Federal Bar Association Leadership and Structure


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors consists of the National President, President-Elect, Treasurer and twelve directors. The Board of Directors has full power and authority to function as the governing body of the Association and to conduct any and all activities that it may consider necessary or expedient in accomplishing the objects of the Association. The authority of the Board of Directors is limited to: (1) amendments to this Constitution and the Bylaws of the Association must be approved according to the procedure established in this Constitution and the Bylaws of the Association; and (2) any decision of the Board of Directors may be altered, amended, or reversed by a majority vote of the National Council.

NATIONAL COUNCIL
The National Council consists of the elective officers; all members of the Board of Directors; all Past National Presidents who are in good standing; Chairpersons of all Divisions, Sections, and Standing Committees; the President of the Federal Bar Building Corporation; the President of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association; the General Counsel of the Federal Bar Association; either the President of each Chapter or other Chapter officer as designated in writing by the Chapter President to the Board of Directors; one delegate from each Chapter to be selected by the Chapter; and not more than 20 members to be appointed annually by the President. The Council holds two meetings per year, a Midyear Meeting in Washington and the Annual Meeting at the National Convention.

STANDING COMMITTEES
The Board of Directors may establish Standing Committees in accordance with the Bylaws of the association for the purpose of addressing matters of association-wide operational or programmatic interest. The President shall nominate and appoint the chairpersons and members of the committees with the approval of the Board of Directors to terms as provided in the Bylaws.

SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Special committees, in contrast to standing committees, shall go out of existence one year from the date they are established, unless extended by Board of Directors. A special committee may be established by the Board of Directors for the purpose of addressing matters of Association-wide operational or programmatic interest. The President shall nominate and appoint the chairpersons and members of the committees, with the approval of the Board of Directors.

VICE PRESIDENTS FOR THE CIRCUITS
Each Vice President for the Circuit serves as a liaison with all the chapters within their circuit. They serve as counselor and advisor for chapters in the promotion of the chapter welfare. As appropriate, the Vice President shall undertake and supervise the creation of new chapters and reactivation of inactive chapters. They also represent their circuit on the National Council.

CHAPTERS
Consisting of 10 or more members of the association in good standing, who reside, practice, or are employed in the same geographical area, a group may , upon application to and with consent of the Board of Directors, organize a local chapter of the association. A chapter is a part of the circuit in which it is located. The chapter maintains bylaws that provide for the organization, operation, and leadership of the chapter. Each chapter retains two seats on National Council, one each for the president of the chapter and the national delegate.

SECTIONS
The sections of the association are dedicated to substantive areas of law of interest to association members. The association currently has 20 sections that members may elect to join. The chair of each section holds a seat on National Council.

DIVISIONS
There are five divisions of the association that members are eligible to participate in. These divisions include Federal Career Service, Senior Lawyers, Younger Lawyers, and Corporate and Association Counsels Divisions. The chair of each division holds a seat on National Council.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Board of Directors employ an executive director whose title, terms, and conditions of employment shall be specified by the Board of Directors. The executive director manages and directs all staff activities of the Association as prescribed by the Board of Directors. The executive director employs and may terminate the employment of members of the necessary support staff and may fix such employees’ compensation within the approved budget and guidelines set by the Board of Directors. The executive director defines the duties of the staff, establishes their titles, and supervises their performance, and delegates responsibilities of management as appropriate.

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