The following descriptions delineate the duties of SBA Officers and Representatives.

The President of the Student Bar Association shall

A. Schedule regular meetings of the Student Bar Association and call special meetings as deemed necessary upon adequate notice;

B. Preside at all Student Bar Association meetings unless there is a conflict of interest or a majority of the voting members have selected another presiding officer;

C. Create and timely publicize the Student Bar Association meeting agenda while incorporating agenda items contributed by other members of the Student Bar Association;

D. Appoint chairpersons to ad hoc committees and nominate chairpersons, subject to Student Bar Association approval, to permanent committees, not appointed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs;

E. Nominate the Director of Community Outreach, subject to Student Bar Association approval;

F. Nominate qualified students to fill vacant positions on the Student Bar Association, subject to Student Bar Association approval;

G. Timely and regularly inform the Student Bar Association of actions he or she is taking;

H. Timely inform the Student Bar Association of relevant communications from administration officials or others regarding Student Bar Association business;

I. Regularly report to and take direction from the Student Bar Association regarding student affairs; and

J. Ensure that the Student Bar Association Constitution is being followed.

The Vice President of Academic Affairs shall

A. Represent the academic interests of the Student Bar Association to the faculty and administration;

B. Serve on the appropriate faculty and administrative committees;

C. Appoint student members to appropriate faculty and administrative committees, including the Curriculum, Colloquium, and Faculty Appointment committees, subject to SBA approval before the first meeting of each respective committee;

D. Organize and implement the Student Mentor Program;

E. Distribute and collect course evaluation surveys every semester;

F. Regularly report to and take direction from the SBA regarding academic affairs, including informing the SBA regarding possible changes in administration policy;

G. Regularly report to and take direction from the SBA regarding academic affairs; and

H. Ensure that the SBA outline bank and curve database are up to date.

The Vice President of Student Affairs shall

A. Communicate regularly with the Dean for Student Affairs;

B. Plan, organize, and publicize social events for the Student Bar Association;

C. Serve as coordinator of the Harvest Moon Ball, Barrister's Ball, and weekly "bar reviews";

D. Assist the Dean for Student Affairs in the planning and running of orientation for the incoming 1L class; and

E. Regularly report to and take direction from the SBA regarding student affairs.

The Secretary shall

A. Keep minutes of all meetings that include details of the proceedings, presence or absence of members, and votes;

B. Timely publish meeting minutes and in all other ways maintain the Student Bar Association website with help from the Information Technology Department;

C. Serve as Administrator of the Org-Announce listserv;

D. Create and maintain a mechanism for feedback and suggestions from the SBA; and

E. Assist the Vice-President of Academic Affairs in keeping the outline bank up-to-date.

The Treasurer shall

A. Administer the financial affairs of the Student Bar Association;

B. Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of all receipts and disbursement of funds;

C. Make a monthly accounting to the SBA regarding financial affairs;

D. Prepare the SBA annual budget, by the required date, to be submitted to the Emory University Student Government Association in accordance with the appropriations approved by the SBA;

E. Provide the SBA with a history of appropriation requests by and grants to student organizations in anticipation of the annual organization budget request meeting;

F. Chair the annual organization budget request meeting;

G. When necessary, require an accounting from any law school student organization and Et Al., the law school's SBA-operated store; and

H. Serve as liaison between Et Al. and the SBA and regularly report on its financial affairs and management to the SBA.

The judicial power of the SBA shall be vested in the Professional Conduct Court. The Professional Conduct Court shall perform the duties set forth in the Professional Conduct Code.

The Professional Conduct Court shall consist of two student justices, a prosecutor, a deputy prosecutor, a public defender, and any other such faculty, administrator, or alumna or alumnus as provided for in the Professional Conduct Code. The student members of the Professional Conduct Court shall be elected by the members of the SBA. The prosecutor must be a rising third-year student and the deputy prosecutor must be a rising second-year student.

The student members of the Professional Conduct Court shall

A. Work with the Student Bar Association to engender a sense of honor and professionalism within the Emory Law community consistent with the mission of the SBA;

B. Interpret this constitution at the request of a member of the SBA;

C. Conduct elections of the SBA and the Professional Conduct Court in accordance with procedures outlined in the Elections Code.

D. Preside over impeachment proceedings.

Prosecutor

The student body shall elect a rising third-year student for the purpose of serving as prosecutor under the code. Elections will be held no later than April of each year with the term of office to be twelve months.

Deputy Prosecutor

The student body shall also elect a rising second-year student as deputy prosecutor for the purpose of assisting the prosecutor as requested on a case-by-case basis and serving as prosecutor in the event that the prosecutor is a party to or otherwise unavailable to serve in a particular case. The deputy prosecutor shall be elected for a term of office of twelve months to run concurrently with the term of the prosecutor.

The deputy prosecutor will be encouraged, but is not required, to run for election as prosecutor as a third-year student.

Public Defender

Concurrently with the election of the prosecutor, the student body shall elect a rising third-year student to serve as defense counsel in prosecutions under this code. This student will be available to serve as defense counsel for any student accused of an offense under this code if the student so requests.

Justices

Offenses against the Code of Professional Conduct will be prosecuted before the Professional Conduct Court. The Conduct Court will have five members. Two members of the Court will be Emory Law faculty appointed by the Dean. Appointments will be made no later than April of each year to run for twelve months. One faculty member shall be designated by the Dean as Chief Justice of the Court.

  • Two members of the court will be law students elected from the student body.
  • Elections will be held no later than April of each year with the term of office to be twelve months.

Unlike the officers whose duties are explicit and limited, representatives have the freedom to evaluate the greatest concerns to their constituents and work to respond to those concerns. As such, representatives have the privilege of choosing their own priorities and the attendant obligation to carve out an area of interest and expertise.

Representatives may be called upon to provide assistance to officers. Representatives may also organize themselves into standing or ad hoc committees to work together to address specific issues or broader areas of interest.

Representatives shall serve on at least one standing committee.

Ex-Officio Members: Representatives to the Graduate Senate, the Student Government Association, and the American Bar Association 

Ex-officio members, unlike officers and representatives, do not have the right to vote in Student Bar Association meetings. However, they retain all other rights and privileges, including the ability to participate in debate and to sit on and vote in committees, except committee of the whole where they may only engage in debate.

All ex-officio members are expected to attend every SBA meeting. Each member is expected to

A. Represent the interests of Emory University School of Law to their respective body;

B. Act as a liaison between the SBA and the appropriate body; and

C. Make regular reports to the SBA as to upcoming and ongoing activities and actions of the other body to which they are a member.

