Rule 305. Virgin Islands Bar Association:
(a) The Virgin Islands Bar Association is created to assist the Court in
regulating the practice of law in the territory. All attorneys admitted to
practice law in the Territorial Court are required to be members of the Virgin
Islands Bar Association so that no one may practice law in the Territorial
Court of the Virgin Islands without being a member in good standing of the
Virgin Islands Bar Association.
(b) No attorney may practice law in the Virgin Islands in any matter, including
appearing for a party at depositions taken in the Virgin Islands in cases filed
in the Virgin Islands or appearing before administrative agencies of the Virgin
Islands who is not an active member of the Virgin Islands Bar pursuant to Rule
(c)(1) The Virgin Islands Bar Association shall adopt by-laws which must
be consistent with these rules, filed with the Court, and subject to the
Court's approval. Upon review of the by-laws and prior to their approval, the
Court may notify the Virgin Islands Bar Association of its objections and
concerns regarding certain provisions thereof. After corrections by the Bar
Association and/or the Court, the by-laws may be approved if deemed appropriate
by the Court, and when approved, shall be of full force and effect, rendering
any By-laws adopted prior to this rule null and void.
(2) Where, in the opinion of the presiding judge of the Territorial
Court, any standing or ad hoc committee of the Bar Association has
become inactive and/or has failed to perform its duties, and where the
interests of the Court, the Bar, and the public are not being served thereby,
the presiding judge may appoint a special committee of attorneys in good
standing to perform the duties of the standing or ad hoc committee until
such time as the non-performing committee satisfies the Court by certification
that it is ready, willing, and able to resume its duties. Prior to the
appointment of a special committee the presiding judge shall consult with the
president of the Bar and give the non-performing committee 30 days notice to
fulfill its duties.
(3) The president of the Bar Association shall submit to the presiding
judge a semi-annual report on the activities of all standing and ad hoc
committees of the Bar.
(d) Upon petition filed in the Territorial Court by the treasurer of the
Virgin Islands Bar Association, any member of the Bar, however classified, who
is delinquent in the payment of dues set forth in the bylaws may be suspended,
after notice and hearing, from the practice of law by order of a judge of the
Territorial Court. in filing the petition, the treasurer must attach an
affidavit verifying that the member was in fact properly notified that the dues
were payable, stating date and time of service, and that the member still
failed to make payment. The petition may be dismissed upon proof of payment by
the Bar member. A suspended member may be reinstated upon proof that the
delinquent dues have been paid, together with court costs for filing and
prosecuting the petition.
(e) Whenever the business of the Bar Association requires polling of the
membership, active members of the Bar Association in good standing shall be
permitted to vote regardless of where in the territory the polling is being
tabulated. Toward this end, the Bar Association shall take appropriate measures
to ensure the casting of ballots by all eligible members. Where mailing of
ballots is required, the Bar Association shall provide adequate time for
distribution and return before the tabulation deadline. The Bar shall provide
for appropriate record keeping and storage of all polling information, ballots,
(f) The Bylaws of the Virgin Islands Bar Association, and amendments
thereto, as approved by the Court shall be published with these rules.--Adopted
Oct. 14, 1994, eff. Nov. 16, 1994; amended Oct. 12, 1995; May 12, 1998.
BYLAWS OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS BAR ASSOCIATION INTEGRATED
(As Amended June 10, 1979, December 11, 1982,
December 10, 1983, December 15, 1988,
April 7, 1989, and January 12, 1990)
1. The Virgin Islands Bar shall consist of four classes of members:
active, government, inactive, and honorary.
2. All attorneys at law admitted to practice in the courts of the Virgin
Islands, except those admitted pro hac vice, who are domiciled in the Virgin
Islands, are active members of the Virgin Islands Bar. Active members shall
have the right to vote at all meetings of the Virgin Islands Bar and to hold
office therein. They shall promptly notify the Secretary of the Virgin Islands
Bar whenever they change their residence or office addresses.
3. Active members of the Virgin Islands Bar Association shall pay annual
membership dues of $100.00, except members who have not been admitted for more
than one year shall pay $50.00. Membership dues shall be payable on or before
January 1st for the ensuing calendar year.
4. All attorneys at law who are not active members of the Virgin Islands
Bar, but who have been specially admitted to practice law in the Virgin Islands
on behalf of the Government of the United States, the Government of the Virgin
Islands, Office of the Public Defender or Legal Services of the Virgin Islands,
shall be eligible to be government members of the Virgin Islands Bar.
