Category Archives: Bylaws

Introduction to the CALL Bylaws Committee

The CALL Bylaws Committee is composed of a chairperson, with additional members as needed in years when major changes to the Bylaws are to be considered. The Committee is charged with monitoring and reviewing the Bylaws of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) for any implications to CALL.

The Committee works with the CALL Board and the CALL attorney regarding any questions concerning CALL Bylaws.  A thorough review of the CALL Bylaws is conducted every 3-5 years.  The Committee may also submit suggestions to the Board for consideration.  If the Board has suggestions for modifications of the Bylaws, the Committee reviews these suggestions and formulates possible amendments.  Any such amendments are presented to the membership at a business meeting, at which time a vote is taken whether or not to send the amendments to the entire voting membership.  Extensive revisions to the Bylaws were made in 2003-2004 and additional modifications were made in 2008 and 2013.

‘Gender Identity’ Change

AALL gives its chapters considerable leeway with the contents of their bylaws, but a chapter’s antidiscrimination article must be no less inclusive than that in the AALL Bylaws.  In January 2014, AALL added “gender identity” to its antidiscrimination article thereby requiring a revision of CALL’s Bylaws.

The proposed amendment was presented to the membership at the November 2014 business meeting; the members present voted to send the measure to the entire voting membership for approval.  In January 2015, the amendment was approved.

 

Annual Reports: Bylaws Committee

In June, the Association voted to adopt changes to the CALL Bylaws.  These amendments were primarily adopted so that the Nominations and the Elections committees could be merged. Other amendments were technical in nature, inlcuding changing the language of the antidiscrimination article to correspond more closely with that of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).

Since that vote, AALL has amended their antidiscrimination clause to include gender identity.  In order that CALL be in compliance until another bylaws amendment is approved by the membership, the CALL Board passed a resolution to add gender identity. It is expected that this new amendment will be discussed at the Association’s September 2014 meeting and then voted upon by the membership.

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Drake, chair Bylaws Committee