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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.

There are two classes of members, namely general and affiliated. The nature and criteria for membership is set out below.

General Members must meet the following qualifications:

  • Is engaged in the private practice of gaming law for not less than three consecutive years prior to applying to be a General Member;
  • Has at least five years experience in gaming law (or at least two years in a jurisdiction that the Officers of the Corporation, in their reasonable judgment, believe constitutes an evolving gaming jurisdiction) either as a private practitioner; in-house counsel, or a regulator or government attorney,
  • Demonstrate skills or knowledge that distinguish his or her performance as a gaming attorney;
  • Has either: (a) been recognized in a leading third party publication that conducts and independent review as preeminent in the area of gaming law, or (b) proven preeminence in the area of gaming law by written narrative setting forth facts, reasons and circumstances for such claim in the application. The nominating General Members must certify in writing that they concur with such narrative; 
  • Agrees to actively serve on a committee, publish an article or provide a service in betterment of the Corporation on an annual basis.
  • Has a distinguished list of gaming clients; and
  • Participate in philanthropic, charitable or educational programs related to the industry.

All general members are attorneys at law who maintain complete autonomy, render professional services to their respective clients on an individual and separate basis, and are not restricted in referring, handling or accepting cases or in joining other professional organizations. Each general member is an independent lawyer who is responsible only for the work in which he/she carries out.

All general members may contact other members for advice or consultation at no charge. This advice or consultation is limited, however, to general discussions of the current status of the law or other issues and should not exceed 30 minutes per consultation.  General members also are encouraged to provide reasonable assistance to other members such as making office space, conference rooms, telephones, and fax machines available.

Affiliated Members must meet the following minimum requirements:
There are eight classes of affiliated members. The nature and criteria for membership of each is set out below.

Affiliated – Accountant

  • Is employed or engaged (including as a member or owner) by a gaming company, public or private accounting firm or other entity that provides accounting services to the gaming industry;
  • Demonstrates skills or knowledge that distinguish his or her performance as an accountant in the gaming industry, including having a CPA or the equivalent designation.

Affiliated – Consultant

  • Is employed or engaged (including as a member or owner) by a company that provides consulting services to the gaming industry;
  • Demonstrates skills or knowledge that distinguish his or her performance as a consultant in the gaming industry.

Affiliated – Compliance Officer

  • Is employed by a company engaged in the gaming business; OR a company providing products or services to companies engaged in the gaming business; and
  • Is designated as a compliance officer by the company or performs the duties of a compliance officer for the company.

Affiliated – Counsel

  • Is employed by a gaming company 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 regulatory or government attorney OR Is employed by a law firm which employs a General Member or of which a General Member is a member or owner and has at least 5 years experience in gaming law either as a private practitioner, in-house counsel or a regulator or government attorney; and demonstrates skills or knowledge that distinguish his or her performance as a gaming attorney.

Affiliated – Educator

  • A person whose primary employment is with an institution of higher education and;
  • Demonstrates skills or knowledge through teaching or research that distinguish his or her performance as an educator in the area of gaming law OR
  • Is actively teaching or developing a course in gaming policy or law OR/sites/default/files/media/membership_application_080116.doc
  • Is actively engaged in academic research concerning gaming policy or law.

Affiliated – Executive

  • Is an officer of a gaming company;
  • Demonstrates skills or knowledge that distinguish his or her performance as an executive in the gaming industry.

Affiliated – Regulator

  • Is or was employed, appointed or elected to a high-level policy making position by a government regulatory body or commission that is responsible for the regulation of gaming; and
  • Demonstrates skills or knowledge that distinguish his or her performance as a gaming regulator

Affiliated – New Gaming Attorney

  • Is a licensed attorney who is in the private practice of law, employed by a gaming company or employed by a law firm or other entity engaged in or providing services to the gaming industry;
  • Has less than five years experience in gaming law;
  • Has demonstrated a high level of commitment to development of a gaming law practice; and
  • Has demonstrated an active interest in the corporation by: attendance at one or more of the Corporation’s conferences and/or member events; and/or submission of an article for a Corporation publication; and/or such other activity which the Officers, in their reasonable judgment, believe is sufficient to demonstrate such an interest.

Membership is by invitation only. Only general members may sponsor a person for membership, however, affiliate members can support an applicant.  Once an application has received approval of 66 2/3% of the members of the membership committee, the application is then circulated to the general membership for approval. Membership is determined by ballot of all general members. A majority of votes is necessary for approval.  Membership is personal to the individual and is not transferable or applicable to the member's firm or company. 

The general member dues have been fixed in the amount of $1,500 USD annually per member. Dues for affiliated members have been fixed in the amount of $750 USD annually for an accountant, consultant, compliance officer, counsel, executive, or new gaming attorney, and $150 USD annually for an educator or regulator.

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