UTAH STATE BAR

REAL PROPERTY SECTION

BYLAWS 

 

ARTICLE 1

ORGANIZATION

 

1.1 Creation. The Real Property Section (hereinafter "Section") was established pursuant to the Bylaws of the Utah State Bar (sometimes referred to as the "Bar") to accomplish the purposes set forth therein.

1.2 Purpose. The purpose of the Section shall be to assist its members and all interested members of the Bar:

  1. By providing high quality continuing legal education ("CLE") opportunities which will satisfy all of the Utah State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirements;
  2. By sponsoring periodic CLE luncheons with topics selected by Section Officers (after considering input from Section members);
  3. By holding an Annual Meeting of Section members (typically a half-day seminar with an update of case law from the Utah Supreme Court and Utah Court of Appeals, legislation and other topics);
  4. By sponsoring break-out session(s) at the Utah State Bar Mid-Year and Annual Meetings;
  5. By providing opportunities and forums for real property lawyers to network and exchange ideas regarding the practice of real property law;
  6. By monitoring legal and political issues relevant to real property lawyers and to make recommendations to the Bar with respect thereto including without limitation participation on the Utah State Bar Governmental Relations Committee;
  7. If applicable, by forming ad hoc committees to address legislation of general interest to real property practitioners; and
  8. To undertake such other service as may be of benefit to the Section's members, the legal profession and the public.

1.3 Limitations. These Bylaws are adopted subject to the applicable Utah Statutes and the Bylaws of the Utah State Bar, and supersede any existing Bylaws of the Section.

1.4 Principal Office. The principal office of the Section shall be maintained in the offices of the Utah State Bar.

1.5 Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Section shall coincide with that of the Utah State Bar.

 

ARTICLE 2

MEMBERSHIP

 

2.1 Enrollment. Any member of the Utah State Bar in good standing with the Bar may, upon request to the Executive Director of the Bar, be enrolled as a member of the Section by the payment of annual Section dues in an amount and for the purpose approved by the Board of Commissioners of the Utah State Bar. Additionally, individuals who are not members of the Utah State Bar may, upon approval of the Section Officers, and at their sole and absolute discretion, be admitted as non-voting members of the Section. Said individuals shall be required to pay annual Section dues.

2.2 The Membership. Members enrolled as provided in Section 2.1 shall constitute the membership of the Section.

2.3 Dues. The Section Officers shall set the dues for Section members. The dues shall be $20.00 for each member per year unless the Section Officers determine an adjustment should be made.

 

ARTICLE 3

MEETINGS

 

3.1 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting of the Section shall be held at a place determined by the Officers in the month of May in each year or such other date as designated by the Section Officers.

3.2 Quorum. Those Section members present at any duly called Section meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

3.3 Controlling Vote. Action of the Section shall be by majority vote of the members present and voting at any meeting of the Section.

3.4 Agenda. At the Annual Meeting of the Section members, Officers of the Section shall be elected and other business may be discussed and voted upon as determined to be appropriate by the Officers.

3.5 Special Meetings. Special meetings of the membership of the Section may be called by the Section Chairperson at such time and place as he or she may determine.

3.6 Notice of Meetings. Written, printed, or electronic notice shall be given to all Section members stating the date, hour and place of all meetings of members, and in the case of all special meetings the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called. Notice shall be delivered by hand, U.S. mail or e-mail at least five (5) days prior to the date of the meeting to each member of the Section. If mailed, notice shall be deemed delivered when deposited in the United States mail addressed to the member at his or her address as it appears on the records of the Utah State Bar, with postage thereon prepaid.

 

ARTICLE 4

OFFICERS

 

4.1 Officers. The Officers of the Section shall be a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, a Secretary, and a Treasurer, chosen from the membership of the Section. The Officers shall establish the rates for Section dues, CLE presentations (monthly lunches and the  Section’s Annual Meeting), as well as approve expenditures for special projects, donations, reimbursements and lodging and meals for guest speakers at Section-sponsored events. Specific duties of those Officers related to administration and operation of the Section shall be as follows:

 

Chairperson

  • General oversight of Section
  • Liaison with Utah State Bar
  • Represent Section at Utah State Bar Commission meetings, as invited
  • Respond to inquiries made to Section
  • Oversee Distinguished Real Property Practitioner award
  • Supervise and prepare agenda for Section officer meetings
  • Communications to Section Officers
  • Oversee monthly CLE presentations
  • Coordinate/oversee matters assigned by Section Officers
  • CLE presentations, special ad hoc projects
  • Serve on the Fall Forum Committee for the year in which the Chairperson’s term ends and introduce Section-sponsored speaker(s)

