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WELCOME! BENVENUTI!

The goal of the Italian American Bar Association of San Diego is to welcome all who support our mission of fostering a spirit of friendship

Through social and professional association among lawyers, judges, law professors and law students of Italian ancestry.

You don’t have to be Italian to join.

If you appreciate good food, good friends, good wine, and good times, you’re likely to be a great addition to our community.

Membership Eligibility

Any lawyer or former lawyer

Any judge or former judge

Any law student enrolled in any accredited law school

Within the State of California

Who is of Italian birth or extraction

Or related by marriage to a person of Italian birth or extraction

Or any person who wishes to support and further the goals and mission of this organization

Is eligible for membership.

Membership of the Association shall consist of

Regular Members

Associate Members

Honorary Members

and Law School Student Members

BYLAWS OF THE ITALIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF SAN DIEGO, INC.

ARTICLE III, MEMBERSHIP AND DUES

Section 1. Membership. Any lawyer or former lawyer, any judge or former judge, any law student enrolled in any accredited law school within the State of California who is of Italian birth or extraction, or related by marriage to a person of Italian birth or extraction, or any person who wishes to support and further the goals and mission of this organization, is eligible for membership. Membership of the Association shall consist of Regular Members, Associate Members, Honorary Members and Law School Student Members, as those terms are hereinafter defined.

Section 2. Regular Members. To be eligible to become a Regular Member, and to maintain Regular Membership in this Association, an applicant must:

(a) Be admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of California; or

(b) Be retired after having heretofore met the requirements in category (a) hereof; or

(c) Be a lawyer admitted to practice before the highest court of any state within the United States who (1) is a full-time employee of any agency of the federal, state, county or city government, or other public agency, and (2) maintains their principal office in San Diego County, California; and

(d) Pays membership dues as required pursuant to Section 6.

Regular Members shall have all of the rights of membership including, as applicable, voting rights, and the right to serve as an officer, director or committee member.

Section 3. Associate Members. Any person who (1) sits as a judge or is retired from sitting as a judge of any court within the State of California located within the County of San Diego; or (2) is a member of the faculty of any law school accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State of California located in the County of San Diego is eligible for membership as an Associate Member. Such members shall not have the right to vote nor be eligible to be officers, directors or committee members of the Association, unless the Board of Directors provides otherwise.

Section 4. Honorary Members. Any person, partnership, corporation or other entity is eligible for Honorary Membership. Such members shall not have the right to vote nor be eligible to be officers, directors or committee members of the Association, unless the Board of Directors provides otherwise.

Section 5. Law School Student Members. Any person attending any law school in the State of California is eligible for Law School Student Membership. Any person admitted to this Association as a Law School Student Member may continue as such until graduation from law school, except that those members scheduled to take the first California Bar examination following graduation from law school may continue as Law School Student Members until the results of the examination are announced and, provided the member passes the examination, until the scheduled date that successful candidates are admitted to practice. Law School Student Members shall not have the right to vote nor to be eligible to be an officer, director or committee member, unless the Board of Directors provides otherwise.

Section 6. Admission to Membership. Any person desiring to become a member of this association shall submit to the Association a written application for membership in such form as may be prescribed by the Board. Upon presentation of an application for membership, except as otherwise specified in Section 6 below, the applicant shall pay the full annual dues if his or her application is presented in the first quarter of the calendar year; three-fourths of the annual dues if his or her application is presented in the second quarter of the calendar year; one-half of the annual dues if his or her application is presented in the third quarter of the calendar year; and one-fourth of the annual dues if his or her application is presented in the fourth quarter of the calendar year. The provisions of the immediately preceding sentence do not apply to Honorary Members and Law School Student Members, for whom dues are not required. This Association shall not deny or abridge membership by reason of race, color, creed or national ancestry and shall admit persons of any race, color, creed or national ancestry to all of the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to members of the Association according to their category of membership.

Section 7. Admission Fee and Dues. There shall be no admission fee. The annual dues for each membership classification shall be established by the Board no later than October 15 for the following calendar year for which such dues shall be payable. Should the Board fail to establish annual dues for any calendar year for any membership classification, the annual dues payable by members in such classification for such calendar year shall be the same as those payable by members in such classification during the preceding calendar year. All dues shall be payable in advance on or before January 2nd of each year. The Board shall have the power to remit or waive dues of any member, or members, in whole or in part. Any member failing to pay his or her annual dues within three months after the date due may be suspended after 60 days’ written notice, and shall only be reinstated upon payment of all dues or upon remission thereof by the Board.