The Illinois Government Bar Association

Founded 1987Serving the Interests of Lawyers Dedicated to Government Service

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Section 1.  NAME.

The Association shall be known as the "Government Bar Association."

Section 2.  PURPOSE.

The purposes of the Association shall be:

  1. to provide opportunities for attorneys in public service to gather, outside the arena of partisan politics, for the exchange of ideas and information of professional interest;

  1. to encourage legal careers in public service, and to promote the professionalism and prestige of attorneys who have chosen such careers;

  1. to promote among the legal profession and the general public a better understanding and appreciation of the roles and functions of attorneys in public service;

  1. to provide appropriate informational and professional services to the public;

  1. to assist in improving the legal system, to encourage thorough and liberal legal education, and to elevate the standard of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession;

  1. to create a forum for the discussion of matters relating to legal employment in government, and to promote the general interests of attorneys in government service;

  1. to provide a forum for the discussion of ethical matters of concern to attorneys in government service; and

  1. to conduct social activities at which members and their guests may enjoy the companionship of a community of professionals having like interests and complementary purposes.

It is not the purpose of the Association to review or endorse candidates for elective or appointive office, nor to promote or engage in partisan or nonpartisan politics.

Section 3.  MEMBERSHIP.

The membership of the Association shall consist of regular members, associate members, and affiliate members.

a.         Any person licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction who works in the State of Illinois as an employee or officer of, or a retiree from any unit of federal, state or local government, or of any subdivision, agency or association thereof, shall be eligible for regular membership.

b.             Any person not eligible for regular membership who (1) is licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction, or (2) has an earned law school degree, or (3) is a full-time law student at an accredited law school, shall be eligible for associate membership.

c.         Any person not eligible for regular membership or associate membership who is employed by a government agency, or affiliated with a regular member shall be eligible for affiliate membership.

d.         Decisions of the Board of Directors with respect to membership eligibility shall be final.

Section 4.  MEETINGS.

  1. An annual meeting of the Association shall be held in Springfield, Illinois on the second Friday in June of each year, or on a date in June set by the Board.  Other regular or special meetings for the transaction of business may be held at such times and in such places as the President or the Board of Directors may direct.  Upon the filing with the Secretary of a petition signed by at least 10 regular members requesting a special business meeting for a particular purpose, a meeting shall be held for the specified purpose.

  1. The Secretary shall give notice of the time and place of meeting to all regular members at least two weeks in advance of the annual meeting, and at least 5 working days in advance of all other meetings for the transaction of business.

  1. Twenty regular members, or one-third of the regular membership, whichever is less, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting.  Members present only by proxy and not in person shall not be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum.

  1. The latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern all business meetings of the Association, unless-a majority of the regular members present in person at a meeting otherwise agree.

Section 5.  VOTING.

Any regular member may vote at any meeting of the Association either in person or by written proxy exercised by a regular member who is present in person.  Regular members may also vote by mail, in accordance with procedures adopted by the Board, in elections for members of the Board of Directors and on other issues designated by the Board.  Associate members may not vote or exercise proxies, but may participate in all functions and activities of the Association.


a.         The Board of Directors of the Association shall consist of the following: a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, 6 Directors-at-large, and the immediate past president.  The Board of Directors shall have general control and supervision of the affairs of the Association.

  1. The president shall preside at meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors, and shall serve ex officio as a member of all committees of the Association.  The President shall be the chief operating officers of the Association.

  1. The Vice President shall assume all the powers and perform all the duties of the President whenever the President is absent, disabled, or otherwise unable to serve, and at such other times as the President may direct in writing.

  1. The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of the Association and of the Board of Directors, shall be the custodian of all records of the Association, and shall be responsible for the correspondence of the Association.

  1. The Treasurer shall receive and receipt for all the funds of the Association.  The Treasurer shall establish a checking account for the Association, and shall pay all obligations of the Association by check drawn on that account.  The Treasurer shall submit an annual financial report to the Board of Directors, and make such other financial reports as may be directed by the Board.  A summary of the annual financial report shall be sent to all regular and associate members.

  1. The Directors-at-large shall audit the annual financial report.

  1. Upon leaving the office of president, the immediate past president shall serve, ex officio with full voting rights, as a member of the Board of Directors for one term.


  1. Officers shall serve for a term of  one year, from July 1 of the year of election until June 30 of the following calendar year, or until a successor has been elected and has qualified.  Directors shall serve for a term of two years, from July 1 of the year of election until June 30 of the following calendar year, or until a successor has been elected and has qualified.  Three directors will commence and end their terms in even-numbered years, and three directors will commence and end their terms in odd-numbered years.  The newly constituted Board of Directors at its first meeting following the effective date of the BY-LAWS amendment shall draw lots to determine which of the three elected director positions will be served beginning in even-numbered years.  Those three director positions will be for a one-year term during the first year of operation of this By-law.

