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ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

OF NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

ASSOCIATION LAWYERS FOR CHANGE

These articles of incorporations were adopted at the constituent meeting of the organizations founder-members on 14.12.2010.

We, the founders of non-profit organization ASSOCIATION LAWYERS FOR CHANGE,

Being gravely concerned about the constantly decreasing prestige of the legal trade in Bulgaria over the last 15 years,

Feeling that our professional interests are not sufficiently protected, and that we are deprived of any real opportunity, yet not of our rights to participate in the professional life of our guild,

Earnestly desiring constructive change in the tenor of relationships within the legal trade and

Declaring resoundingly and unambiguously that none of us singly nor as a body aim to violate the decrees of the Attorney Act nor do we desire to divide the body of attorneys in Bulgaria, its legal organization or existing structure,

We decided to adopt these articles of incorporation as follows:

I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Art. 1. The association is a voluntary non-political and non-profit organization of Bulgarian legal entities and active material persons, as well as foreign persons who are legal residents of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Art.3. The association is incorporated and conducts its activities in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Bulgaria and these Articles of incorporation.

II. NAME AND SEAT

Art. 5. The name of the association is Association Lawyers for Change (in Bulgarian: ). In English the name is written as follows: Association Lawyers for Change

Art. 6. The seat and registered address of the association is Republic of Bulgaria, Sofia 1000, Triaditsa district, 2 Tsar Asen Street, ent. .

III. AIMS AND ACTIVITIES MEANS FOR ACHIEVING THE ABOVE

Art. 7. The main aims of the association are:

A. To defend the rights and dignity of Bulgarian lawyers;

B. To raise and maintain the prestige of the legal trade;

C. To actively engage lawyers in the affairs of the bar;

D. To raise the professional qualification of lawyers;

E. To support attorneys in financial difficulties and aid attorneys who are the target of unjustified measures of compulsion;

F. Other, not prohibited by the laws of the country aims, to be specified by a decree of the General assembly.

Art. 9 The association is to engage in the following activities:

A. Organizing public discussions about current problems of the Bulgarian bar and jurisprudence;

B. Conducting seminars and courses for raising the qualification of the Bulgarian bar members;

C. Support and representation of the members of the association and other attorneys before the bar associations in the country and the national and international institutions;

D. Buildings contacts with similar Bulgarian and international associations and bar associations as well as participation in national and international events relevant to the association's activities;

E. Creating work groups aimed at solving particular issues;

F. Cooperation with the authorities of the Bulgarian bar in matters related to the activities and rights of its members;

IV. INCOME AND PROPERTY

Art. 11. The association forms its income and property from:

- individual and collective donations and sponsoring;

- proceeds from payments made by the founding-members and from membership fees;

- voluntary property donations and other sources not prohibited by the laws of the country.

V. MEMBERSHIP. RIGHTS AND DUTIES

Art. 13 Membership in the association is voluntary and may be individual as well as collective of legal entities.

Art. 14 A member of the association may be any legal person, as well as any material person above the age of 18, who accepts its articles of incorporation and is able to contribute to the achievements of its goals.

VI. PROPERTY DONATIONS

Art. 24 Property donations can be made to the association.

Art. 25 Voluntary property donations are made by the members on their own accord and with the agreement of the Executive council which is voted by a simple majority of all its members.

VII. GOVERNING BODIES

Art. 27 The association's bodies are:

a) General assembly of the members;

b) The Executive council (EC);

Art. 28 (1) The General assembly of the members is the Supreme body of the association.

(2) All members are part of it and each has the right to vote. One person may not represent more than one other member of the General assembly on the basis of a written power of attorney. Re-authorization is not admissible.

Art. 36 The General assembly is legitimate if more than half of all its members are present. If there is no quorum, the assembly is to be postponed by an hour to be held at the same place and with the same agenda, when it can be held regardless of the number of members present.

Art. 38 The Executive council consists of nine members elected by the General assembly for a term of 3 years.

Art. 39 The Executive council elects a chairman, a vice-chairman and a secretary from among its members.

Art. 41 Meetings of the Executive council are to be convened at least once every three months. The chairman must convene a meeting of the Executive council at a written request of one-third of its members. If the Chairman does not convene a meeting of the Executive council within a month of the request, then a meeting may be convened by any of Executive council interested members.

Art. 43 The decisions of the EC are voted by a simple majority of all its members.

IX. TERM

Art. 50 The association is incorporated for unlimited term.

X. FINAL PROVISIONS

Art. 51 For all issues not provided for in these articles of incorporation, the decrees of the Non-profit Legal Entities Act shall apply.

 

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