Director of Community Outreach

The Director of Community Outreach is expected to

A. Provide opportunities for the students, faculty, and administration of Emory Law to participate in community service within the greater Atlanta area and Georgia;

B. Plan and organize volunteer activities, including activities in conjunction with both the Harvest Moon Ball and the Barrister's Ball;

C. When appropriate, provide recognition for outstanding community service; and

D. At his or her own discretion, establish a Community Outreach Committee.

ABA Roles

For more information about the ABA Division representative, go here »

For more information about Graduate Senate representative, go here »

For more information about the Student Government Association, go here »

The Emory Law Student Bar Association has established the following bylaws and information for elections of officials and representatives.

All candidates are expected to have read the Elections Code and to agree to abide by its terms. Please note that we are using the "first past the post" procedures and not the "ranked-choice voting" procedures.

All candidates must e-mail the Elections Justices at the appropriate time with the following statement:

"I, [your name here], agree to abide by the campaign rules set forth by the Student Bar Association subject to penalty by the Professional Conduct Court."

Candidates must also e-mail the justices to identify the offices they will seek.

Elections Officials

The election will be administered by the SBA president and the two Professional Conduct Court Justices.

Election Rules Generally

This webpage contains only some of the rules and regulations regarding campaigning. It is imperative that candidates read the Elections Code. Any violation of the code may result in disqualification.

Publicity

At an appropriate time, the Elections Officials will make available appropriate publicity tools (potentially including space on the SBA webpage) for candidates to advertise.

Election Code of the Emory Law Student Bar Association

PREAMBLE

The purpose of the election code of the Student Bar Association is to ensure that students have the opportunity to hear the views of different candidates, examine the issues that affect Emory University School of Law (the “law school”), and permit a free and fair election through which students can express their preferences for the direction of the law school.

ARTICLE I. TERM OF OFFICE

Members of the Student Bar Association and the Professional Conduct Court shall serve for a term of one year. That term of office ends at the swearing in of the newly elected members. The spring elections shall be held within one month of the Student Government Association and Graduate Senate Elections.

ARTICLE II. QUALIFICATIONS TO SERVE

A. Candidates shall be registered students at Emory University School of Law and must plan to be enrolled in courses at the law school during the entire year.
B. No student shall hold more than one Student Bar Association or Professional Conduct Court office at any one time.

ARTICLE III. ELECTION METHODS

SECTION 1. PREFERRED ELECTION METHOD

All elections shall be by ranked-choice voting.

SECTION 2. RANKED-CHOICE VOTING PROCEDURES

A. Casting a Ballot

  1. Voters shall have the opportunity to rank all the candidates in the order of their preferences but are not obligated to rank any.
  2. In all elections, write-in candidates shall be permitted.
  3. In any election with only one candidate, the option to vote “No Confidence” shall be available.
  4. Ballots cast shall be counted solely for their highest ranked choice that is not ineligible.
  5. Ballots cast that do not rank any eligible candidate shall be considered an abstention.
  6. An ineligible candidate is one that is not eligible to hold office or has been elected or eliminated pursuant to Section 2(D) or Article IV § E.

B. Threshold for Victory

  1. Those candidates and only those candidates who receive at least the “Quota” shall be elected.
  2. The “Quota” is calculated by this formula:

a. Quota = (X divided by (W + 1)) + 1, rounding down.

b. X = The total number of ballots cast, excluding abstentions.

c. W = The total number of available openings for that position.

3. Note

a. The Quota for electing a single-winner position is 1 vote more than 50% of the total ballots cast for that position, excluding abstentions.

b. The Quota for electing an individual to a position with three openings is 1 vote more than 25% of total ballots cast, excluding abstentions.

C. Surplus Votes in Elections with Multiple Positions

  1. When a candidate is elected, any votes in excess of the Quota will be transferred to the remaining candidates at a fraction of the original value.
  2. The fraction shall be determined by dividing any votes over the Quota by the total number of votes for that candidate.

D. Process

  1. After the first and each subsequent tally of the votes, a candidate shall be deemed elected pursuant to Section 2(D)(3), and any surplus shall be transferred pursuant to paragraph Section 2(D)(4).
  2. If no candidate has been elected pursuant to Section 2(D)(3), then the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated from contention in order to tally an instant runoff among the remaining candidates.
  3. If two or more candidates are tied with the fewest votes, then the candidate with fewer votes in the preceding round shall be eliminated. If two or more candidates have the same number of votes in all of the preceding rounds, then both candidates shall be eliminated.
  4. In an election with multiple positions available, after a candidate is elected or eliminated, the surplus votes shall be transferred and the ballots shall be re-tallied in accordance with Section 2(D)(2).
  5. If “No Confidence” is elected to a position, no candidate shall be declared the winner.
  6. This process shall be repeated round-by-round until the intended number of winners has been elected.

ARTICLE IV. GENERAL PROCEDURES

A. Elections for the Student Bar Association and Professional Conduct Court shall be administered by the student members of the Professional Conduct Court. The Student Bar Association president shall act as an advisor to members of the Professional Conduct Court.

B. No member of the Professional Conduct Court shall participate in the administration of the election process if s/he is a candidate for any office.

C. In the event that no member of the Professional Conduct Court is able to administer the election process, the president may designate a member of the SBA to serve as the appointed administer for the elections with the consent of a majority of voting members of the Student Bar Association Board so long as the member is not a candidate for any office.

D. As appropriate, the Professional Conduct Court shall

  1. Staff election polls (unless voting is by electronic means), including distribution and collection of ballots;
  2. Tabulate results; and
  3. Receive, investigate, and rule on any complaints or rule violations concerning the election.

E. Candidates may run for more than one position in any election round. Results shall be tabulated starting with the highest ranked position. Once a candidate is elected to a position, he shall be ineligible for all other positions.

F. All elections shall be by secret ballot.

G. When possible, elections shall be held by electronic ballot. However, paper ballots are permissible.

ARTICLE V. ELECTION ROUNDS

SECTION 1. FIRST ROUND: EXECUTIVE STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION OFFICERS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT COURT

A. Student Bar Association Officers and the Professional Conduct Court shall be elected by all three classes in the first round of elections during each spring semester following the procedures set forth in Article III.

B. Executive Officers, Professional Conduct Court Prosecutor, Deputy Prosecutor, and Public Defender:

  1. The order of tabulation for elections and the ranked order of positions shall be: President, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Vice President of Student Affairs, [Vice President of Community Outreach], Secretary, Treasurer, Student Prosecutor, Public Defender, and Deputy Prosecutor.