 

Vice Chairperson

  • Canvas Section Officers for position on pending legislation
  • Serve on Utah State Bar Annual Meeting Committee
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  • Attend Utah State Bar Annual Meeting for which Vice Chairperson served on Annual Meeting Committee and introduce Section-sponsored speaker(s)
  • Provide plaque for outgoing Section chair
  • Provide plaque for distinguished Real Property Practitioner award
  • Coordinate/oversee matters assigned by Section Officers
  • CLE presentations, special ad hoc projects
  • Oversee the Section’s website

 

Secretary

  • Serve on Utah State Bar Mid-Year Meeting Committee
  • Arrange for Section-sponsored CLE session or sessions at the Utah State Bar Mid-Year Meeting
  • Attend the Utah State Bar Mid-Year Meeting and introduce Section-sponsored speaker(s)
  • Maintain records (historical listing of CLE, Officers, Section rules, Section Bylaws, etc.)
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  • Coordinate/oversee matters assigned by Section Officers
  • CLE presentations, special ad hoc projects

 

Treasurer

  • Analyze regular financial reports
  • Make recommendations on rates for dues, CLE charges, etc.
  • Monitor self-sufficiency of regular functions
  • Prepare annual budget / estimates of expenditures
  • Process reimbursements with Utah State Bar
  • Send out “dunning” letters for no shows at CLE presentations if Section Officers determine that such letters should be sent
  • Coordinate Section’s Annual Meeting in May, including arranging for speakers and preparing brochure,
  • Introduce speakers and conducting election of new Section officer(s)
  • Coordinate/oversee matters assigned by Section Officers
  • CLE presentations, special ad hoc projects

 

ARTICLE 5

ELECTIONS

 

5.1 Succession to Offices. The Treasurer shall automatically succeed to the office of Secretary. The Secretary shall automatically succeed to the Office of Vice Chairperson. The Vice Chairperson shall automatically succeed to the Office of Section Chairperson.

5.2 Elections. A new Treasurer shall be elected each year at the Section Annual Meeting by majority vote of the members then in attendance. If for lack of nominations or any other reason no Treasurer is elected, the position may be filled pursuant to Section 5.3, below.

5.3 Vacancies. If at any time an office shall become vacant for any reason, then the remaining Section Officers may appoint any member of the Section to fill the vacancy for the balance of the unexpired term. Such appointed person shall not succeed automatically to another Section Office as provided in Section 5.1, above, but shall be subject to elections as provided in Section 5.2, above.

5.4 Term of Office. The term of office shall begin and end at the Section’s Annual Meeting held in May of each year.  

 

ARTICLE 6

COMMITTEES

 

6.1 Committees. The Section shall have such committees as may from time to time be appointed by the Officers to perform such duties and exercise such powers as the Officers may direct.

6.2 Committee Chairperson. Each Committee shall have a Chairperson to be appointed by the Officers who will then regularly report to the Officers.

6.3 Duties of Committees. Each Committee shall have the responsibilities which are delegated to it by the Officers, which may include the following:

  1. To plan and implement Section projects including but not limited to Section meetings and continuing legal education seminars.
  2. To analyze issues and make recommendations to the Officers on matters referred to the Committee or on its own initiation.

6.4 Membership of Committees. Upon request, any member of the Section may be a member of one or more Committees.

6.5 Duties of Members of Committee. A Section member shall become a member of a Committee with the understanding he or she will devote sufficient time to assist the Chairperson of the Committee in performing the duties of the Committee.

6.6 Meetings. The Committees may act by correspondence or at meetings separate from the Section. Section members may but need not be given notice of Committee meetings and all Committee meetings may but need not be open to all Section members.

 

ARTICLE 7

AMENDMENTS

 

7.1 These Bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Section by a majority vote of the members of the Section present and voting.

 

Note: The Bylaws were amended at the Annual Section Meeting in 2001, 2002, and 2015.

UTAH STATE BAR
REAL PROPERTY SECTION
BYLAWS 
 
ARTICLE 1
 
ORGANIZATION 
 
1.1 Creation. The Real Property Section (hereinafter "Section") was established pursuant to the Bylaws of the Utah State Bar (sometimes referred to as the "Bar") to accomplish the purposes set forth therein. 
 
