New England Bar Association Bylaws


The name of this Association shall be “New England BAR ASSOCIATION.”


The purposes of this Association are to advance the science of jurisprudence to promote the general welfare of the component state bar associations and of the individual members in those states; to facilitate the exchange of information between members concerning problems of common interest by holding periodic meetings and otherwise; to maintain a high level of professional competence through continuing legal education seminars and the dissemination of educational material to the enhancement of the public good; to encourage the regional consideration of important questions arising at meetings of the American Bar Association; to encourage cordial intercourse among the members of the several bars; and to do all things necessary and proper to accomplish the purposes for which this Association is formed, especially those things which the member associations either cannot do at all or cannot do as well for themselves as they can in union.


Members of the Association are as follows: The six component state bar associations; namely, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.


Sec. 1.              The management of the Association shall be vested in a Board of Directors of twenty-two members, consisting of the President, the last retiring Past President, the Vice President, the Secretary-Treasurer and eighteen other Directors.

Sec. 2.              The eighteen Directors shall be appointed, three from each state, by the governing bodies of the six state bar associations for a term of three years on a staggered basis.

Sec. 3.              (a)        The President shall annually appoint a committee of five members which shall nominate candidates for the offices of President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer.  Nominees need not necessarily be chosen from members of the Board of Directors but, if so, a vacancy or vacancies shall exist to be filled as provided in Section 2 above.

  • The Directors shall then elect the above officers, though not necessarily those nominated as provided in Section 3 (a).

Sec. 4.              The principal office of the Association shall be at Augusta, County of Kennebec and State of Maine.  The Association may also have offices at such other places as the Board of Directors may from time to time appoint or the purposes of the Association may require.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall perform the normal duties of those offices and such other duties as may be delegated to him by the Board.

Sec. 5.              In the interval between meetings, the Directors may vote and conduct other business by mail, telephone or telegraph.

Sec. 6.              Past Presidents of the Association and current officers of the six component state bar associations, including committee and section chairmen, shall have the right to attend any meetings of the Board and participate in discussions but may not vote unless they are members of the Board.

Sec. 7.              A majority of the Board constitutes a quorum.  In determining the size of the Board at a given time, vacancies shall not be counted.

Sec. 8.              The Board shall meet once annually and at such additional times as may be determined by the President or any two members thereof.  Except in an emergency, at least ten days notice shall be given prior to any meeting.

Dues and Funds

Dues for members shall be $500.00 per year (payable July first), together with such additional funds as may be subscribed.


The President may appoint committees at any time subject to later confirmation or termination by the Board of Directors.  There shall be standing committees on Continuing Legal Education and Legal Research by Computer which shall consist of at least one member from each state.

Each component State Bar Association shall have one vote.  The President of each component State Bar Association shall have the authority, with full power of substitution, to vote on behalf of his State Association on all matters to come before the members.


The bylaws of the Association shall become effective upon approval by the Board of Directors and after ratification by the governing bodies of at least four of the component state bar associations.

The bylaws may be amended by the Board of Directors, said amendments to be ratified by the governing bodies of at least four of the component state bar associations.

Exempt Activities

Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, no director, officer, employee, committee member or representative of the Association shall take any action or carry on any activity by or on behalf of this Association not permitted to be taken or carried on by an organization exempt under Section 501(C)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code and its regulations as they may hereafter be amended.


In the event of a dissolution of this corporation any remaining assets, after the payment of all legal obligations, shall be distributed equally to the component State Bar Associations, unless the members shall otherwise determine.