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Committees
The CLSA is served by two types of committees: 1.) Constitutional Committees established and their tasks are defined by the Constitution and By-Laws of the Society; and 2.) Standing Committees established as needed by the Board of Governors. The eight Standing Committees are entrusted with responsibilities which are on-going concerns of the Society.

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(in the order presented in the Constitution)

Committee on Nominations
Committee on Resolutions
Committee on Resource and Asset Management
Committee on Professional Responsibility


The Committee on Nominations is established in art. X of the CLSA Constitution, as last amended by action of the CLSA membership in 1997 (Proceedings 1997, pp. 419-420), with the following functions:

  1. To submit to the active members, at least one month prior to the date of election, the names of nominees as provided for in Article IX of the Constitution; (and)
  2. To formulate and recommend to the Board of Governors plans for maintaining and increasing the membership of the Society.

The Committee on Resolutions is established in art. X of the CLSA Constitution, with the following functions:

  1. To solicit, develop and draft proposed resolutions which will express the concerns of the Canon Law Society of America;
  2. To consult with the membership at large and, in particular with the Board of Governors, the standing and ad hoc committees of the Society, and the organizers of the annual convention;
  3. To formulate proposed resolutions on given points in response to requests of the members of the Society;
  4. To compose differences in the formulation of similar proposals and to revise all proposals so that the meaning of each is clear; (and)
  5. To encourage resolutions which authentically express in a positive way the activities and concerns of the Society.

The Committee on Resource and Asset Management is established in art. X of the CLSA Constitution, as last amended by action of the CLSA membership in 2008. . It is the function of the Committee on Resource and Asset Management:

  1. To develop a comprehensive budget for all the activities of the Society and report on the funding available for projects;
  2. To submit the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year to the Board of Governors for approval at is spring meeting;
  3. To conserve, invest and disburse the monies of the Scholarship Fund in accord with the criteria established by the Society; (and)
  4. To advise the Treasurer on all matters pertaining to the Society's investments.

The Committee on Professional Responsibility is established in art. X of the CLSA Constitution, as last amended by action of the CLSA membership in 1995 (Proceedings 1995, pp. 485-488) with the following functions:

  1. Regarding complaints:
    1. To receive complaints of any party aggrieved with respect to provisions of the Code of Professional Responsibility originally adopted by the CLSA in October, 1983, and its can. 9d(i);
    2. To make an initial finding that the complaint is not frivolous but is serious in character; (and)
    3. By majority vote to refer the matter to the hearing officers.
  2. To issue advisory opinions and decisions on the application of the Code of Professional Responsibility; (and)
  3. To advise on all other questions concerning the professional responsibility of canonists (can. 9d(i) of the PR Code).
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The Committee on Church Governance was recommended by the Future Initiatives Committee and established by the Board of Governors in 2009. This committee assumes the functions from the following previous committees in addition to its mandate: the Committee on Civil & Canon Law and the Committee on Eastern Canon Law. The function of the Committee on Church Governance:

  1. To initiate as needed any projects pertinent to the study of canon law pertaining to Church structures and governance or the implementation thereof, including but not limited to the following: (a) diocesan and parish temporalities; (b) consultative bodies; (c) diocesan and parish structures; (d) power of governance; (e) comparative law issues; (f) Eastern canon law and institutions
  2. To oversee projects referred to the committee by the BOG;
  3. To oversee its subcommittees working on projects concerning Church governance; (and)
  4. To collaborate with national organizations and other groups dealing with issues of Church governance.

The Committee on Clergy was recommended by the Future Initiatives Committee, and established by the Board of Governors in 2009. This committee assumes the functions from the following previous committees in addition to its mandate: the Canonical Questions Regarding the Sexual Abuse of Minors Committee, the Advocacy Procedures Task Force and the Regional Workshops for Advocates in Penal Cases Task Force. The Clergy Committee has the following mandate:

  1. To initiate as needed any projects pertinent to the study of canon law pertaining to the life and ministry of bishops, priests and deacons or the implementation thereof, including, but not limited to, the following: (a) canonical issues related to the sexual abuse of minors, (b) clergy personnel issues and resources, (c) advocacy for clergy in penal cases;
  2. To oversee projects referred to the committee by the BOG;
  3. To oversee its subcommittees working on projects concerning clergy; (and)
  4. To collaborate with national organizations and other groups dealing with clergy issues.