  1. Only regular members shall be eligible to serve as Directors of the Association and, in each election cycle, one associate member shall be eligible to serve as a Director-at-large.  In the event that a Director ceases to be eligible for regular membership during a term of office, the Director shall be deemed to have resigned and the office shall be deemed to have become vacant.

  1. Vacancies in the office of President shall be filled by the Vice President.  Vacancies in the office of immediate past president shall remain unfilled.  Vacancies in any other office shall be filled for the unexpired term by a regular member appointed by the Board of Directors.

  1. Directors shall serve without compensation.


  1. Elections shall be held by mail ballots received and opened on the first Friday of June in each year.  The ballots shall be in accordance with a format prescribed in the election procedures adopted by the Board.

  1. The Secretary shall mail or email a Notice of Elections to all GBA members at least 60 days prior to the date of election.  The Notice shall advise Members of the date of election and the deadline for submitting a petition for candidacy.

Nominations for office shall be made by petition, signed by at least five regular members, and filed with the Secretary at least 45 days prior to the date of election.

If a valid nomination petition has not been filed for an office, then the Elections Committee shall nominate at least one person for that office.  Elections Committee nominations shall be submitted to the Secretary at least 30 days before the date of election.

The Secretary shall mail a ballot listing all such nominees to each regular member at least 20 days prior to the date of election.

Section 9.  COMMITTEES.

  1. The association shall have the following standing committees: (1) Executive; (2) Programs; (3) Membership; (4) Elections; (5)  Publications.  The executive committee shall be comprised of the elected officers and shall among other things be responsible for strategic planning.  The chairperson of each standing committee shall be appointed within 30 days after the annual meeting by the President with the advice of the Board of Directors.  The other members of these standing committees shall be appointed by the chairperson of that committee, and shall serve at the pleasure of the chairperson.

  1. The association shall also have such ad hoc committees as the Board of Directors may direct, the members of which shall be appointed by the President.

  1. Each standing committee shall meet at least quarterly, and shall report on  its activities at the annual meeting and as otherwise directed by the Board.

Section 10.  DUES.

  1. Persons eligible for regular or associate membership may become members by paying to the Treasurer the required dues.  Dues shall be paid in advance for the Association's fiscal year (July 1st to June 30th), and shall be the same for regular and associate members.  Dues for the 1988-­1989 year shall be $15; thereafter, dues for the following year shall be set at the annual meeting or at a business meeting called for that purpose.

  1. The Treasurer shall mail to each member a statement for dues at least 30 days before the beginning of each fiscal year.  Dues shall not be refundable in the event that a member ceases to be eligible for, or withdraws from, membership.

Section 11.  NOT FOR PROFIT.

The Association shall be operated in accordance with the General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986, as amended, or its successor laws, except that in the event of a conflict, these by-laws shall control.

Section 12.  CONSTRUCTION.

The Board of Directors shall decide all questions concerning the construction or interpretation of these by-laws, and the Board's determination shall be conclusive, unless reversed by two-thirds of the regular membership.

Section 13.  AMENDMENT AND ADOPTION.                         

  1. These by-laws may be amended only at the annual meeting or a special meeting called specifically for that purpose.  Amendments may be proposed by the Board of Directors, or by petition signed by at least ten regular members.  Proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary.  The Secretary shall mail a copy of each proposed amendment to all regular members at least 10 days prior to the annual or special meeting at which the proposed amendment is to be considered.  A proposed amendment shall be deemed adopted upon its approval by not less than two-thirds of the regular membership present and voting in person or by proxy.

  1. These by-laws shall take effect upon adoption by at least three-fifths of the paid members present and voting on the question of their adoption.  The organizational steering committee created by the members prior to the adoption of these by-laws shall continue to serve in that capacity until the first annual meeting following the adoption of these by-laws, and shall serve as acting Nominations Committee for the purpose of organizing elections at that first annual meeting.

(Adopted April 15, 1988; section 14 added May 19, 1988, automatically repealed; sections 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 13 amended February 24, 1989; section 6(a) amended and 6(g) added May 31, 1991; sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 amended November 20, 1992; sections 4(a), 6, 6(a), 7 and 7(a) amended November 14, 1997; section 8 and 9(a) amended March 29, 2001; section 3(a) and (b) amended June 26, 2003; sections 4(a), 6(a), 7(a), and 8(b) amended June 9, 2005; section 7(b) amended June 4 2010.)

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