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National Asian Pacific American Law Association: Brandeis School of Law Chapter



1.1 The name of this association shall be the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (NAPALSA).

1.2. The purpose of this association shall be:
  • to promote and support the legal education of Asian Pacific American law students;
  • to provide a forum to discuss issues that affect Asian Pacific American law students, the legal profession, and the community at large;
  • to develop a supportive network among Asian Pacific American law students, the legal profession, and the community at large.


2.1. There shall be three types of membership.

  • Full Member Chapter: A Full Member Chapter is defined as an Asian Pacific American Law Student Association at an accredited law school and in good standing with NAPALSA. Chapters shall enjoy the rights and privileges of being able to vote, and participate in any social, academic, and professional functions.
  • Full Member: A Full Member is defined as a person who is a full or part time student at an accredited law school and who is either a member in good standing in their school’s APALSA, or,if there is no such chapter at their school, an individual student member of NAPALSA . Student members shall enjoy the rights and privileges of being able to hold office, and participate in any social, academic, and professional functions.
  • Honorary Member: An Honorary Member is defined as any professors of law, any practicing lawyer, or justice not meeting the qualifications in the previous section who by application is admitted to the membership. Honorary Members shall have no right to vote or hold office but may participate in any functions of the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.




3.1. Chapter dues will be $50 and will be collected by NAPABA by October 15th. Individual dues will be ____ and will also due by ____.

3.2. It shall be the responsibility of all officers to solicit needed contributions from any member, organization, or person who may be willing to make such contributions.

3.3. The fiscal year of the association shall commence on ______.



4.1. The ultimate power of this Association shall be vested in its membership. A majority vote of those present at meetings shall control, or if a vote is taken by mail, a majority of those who answer within fourteen (14) days.

4.2. The officers shall execute the affairs of the Association, oversee the work of all committees, and have general authority of the property of the Association.

4.3. The President has no voting right in any meetings of the membership except when the membership vote results in a tie. Only in the case of a tie shall the President have the right to vote. The President’s vote will be the tie-breaking vote. The President shall have a right to vote in matters concerning emergency amendment procedures, whereby a unanimous vote of the officers is required.

4.4. Proxy voting is allowed and proxy votes may be submitted to the secretary anytime prior to a meeting’s call to order.


5.1. The officers of this Association shall be composed of the following:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Conference Chair
  • Regional Representatives


5.2. The officers shall be elected during the General Assembly Meeting during the National Conference and shall be installed to office at the Conference Banquet/Reception. Officers shall serve a term of 12 months beginning the February following installation. The officers-elect will have no vested authority until the date of installment. However, the officers-elect have the responsibilities of apprenticing the office in which they will eventually occupy.

5.3. The President shall preside over all meetings, set the agenda and objectives of the association, and see that the organization attains its goals. It shall be the duty of the President to direct all endeavors that have the Association’s interests and to keep the membership abreast of any information of pertinent concern. In addition, the President is the liaison to the National Asian Pacific Amercian Bar Association and holds the voting right of APALSA. The President has the authority to delegate the duty and vote of representative to the NAPABA meetings to the Vice President or if the Vice President is unavailable to another qualified member as an alternate. The President shall have the power to sign matters of financial concern.

5.4. The Vice President shall assist the President in executive duties, serve as an alternate representative to NAPABA when requested by the President, serve as a liaison to outside groups when requested by the President, and shall have the duty of formal correspondence in matters dealing with the Association’s policies, concerns, or endeavors. The Vice President shall also serve as Parlimentarian during the General Assembly. In addition, the Vice President shall act as the American Bar Association (ABA) Representative.

5.5. The Treasurer shall be entrusted with the receipt, care, and disbursement of funds. The Treasurer as the power to sign matters of financial concern and shall keep a record of all financial transactions of the Association. In addition, it is the responsibility of the Treasurer to plan and submit a fiscal budget to the officers and membership prior to the start of the officers first meeting after installation.

5.6. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the Board and Association, report to the members the previous meeting’s minutes, and call to vote for approval of such minutes by a majority vote of the officers and members who are present. It is also the duty of the Secretary to: record and tally votes when called, handle the collection of secret ballots when called, and keep a roll of the membership. The Secretary shall handle internal correspondence, assist the Vice President in matters of correspondence, and have the duty of notifying members of meetings.

