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Proposed Amendments to Articles of Incorporation

A number of LGA’s members who “retire” from their jurisdictions or firms still wish to remain connected with their LGA colleagues, especially through the ListServ,  but that is not currently permitted under LGA’s Articles of Incorporation. In addition, there are circumstances in which individuals find themselves in transition from one LGA member entity to another and our current membership categories—which are all entity based— are not set up to allow that individual to remain active in LGA.

In order to address these two circumstances, the LGA Board of Directors proposes the amendment below to the Articles of Incorporation, replacing the “retired” membership category with one entitled “individual” and updating the language. This amendment also removes the description of benefits associated with the membership category because that information is more appropriately included in LGA’s Policies and Procedures. In conjunction with this change to the Articles of Incorporation, the Board of Directors will amend the Policies and Procedures to allow Individual members to participate on the ListServ and as a member of a standing or ad hoc committee. Individual members will remain ineligible to serve as LGA officers or on the board of directors.

The following amendment to the Articles of Incorporation will be presented to the membership for consideration at LGA’s annual meeting, Thursday, April 19, at the Roanoke conference. If you have any questions or need further information about the proposed revision, please feel free to contact me ( or any member of the Board of Directors.

Article III—Members

The members of the corporation shall be of the following classifications:

(a) active, (b) associate, (c) judicial individual, and (d) retired judicial. Only representatives of active members shall have the right to vote or hold office, and only if such active member is an independent dues-paying entity.

d.c.   Retired Individual Members: A civil legal counsel An attorney who was formerly engaged or employed on a full-time sustained basis to represent one or more city cities, county counties, or towns, who wishes to maintain an affiliation with the LGA, and, if employed, whose employer, business, firm, agency, or practice is not otherwise eligible to be an active or associate member, and who wishes to maintain a social affiliation with the LGA. Retired Individual members shall pay discounted membership dues in an amount set by the board of directors. Retired members may attend LGA conferences at a cost to be set, for conference events and Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credit, by the board of directors. Retired members may not hold office or serve on the board of directors, or participate in the LGA ListServe; however, they may be appointed to standing and ad hoc committees. The LGA board of directors may, on a case-by-case basis, allow a person who does not meet this definition to maintain an individual membership.

c.d.   Judicial Members: . . . .

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018