BYLAWS OF THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION SECTION
OF THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS AS AMENDED THROUGH JANUARY 2010

ARTICLE I
NAME AND PURPOSE

Section 1. Name. This Section shall be known as the Workers' Compensation Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Section 2. Purpose. The purpose of this Section shall be to (1) promote the study of Workers' Compensation law, (2) study and report on laws and decisions as they may affect the rights of parties in the workers' compensation process, (3) provide a forum for members of the profession interested in Workers' Compensation law, and (4) for attorneys representing injured workers, employers, and insurance companies to carry out the intended purpose of the Workers' Compensation laws of the state of Texas.

ARTICLE II
MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Any member of the State Bar of Texas who desires to become a member of this Section shall, upon request to the Secretary of the Section and payment of the annual Section dues, be enrolled as a member. Members so enrolled shall constitute the membership of this Section.

Section 2. Any member of this Section whose annual dues are more than six months delinquent shall automatically cease to be a member.

ARTICLE III
OFFICERS AND COUNCIL

Section 1. Designation of Officers. The Officers of this Section shall be a Chair, a Vice Chair, a Vice-President – Claimant Workers' Compensation attorney, a Vice-President - Employer/Insurance Carrier Workers' Compensation attorney, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.

Section 2. Council. There shall be a Council which shall consist of the Officers of the Section, together with nine other members to be elected as hereinafter provided. The Immediate Past Chair shall be an ex-officio non-voting member of the Council. The Chair shall have the right to appoint additional ex-officio members to serve during the Chair's term.

Section 3. Term of Office for Officers. The Officers shall be nominated and elected at an Annual Meeting of this Section in the manner hereinafter provided, to hold office for a two-year term beginning at the close of the Annual Meeting of this Section at which they shall have been elected, and ending at the close of the second succeeding Annual Meeting of this Section after such election and until their successors shall have been elected and qualify.

Section 4. Term of Office for Council Member. At the Annual Meeting of this Section at which these Bylaws shall have been amended to adopt Section 2 of this Article III in the form appearing herein above, three members of the Council shall be nominated and elected to serve for one year, three for a term of two years, and three for a term of three years. (The word "year" as herein used means a term beginning at the close of the first, second, and third succeeding Annual Meeting of this Section, respectively.) Thereafter, upon the expiration of each of these initial terms, three members of the Council shall be elected at each Annual Meeting of this Section, for terms of three years beginning at the close of the Annual Meeting at which they shall have been elected and ending at the close of the third succeeding Annual Meeting of this Section.

Section 5. Eligibility to Serve on Council. A member of the Council who is not an officer, is eligible to be elected to the Council for one additional three-year consecutive term. There is no limit on the number of consecutive terms a member of the Council may serve while serving as an Officer but no Officer may serve two consecutive terms as an Officer. There is no limit on the number of non-consecutive terms a member of the Council may serve. Section 6. Require Attendance: Filling of Vacancy. If any elected member of the Council shall fail to attend two consecutive meetings of the Council, the office held by such member shall be deemed automatically vacated unless otherwise decided by the Council in its sole and absolute discretion, and the un-expired term shall be filled by the Council.

ARTICLE IV
NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS

Section 1. Nomination. A nominating committee consisting of the Officers and Council members shall report a slate of proposed Council members and Officers to this Section at each annual meeting at which a vacancy is to be filled. In addition, nominations form the floor will be accepted.

Section 2. Election. All elections shall be by written ballot unless otherwise ordered by resolution duly adopted by this Section at the Annual Meeting at which the election is held. The Vice-President – Claimant Workers' Compensation attorney shall be elected by the majority of the members in attendance at the meeting of the Claimant Workers' Compensation Committee held during the Annual Meeting of the Section. The Vice-President - Employer/Insurance Carrier Workers' Compensation attorney shall be elected the majority of the members in attendance at the meeting of the Employer/Insurance Carrier Workers' Compensation Committee held during the Annual Meeting of the Section. All other Officers (except Chair) and members of the Council shall be elected by the majority of the members of the Section held in attendance at the Annual Meeting of the Section.

ARTICLE V
DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1. Chair. The Chair shall preside at all meetings of this Section and of the Council. The Chair shall formulate and present at each Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Texas a report of the work of this Section for the then past year. The Chair shall perform such other duties and acts as usually pertain to this office.

Section 2. Vice-Chair. The Vice-Chair shall perform, on behalf of this Section, such duties as the Chair may assign. The Vice-Chair shall automatically become Chair at the end of the term of a Chair. Upon the death, resignation, or during the disability of the Chair or upon any absence or refusal to act, the Vice-Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair.

Section 3. Vice President – Claimant Workers' Compensation Attorney. The Vice President – Claimant Workers' Compensation Attorney shall preside at all meetings of the Claimant Workers' Compensation Committee and shall otherwise perform such duties as delegated by the Chair

Section 4. Vice President – Employer/Insurance Carrier Workers' Compensation Attorney. The Vice President – Employer/Insurance Carrier Workers' Compensation Attorney shall preside at all meetings of the Employer/Insurance Carrier Workers' Compensation Committee and shall otherwise perform such duties as delegated by the Chair.