Government members shall not have the right to vote or hold office, but may
attend all meetings and functions of the Virgin Islands Bar and shall be
entitled to receive notice of all such meetings. Government members shall be
eligible to serve on standing and select committees of the Virgin Islands Bar.
5. Government members shall pay annual membership dues of $100.00, which
shall be payable on or before January 1st for the ensuing calendar year.
6. All attorneys at law admitted to practice in the Virgin Islands,
except those admitted pro hac vice, who are domiciled in the Virgin Islands,
but who neither maintain a law office therein nor actively practice law therein
in any manner or to any extent whatsoever, and all attorneys at law admitted to
practice in the Virgin Islands, except those admitted pro hac vice, who cease
to be domiciled in the Virgin Islands, shall cease to be active members, and
those who have filed with the Secretary of the Bar written notice requesting
enrollment in the class of inactive membership, shall be inactive members. Inactive
members shall not have the right to vote or hold office, but may attend all
meetings and functions of the Virgin Islands Bar and may speak thereat and
shall be entitled to receive notice of all meetings and functions, and shall be
eligible to serve on standing and select committees of the Bar.
7. Inactive members of the Virgin Islands Bar shall pay annual membership
dues of $25.00, which shall be payable on or before January 1st for the ensuing
8. Any inactive member in good standing may change his classification to
achieve status provided he is domiciled in the Virgin Islands and opens a law
office or takes up the active practice of law therein by filing with the
Secretary of the Bar a written request for transfer to the class of active
membership and by paying the dues required of active members.
9. The judges of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the District
Court and the Territorial Court, and such persons of distinction as may be so
elected by the membership shall be honorary members of the Virgin Islands Bar.
They may speak at meetings of the Virgin Islands Bar, but shall pay no dues,
shall not vote and have no interest in any property of the Virgin Islands Bar.
10. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer of the Virgin Islands Bar
promptly to file a motion during the second week of April of each year in each
Division in the District Court for the suspension from membership and the
practice of law in the Virgin Islands of all delinquent members. When an active
member of the Virgin Islands Bar has been thus suspended by order of the court,
made pursuant to such a motion, he shall not practice law in the Virgin Islands
nor participate in the activities of the Bar until his delinquent dues have
been paid in full and the court upon being informed of that fact by the
Treasurer, has entered an order reinstating him as an active member of the
Virgin Islands Bar entitled to practice law in the Virgin Islands.
1. The Officers of the Virgin Islands Bar shall consist of a President, a
President-elect, a Secretary, a Treasurer, an ABA Delegate and a Board of
Governors, who shall perform the duties usually incident to such offices and
such as may be imposed by these Bylaws.
2. All Officers shall serve for one (1) year and shall not succeed
themselves; the President-elect shall succeed to the office of President. The
term of the ABA Delegate shall be for two years ending with the adjournment of
the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in each even-numbered year.
3. At all meetings of the Virgin Islands Bar, the President, or in his
absence, the President-elect, Secretary, or Treasurer, in that order, or in the
absence of all of them any member selected by the members present shall
4. The Board of Governors of the Virgin Islands Bar shall consist of the
President, President-elect, Secretary, and Treasurer, the ABA Delegate, the
last past President and four other members to be elected at the annual meeting.
If the last past President is ineligible or unable to serve, an additional
member shall be elected at the Annual Meeting in order to bring the membership
to ten (10).
5. Any officer or member of the Board of Governors may be removed at any
annual, general or special meeting of the Virgin Islands Bar by a two-thirds
vote of the membership, provided that notice and copies of the proposed action
shall have been given by the Secretary to the members, either by mail or
publication in the Virgin Islands Bar Journal, at least fifteen (15) days
before the meeting at which time such action is proposed to be taken. Those
absent can vote in writing by mail, provided such vote is received prior to the
date of the meeting.
III. BOARD OF GOVERNORS
The Board of Governors shall meet at least once each quarter. It shall
have such powers as are specifically conferred upon it by the Bylaws. It shall
direct through the President the general management of the affairs of the Bar,
and may make such regulations as it deems advisable, not inconsistent with
these Bylaws. It shall keep a record of its proceedings, and shall make a
written report of its activities at each annual and general meeting through the
President. At any meeting it may report such business which, in its judgment,
requires the action of the Bar. It shall be the duty of the Board through the
officers of the Bar to take such steps as may be necessary to carry out
resolutions adopted by the Bar at any meeting. The Board of Governors shall,
prior to April 1st in each year, adopt a budget providing for the expenditures
by the Bar for the ensuing fiscal year for the presentation to the Bar; no
expenditures not provided for in that budget and no appropriations not so
provided for shall be made during such year without the approval of the Board
of Governors. Four members shall form a quorum.