1.2 Purpose. The purpose of the Section shall be to assist its members and all interested members of the Bar: 
 
By providing high quality continuing legal education ("CLE") opportunities which will satisfy all of the Utah State 
 
Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirements; 
 
By sponsoring periodic CLE luncheons with topics selected by Section officers (after considering input from Section members); 
 
By holding an annual Section meeting (typically a half-day seminar with an update of case law from the Utah Supreme Court and Utah Court of Appeals, legislation and other topics); 
 
By sponsoring break-out session(s) at the Utah State Bar mid-year and annual meetings; 
 
By providing opportunities and forums for real property lawyers to network and exchange ideas regarding the practice of real property law; 
 
By periodically publishing a newsletter advising Section Members of upcoming events, legislation and other matters pertinent to real property lawyers; 
 
By monitoring legal and political issues relevant to real property lawyers and to make recommendations to the Bar with respect thereto including without limitation participation on the Utah State Bar Governmental Affairs Committee; 
 
If applicable, by forming ad hoc committees to address legislation of general interest to real property practitioners; and 
 
To undertake such other service as may be of benefit to the Section's members, the legal profession and the public. 
 
 
 
 
 
1.3 Limitations. These Bylaws are adopted subject to the applicable Utah Statutes and the Bylaws of the Utah State Bar, and supersede any existing Bylaws of the Section. 
 
1.4 Principal Office. The principal office of the Section shall be maintained in the offices of the Utah State Bar. 
 
1.5 Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Section shall coincide with that of the Utah State Bar. 
 
ARTICLE 2
 
MEMBERSHIP
 
2.1 Enrollment. Any member of the Utah State Bar in good standing with the Bar may, upon request to the Executive Director of the Bar, be enrolled as a member of the Section by the payment of annual Section dues in an amount and for the purpose approved by the Board of Commissioners of the Utah State Bar. Additionally, individuals who are not members of the Utah State Bar may, upon approval of the Section Officers, and at their sole and absolute discretion, be admitted as non-voting members of the Section. Said individuals shall be required to pay annual Section dues.
 
2.2 The Membership. Members enrolled as provided in Section 2.1 shall constitute the membership of the Section. 
 
2.3 Dues. The Section officers shall set the dues for Section members. The dues shall be $20.00 for each member per year unless the Section officers determine an adjustment should be made. 
 
ARTICLE 3
 
MEETINGS
 
3.1 Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the Section shall be held at a place determined by the officers on the third (3rd) Thursday in the month of April in each year or such other date as designated by the Section Officers unless that day is a legal holiday, and if a legal holiday, on the following Thursday which is not a legal holiday. 
 
3.2 Quorum. Those Section members present at any duly called Section meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. 
 
3.3 Controlling Vote. Action of the Section shall be by majority vote of the members present and voting at any meeting of the Section. 
 
3.4 Agenda. At the annual meeting of the Section members, Officers of the Section shall be elected and other business may be discussed and voted upon as determined to be appropriate by the Officers. 
 
3.5 Special Meetings. Special meetings of the membership of the Section may be called by the Section Chairperson at such time and place as he or she may determine. 
 
3.6 Notice of Meetings. Written, printed, or electronic notice shall be given to all Section members stating the date, hour and place of all meetings of members, and in the case of all special meetings the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called. Notice shall be delivered by hand, U.S. mail or e-mail at least five (5) days prior to the date of the meeting to each member of the Section. If mailed, notice shall be deemed delivered when deposited in the United States mail addressed to the member at his or her address as it appears on the records of the Utah State Bar, with postage thereon prepaid. 
 
ARTICLE 4
 
OFFICERS
 
4.1 Officers. The Officers of the Section shall be a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, a Secretary, and a Treasurer, chosen from the membership of the Section. The officers shall establish the rates for Section dues, CLE presentations (monthly lunches and the annual Section meeting), as well as approve expenditures for special projects, donations, reimbursements and lodging and meals for guest speakers at Section-sponsored events. Specific duties of those officers related to administration and operation of the Section shall be as follows: 
 
Chairperson
 
General oversight of Section 
 
Liaison with Utah State Bar 
 
Represent Section at Utah State Bar Commission meetings, as invited 
 
Respond to inquiries made to Section 
 
Oversee Distinguished Real Property Practitioner award 
 
Supervise and prepare agenda for Section officer meetings 
 
Communications to Section officers 
 
Oversee monthly CLE presentations 
 
Coordinate/oversee matters assigned by Section officers 
 
CLE presentations, special ad hoc projects 
 
 
 
