Constitution & Bylaws

Constitution of the Virginia Association of Law Libraries

  • Adopted October 12, 1983
  • Amended January 9, 1985
  • Amended January 15, 1986
  • Amended June 1, 1986
  • Amended April 23, 1994
  • Amended July 11, 2006


The name of this association shall be Virginia Association of Law Libraries (the Association).


The Association is established to develop and increase the usefulness and efficiency of law libraries. It shall be conducted as a non-profit corporation to promote librarianship and to foster a spirit of cooperation among members of the profession.


Any person or institution interested in law libraries may become a member of the Association by complying with the provisions of the Bylaws.


Meetings shall be held as provided in the Bylaws.


Section 1: Officers. The officers shall consist of a president, vice-president/president elect, secretary, and treasurer. The vice-president/president-elect shall be elected annually by the Association. The vice-president/president-elect shall automatically become president after one year and shall so serve during the second year following his election. The secretary and treasurer shall each serve two-year terms. Elections for each office shall occur in alternate years. The president, the vice-president/president-elect, secretary, and treasurer shall serve without compensation.

Section 2: Duties of Officers. The president, vice-president/president-elect, secretary, and treasurer shall perform the duties usually pertaining to their respective offices and other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Board.

Section 3: Committees and Other Organizations. There shall be such committees and other organizations as the Executive Board shall create or shall be created by a majority vote of those present and voting at any meeting of the Association.

Section 4: Appointments. The president shall appoint all members of committees and other organizations unless the Association shall otherwise direct.

Section 5: Terms of Office. All officers and members of the committees and other organizations shall serve until their successors are elected, appointed and qualified, or they are removed from office.


Section 1. There shall be an Executive Board of seven, consisting of the officers named in Article V, Section 1, the last retiring president, and two members who will be known as directors. Each director shall serve a two-year term. Each director will be elected in alternate years by the Association. The duties of the Executive Board shall be those usually assigned to such boards rn similar associations.

Section 2. The Executive Board shall have the power to fill any vacancy in elective offices except that of president. The person so appointed by the Executive Board shall serve the unexpired term. In the case of the death, incapacity or resignation of the president of the Association, the vice president/president-elect shall become president and shall serve until the end of his own elected term.


Amendments to this constitution may be proposed by the Executive Board or by a petition signed by 10% of the active members of the Association. Proposed amendments shall become effective when approved by 2/3 of the members voting in a ballot conducted by mail or electronically, in the manner provided in the Bylaws.


Amendments to the Bylaws may be proposed by any voting member of the Association.

Proposed amendments shall be submitted to the secretary, who shall send notice, either electronically or in paper, to the voting members 30 days prior to the meeting of the Association at which they will be presented for discussion.

At such meeting, a proposed bylaw amendment may be amended, provided that the amendment is consistent with the original proposed bylaw amendment.

If approved by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting at the meeting, the final version of the amendment shall be adopted.


The Virginia Association of Law Libraries (VALL) supports and serves its members’ professional pursuits by fostering a spirit of leadership and cooperation, providing educational and leadership opportunities, and promoting and enhancing the value of law libraries.

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