NATIONAL CLIENT PROTECTION ORGANIZATION
To protect law clients from dishonest conduct in the practice of law.
Articles of Incorporation
First: The undersigned, Isaac Hecht, whose post office address is 315 N. Charles Street, Suite 1317, Baltimore, MD 21201-4325, being at least twenty-one (21) years of age, does hereby form a Corporation under the general laws of the State of Maryland.
Second: The name of the Corporation (which is hereinafter called the "Corporation") is: National Client Protection Organization, Inc.
Third: The purposes for which the Corporation is formed are as follows:
(a) To exchange information between and among administrators, counsel, trustees, board and committee members of organizations established within all of the States of the United States and foreign countries that have or wish to establish client protection funds for the protection, security and indemnification of the clients of attorneys, and also among other supporters of such client protection organizations.
(b) To render assistance and support in the creation, maintenance and enhancement of protection, security and indemnity funds established throughout the United States and elsewhere for the benefit of clients of attorneys.
(c) To conduct, participate in, and support seminars and forums for the education of and exchange of information between administrators, counsel, trustees, board and committee members of organizations established for the protection, security and indemnification of clients of attorneys and for other supporters of such client protection organizations.
(d) No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation. The Corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in, any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
(e) To engage in any other educational activity not inconsistent with the specific purposes herein above set forth.
Fourth: The post office address of the principal office of the Corporation in Maryland is 315 N. Charles Street, Suite 1317, Baltimore, MD 21201-4325. The name and post office address of the resident agent of the Corporation in Maryland is Bruce R. Chapper, 315 N. Charles Street, Suite 1317, Baltimore, MD 21201-4325. Said resident agent is a citizen of Maryland and actually resides therein.
Fifth: The Corporation is not organized for profit; it shall have no capital stock and shall not be authorized to issue capital stock.
Sixth: Upon dissolution of the Corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all liabilities of the Corporation, distribute all assets of the Corporation exclusively to such organizations organized and operated exclusively for educational, charitable or such other purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization; or organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as now exists or as shall hereafter be amended.
Seventh: The number of Directors of the Corporation shall be three, which number may be increased pursuant to the By-Laws of the Corporation, but shall never be more than fifteen, and the names of the Directors who shall act until the first annual meeting or until their successors are duly chosen are Kenneth J. Bossong, Isaac Hecht and Frederick Miller.
Eighth: The duration of the Corporation shall be perpetual.
May 31, 1998