5.7. The Conference Chair shall be responsible for planning the details of the National Conference for the year after installation. The Conference Chair will confer with the other officers in planning the Conference.

5.8. There shall be __ Regional Representatives. Regional Representatives are responsible for keeping the member associations apprised of what occurs at National Board Meetings. Regional Representatives will also be responsible for voting on matters that arise outside of the National Conference. They shall be responsible for representing their regions best interests.

5.9. On January 15, the title of the incumbent President changes to “Past President.” The Past President will be a member of the Executive Board and will retain voting power. The Past President will be responsible for attending all conference calls in which he or she has notice of, and attend meetings which may require his or her presence. The Past President’s primary duty is to assist new President in all matters of transition. The Past President’s term ends May 1, of the same year.

5.10. All officers shall perform the duties usually performed by such officers and those hereinafter set forth.



6.1. If at any time an elected officers wishes to resign from his or her duties, he or she may do so by presenting a written statement to the Secretary setting forth the reason for such action. Resignation shall be effective only if in writing and shall become effective when tendered. It will be recorded in the minutes of the next meeting.

6.2. The removal of any officer or member shall be done in the following manner:

A written complaint setting forth reasons for removal and signed by at least fifty percent (50%) of the membership which shall be presented to an officer of the association;

Removal will be discussed at the next meeting of the association and;

After discussion, a vote shall be taken to determine the issue of removal and removal shall occur through a majority vote of the membership present.

6.3. The appointment of any officer or member shall be done in the following manner:

  • Nominations must be submitted by an active NAPALSA officer (executive board or regional representative) and each candidate must be a member from a chapter in good standing.
  • Candidates must submit a “statement of interest” and a “statement of qualifications” (i.e. resume).
  • Two weeks after the nomination, a telephone conference will be held for voting.
  • Proxy voting is allowed.
  • To be appointed, the candidate must have 2/3 vote from existing officers.



7.1. Meetings shall be held monthly on any day of the year as called by the officers. Meetings shall be held during Conference Calls or Online as necessitated by time and financial restraints.

7.2. Motions to be presented for consideration on the floor can be made by any member or officer present at meetings. Discussions on motions will be made only after a motion is seconded by another member or officer. The presiding officer at the meeting shall entertain all reasonable discussion on the motion, including the tabling of the motion until a future meeting, before the presiding officer calls for a vote on the motion. Motions, including the motion to table a motion, are passed by a majority vote of those who are present. It shall be at the sole discretion of the presiding officer at the meeting to decide on taking a voice vote, a hand vote, or a secret ballot on any motion.

7.3. Motions to approve the minutes from the previous meeting can be made at any time by any member or officer present at meetings without a need for a second. Motions to approve minutes shall follow the procedures as stated in Article 7.2 of this Constitution.

7.4. The President shall be the presiding officer at all meetings unless such duty is delegated by him/her to the Vice President with notice given to the secretary before the start of the meeting.



8.1. It is the policy of the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association not to discriminate on the basis of sex, handicap, race, color, age, religion, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin.



9.1. The Association may provide for the amendment of the constitution in the following way.

  • Refer to Article VII.
  • Amendment proposals may be made at any meeting of the Association by majority vote of all members present, provided that prior notice has been given to the Secretary. Such proposed amendment will become effective in the next meeting’s approval of the minutes by majority vote or;
  • Amendments may be made at any time when emergency so requires, by a unanimous vote of the officers (which shall include a vote by the President) and shall be considered temporary for a thirty (30) day period or until the next meeting is possible in order to ratify or delete such amendment through the reading of the minutes.

Want to be a PD or a DA? Here's how to get that job.

On Tuesday, October 23rd at twelve noon, learn all about the process for landing a job in the criminal justice system with those who are in charge: Julie Hardesty, Jefferson County Attorney's Office; Harry Rothgerber, Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney; and Leo Smith, Louisville Metro Public Defenders Office.

