Criteria for membership in the Cumberland Bar Association is found in the Article II of the Bylaws as follows:
Membership and Dues
SEC. 2.1 Any person licensed to practice law in the State of Maine may become a regular member of the Association upon application and approval of the General Committee and payment of the first year’s dues then applicable.
SEC. 2.2 Distinguished justices and judges shall be elected honorary members upon application and approval of of the General Committee. Honorary members shall include those persons who have been licensed to practice law for fifty (50) or more years and who, at the time of application, are residing or working in Cumberland County. The General Committee may, in its discretion, approve honorary membership for other persons who have made a substantial contribution to the practice of law in Cumberland County.
SEC. 2.3 The General Committee shall set the annual dues for regular members, and may adjust the same from time to time by a three-fourths vote of such Committee. Dues are payable on or before the end of the first quarter of each year. Honorary members shall pay no dues. Members six months delinquent in dues may be suspended from membership, but payment of dues to date shall entitle such person to reinstatement. Members may resign from the Association if their dues are currently paid. Members who are in the military service of the United States shall be exempt from payment of dues, unless such service becomes a member’s permanent vocation.
SEC. 2.4 Any member who resigns from the practice of law or is disbarred shall without further proceedings be expelled from the Association; any member who is suspended from practice shall without further proceedings be suspended from the Association for a coterminous period.
SEC. 2.5 No member shall permit any reference to his membership in the Association to appear in any political advertisement wherein such member endorses any candidate for public office.
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