C. Professional Conduct Court Justices:

  1. A plurality vote of the Student Bar is required for election.

D. Elections shall be open for two consecutive days.

SECTION 2. SECOND ROUND: 2L CLASS REPRESENTATIVES; 3L CLASS REPRESENTATIVES, NON-VOTING MEMBERS

A. The second round of elections for 2L Representatives, 3L Representative, and Non-Voting Members shall occur during each spring semester but no earlier than three days after the completion of first round of elections and no later than two weeks after the completion of the first round.

B. Three class representatives for each of the rising 2L and 3L classes shall be elected by their respective classes using the procedures set forth in Article III. With regard to dual degree students, the respective class shall correspond with the classification of non-dual degree law students who began their legal education the same year and the dual degree student. In his/her graduating year, a dual degree student shall be classified as a 3L.

C. Non-Voting Members

  1. The Non-Voting members of the Student Bar Association shall be

a. One Emory University Student Government Association Representative;

b. One Representative to the Emory University Graduate Senate; and

c. One Representative to the American Bar Association.

2. Voting for Non-Voting Members shall be open to the Student Bar in accordance with the procedures set forth in Article III.

D. One representative to the Emory University Student Government Association shall be appointed on an interim basis in accordance with the SBA Constitution.

E. The ballots for Class Representatives shall be tallied first. No person elected to a Class Representative position shall be eligible for election as a Non-Voting Member.

F. Elections shall be open for two consecutive days.

SECTION 3: THIRD ROUND: 1L CLASS REPRESENTATIVES AND VACANCIES

A. Three class representatives for the incoming 1L class shall be elected by the 1L class in the third round of elections during each fall semester following the procedure set forth in Article III.

B. Vacant positions shall be re-opened for election during the third round of elections by a vote by the appropriate class(es).

C. If a vacancy remains after the third round of elections, the Student Bar Association president must nominate a candidate to serve in the office, subject to approval of the Executive Board of the Student Bar Association.

D. This third round of elections shall take place no later than five weeks after the first day of classes for the law school.

E. Elections shall be open for two consecutive days.

ARTICLE VI. ELECTION RULES

A. Violation of any rules may result in a candidate being disqualified. Final determination of any violation of these rules will be made by the Professional Conduct Court Justices, or the appointed elections administrator. Disqualification shall be reserved for violations that offend the spirit of the Election Code or place other candidates at a disadvantage.

B. The date for each round of elections shall be set by the President of the Student Bar Association and the Professional Conduct Court, and shall be announced no less than three weeks prior to elections.

C. Election Week is defined as the week that elections are scheduled to take place.

D. In order to be included on the ballot as an official candidate, students must e-mail the Professional Conduct Court Justices (or the appointed administrator) by 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before Election Week begins. The e-mail must contain the following information:

  1. The campaign statement: “I, [your name here], agree to abide by the campaign rules set forth by the Student Bar Association subject to penalty by the Professional Conduct Court Justices.”
  2. A statement that indicates the candidate’s desired position.
  3. A campaign statement of no more than 500 words that will be distributed electronically and/or on paper at the discretion of the Professional Conduct Court Justices (or the appointed administrator).

E. There will not be a formal campaign period. Official candidates may participate in a forum that will be held at 12:30 p.m., the Wednesday of Election Week. The forum will be organized and moderated by the Professional Conduct Court Justices (or the appointed administrator).

F. General Rules:

  1. Each candidate may send campaign e-mails to any student at Emory Law. Sending campaign-related e-mails to any university listserv is prohibited. A candidate may not send campaign related e-mails to any student who makes such a request of that candidate. The Professional Conduct Court Justices (or the appointed administrator) may send out candidate statements on behalf of candidates on the Student Bar Association’s org-announce listserv.
  2. Each candidate may set up a temporary webpage, including events or groups created on a social networking site. A candidate may not send any messages through a social networking site to any student who makes such a request of that candidate. Temporary webpages or social networking groups must be deleted by 11:59 p.m. on the day before the elections begin.
  3. Candidates may not spend any money on their campaigns.
  4. Campaigning on a ticket or providing materials that include more than one candidate’s name are prohibited.
  5. Seeking an endorsement from a student organization is prohibited. The Student Bar Association has discretion to deny funding for the next school year to any student group that endorses a candidate.
  6. Candidates may not make fliers or any other promotional materials.
  7. Candidates and their friends and agents may not campaign, including any communications (verbal, online, or written), on the election days.
  8. The disbursement of free food, drink, or any other items with the intent of garnering support for a candidacy is prohibited.
  9. Orchestration of, participation in, or initiation of any in-class presentations, announcements, speeches, or stunts intended to generate support for a candidate are prohibited.

F. A write-in candidate shall be subject to all of the rules as an official candidate and may be disqualified from election at the discretion of the Professional Conduct Code Justices (or the appointed administrator). A write-in candidate may not participate in the candidate forum.

ARTICLE VII. AMENDMENTS

Amendments to the Election Code shall be made either by a two-thirds vote of those present at a SBA meeting or a majority vote of the voting membership of the Student Bar Association, whichever is greater.

Rank-Choice Voting: What is it?

When you fill out the ballot, you will have the option of voting for your first, second, third, or fourth choice. You can rank as many (or as few) candidates as you wish. If a runoff is needed—meaning no candidate has the required majority of votes—then we can use this data to conduct an instantaneous runoff.

Instead of asking voters to vote a second time for their favorite candidate remaining, we look at the choices that the voters left on their ballot. If the voter's first choice remains, then his vote counts for his first choice. If the voter's first choice is not in the runoff, then his vote counts for his second choice.

Constitution of the Student Bar Association

PREAMBLE

The Student Bar Association shall serve as an advocate for the students of Emory University School of Law, shall ensure that their rights are respected, shall act as the official voice of the student body, shall represent the students’ interests in all matters, and shall enact legislation with these goals in mind.

The Student Bar Association shall create and fund student organizations that further the educational and social purposes attendant to law students, and provide support to thoseorganizations as deemed appropriate.

The Student Bar Association shall strive to build a community comprised of students, faculty, staff, and alumni that embodies the aspirations and responds to the needs of the student body.

ARTICLE I ESTABLISHMENT

SECTION 1. AUTHORITY  This Constitution shall be the ultimate authority in the exercise of power by and on behalf of the student body of Emory University School of Law. The Student Bar Associaton shall be the Graduate Assembly that represents Emory University School of Law students before the Graduate Student Government Association.

SECTION 2. LIMITATIONS ON AUTHORITY  The powers granted herein are subject only to the provisions of the Student Government Association and the Graduate Student Government Association, the university-wide student governing authorities that oversee this body.

SECTION 3.  THE STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION  Student governing authority shall be vested in the Student Bar Association (SBA) under the provisions of this Constitution.

