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CONSTITUTION

OF

THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY OF LEWIS & CLARK LAW SCHOOL

 

The Federalist Society of Lewis & Clark Law School ("FSLC") is a student chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

The FSLC is organized in accordance with the regulations of Lewis & Clark Law School.

I. PURPOSE

II. MISSION STATEMENT

III. MEMBERSHIP

IV. THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

V. ELECTIONS

VI. APPOINTMENTS

VII. AMENDMENTS

VIII. RATIFICATION


I. PURPOSE

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a non-partisan organization "dedicated to reforming the current legal order."

The Society is "founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be."

"The Society's main purpose is to sponsor fair, serious, and open debate."

The Society seeks to redefine the terms of legal debate "by providing a forum for legal experts of opposing views to interact with members of the legal profession, the judiciary, law students, academics, and the architects of public policy."

 

www.fed-soc.org

II. MISSION STATEMENT

The FSLC seeks to contribute political balance to legal education by providing a forum for legal experts of opposing views to interact with law students.

 

 

III. MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the FSLC is open to all students enrolled at Lewis & Clark Law School.
Students become members by joining the FSLC listserv at "fed-soc@lclark.edu."

Membership entitles a member to receive FSLC e-mails, to vote in FSLC elections, and to propose constitutional amendments.

 

IV. THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

The Executive Board consists of the following officers: President, Treasurer, and other officers as determined by the Executive Board.

A. Officer Duties

President

  • preside over the Executive Board
  • supervise chapter officers
  • oversee coordination among chapter officers
  • elicit student feedback
  • invite speakers
  • set agendas for events
  • send event notifications to listserv members with attached flyer one day before each event
  • preside at events
  • introduce speakers at events
  • send appreciation notes to speakers after events
  • coordinate with the Dean
  • coordinate with the faculty advisor
  • coordinate with the lawyer's chapter president
  • encourage participation of the faculty advisor and lawyer's chapter president
  • coordinate with National
  • check and maintain the fedsoc@lclark.edu e-mail account

 

Vice President (Speaker Relations)

  • assist chapter President in all presidential duties
  • coordinate with speakers on traveling, lodging, parking, transportation, etc.
  • recruit debate partners for events
  • coordinate with co-sponsoring organizations regarding debate partners
  • gather biographical information on speakers
  • collect student input on debate topics
  • research debate topics
  • develop relevant and controversial legal questions on debate topics

 

Vice President (Public Relations)

  • assist chapter President in all presidential duties
  • create flyers
  • get flyers approved and stamped one week before each event
  • post flyers on campus one week before each event
  • remove flyers after each event
  • write "today" on all flyers the morning of each event
  • write event announcements on all classroom white boards the morning of each event
  • place announcement memos on all classroom podiums the morning of each event
  • update the bulletin board
  • check and maintain the fed-soc@lclark.edu listserv, including subscribing and unsubscribing

 

Vice President (Event Administration)

  • assist chapter President in all presidential duties
  • check, maintain, and update the www.law.lclark.edu/org/fedsoc webpage
  • check, maintain, and update the lclarkfedsoc@gmail.com blog
  • schedule room reservations and request podcasting equipment two weeks in advance at http://law.lclark.edu/dept/lawevent
  • e-mail calendar updates to National one week in advance
  • e-mail law school announcements one week in advance to announce@lclark.edu
  • complete and turn in the food services waiver form one week in advance
  • call to remind scheduling and facilities departments regarding room and parking details one day before each event
  • e-mail event summaries to National within one week after each event
  • e-mail podcast summaries to Carla Almaraz at almaraz@lclark.edu within one week after each event

 

Vice President (Event Coordination)

  • assist chapter President in all presidential duties
  • bring the banner and all other supplies to each event
  • set up classroom before each event
  • pick up and deliver parking passes to speakers on the day of the event
  • get all speakers bottled water
  • collect, distribute, and recycle food and drink products
  • pass out and collect the listserv sign-up clipboards at events
  • explain the podcast concept to speakers
  • get speakers to sign speaker release forms for podcasting
  • moderate the Q&A session at the end of each event
  • store the banner and all other supplies after each event

 

Treasurer

  • assume responsibility for the budget
  • create an annual budget
  • submit a budget request in the fall
  • advocate budget before budget hearings
  • record all budget expenditures
  • complete all reimbursement forms
  • update budget after each event
  • give chapter President budget updates after each event
  • inform the law school of all fund-raising activities or donations

 

B. Vacancies

The Executive Board may vote to release those officers in the Executive Board who are unable to fulfill their duties.

The release of an officer requires a majority vote of the Executive Board.

If an officer is released, that officer may appeal to the members to be reinstated upon a plurality vote of those voting.

A released officer may only appeal to the members once.

The appointment of a replacement officer for a released officer requires a majority vote of the Executive Board.

A replacement officer assumes the term length of a released officer.

 

V. ELECTIONS

The Executive Board must conduct an annual election among the members to vote for the FSLC President.

A. Timing

The election may begin no earlier than the first day of the spring term and no later than the last weekday before spring break.

The Executive Board must notify all members as to how to run for President no later than two weeks before the election.

The Executive Board must notify all members as to:

(1) when voting starts and ends,

(2) how to vote, and

(3) who is running for President

no later than one week before the election.

The Executive Board must provide at least twenty-four hours between the time voting starts and ends.

B. Candidates

Candidates for President must inform the Executive Board of their intent to run no later than one week before the election.

Candidates must have at least one semester of either leadership or service experience in the FSLC, unless there are no candidates that meet this requirement.

A majority vote of the Executive Board may determine whether or not a candidate has at least one semester of either leadership or service experience.

C.Voting

Only members may vote in the election.

All members have an equal vote.

A member may only vote once.

The candidate with the most votes wins.

If candidates receive an equal number of votes, the current President may cast a tie-breaking vote.

D. Terms

Officers in the Executive Board may

serve as officers for one calendar year—from the first day of summer term to the last day of spring term.

There are no term limits for officers in the Executive Board.

 

VI. APPOINTMENTS

The current President may appoint officers with the advice and consent of the previous year's President.

 

VII. AMENDMENTS

The Executive Board must consider any amendment proposed by a member.

A constitutional amendment may be adopted by a majority vote of the Executive Board.

A constitutional amendment adopted by the Executive Board may be vetoed by the President.

A vetoed, constitutional amendment may be reinstated by a unanimous vote of the Executive Board, excluding the President.

 

VIII.  RATIFICATION

The ratification of this Constitution must be confirmed by the unanimous vote of the Executive Board.

This Constitution was ratified on September 2, 2009.