Section 5. Secretary. The Secretary shall be custodian of the minutes, reports and records of this Section. The Secretary shall keep a correct record of the proceedings of all meetings of this Section and of the Council. With the Chair, the Secretary shall prepare a summary or digest of the proceedings of this Section at its Annual Meeting and shall submit the same to the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas for publication in the annual report. In conjunction with the Chair, as authorized by the Council, the Secretary shall attend generally to the business of this Section.

Section 6. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the funds and accounts of this Section. The Treasurer shall: (i) keep an accurate account of all monies of this Section (ii) pay all bills and (iii) take such other action with respect to the finances of this Section as the Council may direct. In performing such duties, the Treasurer shall comply with the provisions of Section 2 of Article VI of these Bylaws. Section 7. Vice President - Administrative Law Judges/Hearing Officers. The Vice President - Administrative Law Judges/Hearing Officers shall preside at all meetings of the Administrative Law Judges/Hearing Officers Committee and shall otherwise perform such duties as delegated by the Chair.

ARTICLE VI
DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE COUNCIL

Section 1. Jurisdiction. The Council shall have general supervision and control of the affairs of this Section subject to the provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws of the State Bar of Texas and the further provisions of these Bylaws. The Council shall specifically authorize the expenditure of any monies appropriate for the use or benefit of this Section. It shall not, however, authorize commitments to contracts which shall entail the payment of any money during any fiscal year unless the funds shall have been previously appropriated to this Section for that fiscal year by the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas or funds are otherwise available.

Section 2. Finances. This Section is authorized to collect membership dues and govern expenditures of any income. The establishment of or any revision in this Section's dues requires approval by the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas. This Section shall submit to the Executive Director of the State Bar of Texas by July 15, each year a complete financial report for the preceding fiscal year ending May 31 and a Section budget for the current fiscal year. Funds of this Section may only be invested within the parameters outlined in the State Bar of Texas Investment Policy as set forth in Section 10.05 of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors Policy Manual. This Section shall deposit dues income into either a branch of the State Bar of Texas Banking depository or an alternative banking depository meeting the requirements of the above-mentioned State Bar of Texas Investment Policy. In the event this Section selects an alternative depository, it shall instruct the depository to provide directly to the State Bar of Texas a duplicate of the bank statements, canceled checks, and deposit slips. Any expense incurred in providing duplicates to the State Bar of Texas shall be borne by this Section. This Section may request the accounting department of the State Bar of Texas to prepare a monthly and year-to-date Section financial report. This Section may opt to have the State Bar of Texas manage Section funds, including depositing dues, managing operating expenses, issuing checks, and preparing financial reports and budgets. This optional latter service will be provided by the State Bar of Texas for a per capita fee per member not to exceed $1.00.

Section 3. Committees. There shall be Claimant Workers' Compensation, Employer/Insurance Carrier Workers' Compensation, and Administrative Law Judges/Hearing Officers Workers' Compensation Committees. The Council may authorize the Chair to appoint additional committees from Section members to perform such duties and exercise such powers as the Council may direct, subject to the limitations of these Bylaws and the Constitution and Bylaws of the State Bar of Texas.

Section 4. Vacancies. The Council may fill vacancies in its own membership. Members of the Council so selected shall serve until the expiration of the term which vacancy is filled.

Section 5. Required Vote. Unless otherwise expressly provided for in these Bylaws, all binding action of the Council shall be by a majority vote of the whole Council.

Section 6. Manner of Voting. Members of the Council when present at a meeting of the Council shall vote in person or via video conference.

Section 7. Notice of Required Vote. The Chair may, and upon the request of any member of the Council shall, submit or cause to be submitted in writing to each member of the Council, any proposition upon which the Council may be authorized to act, and the members of the Council may vote upon such proposition so submitted by communicating their vote thereon in writing over their respective signatures to the Secretary who shall record upon the Minutes each proposition so submitted, when, how, at whose request submitted, and the vote of each member of the Council thereon, and keep on file such written and signed votes.

ARTICLE VII
MEETINGS

Section 1. Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting of this Section shall be held in conjunction with the State Bar Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar. The meeting shall be on a date during the seminar at such time, place, program, and order of business as may be arranged by the Council.

Section 2. Special Meetings. Special meetings of this Section may be called by the Chair upon approval of the Council, at such time and place as the Council may determine.

Section 3. Quorum. The members of this Section present at any meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and all binding action of this Section shall be by a majority vote of the members present.

Section 4. Meeting Attendance. A member who attends a meeting by teleconference or video conference shall be counted as present at such meeting.

Section 5. Claimant Workers’ Compensation Committee. The Claimant Workers’ Compensation Committee shall meet at the Annual Meeting of this Section and also in conjunction with the Advanced Workers’ Compensation Law Conference sponsored by the State Bar of Texas.

Section 6. Employer/Insurance Carrier Workers’ Compensation Committee. The Employer/Insurance Carrier Workers’ Compensation Committee shall meet at the Annual Meeting of this Section and also in conjunction with the Advanced Workers’ Compensation Law Conference sponsored by the State Bar of Texas.

Section 7. Administrative Law Judges/Hearing Officers Workers' Compensation Committee. The Hearing Officers Committee shall meet at the Annual Meeting of this Section and also in conjunction with the Adv