SECTION 4. MEMBERSHIP  All students officially enrolled in the Emory University School of Law are members ofthe Student Bar.

SECTION 5. GOVERNANCE  The Student Bar Association may promulgate Standing Rules and other Associated Documents to enforce or expand upon the provisions of this Constitution so long as those rules are consistent with the letter and intent of this Constitution.

ARTICLE II. DUTIES AND RIGHTS

SECTION 1. DUTIES OF THE STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION  The Student Bar Association shall:

A. Provide the student body with a representative democratic government;

B. Provide a forum for the expression of ideas concerning the intellectual, educational, professional, moral, and social aspects of student life;

C. Promote a high quality of life for the members of the Emory University School of Law community;

D. Spend and responsibly manage student activity fee funds that are distributed to the SBA;

E. Serve as a liaison between and encourage interaction amongst students, faculty, and administration of the Emory University School of Law;

F. Serve as a liaison between and encourage interaction amongst students and alumni of the Emory University School of Law;

G. Encourage participation by the members of the Emory University School of Law in serving the needs of the greater Atlanta community and the State of Georgia; and

H. Ensure that the Professional Conduct Code is promoted and justly enforced for all law school activities, both on and off campus.

SECTION 2.  STUDENT RIGHTS

 A. This Constitution affirms the Student Bar Association’s duty to advocate for the following rights for the members of the Student Bar:

1. The right of academic freedom;

2. The right to assemble freely and peacefully;

B. This Constitution guarantees the following rights for the members of the Student Bar:

1. The right to petition the Student Bar Association and the University

Administration for a redress of grievances;

2. The right of freedom from discrimination by any student organization on the basis of race, age, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or physical disability;

3. The right to equal protection under this Constitution, and under the laws of organizations chartered by the SBA;

4. The right to due process under the regulations of the SBA;

5. The right to fair and equal treatment for all students charged with any violation

of rules governing students, and the right to a fair hearing regarding those accusations;

6. The right to request and be granted a hearing before a body in which peers are included when charged with a violation of the Professional Conduct Code or SBA Constitution, or any other University policy or guideline;

7. The right to appeal any judicial decision on the basis of interpretation, procedure, new evidence, or violation of rights;

8. The right to organize into formal groups in order to focus upon particular ideas, activities, and objectives, subject to the provisions of this Constitution and the guidelines set forth by the Student Bar Association;

9. The right to vote in the election of the enumerated officers of the Student Bar Association;

10. The right to vote on any referenda placed before the student body for consideration;

11. The right to review and inspect any student government document, including budgets, minutes, etc., except when such review would unduly interfere with the personal privacy rights of individual students. In those situations, all efforts must be made to provide the requested information, including the use of redaction of sensitive material;

12. The right to attend all meetings of the Student Bar Association, except when meeting in Executive Session or budget hearings.

SECTION 3. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY  It shall be the responsibility of every student of Emory University School of Law to obey the Professional Conduct Code as well as the provisions of this Constitution and the rules of the Student Bar Association.

ARTICLE III. THE STUDENT BAR

SECTION1. BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT AND DIVISION OF POWERS  The Student Bar’s power shall be vested in the Student Bar Association and the Professional Conduct Court.

SECTION 2. LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, AND JUDICIAL POWER

 A. The Student Bar Association shall exercise the executive and legislative functions on behalf of the Student Bar.

 B. The Professional Conduct Court shall exercise the judicial functions on behalf of the Student Bar.

 ARTICLE IV. POWERS OF THE STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION

The Student Bar Association shall:

A. Advocate on behalf of the Student Bar or its members;

B. Have the exclusive power to recognize and fund organizations of the Emory University School of Law through a chartering process;

C. Create, oversee, and dissolve any committees of the Student Bar Association;

D. Review, amend, and approve the yearly budget of the Student Bar Association as submitted by the Treasurer;

E. When necessary, initiate referenda to be decided by vote of the membership of the Student Bar, to express either commendation or censure of any student, faculty, or administrative policies;

F. Place constitutional amendments before the student body for vote, and enact any constitutional amendments passed by a majority of the student body; and

G. Shall oversee governance of the Et Al Store.

ARTICLE V. STRUCTURE OF THE STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION

SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP  The Student Bar Association shall consist of the below enumerated Executive Officers, three Representatives per class elected by members of their respective class, Representatives to the Graduate Student Government Association, Representatives to the Student Government Association, Representative to the University Senate, and the American Bar Association Representative elected by the entire student body and any directors or committee chairpersons appointed by the Executive Officers. The Executive Officers elected by the entire student body and Representatives elected by each class shall comprise the voting members of the SBA, all others shall comprise the non-voting ex-officio members.

SECTION 2. THE PRESIDING OFFICER  The presiding officer of the Student Bar Association shall be the SBA President.  In the absence of the SBA President, the SBA Vice President for Academic Affairs shall preside over the meeting or in his or her absence the Vice President for Student Affairs, or in his or her absence the Vice President of Community Outreach, or in his or her absence the Vice President of Alumni Engagement, or in his or her absence the Secretary, and in his or her absence t he Treasurer.

SECTION 3. ELECTIONS  All voting members of the Student Bar Association shall be elected by the members of the Student Bar as outlined in the Election Code of the SBA. Should a vacancy in any office exist between elections the President shall appoint a replacement to serve until the next regularly schedule election.

SECTION 4. MEETINGS

A. The Student Bar Association shall meet on a regular basis, at least monthly during the school year, and from time to time for such special meetings as may be necessary.

B. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the voting members of the Student Bar Association.

C. The Student Bar Association shall adopt Robert’s Rules of Order Revised to govern the procedure of all meetings, with such exceptions as described in its Standing Rules.

D. All members are expected to attend every meeting except for good reason.

ARTICLE VI. STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP  The Executive Officers of the Student Bar Association are the President, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Vice President of Community Outreach, the Vice President of Alumni Engagement, the Treasurer, and the Secretary.

SECTION 2. ORDER OF SUCCESSION  In the event of a vacancy in the office of the President, the following is the order of succession: The Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Vice President of Community Outreach, the Vice President of Alumni Engagement, the Secretary, and the Treasurer.