1. Elections for Officers and members of the Board of Governors shall be
held at the Annual Meeting provided that the election of the ABA Delegate shall
be every two years.
2. The President, with the concurrence of the Board of Governors, not
later than November 15, of each year, shall appoint a Nominating Committee to
consist of three members, with the President to designate the Chairman of that
3. Nomination shall be made by the Nominating Committee for the offices
of President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, ABA Delegate and the members of the
Board of Governors. Additional nominations may be made from the Floor. Election
shall be by secret ballot, and shall be carried by a simple majority of the
members present. The offices to be filled shall be those of President-elect,
Secretary, Treasurer, ABA Delegate and the members of the Board of Governors.
No members shall be eligible for nomination to any office unless he is current in
The President shall exercise the powers and perform the duties assigned
to him in these Bylaws and by the Board of Governors and be the chief executive
officer of the Virgin Islands Bar, and as such, subject to these Bylaws, shall
generally supervise the management of its affairs and at the Annual Meeting,
make a statement relative to its condition, activities and progress. The
President, or in his absence, the President-elect or otherwise as herein
provided, shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Governors and shall be
an ex officio member of all committees.
The President-elect shall succeed each year to the office of President
without further action by the membership, shall be privy to all the negotiations
of the President and shall perform such further duties as may from time to time
be assigned by the President or by the Board of Governors.
1. The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings
of the Virgin Islands Bar and of its Board of Governors, and of all other
matters of which a record shall be ordered by the Bar.
2. The Secretary shall notify the officers and all members of the
committees of their election or appointment, shall issue notice of all meetings,
and, in the case of special meetings, shall add a brief note of the object of
3. The Secretary shall keep at all times a complete roll of the members,
and shall furnish to the Treasurer the names and addresses of all members.
4. The Secretary shall certify to the American Bar Association House of
Delegates the name and address of the Virgin Islands Bar ABA Delegate.
5. The Secretary shall be the keeper of the seal of the Virgin Islands
6. The Secretary shall perform such other duties as may from time to time
be assigned to him by the President or by the Board of Governors.
7. The Secretary shall also make the minutes of the Annual Meeting
available to all members.
1. The Treasurer shall keep at all times a complete roll of the members.
Under the direction of the President he shall collect and disburse all funds of
the Virgin Islands Bar and keep regular accounts in books belonging to the Bar
which shall be open to the inspection of any member of the Board of Governors.
2. At each annual or general meeting of the Bar, and of the Board of
Governors, he shall report, in writing, the balance of money on hand, and any
existing appropriation which may affect the same.
3. At the Annual Meeting, he shall make a full and complete report of the
financial transactions of the Bar for the past year, of all its outstanding
obligations and the amounts due the Bar. Such report shall contain a balance
sheet on an accrual basis containing all items both of principal and income.
4. The Treasurer shall also compile, for reading or distribution at the
Annual Meeting, a list showing the members who have and have not paid annual
5. The Treasurer shall cause to be prepared a certificate of current
annual membership to be delivered to each member upon payment of his dues.
6. The Treasurer accounts shall be audited by an auditing committee of
three members of the Bar to be appointed by the President at the Annual Meeting
each year, which shall report thereon to the President within thirty (30) days
7. The Treasurer shall send to each member a bill for the following
year's dues with a statement of his arrearage, if any, not later than November
30th of each year.
IX. AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION DELEGATE
1. The ABA Delegate shall attend the meetings of the American Bar
Association House of Delegates on behalf of the Virgin Islands Bar.
2. The ABA Delegate shall coordinate programs and activities of the
American Bar Association with those of the Virgin Islands Bar.
3. The ABA Delegate shall annually report, in writing, to the members of
the Virgin Islands Bar as to action taken by the American Bar Association House
4. The ABA Delegate shall perform such other duties and responsibilities
as may from time to time be assigned to him by the President or by the Board of
1. The President shall appoint the standing committees as hereinafter
provided, and such special committees as he may deem necessary. The members of
the standing and special committees shall serve for the term of the President
appointing such members and continue until replaced by their successors except
that the Board of Governors in its discretion may provide that members of the
committees shall serve for staggered terms. The President, in his discretion,
may enlarge the membership of any committee.
