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The Ohio State Bar Association

Adopted July 8, 1880 (Vol. 1, Page 9).

I. NAME This Association shall be known as “The Ohio State Bar Association.”

II. OBJECT The Association is formed to advance the science of jurisprudence, to promote reform in the law, to facilitate the administration of justice, to uphold integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession, to encourage thorough liberal legal education and to cultivate cordial intercourse among the members of the Bar.

III. MEMBERSHIP The members of the Bar attending this Convention as delegates this eighth day of July, 1880, are hereby declared to be members of this Association, provided they shall, during the present session, pay the admission fee and sign this Constitution. Any member of the Bar in good standing, residing or practising in the State of Ohio, may become a member of the Association upon nomination and vote, as hereinafter provided.

IV. ELECTION OF MEMBERS. All nominations for membership shall be made by the Committee on Admissions, and must be transmitted in writing to the President and by him reported to the Association, and if any member demands a vote upon any name thus reported, the Association shall thereupon vote thereon by ballot. Several nominees may be voted upon on the same ballot, and in such a case the placing of the word "no" against any name or names upon the ticket shall be deemed a negative vote against such name or names and against those only. One negative vote in every five shall suffice to defeat an election. (Amended July 12, 1901. Vol. 22, pp. 72, 91.)


The officers of the Association shall be a President, who shall deliver the annual address and be ineligible for a second term; one Vice-President from each judicial district reported by membership in the Association; a Secretary and a Treasurer. All of these shall be elected at the annual meeting and hold their offices till the next annual meeting of the Association and until their successors are elected.


The members of this Association, from each of the Common Pleas Judicial Districts of Ohio, existing prior to 1914, shall choose from their respective districts one member of each of the folllowing committees: Executive Membership

Legal Education Grievances Legal Biography Legislation Judicial Administration and Legal Reform

A majority of the members of a committee shall constitute a quorum; and, excepting the Executive Committee, each committee shall choose a Chairman and Secretary: and at each annual meeting of said Association, every committee shall report in writing a summary of its proceedings since the last annual report, together with any suggestions the Committee may deem suitable and pertaining to its powers, duties or business; which reports, together with the proceedings of the annual meetings, shall be prepared and printed by the Secretary of said Association, under the direction of the Executive Committee, and together with the Constitution, By-Laws, names and residences of officers, standing committees and members of the Association, as soon as practicable after each annual meeting. (Amended July 11, 1917. Vol. 38, p. 42.)


The President of said Association by and with the approval of the Executive Committee may remove any member of any standing committee from office for failure to attend to his duties, and may appoint members of said Association residing in said respective districts to fill any vacancies caused by removal from office or resignation or death of such member, or failure of the members of said Association from any district to select a member of any such committee or committees. (Amended July 11, 1917. Vol. 38, p. 43.)


No action of the Association of a permanent nature or recommending changes in law or the administration of justice, shall be final until approved by the Standing Committee, to which the same shall be referred by the Association.


The President, or, in his absence, the Senior Vice-President, shall preside at all meetings of the Association, and the President shall deliver an address at the opening of the meeting next after his election.


The President shall be ex-officio Chairman of the Executive Committee and the Secretary shall be ex-officio Secretary of the Executive Committee. This committee shall manage the affairs of the Association, subject to the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws, and shall be vested with the title of all its property as trustees thereof, and shall make By-Laws for the Association, subject to amendment by the Association. (Amended July 6, 1916. Vol. 37, p. 25.)

XI. COMMITTEE ON MEMBERSHIP The proceedings of this committee shall be deemed confidential and shall be kept secret, except so far as written or printed reports of the committee shall be necessarily and officially made to the Association.



It shall be the duty of the Committee on Judicial Administration and Legal Reform to take record of all proposed changes of the law and to recommend such as may be, in their opinion, entitled to the favorable influence of the Association; and further, to observe the working of the judicial system of the state; to collect information with reference thereto, and to recommend such action as they may deem advisable.


It shall be the duty of the Committee on Legal Education to examine and report what change it is expected to propose in the system of legal education and of admission to the practice of the profession in the State of Ohio.


The Committee on Grievances shall receive all complaints which may be made in matters affecting the interests of the legal profession, the practice of law and the administration of justice and report the same to the Association with such recommendations as they may deem advisable.

The proceedings of this committee shall be deemed confidential and kept secret, except so far as reports of the same shall be necessarily and officially made to the Association.


The Committee on Legal Biography shall provide for the preservation among the archives of the Association of suitable written or printed memorials of the lives and characters of deceased members of the Ohio Bar and procure and report to the next annual meeting a short biographical sketch of each member whose death shall have been reported at any annual meeting. (Amended December 28, 1886. Vol. 7, p. 65.)

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