A Message from the President 

CWL’s Governance Committee has engaged in a Bylaws modernization project to address equity, diversity, and inclusion concerns and to retire language that is no longer optimal for CWL’s current operational needs. The Board of Governors approved the revised Bylaws at its July 9, 2022, meeting. Some revisions require ratification by CWL’s membership. We will hold a 9:00 a.m. Zoom meeting on Saturday, August 13, 2022, for the membership to vote on these revisions.  

 

A marked-up version of the Bylaws reflecting changes requiring membership approval is HERE for your review. Please review the revisions and be ready to vote at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 13. Use THIS LINK to connect to the meeting. A summary of the proposed revisions requiring member approval follows: 

  • Article II, Section 1, paragraph (a), “Class 1: Voting Members” has been revised to add that California residents attending an out-of-state law school may become CWL voting members to promote inclusion of additional law student members;
  • Article IV, Section 2, paragraph (d) has been deleted. This section provided that District Governors may only be removed by a vote of such district’s members, and vacancies from such removal may only be filled by a vote of the district’s members. This change aligns the Bylaws with modern California Nonprofit Corporation practices.
  • Article IV, Section 5, “Swearing In” has been deleted. Historically, CWL’s Board year has been from September through August, and officers and Governors were sworn in at the Annual Dinner (held in September), as provided for in this section. As part of the Bylaws modernization project, the Board Year is now aligned with CWL’s fiscal year, from January through December. Section V is no longer accurate given the current Board year timing. Moreover, Governors are deemed to have been installed as of the beginning of each Board year for which they have been elected or appointed, pursuant to Article IV, Section 1.
  • Article V, Section 2, “Officer Terms and Eligibility” has been revised to use gender neutral language as part of the Bylaws modernization project. 
  • Article V, Section 3, “Elections” has been revised to (1) use gender neutral language as part of the Bylaws modernization project and (2) to align the election of CWL officers with the January-December Board year. 
  • Article VII, Section 1, paragraph (b) has been revised to time the formation of the District Governor Nominating Committee with the January-December Board year. 
  • Article VII, Section 2, paragraph (b) has been revised to correct a typographical error.
  • Article XI, Section 2, paragraph (c), has been revised to (1) remove the membership approval requirement for (A) deleted Bylaws sections and (B) inclusion of District Governor Candidate’s statements with election ballots as part of the Bylaws modernization project and (2) correct a scrivener’s error.