SECTION 3. THE PRESIDENT OF THE STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION  The President of the Student Bar Association shall:

A. Schedule regular meetings of the Student Bar Association and call special meetings as deemed necessary upon adequate notice;

B. Preside at all Student Bar Association meetings unless there is a conflict of interest or a majority of the voting members have selected another presiding officer;

C. Create and timely publicize the Student Bar Association meeting agenda while incorporating agenda items contributed by other members of the Student Bar Association;

D. Appoint chairpersons to ad hoc committees and nominate chairpersons, subject to Student Bar Association approval, to permanent committees not appointed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs;

E. Nominate qualified students to fill vacant positions on the Student Bar Association, subject to Student Bar Association approval;

F. Timely and regularly inform the Student Bar Association of actions he or she is taking;

G. Timely and regularly inform the Student Bar Association of relevant communications from administration officials or others regarding Student Bar Association business;

H. Regularly report to and take direction from the Student Bar Association regarding student affairs; and

I. Ensure that the Student Bar Association Constitution is being followed.

SECTION 4. THE VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS The Vice President of Academic Affairs shall:

A. Represent the academic interests of the Student Bar to the faculty and administration;

B. Serve on the appropriate faculty and administrative committees;

C. Appoint student members to appropriate faculty committees, including the Curriculum, Colloquium, and Faculty Appointment committees, subject to Student Bar Association approval before the first meeting of each respective committee;

D. Organize and implement the Student Mentor Program;

E. Distribute and collect course evaluation surveys every semester;

F. Regularly report to and take direction from the Student Bar Association regarding academic affairs, including informing the Student Bar Association regarding possible changes in administration policy;

G. Regularly report to and take direction from the Student Bar Association regarding academic affairs; and

H. Ensure that the SBA outline bank and curve database are up to date.

SECTION 5. THE VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT AFFAIRS The Vice President of Student Affairs shall:

A. Communicate regularly with the Dean for Student Affairs;

B. Plan, organize, and publicize social events for the Student Bar Association;

C. Serve as coordinator of the Harvest Moon Ball, Barrister’s Ball and weekly “bar reviews;”

D. Assist the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the planning and running of Orientation for the incoming 1L class; and

E. Regularly report to and take direction from the Student Bar Association regarding student affairs.

SECTION 6. THE VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH The Vice President of Community Outreach shall: 

A. Provide opportunities for the students, faculty, and administration of the Emory University School of Law to participate in community service activities within the greater Atlanta area and Georgia;

B. Coordinate community service and other events with other divisions of Emory University;

C. Plan and organize volunteer activities, including activities in conjunction with both Harvest Moon Ball and Barrister’s Ball;

D. When appropriate, provide recognition for outstanding community service; and E. At his or her own discretion, establish a Community Outreach committee.

SECTION 7. THE VICE PRESIDENT OF ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT The Vice President of Alumni Engagement shall:

A. Facilitate collaboration between the Office of Development & Alumni Affairs, the Student Bar Association, and Student Organizations;

B. Communicate regularly with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations;

C. Develop protocols and procedures with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations that streamline the process of involving Alumni in Student Bar Association and Student Organization Events;

D. Identify opportunities to integrate Alumni in Student Organization events and activities and assist Student Organization Leaders in working with the Office of Development & Alumni Relations;

E. Plan events for students to develop meaningful relationships with Alumni in a variety of settings;

F. Assist the Office of Development and Alumni Relations with the creation and management of an ambassador program for students to become involved with Development and Alumni Relations-related events; F. Report to the Student Bar Association and Council of Presidents about Office of Development & Alumni Relations events and facilitate the involvement of students in those events; and

G. Regularly report to and take direction from the Student Bar Association regarding Alumni Engagement issues.

SECTION 8. THE SECRETARY The Secretary shall:

A. Keep minutes of all meetings that include details of the proceedings, presence or absence of members, and votes;

B. Timely and regularly publish meeting minutes and in all other ways maintain the Student Bar Association website with help from the Information Technology Department;

C. Serve as Administrator of the Org-Announce listserv;

D. Create and maintain a mechanism for feedback and suggestions from the Student Bar; and F. Assist the Vice-President of Academic Affairs in keeping the outline bank up to date.

SECTION 8. TREASURER The Treasurer shall:

A. Administer the financial affairs of the Student Bar Association;

B. Maintain accurate and up to date record of all receipts and disbursement of funds;

C. Make a monthly accounting to the Student Bar Association regarding financial affairs;

D. Prepare the Student Bar Association annual budget, by the required date, to be submitted to the Emory University Graduate Student Government Association and Student Government Association in accordance with the appropriations approved by the Student Bar Association;

E. Provide the Student Bar Association with a history of appropriation requests by and grants to student organizations in anticipation of the annual organization budget request meeting;

F. Chair the organization budget request meeting;

G. When necessary, require an accounting from any law school student organization and Et Al, the Law School’s SBA-operated store; and

H. Serve as liaison between Et Al and the Student Bar Association and regularly report on its financial affairs and management to the Student Bar Association.

ARTICLE VII. STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION REPRESENTATIVES

SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP The Student Bar Association Representatives shall consist of a total of nine Representatives, with three representatives elected from each class.

SECTION 2. DUTIES OF STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION REPRESENTATIVES Unlike the Officers whose duties are explicit and limited, Representatives have the freedom to evaluate the greatest concerns to their constituents and work to respond to those concerns. As such, Representatives have the privilege of choosing their own priorities and the attendant obligation to carve out an area of interest and expertise. Each Representative shall serve on at least one committee organized by the four Vice Presidents. Representatives may be otherwise called upon to provide assistance to Officers. Representatives may also organize themselves into standing or ad hoc committees to work together to address specific issues or broader areas of interest.

ARTICLE VIII. EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS OF THE STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION

SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP The Ex-Officio Members of the Student Bar Association include the Representatives to the Graduate Student Government Association, the Student Government Association, the University Senate, and the American Bar Association.

SECTION 2. VOTING The Ex-Officio Members, unlike Officers and Representatives, do not have the right to vote in Student Bar Association meetings. However, they retain all other rights and privileges, including the ability to participate in debate and to sit on and vote in committees, except Committee of the Whole where they may only engage in debate.

SECTION 3. COMMON DUTIES All Ex-Officio Members are expected to attend every Student Bar Association meeting and each Member is expected to:

A. Represent the interests of Emory University School of Law to their respective body;

B. Act as a liaison between the Student Bar Association and the appropriate body; and

C. Make regular reports to the Student Bar Association as to upcoming and ongoing activities and actions of the other body to which they are a member; and D. Facilitate communications to the Student Bar of upcoming and ongoing activities and actions of the other body to which they are a member.

ARTICLE IX. THE PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT COURT

SECTION 1. POWER The judicial power of the Student Bar Association shall be vested in the Professional Conduct Court. The Professional Conduct Court shall perform the duties set forth in the Professional Conduct Code.

SECTION 2. MEMBERSHIP The Professional Conduct Court shall consist of two student Justices, a Prosecutor, a Deputy Prosecutor, a Public Defender, and any other such faculty, administrator, or alumna or alumnus as provided for in the Professional Conduct Code. The student members of the Professional Conduct Court shall be elected by the members of the Student Bar. The prosecutor must be a rising third year student and the deputy prosecutor must be a rising second year student.

