Criteria

Membership Requirements

Excerpt from The Constitution of the Connecticut Bar Association (as amended to March 8, 2010)

Article III - Membership

Section 1. A. Members. Any Member in good standing of the Bar of the State of Connecticut or any other state who resides or has his or her principal office in Connecticut may become a Member of the Association by filing an application in accordance with procedures established by the Board of Governors. Any person who is regularly employed as a teacher of law in the State of Connecticut and has been admitted to the Bar of the State of Connecticut or any other state may become, and remain so long as the person continues to be so employed, a Member of the Association by filing an application in accordance with procedures established by the Board of Governors.

B. Law Student Members. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in Connecticut or who resides in Connecticut or any graduate of an accredited law school in Connecticut within six (6) months of such graduation is eligible to become a Law Student Member of the Association under such conditions and with such rights, privileges, and limitations as the Bylaws may provide. Law Student Members shall not be counted for purposes of Article VI, Section 3.

C. Associates. Eligibility to apply to become an Associate of the Association is extended to any person who is not admitted to any Bar and is either (1) regularly employed as a teacher of law in Connecticut or (2) regularly employed in a law office including a corporate legal department, a government judicial or legal agency, or any other entity in Connecticut devoted primarily to the practice of law or (3) is devoting substantially all working time to the performance of paralegal, legal administrative, accounting, legal librarian, or legal consulting duties. Said status shall be under such conditions and with such rights, privileges, and limitations as the Bylaws may provide. Associates shall not be counted for purposes of Article VI, Section 3.

D. Paralegal Student Members. Any paralegal student currently enrolled in an ABA-Approved program in Connecticut, or who resides in Connecticut, or any graduate of an ABA-Approved paralegal program in Connecticut within six (6) months of such graduation, is eligible to become a Paralegal Student Member of the Association under such conditions and with such rights, privileges, and limitations as the Bylaws may provide. Paralegal Student Membership shall not exceed four (4) years in duration. Paralegal Student Members shall not be counted for purposes of Article VI, Section 3.

Section 2. Resignation. A Member, Law Student Member, Associate or Paralegal Student Member not in default in payment of dues may at any time resign by filing a notice in writing with the Secretary. Such a resignation shall become effective as of the date it was filed in accordance with procedures established by the Board of Governors.

Section 3. Expulsion and Reinstatement. The Board of Governors may censure, suspend, or expel any Member, Law Student Member, Associate Member or Paralegal Student Member for cause and after a notice and hearing before such persons and in such manner as the Board of Governors shall direct, or may suspend from membership any Member, Law Student Member, or Associate for nonpayment of dues, or any other financial indebtedness due the Association. Any Member shall be automatically terminated from membership upon the Member's resignation from the Bar of the State of Connecticut or upon the filing with the Secretary of a certified copy of the final order for the suspension or disbarment of such member by any tribunal of competent jurisdiction. A Law Student Member, Associate Member or Paralegal Student Member shall be automatically terminated from such status upon a determination by the Board of Governors that the person is no longer employed in a status that would qualify for such status pursuant to Article III, Section 1, Subsections B or C.

Section 4. Cessation of Property Interest. All right, title, and interest, both legal and equitable, of a Member in or to the property of the Association shall cease and terminate in the event of the Member's death, resignation, or expulsion.