The Committee on Consecrated and Apostolic Life was recommended by the Future Initiatives Committee and established by the Board of Governors in 2008. This Committee replaces the previous Committee on Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. The Committee has the following mandate:

  1. To initiate as needed any projects pertinent to the study of canon law pertaining to the life and ministry of Institutes of Consecrated and Apostolic Life or the implementation thereof, including, but not limited to, the following: (a) sponsorship; (b) mergers and restructuring of institutes; (c) governance; (d) membership; (e) new forms of consecrated life.
  2. To oversee projects referred to the committee by the BOG;
  3. To oversee it's subcommittees working on projects concerning Consecrated and Apostolic Live; (and)
  4. To collaborate with national organizations and other groups dealing with issues of Consecrated and Apostolic Life.

The Committee on Convention Planning was established as a constitutional committee, but an amendment in 2008 changed the committee to an "on-going" committee, and expanded its responsibilities to also include assuming the tasks of the previous Convention Liturgies Committee and the Convention Chairperson. The Board of Governors established this modified committee in 2008 and gave the following mandate:

  1. To receive from the Board of Governors the approved general theme of the next convention as well as any suggestions from the Committee on Research & Discussion for the development of the theme;
  2. To recommend to the BOG, in accord with the general theme, topics for major addresses, seminars or other presentations at future convention, as well as a list of potential speakers and the honoraria for such speakers;
  3. Following BOG approval, to arrange for the speakers, addresses and seminars for the annual convention;
  4. To oversee the planning of all convention liturgies and prayer services in cooperation with its subcommittee for Convention Liturgies; (and)
  5. To review the evaluations of the most recent Convention and assist the Convention Chairperson in planning future arrangements, as needed.

The Committee on Laity was recommended by the Future Initiatives Committee and established by the Board of Governors in 2009. This committee will assume all functions currently assigned to the Lay Canonists Committee and the Lay Ministry Handbook Project Committee. It is the function of the Committee on Laity:

  1. To initiate as needed any projects pertinent to the study of canon law pertaining to the life and ministry of lay persons or the implementation thereof, including, but not limited to, the following: (a) lay ecclesial ministry; (b) collaboration with clergy; (c) rights of the lay faithful
  2. To oversee projects referred to the committee by the BOG;
  3. To oversee its subcommittees working on projects concerning the laity; (and)
  4. To collaborate with national organizations and other groups dealing with the role of the laity in the Church.

The Publications Advisory Board was established by action of the Board of Governors in 2007. The mandate of this committee includes the projects previously addressed by the committees on Electronic Media, the Canon Law Digest, Roman Replies and Advisory Opinions. The Board's functions are as follows:

  1. To advise the BOG about all aspects of current, periodic and proposed CLSA publication projects, including financial, literary, educational and marketing issues;
  2. To monitor the progress of all CLSA publication projects;
  3. To implement the procedures for peer review of CLSA publications;
  4. To make the final recommendation to the BOG regarding specific publications;
  5. To review the coordination and management of the CLSA's publications activity on the part of the Office of the Executive Coordinator; (and)
  6. To provide a written report to the CLSA membership at the annual convention.

The Committee on Research and Development was recommended for re-establishment by the Future Initiatives Committee and re-established by the Board of Governors in 2008. The Committee on Research and Development''s functions are as follows:

  1. To initiate or cooperate in all CLSA research projects such as seminars, symposia and special studies
  2. To design and implement Think Tanks that will allow for diverse views on issues of ecclesial life having canonical implications.
  3. To develop and recommend themes for the annual Conventions for submission to the Board of Governors for approval and subsequent referral to the Convention Planning Committee for implementation.
  4. To interact with the Publications Advisory Board in order to assess the current and contemplated publications of the CLSA and offer suggestions and guidance for publication planning.

The Committee on Sacramental Law was recommended by the Future Initiatives Committee and established by the Board of Governors in 2008. Along with the committee's mandate, this committee assumes the responsibilities of the following previous committees: the Marriage Research Committee, the Task Force on Issues Related to Marriage and Undocumented Persons. The Committee on Sacramental Law has the following mandate:

  1. To initiate as needed any projects pertinent to the study of canon law pertaining to the sacramental life of the Church or the implementation thereof;
  2. To oversee projects referred to the committee by the BOG;
  3. To oversee its subcommittees working on projects concerning the sacramental life of the Church;
  4. To offer suggestions to the BOG for marriage topics for pre-convention workshops; (and)
  5. To collaborate with national organizations and other groups dealing with the sacramental life of the Church.
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