Vice Chairperson
 
Serve on Utah State Bar Governmental Relations Committee 
 
Canvas Section officers for position on pending legislation 
 
Serve on Utah State Bar Annual Meeting Committee 
 
Host Section breakfast at Utah State Bar Annual Meeting (if breakfast is held) 
 
Arrange for Section-sponsored speakers at Annual Meeting 
 
Attend Annual Meeting and introduce Section-sponsored speaker(s) 
 
Provide plaque for outgoing Section chair 
 
Provide plaque for distinguished Real Property Practitioner award 
 
Coordinate/oversee matters assigned by Section officers 
 
CLE presentations, special ad hoc projects 
 
Oversee the Section’s website 
 
 
 
Secretary
 
Serve on Utah State Bar Mid-Year meeting committee 
 
Arrange for Section-sponsored CLE session or sessions at mid-year meeting 
 
Attend mid-year meeting and introduce Section-sponsored speaker(s) 
 
Supervise preparation and mailing of newsletter 
 
Maintain records (historical listing of CLE, officers, Section rules, Section Bylaws, etc.) 
 
Reserve facilities for CLE meetings and select menus 
 
Coordinate/oversee matters assigned by Section officers 
 
CLE presentations, special ad hoc projects 
 
 
 
Treasurer
 
Analyze regular financial reports 
 
Make recommendations on rates for dues, CLE charges, etc. 
 
Monitor self-sufficiency of regular functions 
 
Prepare annual budget / estimates of expenditures 
 
Process reimbursements with Utah State Bar 
 
Send out “dunning” letters for no shows at CLE presentations 
 
Coordinate annual Section meeting in April, including arranging for speakers and preparing brochure, 
 
introducing speakers and conducting election of new Section officer(s) 
 
Coordinate/oversee matters assigned by Section officers 
 
Organize new lawyer CLE 
 
CLE presentations, special ad hoc projects 
 
 
 
ARTICLE 5
 
ELECTIONS
 
5.1 Succession to Offices. The Treasurer shall automatically succeed to the office of Secretary. The Secretary shall automatically succeed to the Office of Vice Chairperson. The Vice Chairperson shall automatically succeed to the Office of Section Chairperson. 
 
5.2 Elections. A new Treasurer shall be elected each year at the Section's annual meeting by majority vote of the members then in attendance. If for lack of nominations or any other reason no Treasurer is elected, the position may be filled pursuant to Section 5.3, below. 
 
5.3 Vacancies. If at any time an office shall become vacant for any reason, then the remaining Section officers may appoint any member of the Section to fill the vacancy for the balance of the unexpired term. Such appointed person shall not succeed automatically to another Section Office as provided in Section 5.1, above, but shall be subject to elections as provided in Section 5.2, above. 
 
5.4 Term of Office. The term of office shall begin July 1 and shall end on June 30 of each year. 
 
ARTICLE 6
 
COMMITTEES
 
6.1 Committees. The Section shall have such committees as may from time to time be appointed by the Officers to perfom such duties and exercise such powers as the Officers may direct. 
 
6.2 Committee Chairperson. Each Committee shall have a Chairperson to be appointed by the Officers who will then regularly report to the Officers. 
 
6.3 Duties of Committees. Each Committee shall have the responsibilities which are delegated to it by the Officers, which may include the following: 
 
To plan and implement Section projects including but not limited to Section meetings and continuing legal education seminars. 
 
To analyze issues and make recommendations to the Officers on matters referred to the Committee or on its own initiation. 
 
 
 
 
 
6.4 Membership of Committees. Upon request, any member of the Section may be a member of one or more Committees. 
 
6.5 Duties of Members of Committee. A Section member shall become a member of a Committee with the understanding he or she will devote sufficient time to assist the Chairperson of the Committee in performing the duties of the Committee. 
 
6.6 Meetings. The Committees may act by correspondence or at meetings separate from the Section. Section members may but need not be given notice of Committee meetings and all Committee meetings may but need not be open to all Section members. 
 
ARTICLE 7
 
AMENDMENTS
 
7.1 These Bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Section by a majority vote of the members of the Section present and voting. 
 
CERTIFICATION OF ADOPTION 
 
I CERTIFY THAT THE FOREGOING BYLAWS WERE ADOPTED BY VOTE OF THE SECTION MEMBERSHIP OF THE REAL PROPERTY SECTION OF THE UTAH STATE BAR AT A MEETING, DULY CALLED, ON THE 20TH DAY OF APRIL, 2000. 
 
BY:________________________________
 
DIANE H. BANKS, SECTION CHAIR
 
Note: The Bylaws were amended at the Annual Section Meeting in 2001 and 2002.