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Article XI: Council of Delegates

§11.1  There shall be a Council of Delegates consisting of (1) the members of the Board of Governors; (2) one delegate for each of the districts established under Article XII in which there are not more than 225 Association regular members; (3) one delegate for each 150 Association regular members or major fraction thereof, for each of such districts in which there are more than 225 Association regular members; and (4) six at-large delegates, at least two of whom shall be past-presidents of the Association.
 
§11.2  Each member of the Council of Delegates representing a district shall be a member of that district as defined in §13.2 and shall be elected by the Association regular members in that district in the manner provided in Article XIII and shall take office on July 1 next following the election and shall hold office for two years.  In any case in which a district is entitled to more than one delegate, the Board of Governors shall make appropriate provision for the adjustment and length of terms so that, as nearly as practicable, one-half of the elected delegates from such district shall be elected each year.  At-large members of the Council of Delegates shall be appointed by the president with the approval of the Board of Governors and shall take office on July 1 next following their appointment and shall hold office for two years.

§11.3  The Council of Delegates shall regularly meet on the first day fixed for each regular Association meeting, shall have at least one other regular meeting during the year, and shall specially meet on call of the Board of Governors; or on call, in writing, filed by fifteen members of the Council from more than two districts, but not more than ten from any one district, with the secretary.  All special meetings shall be held in the greater Columbus area at such dates and times as the Board of Governors shall determine.

§11.4  One-third of the members of the Council of Delegates shall constitute a quorum.

§11.5.1  Notice of the time and place of each meeting of the Council of Delegates shall be published in a publication of the Association, as directed by the Board of Governors, that is distributed to all regular members, not less than one week prior to the time fixed therefor, and shall contain an invitation to interested members to attend.

§11.5.2  The Council of Delegates shall receive and act upon reports and recommendations from all committees and sections of the Association; subject to the provisions of §11.6.

§11.5.3  The Council of Delegates shall consider and act upon any and all resolutions properly before it relative to the promotion of the purposes of the Association submitted to the Council by any of its members, by an Association member, or by any local bar association of the State, providing the same has been timely reported in writing to the secretary of the Association and published pursuant to the provisions of §8.2.  Nothing contained herein shall prevent the Council from considering amendments or substitute measures during the deliberative process.

§11.5.4  The Council of Delegates shall be the final judge of any disputed Association election or qualifications of its members.

§11.5.5  Subject to the provision of Article X and §11.7, the Council of Delegates shall have the authority to determine general policies of this Association, except as otherwise limited by this Constitution.

§11.5.6  Every meeting of the Council of Delegates shall be open to all members of the Association, who shall have the privilege of the floor on a parity with delegates, but shall not have a vote.

§11.5.7  Action by the Council of Delegates shall in all instances constitute the action of the Association and be binding upon it, except as otherwise provided by this Constitution.

§11.6   No action recommending changes in the substantive law of Ohio, in the administration of justice, or resolution submitted pursuant to §11.5.3 shall be taken by the Council of Delegates unless the matter shall have been reported, in writing, to the secretary of the Association and published pursuant to the provisions of §8.2.  However, if such a matter has been referred to a committee or section by the Council of Delegates or by the Board of Governors, and such committee or section fails to report on the matter at the meeting of the Council of Delegates next following such referral, then such matter may be taken by the Council from such committee or section and considered by the Council for action.

§11.7  The Board of Governors is authorized to respond to needs for direction concerning changes in the substantive law or in the administration of justice in such manner as to it shall appear appropriate between regular meetings of the Council of Delegates, subject to the following limitations:

(A)  A matter falling within the purview of one or more committees or sections of the Association shall first be referred to the respective chairpersons of the appropriate committees or sections for urgent review and response by a representative group thereof prior to the next meeting of the Board of Governors, if reasonably possible.

(B)  If such reference to committee or section chairpersons is not reasonably possible or if, after being so referred, a timely response has not been received, the matter may be considered and acted upon by the Board of Governors, but in such case any action taken shall receive the favorable vote of at least two-thirds of the Board of Governors members present.

(C)  If a matter has been referred for review and response to one or more committees or sections, the Board of Governors shall be authorized to act thereon by a simple majority of those members present, if a response to such reference has been received from any one or more of such committees or sections.

(D)  No action taken by the Board of Governors pursuant to the foregoing provisions shall be suspended in its effect or revoked except by specific action of the Council of Delegates taken at a regular or special meeting pursuant to §11.6.

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