2. Committees shall meet at such times and places as may be designated by
the Chairman thereof. The President shall nevertheless have the power to
convene a meeting of any standing or special committee on not less than three
(3) days notice.
3. Upon the termination of its duties or term of office, each committee
through its Chairman shall deliver to the Secretary of the Bar for transmittal
to the Chairman of the successor committee, all files, information and data
accumulated by said committee during its term of office, together with a copy
of its report to the Bar.
4. A majority of members of any committee shall constitute a quorum for
the transaction of business.
5. At each annual meeting each committee shall submit a written report of
its proceedings since the preceding annual meeting. Additional reports may be
submitted from time to time if deemed necessary by the committee or when
requested by the President or President-elect in the absence of the President.
6. Each committee, in its annual report or as occasion may require, shall
make appropriate recommendations to the Board of Governors or to the Bar.
7. The President shall designate one of the members of each committee to
be Chairman thereof, and each committee shall select its own
8. The standing committees shall be as follows, and shall perform the
(A) Legislation and Law Reform:
This committee shall consist of three members.
(1) It shall be the duty of this committee to advocate, by proper and
ethical means, the adoption or repeal of such legislation as may be recommended
by the Board of Governors and the Bar.
(2) It shall be the object of this committee to improve the
administration of justice, and in attaining this object it shall be the duty of
the committee to keep under continuing study the laws being enacted, the
organization and administration of courts, methods of judicial selection,
tenure and retirement and compensation of the judiciary, the system of practice
and procedure in use, with due emphasis upon the correction of deficiencies;
and to study and evaluate the trends and reforms in practice and procedure in
other jurisdictions, in substantive law or procedure. This objective shall
include all Federal and Territorial legislation, as well as administrative
rules or regulations of Federal or Territorial departments, agencies or
(B) Legal Education and Admission to the Bar:
This committee shall consist of five members.
(1) It shall be the duty of this committee to keep under continuing study
the status of legal education and admission to the Virgin Islands Bar, to
assist and cooperate with the Committee on Bar Examinations appointed by the
Chief Judge of the District Court, to aid through appropriate channels in the
raising of standards for general and legal study, and to evaluate the trends
and reforms in other jurisdictions and to propose such changes as in their
opinion will improve the standing of the Virgin Islands Bar.
(2) It shall consider and report to the Board of Governors or the Bar on
all matters relating to legal education and admission to the Bar. It shall examine
proposals for changes in the rules of admission; changes in the bar
examinations; enactment or amendment of legislation affecting legal education
or admission to the Bar with authority to promote or oppose the same on behalf
of the Bar, when in the judgment of the Board of Governors such action is
(C) Unauthorized Practice of Law:
This committee shall consist of three members.
(1) It shall be the duty of this committee to keep under continuing study
the subjects of any unauthorized practice of law; to study the prohibitions
that exist in the Virgin Islands, as compared with the other territories and
states; to prevent such unauthorized practice, and to make investigations of
unauthorized practice. With the approval of the Board of Governors, this
committee may take steps to prevent or to stop the unauthorized practice of
law, including the initiation of legal proceedings.
(2) The committee shall make a report to the Board of Governors within
forty-five (45) days after a complaint has been received.
(D) Professional Ethics and Grievance Committee:
The Code of Professional Responsibility and Code of Judicial Conduct as
adopted by the American Bar Association shall be the code of ethics for the
Virgin Islands Bar.
This committee or subcommittees shall further:
(1) Formulate and recommend standards and methods for the effective
enforcement of high standards of ethics and conduct in the practice of law as a
profession; develop and recommend improved disciplinary tribunals or committees
established by courts or other public authority; consider the Canons of Ethics
of the legal profession and of the judicial officers and the observance
thereof; and make recommendations for amendments to or clarifications of the
Canons of Ethics when they may appear to be advisable.
(2) Upon request, advise or assist the Bar with respect to the
professional conduct of lawyers and the ethics of the profession, make such
investigations of professional conduct and abuses in connection with the
practice of law as may be directed by the Board of Governors; furnish
information and make recommendations on the foregoing subjects to the Board of
This committee shall consist of no less than five members.
At the discretion of the President, co-chairpersons of this committee may
be appointed to chair separate subcommittees on the Island of St. Croix and one
for the Islands of St. Thomas and St. John. In the event such co-chairpersons
and subcommittee are designated, each subcommittee shall consist of no less
than three members.
