Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
Code of Regulations


The name of this association shall be the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers.


The objectives of this association shall be to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States; to advance the science of jurisprudence; to educate the bar and general public in all fields and phases of advocacy; to promote the administration of justice for the public good; to uphold the honor and dignity of the profession of the law; to encourage fellowship among the members of the bar; to uphold and improve the adversary system and trial by jury; and to advance the cause of those who are damaged in person or property and who must seek redress therefor.


Section 1. The membership of the association shall consist of any person who is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio; who is committed and devoted to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and for those whose rights are jeopardized; who pays dues in a timely manner; who adheres to the objectives of this association; and who is not primarily engaged in the defense of tort litigation or the defense of workers' compensation claims. (Amended May 21, 1998)

Section 2. The Board of Trustees may establish classes of voting and non-voting membership and procedures for application and admittance to all such classes of membership.

Section 3. A member may resign or may be expelled or suspended in the following manner:

A) A member may resign by submitting a written resignation to the President, which becomes effective on the date submitted. A member shall also be deemed to have resigned upon failure to pay dues in a timely manner.

B) A member who is disbarred shall be automatically removed from membership.

C) A person suspended from the practice of law shall be suspended from membership for as long as the period

of suspension from practice continues, and shall be returned to membership, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees, upon the termination of the suspension from practice, and satisfaction of all other membership requirements.

D) A member may be expelled or suspended by the Board of Trustees for conduct in violation of the qualifications for membership. A member shall receive 30 days notice in writing of any complaint against such member. The notice shall specify the charges and shall advise the member of the time and place of a hearing, which shall be held before either the Board of Trustees or a committee of three trustees appointed for such purpose by the President. If the hearing is held before a committee, that committee shall report its findings to the Board of Trustees, which shall then decide what action is to be taken. Expulsion or suspension of a member shall require a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Trustees, whose decision shall be final.

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