Lunch will be served, so the room will be selected after we learn how many people plan to attend.  Please let me know to count you in at or on the sign-up sheet on the table in the Career Services library by Monday, the 22nd.  This session is recommended for 2, 3 & 4Ls interested in practicing criminal law.

Pirtle-Washer Competition Results Are In

The Moot Court Board is pleased to announce that the 2007 winner of the Pirtle-Washer Moot Court Competition is Joe Stennis.

The finalist was Jeff Nicoson; the semi-finalists were Caroline Pieroni and John Purlee. Congratulations are due to all of them.




Tony Arnold spoke on overcoming psychological, political, and environmental justice obstacles to sustainable redevelopment of contaminated properties at the U.S. E.P.A. conference on Sustainable Redevelopment in the Ohio Valley, which was held Oct. 1-3. HeI also served on the planning committee for the conference, which had an attendance of over 200.

Tony Arnold was quoted in a September 20 Louisville Courier-Journal article on the settlement of a lawsuit between West Louisville residents and Zeon over air pollution.

The Law School's team that participated in a Habitat for Humanity rehab project in West Louisville on August 25 was featured in a news feature on both August 25 evening news broadcasts on WLKY.  The feature story showed Law School students, staff, and faculty hard at work on interior painting, as well as highlighting the fact that the Law School has provided over $25,000 in pro bono land-use, environmental, and real-estate research services to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville.


On September 20, Andy Long gave a guest lecture in the College of Business to economics professor Jose Fernadez's "Law and Economics" course.  Andy discussed the use of property rights in environmental regulation, focusing on the cap and trade program for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides (the Acid Rain Program) established under the Clean Air Act.

Virginia Smith was a co-presenter of "University of Louisville Libraries Digital Collections: Connecting Communities and Collections," a program at the Kentucky Library Association's annual meeting, September 19-22, 2007.

Bob Stenger conducted three classes in the School of Medicine's Introduction to Clinical Medicine course for second-year medical students on September 4, 11& 13.  They discussed medical cases which raised issues of bioethical and professionalism; the students made presentations which the other students and I critiqued.
In addition, Bob participated on a panel ["Development and Changes in Values and Ethics in Today's Society"] as part of the LBA's Leadership Academy: Ethics, Justice and Values, at Bellarmine University on September 21.

The Kentucky Law Blog has reprinted Jim Jones' review of Elyn Saks' book, The Center Cannot Hold:  My Journey Through Madness.



The October SBA Student of the Month is ROBYN LURDING. Robyn was nominated by numerous students. She successfully organized a meet and greet for students interested in small firms and remains dedicated to her Wednesday bake day. Be sure to congratulate Robyn if you see her. She will be presented with some gifts from the SBA and holds the title until the end of the month.

Congratulations Robyn!!

Email any nominations to

VOTE WED & THURS -- T-Shirt Design for Decedent's Ball

Students will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite Decedent's Ball t-shirt design on Wednesday and Thursday of this week -- October 3 and 4.  Either stop by the SBA office or the Decedent's Ball table to vote.

USB Distribution

Every returning second-, third- and fourth-year student is entitled to receive ONE (1) 64 MB Louisville Law USB drive. First-years and Fall 2007 visiting and transfer students received theirs at Orientation. Beginning Monday, October 1, you may pick up your USB drive at the Law Library Circulation Desk anytime the library is open. You must show your Cardinal Card in order to receive the drive. What's the catch? Read the Computer Exam Procedures page. Even if you don't plan to take your exams on computer, you may still pick up a USB drive.

Pirtle-Washer Semi-finalists

The Moot Court Board is pleased to announce that the semi-finalists for the 2007 Pirtle-Washer Moot Court Competition are Jeff Nicoson, Joe Stennis, Caroline Pieroni, and John Purlee. The semi-final and final rounds of Pirtle-Washer will be held on Friday, October 5 in the Allen Courtroom, with the semi-final arguments at 9 and 10:30 AM and the final argument at 2 PM. A reception will follow the final argument in the Cox Lounge. All are invited to attend Friday's events.