In the event that the President designates co-chairpersons and
subcommittees for the Island of St. Croix and the Islands of St. Thomas and St.
John, said subcommittees shall have the jurisdiction over complaints arising
out of legal services on their respective islands; provided that,
notwithstanding the foregoing, the President may refer a complaint to either
subcommittee and either subcommittee may refer a complaint to the other
subcommittee. Each subcommittee may develop its own internal operating
procedures which may include the designation of panels of three or more
subcommittee members for the handling of specific complaints as assigned by the
co-chairpersons, provided that any decisions of such panels shall be reached by
a majority vote of the panel members and shall be effective upon the signing of
such decision(s) by the co-chairpersons. The co-chairperson may not refuse to
endorse a decision reached by a duly designated panel.
(3) The Professional Ethics and Grievance Committee or subcommittee of
the Virgin Islands Bar shall have the power to investigate all charges of
professional misconduct that may be brought to their attention in writing, or
initiate such investigation on their own motion. When sufficient funds are
available for the purpose, the Board of Governors shall have authority to
appropriate necessary funds for such investigation. This committee or subcommittee
or panel thereof shall have power to summon and examine witnesses, to order the
production of books, records or other documentary evidence, and to administer
oaths. Any refusal to comply with any proper order or direction of said
committee or subcommittee or panel thereof shall be reported to the Chief Judge
of the District Court for summary action thereon. Where the Professional Ethics
and Grievance Committee or subcommittee or panel thereof finds the facts do not
warrant disciplinary action, the matter shall be closed and the accused
Where the committee or subcommittee finds the facts to warrant
disciplinary action, it shall file a complaint in the District Court. The
complaint shall set forth the specific facts constituting the alleged
misconduct, and a copy thereof shall be served upon the accused attorney. The
Board of Governors shall appoint an active member or members of the Bar to
present the evidence of the charges to the Court. The style of all complaints
shall be THE VIRGIN ISLANDS BAR, Complainant v. (the accused attorney),
(4) Within forty-five (45) days after a complaint has been received, the
committee or subcommittee or panel thereof shall file a report with the Chief
Judge and with the Board of Governors and shall file status reports every
forty-five days thereafter until the matter has been closed.
(E) Public Relations and Entertainment:
This committee shall have three members.
The objectives of this committee shall be:
(1) To impress upon the individual lawyer the importance of employing
good public relations in his everyday practice;
(2) To correct the impression of the public that the misdeeds of a few
lawyers are the exception rather than the rule. To correct this impression the
committee should publicize commendable deeds of lawyers and worthy projects of
the Virgin Islands Bar.
(3) To strengthen the procedures of self-discipline among lawyers.
(4) To inform the public on those aspects of the law which directly
affect the individual and, more specifically, to show the individual how it
affects him. The public should be educated as to the legal problems involved in
everyday living and as to the advisability of consulting a lawyer before doing
an act, rather than afterwards.
(5) The means for carrying the lawyers' story to the laymen as above,
amongst others, are the following:
Press news stories, press releases, editorials, correction of misleading
articles, magazine articles, speakers' bureaus and panels, radio and
television, motion pictures, pamphlets, folders and mailings, institutional
advertising, contests and awards, meetings.
(6) There is a place for fun and song in the life of the Bar and
activities in this field should be espoused to round out the activities of the
Bar. This can be appropriately done in the entertainment of important outside
guests or as a means of bringing our members and their spouses together for
(F) Judiciary Committee:
This committee shall consist of five members.
(1) The committee shall accept reports or complaints from the Bar or the
public on the judges, conduct an investigation and make a report within
forty-five (45) days to the Board of Governors with recommendations as to
whether or not such report or complaint has any merit.
(2) Upon receipt of such a report, if the recommendation indicates the
complaint or report has merit, the Board of Governors shall report to the
membership at its next meeting, and shall execute the instructions of the Bar
which may include, but shall not be limited to, a resolution to the judge
affected or recommendation to the appointing power for removal.
(3) It shall be the duty of the committee to conduct an intensive
investigation of all judicial candidates and to submit such report (in form
approved by the Board of Governors) to the appointive power with its
recommendations. This report shall also be submitted to the Board of Governors.
