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The Society of Forensic Engineers and Scientists
A California Public Benefit Corporation
Bylaws

Preamble
The role of the Engineer and Scientist in formulating opinions relative to evidence, which otherwise stands mute before the bar of justice, significantly affects the administration of justice. Fully qualified Engineers and Scientists, who are knowledgeable in applications of their work to legal problems, stand prepared to give voice to this otherwise mute evidence.
Recognizing that their professional disciplines have applications in investigations, law and the justice system, and that this requires distinct additional knowledge, a group of skilled and ethical engineers and scientists met together to form a professional organization in order to implement the interchange of information concerning methods, development of standards, and the furtherance of experimental research.

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Article I - Name, Objectives and Purposes

Section 1: Name - the name of this organization is THE SOCIETY OF FORENSIC ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS, herein also referred to as SFES or the Society. It is incorporated as a non-profit Corporation in the State of California.
Section 2: Statement of Purpose - This organization is formed exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes; and to improve and elevate the quality, integrity and public image of the practice of forensic engineering and related sciences within the meaning of Section 501(c)3, Internal Revenue code of 1954. To accomplish these purposes, the members of this Society pledge themselves To the following objectives:

2.1 To promote, encourage and maintain the highest possible professional level of standards of practice and ethics in the field of forensic science.
2.2 To actively promote the exchange of information at the practitioner level in the western United States through the conduct of educational Seminars.
2.3 Through discussion and demonstration, to stimulate experimental research and the review of new products that are related to the forensic science field, and to encourage the compilation for the membership of published experimental and experience data of value in the forensic science fields, and to encourage the use of industry standards, improved testing procedures and methods of presentation of conclusions.
2.4 To promote recognition among scientific, engineering, and legal professions of the practice of forensic engineering and related sciences as an important phase of jurisprudence.
2.5 To promote excellence among forensic science professionals.
2.6 To encourage qualifications and standards of practice for professional engineers and scientists who practice forensic engineering and related forensic science disciplines.
2.7 To disseminate information to the legal profession concerning qualifications for consultants in engineering and related forensic science disciplines.
2.8 To encourage the recognition of this Society and its purposes among other societies and community organizations.
2.9 To lend assistance, whenever possible, in the formulation of college curricula and law enforcement programs that are pertinent to forensic engineering and related sciences.
2.10 To promote professional ethics for forensic engineers and scientists among members of the Society.
2.11 To work in unison with national and international professional societies in the fields of forensic engineering and sciences for common purposes.

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Article III - Membership

Section 1: Eligibility for Membership - SFES membership is limited to persons possessing appropriate education, training, experience, knowledge, and character. At the discretion of the Board of Directors, individuals in the following two categories, who meet the stated criteria, are eligible to be considered for membership in the Society:

1.1 Engineering or Science Degree Holders:

1.1.1 hold an earned, advanced degree in engineering or science from an accredited college or university program:

1.1.2 have been actively engaged, for a significant period of time, in the application of their area(s) of engineering or science in matters before courts of law or related proceedings:

1.1.3 have demonstrated competent and professional conduct in all their area(s) of expertise:

1.1.4 perform their work objectively and ethically:

1.1.5 provide recognized, expert testimony within the judicial system.

1.2 Technical Experts:

1.2.1 individuals who (1) possess exceptional qualifications (2) have many years of experience in their area of expertise (3) perform self-directed work requiring a college-level degree or its equivalent, in technical, engineering, or science (4) demonstrate full knowledge of the laws of science applied to their area of expertise:

1.2.2 meet the requirements of Items 1.1.3 through 1.1.5.

Section 2: Classes of Memberships - There shall be two classes of membership in the SFES.

2.1 Member
2.2 Emeritus Member

Section 3: Qualification for Membership - When used herein, "member" shall imply any Membership classification under the following definitions:

3.1 Member member who qualifies in accordance with ARTICLE III, Section 4.
3.2 Emeritus Member a member who is retired from professional practice, has completed five years as a member and who applies for EMERITUS status.

Section 4: Application Requirements
Applicant seeking membership are required to complete Application procedures established by the BOARD and pay the application fee. The procedures and fee amount shall be available in writing to applicants.
At the completion of the procedures applicants accepted by the BOARD shall be approved as a MEMBER by two-thirds of the members who vote by mail ballot, and pay prorated dues based upon the remaining fiscal year.

If you wish to apply for membership email the society at:
members@forensic-society.org

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