Our Semi-finalists

Jeff Nicoson is a Louisville native who graduated with a B.S. in Enviromental Biology from Taylor University in 2000 and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Ball State University for 2003. Prior to coming to the law school, Nicoson worked in Nashville as a Land Planner designing mixed-use subdivisions and commercial properties. He competed on last year's National Health Law Moot Court competition and is on this year's National Moot Court team. Nicoson plans to pursue a career in trial litigation and appellate advocacy.

John Purlee is a second-year law student at the University of Louisville School of Law. Originally from Bedford, Indiana, he graduated from Franklin College of Indiana in 2006, where he majored in Political Science. Purlee is a law clerk at Don Smith Law Offices.

Caroline Lynch Pieroni received her undergraduate degree in journalism at Western Kentucky University in 2002. While at Western, she was named the Associated Press Collegiate Reporter of the Year (2001), won a Gold Circle award for news writing (2001), and also won First Place for Spot News in the national Hearst Journalism Awards Competition. Pieroni spent three years writing business stories at The Courier-Journal before entering law school. She is currently a second-year law school student and a member of the Louisville Law Review.

Joe Stennis, Jr. was born and raised in Louisville and is a graduate of Louisville Male High School. Stennis obtained my undergraduate degree in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Louisville. Prior to starting law school, he worked in the banking industry as a banking center manger, small business development officer, and investment sales representative. He was selected articles editor for the Journal of Law & Education; completed a summer judicial law clerkship with the Honorable Chief Justice Joseph E. Lambert of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The Pirtle-Washer Moot Court Competition would not be possible without the support of alumni and the legal community. This year, the following Kentucky judges have agreed to support this program and hear arguments.

Judges for the Semi-Final Round

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Moyer
Judge Moyer earned his juris doctor from the University of Virginia in 1974. He took the bench in 1996.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Stosberg
Judge Stosberg, a 1973 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, was sworn in on June 30, 1989.

Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Tom Wine Judge ‘80
Judge Wine was born in Louisville. He graduated from the University of Louisville with a bachelor's degree in 1977 and a juris doctor in 1980. He was appointed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in August 2006 to serve Division 1 of the 4th Appellate District, which consists of Jefferson County. He was subsequently elected to the Court of Appeals in November 2006.

Judges for the Final Round

Supreme Court Justice Mary Noble
Justice Noble earned a bachelor's degree in 1971 and a master's degree in 1975 from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. She completed her juris doctor at the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1981. She was elected to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in November 2006 to serve the 5th Supreme Court District.

Supreme Court Justice Lisa Abramson ‘80
Justice Abramson earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville, graduating in 1977 with highest honors. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1980 and was named the Outstanding Graduate of her law school class. She is a former winner of the Pirtle-Washer Competition.

Justice Abramson was sworn in as a justice for the Supreme Court of Kentucky on Sept. 10, 2007, after being appointed by Gov. Ernie Fletcher to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the late Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr. She will represent Jefferson County, which is the 4th Supreme Court District.

Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Martin McDonald ‘88
Judge McDonald is a 1988 graduate of the University of Louisville's School of Law. He was elected to Jefferson District Court in November 1993, where he remained until his election to Jefferson Circuit Court in 2003.




The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is planning an upcoming fundraiser.  We will donate proceeds to Kentucky animal welfare organizations.  If you resemble your pet, you are the perfect participant.  Beginning tomorrow, we will accept pictures of law students, professors, and staff with their animal companions. Each entry is only $1! In just a few weeks, we will display these pictures and allow people to indicate which person most closely resembles his or her animal companion by dropping spare change into jars.  The winner will receive a Feeder's Supply Gift Card and various other animal related prizes.  All participants will get the satisfaction of knowing they helped their animal friends by raising funds for animals.

 To enter please place your $1 donation, picture, and name and contact number in an envelope.  Please place the envelope in Brittany Ducker's mailbox.  All submissions must be received by Friday, October 12th.


During the fundraiser, SALDF members will also be available to give you updates on the current state of animal law in the US and current initiatives in which the SALDF has become involved.  Unfortunately, KY ranks #50 in animal protection laws among US states.  We have the worst laws in America.  This is extremely embarassing and has to change.  Please participate in this fundraiser, and keep your ears open.  The SALDF is committed to informing our law school community about chances to help animals.