SECTION 3. DUTIES The student members of the Professional Conduct Court shall:

A. Work with the Student Bar Association to engender a sense of honor and professionalism within the Emory Law School Community consistent with the mission of the Student Bar Association;

B. Interpret this Constitution at the request of a member of the Student Bar;

C. Conduct elections of the Student Bar Association and the Professional Conduct Court in accordance with procedures outlined in the Elections Code; and

D. Preside over impeachment proceedings.

ARTICLE X. ELECTIONS

All elections shall be conducted in accordance with the Election Code of the SBA.

SECTION 1. TERM OF OFFICE 

A. Members of the Student Bar Association and the Professional Conduct Court shall serve for a term of one year. The term shall end at the induction of the new Student Bar Association.

B. The incoming Student Bar Association and the Professional Conduct Court shall begin to serve as soon as practical after the results of the second round of elections have been announced. Any interim period shall allow for a smooth transition and a training period to orient the new members to the proper procedures and job responsibilities.

SECTION 2. QUALIFICATIONS

A. Candidates must be registered students at the Emory University School of Law and must plan to be enrolled in courses at Emory University School of Law during the entire term of office.

B. No student shall be a candidate for more than one office in any round of elections.

C. No student shall hold more than one Student Bar Association or Professional Conduct Court Office at any one time.

D. Elections must be held so that all students have a reasonable opportunity to vote and participate.

E. No member of the Professional Conduct Court shall participate in the election supervision process if he or she is a candidate for any office. 

SECTION 3. BALLOTS

A. All elections shall be by secret ballot. B. Elections may be held on paper or by electronic ballot.

SECTION 4. OATH OF OFFICE

A. The Oath for the Student Bar Association shall be: “I, [Name], do solemnly affirm that I will faithfully perform the duties of my office, and I will preserve and uphold the Constitution of the Student Bar Association. I also pledge to follow the Professional Conduct Code in all my endeavors.”

B. The Oath for the Professional Conduct Court shall be: “I, [Name], do solemnly affirm that I will faithfully perform my duties as a member of the Professional Conduct Court, and I will uphold the Professional Conduct Code and the Constitution of the Student Bar Association.”

C. The Oath must be administered by a current justice of the Conduct Court on the first session of the incoming Student Bar Association following elections.

ARTICLE XI. REMOVAL AND IMPEACHMENT

SECTION 1. INITIATION Any member of the Student Bar Association may initiate an action to remove any member of the Student Bar Association or Professional Conduct Court for cause. A removal action may also be initiated by a petition of 1/4 of the Student Bar.

SECTION 2. CAUSE OF ACTION Cause shall consist of any material violation of any provision of this Constitution, the Professional Conduct Code, or the neglect or refusal to perform and of the duties and obligations of the charged party’s office.

SECTION 3. PROCEDURES

A. The initiating individual must provide a written complaint to the President, unless the officer being charged is the President. In that case, the written complaint shall be given to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

B. The President (or Vice President of Academic Affairs) must serve a copy of the complaint on the member of the Student Bar Association or Professional Conduct Court charged with removal. A copy of the complaint must also be provided to both the Prosecutor and Public Defender of the Professional Conduct Court as well as all members of the Student Bar Association.

C. The charged member of the Student Bar Association or Professional Conduct Court may submit within one week a statement in defense to the President (or the Vice President of Academic Affairs) who shall furnish a copy to both the Prosecutor and the Public Defender of the Professional Conduct Court as well as all members of the Student Bar Association.

D. The President or Vice President of Academic Affairs shall provide to both the charging and the charged parties the opportunity to be heard by a mandatory meeting of the entire Student Bar Association within two weeks of the charge being served. In the case of a petition by members of the Student Bar, two such members shall be invited to this meeting to represent the interests of the petitioners. The Prosecutor and the Public Defender of the Professional Conduct Court must be present at such a meeting. The meeting is open to the public. 

E. The Student Bar Association, excluding the charging and charged parties, shall vote by secret ballot on the removal of the member. Removal requires a vote by three-fourths (3/4) of the Student Bar Association.

ARTICLE XII. AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1. SBA MEMBER AMENDMENT When an amendment is proposed by a member of the Student Bar Association, ratification of any proposed amendment to this Constitutional shall require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Student Bar Association, subject to the approval of the majority of vote of the Student Bar.

SECTION 2. STUDENT BAR AMENDMENT When an amendment is proposed by a member of the Student Bar, ratification of any proposed amendment to this Constitution shall require a majority vote provided at least fifty percent plus one of the Student Bar participates in the vote. Such proposals shall be posted via email to the Student Bar at least one week before the vote of the Student Bar is taken.

SECTION 3. TAKING EFFECT Any amendments so ratified shall take effect immediately upon approval unless otherwise specified by the amendment.

Standing Rules of the Student Bar Association

PREAMBLE

The purpose of the Standing Rules of the Student Bar Association is to provide a resource and a guide to members of the Student Bar to aid in understanding how the Student Bar Association operates.

Article I. Procedure

Section 1.Rules Governing Procedure

Procedure of the Student Bar Association shall be governed by the following sources, in order of precedence:

A. The Constitution of the Student Bar Association

B. The Standing Rules of the Student Bar Association

C. Robert’s Rules of Order Revised

Section 2. General Voting Requirements

A. Quorum is defined in the SBA Constitution as a majority of the voting members of the Student Bar Association. The failure to attain quorum means that no votes may be conducted. Any member of the Student Bar Association may raise the question of an absence of quorum. Prior to the fall elections, any vacant representative or officer positions shall not be counted when determining a quorum.

B. To amend the Student Bar Association Standing Rules—requires an affirmative vote by a majority of the voting members of the Student Bar Association

C. To amend or revoke a student organization charter—requires an affirmative vote by a majority of the voting members present at a Student Bar Association meeting.

D. To pass, annul, or amend legislation—requires an affirmative vote by a majority of the voting members present at a Student Bar Association meeting.

E. To end or extend debate—requires an affirmative vote by a majority of the voting members present at a Student Bar Association meeting.

Section 3. Types of Votes

A. The types of permissible votes shall be by voice, show of hands, or roll call.

B. A roll call vote must be held at the request of three members present or at the discretion of the Presiding Officer. The Presiding Officer shall state each members name and the Secretary shall record how each member voted.