(4) It shall also be the duty of the committee to conduct an ongoing
evaluation annually of all judges in the Virgin Islands. The form of the
evaluation is to be approved by the Board of Governors, and the results of such
an evaluation shall be submitted by report to the Board of Governors, the
Presiding Judge of the Territorial Court and the Chief Judge of the District
(G) Bar Journal:
This committee shall consist of three members.
(1) The committee shall supervise the publication of the Virgin Islands
Bar Journal which will be published whenever there are sufficient contributions
by the membership.
(2) The committee shall also supervise the publication of the Virgin
Islands Bar Law Letter, which may be published on a quarterly basis during an
ensuing year. Furthermore, there shall be appropriated annually, from the
general revenues of the Virgin Islands Bar Association, sufficient monies to
cover the costs of publishing the Virgin Islands Bar Association Law Letter,
plus incidental expenses, four (4) times during any ensuing year.
(H) Scholarship Committee:
This committee shall consist of five (5) members.
(1) It shall be the duty of this committee to undertake fund-raising
activities for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing the solvency of a
scholarship fund. It shall also be the function of this committee to establish
the guidelines by which scholarships shall be granted and to plan, solicit,
screen and otherwise grant scholarships to law students at law schools approved
by the American Bar Association, who are permanent residents of the United
States Virgin Islands and who plan to engage in the practice of law therein.
(2) The Scholarship Committee shall grant scholarships, subject to the
availability of funds therefor, on behalf of the Virgin Islands Bar
Association, in the names of George H. T. Dudley, Sr., in conformity with the
Articles of Incorporation of the George H. T. Dudley, Sr. Scholarship Fund, as
well as in the name of Almeric L. Christian and in the names of such other
persons which the Virgin Islands Bar Association may designate in the future.
(I) Young Lawyers Committee:
(1) This committee shall consist of all members of the Virgin Islands Bar
in good standing who are under thirty-six (36) years of age and those who have
been admitted to their first Bar less than three years.
(2) The objectives of this committee shall be to stimulate the interest
of young lawyers in the Virgin Islands Bar, to conduct programs of interest and
value to young lawyers and those recently admitted to practice, to be of
assistance to the Virgin Islands Bar and its other committees, to coordinate
its activities with the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association
and similar national, state, and local organizations and to promote the
involvement of young lawyers in public service activities.
(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of this Article, a quorum of the Young
Lawyers Committee shall consist of seven members.
1. There shall be four general meetings each year, the fourth of which
shall be the Annual Meeting of the Virgin Islands Bar and which shall be held
in December during the ensuing year or on such other day in January or February
as may be fixed by the Board of Governors alternately in St. Thomas and St.
Croix at the hour and place fixed by the President. Business of any kind may be
transacted at any general meeting and a meeting may be adjourned to a later day
certain by vote of a majority of the active members present. The President
shall make a written report at the Annual Meeting of the activities of the
Virgin Islands Bar during the preceding year and make his recommendations for
improvement of the Bar.
2. General meetings shall be held alternately in St. Thomas and St. Croix
once each quarter.
3. At each annual meeting of the Virgin Islands Bar, the order of
business shall be as follows:
(a) Action on minutes of preceding meetings;
(b) Report of the President;
(c) Report of the Treasurer;
(d) Report of the ABA Delegate;
(e) Reports of all Standing Committees;
(f) Reports of Special Committees;
(h) Special Orders;
(i) New Business.
4. This order may be changed by vote of a majority of the members
5. The Robert's Rules of Order shall govern all meetings, except in cases
otherwise provided for by the Bylaws, or by rules of order or resolutions
adopted by the Bar.
6. The special committees, and such standing committees as are noticed by
the President, shall make their reports at the general meeting.
7. Special meetings of the Virgin Islands Bar may be called by the
President or shall be called by him upon the written request of two other
members of the Board of Governors or six active members of the Virgin Islands
Bar. The notice of a special meeting shall state the nature of the business to
8. Fifteen (15) active members shall constitute a quorum to transact
business at any meeting of the Virgin Islands Bar.
9. No member may vote by proxy at a meeting of the Virgin Islands Bar
XII. ADOPTION AND AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
These Bylaws may be adopted, amended or rescinded at any annual or
special meeting of the Virgin Islands Bar by a majority vote of the members
present; provided that notice and copies of the proposed action shall have been
given by the Secretary to the members, either by mail or publication in the
Virgin Islands Bar Journal, at least fifteen (15) days before the meeting at
which such action is proposed to be taken. Those absent can vote in writing by
mail provided such vote is received prior to the date of the meeting.
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