committee shall
oversee and approve program topics, and shall be responsible for
submitting programs for Continuing Legal Education credit.
Social Committee - The Social Committee shall be
responsible for scheduling, arranging and collecting monies for
approved social functions of the Inn within the parameters as set
forth by the Executive Committee.
Reporting Committee - The Reporting Committee
shall be responsible for the distribution of news, announcements,
and other information among members of the Inn, and to the American
Inns of Court Foundation; shall be responsible for submitting
program reports to the American Inns of Court Foundation; and,
shall prepare articles for the Bencher.
Liaison Committee - The Liaison Committee shall
maintain communication with local law schools, other legal
organizations, and the local community in order to advise
interested persons of Inn activities.
The officers shall appoint committee members and chairs of the
committees, who shall serve two year terms, or as otherwise
directed by the Executive Committee, and may succeed themselves
Committees may create ad hoc sub-committees, as appropriate.
Section 4. Pupillage Groups.
All active members will be assigned to a Pupillage Group by the
Executive Committee. Co-chairs of each Pupillage Group shall be
appointed by the Executive Committee. The Co-chairs and Pupillage
Groups shall be reassigned every two years.
Section 1. Active Members
There are four classifications of members in the Ted Dalton Inn of
Court, as defined in the bylaws of the American Inns of Court
Foundation, and as set forth below:
* Masters of the
Bench - consisting of judges, lawyers, and law professors
with substantial experience and who have demonstrated superior
character, ability and competence as advocates;
* Barristers - consisting of judges, lawyers and
law professors with considerable experience and who have
demonstrated superior character, ability and competence as
* Associates - consisting of lawyers with less
* Pupils - consisting of third-year law
Membership in the Ted Dalton Inn of Court shall consist of
Masters, Barristers and Associates. Pupils may participate in all
activities of the Inn, but they will not be voting members.
Barristers and Associates shall serve a term of two years, running
from July 1 through June 30, or as otherwise directed by the
Section 2. Inactive Members.
The Executive Committee may confer Emeritus and Honorary
memberships as set forth in the Organizational Charter. Masters
shall be eligible for Emeritus status after serving three (3)
Meetings and Attendance
Section 1. Meetings.
Meetings shall be held at least six times per year at such times
as the Executive Committee may determine. The Inn shall endeavor to
have at least one social event per year wherein members may invite
Section 2. Attendance.
All active members are expected to attend and participate
actively in the Inn's meetings. Three absences, whatever the cause,
during the program year will be deemed to be a resignation from the
Inn. Should a member who has been deemed to have resigned because
of three absences, nevertheless, desire to remain a member of the
Inn, he or she should petition the Executive Committee for election
to the vacancy, showing good cause therefore.
Voting and Elections
Section 1. Masters.
With the exception of Emeritus and Honorary Masters, each Master
shall be entitled to one vote on all matters submitted to the
Masters. A majority of voting Masters shall constitute a quorum for
the transaction of business. Every act done or decision made by a
majority of the Masters in attendance at a meeting shall be
regarded as the act of all the Masters.
Section 2. Executive Committee.
Each member of the Executive Committee shall be entitled to one
vote on all matters submitted to the Committee. In the event of a
tie, the President shall have the deciding vote. A majority of the
members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum for the
transaction of business. Every act done or decision made by a
majority of the members in attendance at the meeting called for
that purpose shall be regarded as the act of the entire
Section 3. Elections.
The nomination and election of the President and Counselor will
occur in every odd-numbered year during the months of June or July
at a meeting of the active Masters especially called for that
purpose. Selection of these and other officers shall be in
accordance with the Organizational Charter. Selection of other
officers shall also occur in every odd-numbered year at a meeting
especially called for that purpose.
Section 4. Vacancies.
When a position as an officer, committee chair or master chair
becomes vacant, the procedures for election and selection of
officers and chairs shall be followed when the vacancy occurs;
however, the duration of the vacant position shall not be counted
against the new officer or chair in regards to any maximum term of
Section 1. Fiscal Year.
The fiscal year of the Ted Dalton American Inn of Court shall be
the same as the fiscal year of the American Inns of Court
Foundation which is from July 1 to June 30 of each year.
Section 2. Dues.
Dues of the Ted Dalton Inn of Court shall be $350.00 per year for
Masters, $225.00 per year for Barristers and Associates and $75.00
per year for Pupils. Dues shall be levied by the Treasurer during
the month of September of each year. Failure to pay assessments and
dues prior to the third meeting of the Inn year and after
reasonable notice may be considered by the Executive Committee as
grounds to terminate membership of the person in default.
Section 3. Expenses.
This American Inn of Court shall pay all expenses in accordance
with the Officer Manual, which includes payment to help pay the
cost for one or more officers to attend the National Conference of
the American Inns of Court Foundation and payment to an
administrator in an amount not inconsistent with the guidelines
established in the Officer Manual.
Adoption and Amendments
Section 1. Adoption.
These Bylaws will be adopted by this American Inn of Court upon
approval by a majority of the Masters of this American Inn of Court
and after being submitted to and approved, in writing, by the Board
of Trustees of the American Inns of Court Foundation. The Masters
may make valid decisions by voting by mail, facsimile, electronic
mail, or other means when deemed necessary by the Executive
Committee or the President.
Section 2. Amendments.
Amendments to these Bylaws may be made by a majority of the
Masters of this American Inn of Court and must be submitted to and
approved, in writing, by the Board of Trustees of the American Inns
of Court Foundation. The Masters may make valid decisions by voting
by mail, facsimile, electronic mail, or other means when deemed
necessary by the Executive Committee or the President.