C. Voting by secret ballot shall not be permitted, except for removal of a member of the Student Bar Association.

D. If a voting member of the SBA is unable to attend a meeting, he or she must choose a proxy to vote in his or her place prior to the scheduled meeting. This proxy should be an ex-officio member of the SBA. In the case that an ex-officio member cannot be obtained, another proxy must be chosen from the Student Bar Association. The voting member shall notify the SBA president and the other voting members of the SBA prior to the start of the meeting.

E. Votes may only be changed if the request is made before the results are announced.

Article II. Meetings

Section 1. Regular Meetings Meetings of the Student Bar Association shall be held at least twice a month during the regular school term, or more often at the discretion of the Student Bar Association President.

Section 2. Special Meetings The President of the Student Bar Association may call special meetings. The President of the Student Bar Association must call a special meeting within three days of receiving a request by five voting members of the Student Bar Association. Members must be notified at least 24 hours in advance of the special meeting. All rules governing regular meetings of the Student Bar Association apply once the meeting is called to order. Section 3. Removal from a Meeting All meetings of the Student Bar Association are open to the public, except special Executive meetings and budget hearings; however, the SBA shall conduct its business in an orderly and proper manner. Any individual who is not a member of the SBA may be removed for disorderly or disruptive conduct at the discretion of the Presiding Officer.

Article III. The Order of Business

A. The following order of business must be followed, except by suspension of the Standing Rules:

1. Call to order 

2. Guest Speaker(s)/Presentations

3. Call of the House

4. Executive Messages to the House

5. Voting Matters

6. Committee Reports

7. Representative Reports

8. Miscellaneous Business

9. Announcements

10. Adjournment

B. The Call of the House is when the Secretary takes attendance of who is present at the meeting.

C. Voting Matters shall consist of legislation that is now in order for debate and vote at the current meeting.

D. Messages to the House shall consist of messages from the President, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Treasurer, the Secretary. E. Representative Reports shall consist of messages from the Student Government Association Representatives, the Representative to the Graduate Senate, the Representative to the University Senate, the Director of Community Outreach, or any member of the Student Bar Association who wishes to report on his or her activities.

Article IV. Consideration of Voting Matters

All voting matters shall be presented to, debated, and voted on by the Student Bar Association. Any conflicts of interest shall be disclosed by members of the Student Bar Association. All voting matters, whether approved or rejected, must be recorded in the meeting’s minutes.

ARTICLE V. SETTING PRIORITIES

Section 1. Continuity of the Student Bar Association

A. At the beginning of each school year, the Student Bar Association President shall hold a special meeting for members of the SBA to determine priorities and set goals for the upcoming year.

B. The President of the Student Bar Association shall give to every member of the SBA, and the beginning of his or her term, a file folder the Constitution, Standing Rules, all of the Bylaws, contact information, and other documents relevant to being an effective member of SBA.

Section 2. Surveys As appropriate, the Student Bar Association may use electronic and other means to conduct surveys of the Student Body. Each semester, a survey shall be conducted regarding student opinion on their courses. Every year, a survey shall be conducted regarding student opinion regarding various facets of the law school. The survey results shall be distributed to the student body and kept for future SBA’s to determine whether progress is being made on various issues of importance.

Section 3. Historical Memory The Student Bar Association shall keep all relevant documents on initiatives so that future Student Bar Associations may benefit from SBA’s experience.

ARTICLE VI. BYLAWS

A. The bylaws of the Student Bar Association are documents that are essential to the effective functioning of the Student Bar Association.

B. No bylaw may contradict any portion of the Standing Rules.

C. Changes to any bylaw shall be conducted in the manner proscribed within that document. If no such procedure is described, then the manner for amending that bylaw will be the same as amending the Standing Rules.

D. In this section of the Standing Rules shall exist a list of all of the Bylaws of the Student Bar Association. Upon the adoption of a Bylaw, this document shall be amended automatically.

E. The Bylaws of the Student Bar Association include:

1. Bylaws for Chartering Student Organizations

2. Charter of the Et Al Store

3. Charter of the Council of Presidents

4. Student Bar Association Budget Guidelines

5. Student Organization Monetary Code

6. Election Code of the Student Bar Association

ARTICLE VII. AMENDMENTS AND THE STATUS OF THE STANDING RULES

A. The Standing Rules shall only be suspended by a majority vote of the entire membership of the Student Bar Association or two-thirds of those present at an individual Student Bar Association meeting, whichever is greater.

B. Amendments to the Standing Rules shall be made either by a majority vote of the entire membership of the Student Bar Association or a two-thirds vote of those present, whichever is greater.

C. A quorum is necessary to either suspend or amend the Standing Rules. This article, which addresses amendments to and the status of the Standing Rules, shall not be suspended.

Charter of the Council of Presidents

Article I. Authority and Purpose

Section 1. Authority The Council of Presidents (hereinafter the Council) is created under the auspices of the Student Bar Association Constitution.

Section 2. Purpose The purpose of the Council is to serve as a knowledge base for the Student Bar Association; to provide an information channel between the Student Bar Association and various student organization presidents; and, when appropriate, to evaluate policies regarding student organizations.

Article II: Council Structure

Section 1. The Chairperson

A. The Chairperson of the Council shall be the President of the Student Bar Association or his or her designee.

B. The Chairperson shall call regular meetings of the Council, keeping regular minutes and all records, and reporting regularly to the Student Bar Association.

Section 2. Members

A. The voting members of the Council shall be the presidents of each student organization chartered by the Student Bar Association or his/her designee.

B. All members of the Student Bar Association are non-voting ex-officio members of the Council.

C. Attendance by each organizational president or his or her designee is mandatory. Un-excused absences, at the Chairperson’s discretion, once reported to the Student Bar Association, triggers review of a student organization’s charter and suspension of the student organization’s access to its budgetary funds.

Section 3. The Vice Chairperson

A. The Chairperson of the Committee shall choose his or her Vice Chairperson from the voting or ex-officio members of the Council.

B. The Vice Chairperson shall act as the Chairperson in the Chairperson’s absence.

Section 4. Committee Operations

A. The Committee shall be governed by regular parliamentary procedure as outlined in the SBA Constitution, Standing Rules, and Roberts Rules of Order Revised.

B. The Committee reports solely to the Student Bar Association. It lacks the authority to pass resolutions or any kind of legislation. However, it can make recommendations to the Student Bar Association. Article III. Amendments to the Charter The Charter of the Council may be modified by a majority vote of the entire membership of the Student Bar Association.

Charter of the Et Al Store

Article I. Authority and Purpose

Section 1. Authority The Et Al Store is created under the auspices of the Student Bar Association.

Section 2. Purpose The purposes of the Et Al Store are to generate funds for the Student Bar Association, provide goods to members of the Emory Law community, and promote a sense of community.

