Thomas More Loyola Law School American Inn of Court
Section 1. Purpose.
The purposes of The Thomas More Loyola Law School American Inn
of Court are set forth in its Organizational Charter issued by the
American Inns of Court Foundation.
Section 2. Principal Location.
The Thomas More Loyola Law School American Inn of Court shall be
located in the city of New Orleans, Parish of Orleans, State of
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 vice-president
(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
The standing committees may include, for example: Membership
Committee, Program Committee, Social Committee, Reporting
Committee, Diversity Committee and Outreach Committee.
Among such other duties as may be assigned by the Masters
and the Executive Committee, the duties of each committee shall be
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; and, shall assign members to
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.
Diversity Committee-The Diversity Committee shall work
the other standing committees to formulate and propose diversity
goals for the Inn, develop and implement practices that promote
Outreach Committee-The Outreach Committee is
responsible for extending the mission of the American Inns of Court
by providing exposure to the broader community and offering
opportunities for Inn members to represent the ideals of the
American Inns of Court.
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
Membership Committee and shall be approved by the Executive
Committee. Each Pupillage Group shall be chaired by a Master
appointed by the Executive Committee. The Masters and Pupillage
Groups shall be reassigned every two years.
Section 1. Active Members.
There are four classifications of members in an American 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 lawyers with at least 10
years of experience, judges, and law professors;
- Barristers-consisting of lawyers with at least five years of
- Associates-consisting of lawyers with zero to five years of
- Pupils-consisting of law students.
Membership in this American Inn of Court shall consist of
Masters, Barristers, and Associates. Pupils may participate
in all activities of the Inn, but will not be voting members.
Membership may be terminated upon good cause, as determined by
the Executive Committee.
Section 2. Inactive Members.
The Executive Committee may confer Emeritus and Honorary
memberships as set forth in the Organizational Charter.
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 guests and shall endeavor to participate in the joint
meeting of the New Orleans area Inns of Court.
Section 2. Attendance.
Each active member shall attend fifty percent (50%) of meetings
in a year. The Membership Committee shall monitor attendance at
meetings and shall submit the names of those who do not meet with
fifty percent (50%) standard to the Executive Committee. The
non‑participating member will be contacted by the Membership Chair
in order to determine if he/she wishes to remain in this American
Inn of Court, and in the event another absence occurs, this member
may be dropped from the rolls and all dues will be forfeited.
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 the Masters present and voting 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 Vice-President
(Counselor) will occur in every odd‑numbered year during the months
of May or June at a meeting of the active Masters especially called
for that purpose. Election of these and the selection of 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 Thomas More Loyola Law School 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
Section 2. Dues.
Dues shall be in an amount consistent with the Organizational
Charter and shall be levied by the Treasurer during the month of
September of each year. Failure to pay assessments and dues prior
to October 15 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 reasonable expenses
incurred by members of the Executive Committee for such things as
attendance at state, regional or national events of the American
Inns of Court Foundation and payment to an administrator.
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.
*updated June 8, 2015.