AEA Bylaws Revision: Request for Comment
Deadline: Friday, April 16, 2010
Seeking your input.
AEA Colleagues,

We are seeking your input, guidance and feedback on a revision of AEA's bylaws, on or before Friday, April 16, 2010.


The AEA Board of Directors has been working to revise the association's Bylaws, the legal document that binds the association. The revision was undertaken with three goals in mind:


  • Align with Policy-based Governance and Current Practice: Policy-based Governance mandates that the Board develop, and continuously and systematically revisit, an extensive set of policies that guide the association's work. Such policies detail roles, restrictions, and goals for the association. Our current set of policies may be found here
  • Increase Flexibility: Given policies that are continuously refined based on the changing context and needs of the association, we strove to remove from the bylaws (and move to policies) structures that we believe benefit from increased flexibility. The most notable example of this is moving a specific list of committees out of the Bylaws.
  • Streamline and Clarify Language: We sought to make the Bylaws as readable as possible and remove redundancies.


The bylaws revision process involves four stages as outlined below.


  1. Board: Complete draft of bylaws revision and approve for member vetting (done - March 5, 2010)
  2. Members: Review draft and provide comment (March - April 16, 2010)
  3. Board: Revise draft based on member comments and approve for member vote (April - May, 2010)
  4. Members: Vote on final draft (June - July, 2010)


We have completed stage 1 and are now turning to the membership for guidance and feedback.


Step 1: Download the Bylaws Review Document - this document shows, side by side, the existing Bylaws, the recommended revisions, and the rationale. Click here to download.


Step 2: Login to the AEA website, and provide your feedback using the link below.

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts regarding this fundamental legal document.




Leslie Cooksy

AEA 2010 President

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