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The Virgin Islands Bar Directory is available from the Bar Offices at the cost of $15.00 each. If you would like to receive a copy, please send a check made payable to the Virgin Islands Bar Association with your request to the office. In anticipation of the 2005-2006 Directory, Bar Executive Director Hinda Richards has called upon all Virgin Islands Bar Association members to submit any new changes to the current directory to her attention.

The objects of this Association shall be to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and the United States Virgin Islands (The Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands as amended and maintain representative government; to promote and maintain a high standard in the practice of law and in the constitution and operation of the courts; to improve the system of justice and its administration; to enhance the professional competence and ethical conduct of members of the bench and bar; to improve the availability of competent legal services to all segments of the community; to provide leadership in improving and making uniform substantive and procedural law, to seek fulfillment of the obligations of the legal profession to the courts and the community; to advance public understanding of the law, the system of justice and the role of lawyers; to represent the bar with respect to issues of significance to lawyers; to promote good fellowship among the members of the Association; to advance the interest of the bar in the Virgin Islands in every way consistent with the public good; to provide social activities for member of the bar, to provide for the extension of courtesies to visiting dignitaries in cooperation with the Territorial Court and to do such other things as properly come within the scope of similar organizations.

The Virgin Islands Bar shall consist of regularly admitted, specially admitted and pro hac vice admitted attorneys. Regularly admitted members may be active or inactive. Regularly admitted, active members, except as otherwise provided herein shall have the right to vote at all meeting of the Virgin Islands Bar and to hold office therein.

Attorneys who are specially admitted pursuant to Rule 302 of the Rules of the Territorial Court shall not have the right to vote or hold office, but may attend all meetings and functions of the Virgin Islands Bar and shall be entitled to receive notice of all such meetings. They shall be eligible to serve on committees of the Virgin Islands Bar.

Inactive members of the Virgin Islands Bar are those members who have qualified for inactive status pursuant to Terr. Ct. R. 306(b). Inactive members shall not have the right to vote or hold office but may attend and speak at all meetings and functions of the Virgin Islands Bar, shall be entitled to receive notice of all meetings and functions, and shall be eligible to serve on standing and select committees of the Bar. Any inactive member good standing may change his or her classification to achieve active status provided such member meets the qualifications for active status set forth in Terr. Ct. R. 306(a), and files with the Secretary of the Bar a written request for transfer to the class of active membership and pays the dues required of active members. Inactive members of the Bar shall pay reduced dues of 50% of the dues that are established for active members of the Bar.

All members, including specially admitted members, have an affirmative duty to promptly notify the Executive Director of the Virgin Islands Bar whenever they change their physical residence, mailing address and/or office address, or no longer qualify for active status under Terr. Ct. R. 306. The Board of Governors shall submit to the Court for its approval and proposed change in the annual dues structure. Notice of a change in annual dues shall be made by publication to the membership.

Annual dues for all classes of members, except honorary members, of the Virgin Islands Bar shall be payable on or before December 31 for the ensuing calendar year, after due notice. Any member of the Virgin Islands Bar who has not paid the applicable membership dues for any calendar year on or before February 1st of that calendar year shall be subject to an automatic administrative late charge, an amount to be approved by the Court. Any member of the Virgin Islands Bar who has not paid the applicable membership dues within on or before March 1st of any calendar year shall be subject to an additional automatic administrative late charge, an amount approved by the Court. All administrative late charges becoming due under this Section by virtue of the failure of a member to timely pay membership dues shall be considered additional membership dues payable by such member.

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