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Membership Qualifications

The International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) is an invitation-only, non-profit corporation dedicated to education and the advancement of the gaming law profession, and to establishing an exchange of professional information about the local and global practice and development of gaming law.

The International Masters of Gaming Law offers the following categories of membership.  Membership is personal to an individual member.  IMGL does not offer corporate or law firm group memberships.  Each individual person must apply for membership in an appropriate category.

1. GENERAL MEMBER

  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • The applicant must either be engaged in (1) the private practice of gaming law, or (2) the practice of gaming law in a senior capacity for a distinguished gaming company;
    • The applicant must meet the criterion described in paragraph (i) immediately above for at least three consecutive years prior to applying as a General Member;
    • The applicant must possess at least five years’ experience in the practice of gaming law, while serving in the capacity as a private practice attorney, in-house counsel, or a regulator/government attorney.  The five year practice experience may be reduced to two years for certain evolving gaming jurisdictions.  The decision to reduce the five year practice requirement is made in the sole judgement of the officers of IMGL;
    • The applicant must demonstrates adequate skills and/or knowledge to the satisfaction of IMGL which distinguish the applicant’s performance as a leading gaming attorney;
    • The applicant either:
      • Is recognized in a leading third party publication that conducts an independent review as preeminent in the area of gaming law; or
      • Proves preeminence in the area of gaming law by written narrative which sets forth in the applicant’s application for membership the facts, reasons and circumstances which support preeminence in the practice of gaming law.
    • The applicant must agree to actively serve on a committee, publish scholarly article(s), or provide other service in advancement of the purposes of IMGL; and
    • The applicant must have a distinguished list of gaming clients, participate in philanthropic, charitable or educational programs related to practice of gaming law or the gaming industry.
  • Except as limited by the Bylaws for law firms or gaming companies with multiple General Members, General Members enjoy voting rights.
  • Annual membership dues are US $1,500.

 

2. AFFILIATED MEMBER-REGULATOR

  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • The applicant must either be:
      • currently employed, appointed or elected; to a high-level policymaking position by a government regulatory body or commission that is responsible for the regulation of gaming; and
      • employed, appointed or elected within the three (3) years immediately preceding the date of an application for membership to a high-level policymaking position by a government regulatory body or commission that is responsible for the regulation of gaming; and
    • The applicant demonstrates appropriate skills and/or knowledge that distinguishes his or her performance as a gaming regulator.
  • An Affiliated Member-Regulator who ceases to be employed by a gaming regulatory agency may continue to be an Affiliated Member-Regulator for a transition period, which may not exceed three years.  After the transition period, the individual must re-apply for membership.
  • Annual dues are US $150.

 

3. AFFILIATED MEMBER- EXECUTIVE IN THE CORPORATION

  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • The applicant must be serving as an officer of a gaming company in one or more of the following positions:
      • a position which is designated as an executive level officer; or
      • acts as an in-house legal counsel and has at least five years’ experience in the practice of law, either as a private practitioner, in-house counsel or a regulator or government attorney; or
      • serves as a compliance officer or performs the duties of a compliance officer; and
    • The applicant demonstrates skills and/or knowledge that distinguishes the applicant’s performance in the gaming industry.
  • Annual membership dues are US $750.

 

4. AFFILIATED MEMBER-EDUCATOR

  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • The applicant’s primary employment must be at an institution of higher education (e.g., adjunct faculty members would ordinarily not meet this criterion);
    • The applicant must demonstrate skills and/or knowledge through teaching or research that distinguish the applicant’s performance as an educator in the area of gaming law; and
    • The applicant is either (1) actively teaching or developing a course in gaming policy or law, or (2) actively engaged in academic research concerning gaming policy or law.
  • Annual membership dues are US $150.

 

5. AFFILIATED MEMBER-CONSULTANT

  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • The applicant must be employed or engaged (including as a member or owner) by a company which provides consulting services, including accounting services, to gaming industry clients; and
    • The applicant demonstrates skills or knowledge that distinguishes his or her performance as a consultant in the gaming industry.
  • Annual membership dues are US $750.

6. AFFILIATED MEMBER-NEW GAMING ATTORNEY

  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • The applicant is licensed as an attorney (or equivalent depending on the jurisdiction of the applicant’s residence) who is either:
      • engaged in the private practice of law,
      • employed as an attorney by a gaming company, or
      • employed as an attorney by any other entity engaged in or providing services to the gaming industry;
    • The applicant possesses less than five years’ of experience in the practice gaming law;
    • The applicant demonstrates a high level of commitment to the development of a gaming law practice; and
    • The applicant demonstrates an active interest in IMGL by: attending one or more of IMGL conference and/or member events; submission of an article for publication in an IMGL sponsored publication; and/or such other activities which IMGL reasonably believes is sufficient to demonstrate an interest in IMGL and the practice of gaming law.
  • One an Affiliate-New Gaming Attorney possess more than 5 years’ experience, the individual must apply for either General Member or, if applicable, another Affiliate Member category.
  • Annual membership dues are US $750.

 

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