1. What is a “Chapter” of the PRBA?
A Chapter is comprised of two or more members in good standing of the PRBA who are physically located outside the State of New York, who seek and obtain permission from the PRBA Board of Directors to be recognized as a Chapter.
2. What is the purpose of a Chapter of the PRBA?
The PRBA has recognized that that are many attorneys, judges, law professors, law students and paralegals in the United States, who would qualify for membership to the PRBA and also live and work outside the New York State geographical limits.
The PRBA recognition of Chapters will:
- Encourage a high order of ethical and professional attainment;
- further education among its members;
- establish good fellowship among PRBA members, within the State of New York and jurisdictions outside the State of New York;
- facilitate an increase in PRBA membership;
- provide for professional contacts in different jurisdictions; and
- provide a forum for those members outside the jurisdictional limits of the State of New York to contribute to the mission of the PRBA.
3. How is a Chapter created?
First, two or more members of the PRBA should meet and express their desire to become a Chapter. Therefore, the two or more individuals must have applied for membership and be current with their membership dues.
Second, the prospective Chapter should communicate in writing to the PRBA President its desire to become a Chapter and its agreement to be bound by the Puerto Rican Bar Association, Inc.’s By-Laws, and any rules promulgated by the PRBA Board of Directors. The President will then forward the request to the PRBA Board of Directors. The PRBA Board of Directors will then vote on the request. If approved, the PRBA Board of Directors will issue a Certificate of Recognition of the Chapter.
Third, the approved Chapter will to hold an election to vote for its Liaison to the PRBA. The Liaison will be the Chapter’s primary contact to the Board of Directors. The Liaison will be invited to attend the meetings of the Board of Directors, however, will not be entitled to vote. The Chapter shall be renewed annually by the Board of Directors.
The Chapter shall remain in effect as long as it maintains two or more members in good standing and is approved annually by the Board of Directors.
4. What are the benefits to becoming a Chapter?
Members of the chapters are entitled to all rights and privileges granted to the category of membership provided under the PRBA Bylaws;
association with the oldest Hispanic professional legal association;
participation in the mission of the PRBA, including but not limited to professional development of the legal community, proving for equal access to the justice system;
participating in the encouragement and support of greater number of Puerto Rican and Latino students entering the legal profession;
invitation and participation in all PRBA activities, including participation with the PRBA in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.
In a nutshell- pride.
5. When can two or more PRBA members in good standing who live and work outside the New York State geographical limits request recognition of a Chapter?
See Article VI Sec. 1. Need 2/3 vote of general membership meeting in good standing who live and work outside the New York State geographical limits request recognition of a Chapter.