Article II: Structure

Section 1. The Manager

A. The Et Al Store shall be run by a Store Manager. S/He shall be nominated by the Vice President of Student Affairs and subject to approval and removal by a majority vote of members present at a Student Bar Association meeting. The Vice President shall use an open selection process to determine the initial pool of applicants.

B. The Manager is responsible for hiring and paying staff, purchasing items for resale, managing inventory, ensuring the store is open at appropriate times, and keeping accurate records of expenditures and sales.

C. The Manager shall frequently communicate with the Student Bar Association, the SBA President, the SBA Vice President of Student Affairs, and the SBA Treasurer regarding its finances and operations.

Section 2. Sales Personnel

A. The Manager shall have the power to hire and dismiss sales personnel subject to University policies and guidelines. However, the SGA Vice President of Student Affairs may veto the Manager’s sales personnel decisions.

B. The manager must giving hiring preference first to law students who are enrolled in the federal work-study program, second to Emory University students who are enrolled in the federal work-study program, and then to other law school students.

Section 3. Et Al Operations

A. At the beginning of each semester the Et Al Manager shall prominently post a schedule of the operations of the Et Al Store.

B. The Et Al store shall sell clothing and other goods that promotes identification with and pride regarding Emory University School of Law and the broader Emory Law community.

C. The Et Al store shall sell food and drink items.

D. The Et Al store shall sell other items as deemed appropriate by the Store Manager.

E. The Et Al Store shall be open for a period of time during orientation, trial techniques, and graduation.

F. A maximum of one sales person shall work in the Et Al Store at any given time.

G. Wages will be determined by the SBA Vice President of Student Affairs and the SBA Treasurer.

Article III. Amendments to the Charter

The Charter of the Et Al store may be modified by a majority vote of the entire membership of the Student Bar Association.

Charter of the Standing Committee on Student Affairs

Article I. Authority and Purpose

Section 1. Authority The Committee on Student Affairs (hereinafter “the Committee”) is created under the auspices of the Student Bar Association Constitution. This is a standing (or permanent) committee.

Section 2. Purpose The purpose of the Committee is to develop an expertise in and institutional knowledge regarding the area of student affairs, coordinate Student Bar Association activities regarding student affairs, and handle the day-to-day operations regarding student affairs.

Article II. Committee Structure

Section 1. The Chairperson

A. The Chairperson of the Committee shall be the Student Bar Association Vice President for Student Affairs.

B. The Chairperson is responsible for calling regular meetings of the Committee, reporting regularly to the Student Bar Association, and overseeing the Committee’s tasks.

Section 2. Members The members of the Committee shall be members of the Student Bar Association who have expressed an interest in serving on the committee, were nominated by the Student Bar Association President, and confirmed by the Student Bar Association by a majority vote of members present at a regular meeting. As appropriate, the Chairperson may have non-committee members assist with the Committee’s tasks.

Section 3. The Vice-Chairperson

A. The Chairperson of the Committee shall choose his or her Vice Chairperson.

B. The Vice Chairperson shall act as the Chairperson in the Chairperson’s absence.

Section 4. Committee Operations

A. The Committee shall be governed by regular parliamentary procedure as outlined in the SBA Constitution, Standing Rules, and Roberts Rules of Order Revised.

B. Committee meetings are open to all members of the Student Bar.

Article III. Amendments to the Charter

The Charter of the Standing Committee on Student Affairs may be modified by a majority vote of the entire membership of the Student Bar Association.

Charter of the Standing Committee on Academic Affairs

Article I. Authority and Purpose

Section 1. Authority The Committee on Academic Affairs (hereinafter “the Committee”) is created under the auspices of the Student Bar Association Constitution. This is a standing (or permanent) committee.

Section 2. Purpose The purpose of the Committee is to develop an expertise in and institutional knowledge regarding the area of academic affairs, coordinate Student Bar Association activities regarding academic affairs, and handle the day-to-day operations regarding academic affairs.

Article II: Committee Structure

Section 1. The Chairperson

A. The Chairperson of the Committee shall be the Student Bar Association Vice President for Academic Affairs.

B. The Chairperson is responsible for calling regular meetings of the Committee, reporting regularly to the Student Bar Association, and overseeing the Committee’s tasks.

Section 2. Members The members of the Committee shall be members of the Student Bar Association who have expressed an interest in serving on the committee, were nominated by the Student Bar Association President, and confirmed by the Student Bar Association by a majority vote of members present at a regular meeting. As appropriate, the Chairperson may have non-committee members assist with the Committee’s tasks.

Section 3. The Vice Chairperson

A. The Chairperson of the Committee shall choose his or her Vice Chairperson.

B. The Vice Chairperson shall act as the Chairperson in the Chairperson’s absence.

Section 4. Committee Operations

A. The Committee shall be governed by regular parliamentary procedure as outlined in the SBA Constitution, Standing Rules, and Roberts Rules of Order Revised.

B. Committee meetings are open to all members of the Student Bar. Article III. Amendments to the Charter The Charter of the Standing Committee on Academic Affairs may be modified by a majority vote of the entire membership of the Student Bar Association.

Charter of the Standing Executive Committee

Article I. Authority and Purpose

Section 1. Authority The Executive Committee (hereinafter “the Committee”) is created under the auspices of the Student Bar Association Constitution. This is a standing (or permanent) committee.

Section 2. Purpose The purpose of the Committee is to oversee the broad operations of the Student Bar Association, to engage in strategic planning, to coordinate Student Bar Association activities, to provide guidance and assistance to the Student Bar Association President.

Article II: Committee Structure

Section 1. The Chairperson

A. The Chairperson of the Committee shall be the Student Bar Association President.

B. The Chairperson is responsible for calling regular meetings of the Committee, reporting regularly to the Student Bar Association, and overseeing the Committee’s tasks.

Section 2. Members The members of the Committee shall be members of the Student Bar Association who have expressed an interest in serving on the committee, were nominated by the Student Bar Association President, and confirmed by the Student Bar Association by a majority vote of members present at a regular meeting. As appropriate, the Chairperson may have non-committee members assist with the Committee’s tasks.

Section 3. The Vice Chairperson

A. The Chairperson of the Committee shall choose his or her Vice Chairperson.

B. The Vice Chairperson shall act as the Chairperson in the Chairperson’s absence.

Section 4. Committee Operations

A. The Committee shall be governed by regular parliamentary procedure as outlined in the SBA Constitution, Standing Rules, and Roberts Rules of Order Revised.

B. Committee meetings are open to all members of the Student Bar Association, but may be closed to members of the Student Bar when appropriate.

Article III. Amendments to the Charter

The Charter of the Executive Committee may be modified by a majority vote of the entire membership of the Student Bar Association.