ARTICLE I: Name
- The name of this organization shall be the Jewish Law Society.
ARTICLE II: Purpose
- Section 1: The purpose of this organization shall be:
- to engage in projects and programs which the membership considers to be in the interest of the Jewish community;
- to aid in the academic development of its members and the community; and
- to promote a Jewish community on the law school campus.
- Section 2: This organization shall not be affiliated with any national organization which requires its chapters to support a specific position in controversial religious, political, economic, or social issues.
ARTICLE III: Qualifications for Membership
- Section 1: Any person who is registered as a law student at the Willamette University College of Law may be a member of the Jewish Law Society.
- Section 2: Membership will be continuous from one year to the next.
- Section 3: The Jewish Law Society shall not restrict membership on the basis of race, sex, creed, or religion.
ARTICLE IV: Officers
- Section 1: The Jewish Law Society shall have, but is not excluded to, a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Mitzvah Coordinator. This group of designated officers shall compose the executive body.
- Section 2: All of the above officers shall be elected by the general membership of the Jewish Law Society.
ARTICLE V: Duties of Officers
- Section 1: The President shall have all of the duties and powers assigned to him/her under Robert’s Rules of Order.
- The President or the Treasurer shall be responsible for signing all disbursements of funds.
- The President shall be responsible for the agenda and preparation. All agenda items must be submitted to the President at least 48 hours before a regularly scheduled meeting, except in emergency.
- Section 2: The Vice President shall have all the duties and powers assigned to him/her under Robert’s Rules of Order.
- In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall assume the duties of the President.
- In the event the office of President is vacated before the term of duty is complete, the Vice President shall assume the position of President until the next election.
- The Vice President shall be in charge of the planning and development of social activities for the Jewish Law Student Association.
- The Vice President shall assist the President with any administrative work designated to him/her.
- Section 3: The Secretary shall:
- Be responsible for the minutes of the meetings of the general membership and those of the executive body.
- Keep all permanent records of the Jewish Law Society.
- Inform the members of scheduled meetings.
- Be responsible for collecting and distributing mail.
- Section 4: The Treasurer shall:
- Be responsible for the financial records of the Jewish Law Society.
- Be responsible for purchasing supplies necessary for maintaining the organization.
- Be responsible for the preparation and presentation of the budget proposal to the Student Bar Association (SBA).
- Be responsible for balancing the budget.
- Request check requests and petty cash reimbursements, and deposit organization funding in a timely manner.
- Section 5: The Mitzvah Coordinator shall:
- Propose and coordinate activities intended to benefit the school and community as a whole.
ARTICLE IV: Election of Officers
- Section 1: Elections of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer shall take place at a meeting during the Spring Semester. This meeting shall take place no later than March 1 of the Spring Semester. Officers elected at that time will assume office the day after the last day of Spring Semester finals.
- Section 2: Each member of the Jewish Law Society shall have one vote. There will be no voting by proxy except in cases of emergency (as defined by the executive body).
- Section 3: In the election for officers, the winning candidate must have a majority of the votes to be declared elected. The Vice President will chair the elections, with full voting rights.
ARTICLE VII: Meetings
- Section 1: The general membership of the Jewish Law Society shall meet no less than once per month in any month that is entirely within a semester.
- Section 2: Meeting days shall be decided by the President.
- Section 3: A quorum shall be constituted by a majority of the members present at the beginning of each meeting.
- Section 4: In all meetings of the executive body and the general membership, business shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order.
ARTICLE VIII: Amendment and Ratification
- Amendments to this constitution shall be ratified upon proper and motion and approval by two-thirds of the general membership attending a specified meeting. The meeting must be known to the general membership; notification of the meeting must disclose that an amendment to the constitution is being voted on and must disclose the time and place of the meeting.
Adopted: September 6, 2011