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IDC Membership Requirements


The Association is committed to fostering and promoting an environment of inclusiveness and respect within its membership without regard to gender, age, race, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, ethnicity or political or cultural differences.

Qualifications for Individuals - Any person
:
A.    Who is a member in good standing of the Bar of the State of Illinois, and;
B.    Who will support the purpose and mission of the Association as stated in ARTICLES II and III, and;
C.    Who devotes a substantial portion of his or her professional practice to the representation of business, corporate, governmental, insurance, professional or individual civil litigants involving tort, contract, insurance, employment, governmental, or business matters, and does not, for the most part, represent plaintiffs in personal injury litigation.

Qualifications for Corporate Membership - Any Business or Corporation, other than law firms:
A.    Who will support the purpose and mission of the Association as stated in ARTICLES II and III, and;
B.    Who desires to receive the benefits of corporate membership as shall be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors.
Corporate members are not entitled to vote on any Association matters or hold office.

Qualification for Educators – Any full time professor or associate professor of law at an ABA accredited law school:
A.    Who will support the purpose and mission of the  Association as stated in ARTICLES II and III, and;
B.    Who desires to receive the benefits of educator membership as shall be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors.
Educator members are not entitled to vote on any Association matters or hold office.

Qualifications for Law Student Membership - Any person:
A.    Who is currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school;
B.    Who will support the purpose and mission of the Association as stated in ARTICLES II and III, and;
C.    Who desires to receive the benefits of law student membership as shall be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors.

Law student members are not entitled to vote on any Association matters or hold office. Law student membership shall terminate six (6) months after graduation.

The Board of Directors may, from time to time, establish other classes of membership under terms and conditions established by the Board of Directors, which are not inconsistent with the purposes of this Association.

Membership in the Association shall be subject to the will of the Board of Directors and shall be initiated by the submission of an application for membership to the Executive Director or his or her designee, or by other means as may be approved by the Board of Directors. Within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the application, or other notice of prospective membership, the Executive Director shall notify the Board of Directors via electronic mail, or other means, of the application or prospective membership. Applicants and prospective members shall be admitted to membership upon a majority vote of those voting providing a quorum is present.

The Board of Directors shall be the sole judge of the qualifications of applicants and prospective members for membership in the Association, as well as of the continuing qualifications of its members. Whenever in the judgment of the Board of Directors a member shall cease to possess the eligibility qualifications set forth in ARTICLE IV, the Board of Directors may, by a majority vote of those voting providing a quorum is present, terminate and cancel his or her membership; whereupon the member shall be notified of such termination and cancellation in writing or by electronic means, and may, within ten (10) days after receipt of such notice, request a hearing before the Board of Directors. The member shall be provided no less than ten (10) days notice, in writing or by electronic means, of the time and place of the requested hearing. The Board of Directors, after the hearing, shall, by majority vote of those voting, provided a quorum is present, affirm or rescind the termination and cancellation of the membership in question. The Board of Directors may, in its discretion, establish conditions for re-admission to the Association.  The termination and cancellation of membership shall be effective ten (10) days after the Board’s vote to terminate, or, if a hearing is requested, upon the Board’s vote to terminate at the conclusion of the hearing.

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