Proposed Constitution

Environmental Law and Land Use Society

Constitution

 

 

ARTICLE I. NAME

The name of this organization shall be Environmental Law and Land Use Society.

ARTICLE II. DECLARATION OF PURPOSE

The purpose of this organization is to further an understanding and appreciation of legal concepts relevant to environment and land use.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Non-discrimination policy

The Environmental Law and Land Use Society (ELLUS) shall not bar any

member on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, gender, marital

status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, or political beliefs.

Section 2. Composition

There shall be four categories of membership in this organization:

Brandeis Law School, Brandeis Alumni, Honorary and Other.

Section 3. Eligibility for Membership

 

Eligibility for membership shall be as follows:

Brandeis Law School Member

Any person who is in attendance and in good standing at the Brandeis

School of Law or who is a current member of the faculty or staff at the University of Louisville.

Brandeis Alumni Member

Any person who attended the Brandeis School of Law and graduated.

Honorary Member

Any person recognized by the Board of Directors (hereinafter “the Board”) as having attained unusual distinction in the legal profession or in the field of law and offered membership to ELLUS based on this distinction.

Other

Any other person seen fit for membership by the Board.

Section 4. Termination of Membership

Membership in this organization shall be terminated by a majority vote of the Board for the following reasons:

Expulsion

Any student member permanently expelled from the University of Louisville.

Loss of License

Any alumni member who has his or her license to practice law revoked by any legally constituted body for reasons of misconduct or other behavior that may reflect poorly on this organization.

Resignation

Any member or officer who resigns from this organization shall have his or her membership terminated within three to four weeks after notifying the board.

Termination of employment

Any faculty or staff member whose employment is terminated by the University of Louisville and/or the Brandeis School of Law.

In exceptional circumstances, where other compelling reasons are present

The Board reserves the right to terminate the membership of any member in exceptional circumstances if so compelled, provided a majority of the current officers approve of the termination.

ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS and STRUCTURE of the SOCIETY

Section 1. The Board of Directors

 

The Board of directors of this organization shall be comprised of the President, the Director of Land Use and Urban Development, the Director of Environment, the Director of Public Relations, the Director of Finance, the Director of Communications, and

the Director of Events.

Section 3. Officer Responsibilities

President:

To preside over the organization’s meetings.

To serve as Chairperson of the Board.

To serve as the organization’s representative to the University Administration, the Student Government Association, and all other organizations.

To have signature authority on all checks issue by this organization.

To execute orders on behalf of this organization.

To reasonably delegate responsibilities.

To cast the deciding vote on decisions when the Board of Directors has a tie, including but not limited to Constitutional Amendments.

To perform other duties as specified by the Board of Directors or the Constitution.

Any other duty as required by this position.

Director of Land Use and Urban Development

To focus on issues of law pertaining to land use and urban development.

To assist the President in his or her duties.

To amend the constitution, subject to approval by the majority of the Board of Directors.

To perform other duties as specified by the President, the Board or the Constitution.

To vote for a replacement for the office of President in the event of prolonged absence, vacancy, resignation, or dismissal.

Any other duty as required by this position.

Director of Environment Law

To focus on issues of law pertaining to the environment.

To assist the President in his or her duties.

To amend the constitution, subject to approval by the majority of the Board of Directors.

To perform other duties as specified by the President, the Board or the Constitution.

To vote for a replacement for the office of President in the event of prolonged absence, vacancy, resignation, or dismissal.

Any other duty as required by this position.

Director of Public Relations

To manage public relations and outreach projects.

To address any member and non-member concerns regarding the Constitution.

To assist the President in his or her duties.

To amend the constitution, subject to approval by the majority of the Board of Directors.

To perform other duties as specified by the President, the Board or the Constitution.

To vote for a replacement for the office of President in the event of prolonged absence, vacancy, resignation, or dismissal.

Any other duty as required by this position.

Director of Finance/Treasurer

To receive and disburse all monies of this organization.

To keep accurate records of the financial status and transactions of this organization.

To have signature authority on all checks issue by this organization.

To assume personal responsibility for all organization monies.

To requesting funds from the Student Government Association.

To propose dues for membership (if dues are required for membership by the Board).

To assist the President in his or her duties.

To amend the constitution, subject to approval by the majority of the Board of Directors.

To perform other duties as specified by the President, the Board or the Constitution.

To vote for a replacement for the office of President in the event of prolonged absence, vacancy, resignation, or dismissal.

Any other duty as required by this position.

Director of Communications/Secretary

To record minutes of the meetings of this organization.

To maintain the web-log (“blog”) for this organization.

To collect all mail received at any other location for this organization at least once every two weeks.

To maintain an accurate list of the membership of this organization.

To update and maintain all files of this organization.

To convey the outcome of any amendments to members and non-members.

To assist the President in his or her duties.

To amend the constitution, subject to approval by the majority of the Board of Directors.

To perform other duties as specified by the President, the Board or the Constitution.

To vote for a replacement for the office of President in the event of prolonged absence, vacancy, resignation, or dismissal.

Any other duty as required by this position.

Director of Events

To plan events related to the mission of this organization.

To assist the President in his or her duties.

To amend the constitution, subject to approval by the majority of the Board of Directors.

To perform other duties as specified by the President, the Board or the Constitution.

To vote for a replacement for the office of President in the event of prolonged absence, vacancy, resignation, or dismissal.

Any other duty as required by this position.

ARTICLE V. ELECTIONS

Section 1.

Candidates for any office of this organization must be current students of the Brandeis School of Law.

Section 2.

Candidates for any office of this organization can be nominated by any member qualified to vote.

Section 3.

Election of officers shall take place within the first thirty days of the Fall semester or within a reasonable time after the beginning of the Fall semester.

Section 4.

Officer terms shall be for one year.

Section 5.

Elections of officers shall be by a majority vote of the voting members of this organization.

Section 6.

In case of a tie, the Faculty Advisor shall cast the deciding vote.

Section 7.

If only one candidate applies for a particular office, that candidate shall take office upon majority vote of the voting members of this organization.

Section 8.

Generally, no person shall occupy two offices at the same time. Exceptions may apply based on the circumstances and approval by majority vote of the voting members of this organization.

ARTICLE VI. REMOVAL FROM OFFICE

Section 1.

Any officer may be removed by a majority vote of the Board.

Section 2.

Any officer removed may re-seek office in the next election.

Section 3.

Any officer removed may not assume any position until the next election period.

ARTICLE VII. MEETINGS

Section 1.

The members of this organization shall meet when deemed necessary by President or by a majority of the Board.

 

Section 2.

Meetings shall occur at a time specified by the President or a majority of the Board.

Section 3.

All members may attend general meetings

 

Section 4.

The Board shall meet when deemed necessary by the President or a majority of the Board. At least three officers must be in attendance for quorum.

ARTICLE VIII. VOTING

Section 1.

Only voting members may vote on ELLUS business.

Section 2.

Members absent at the time of the vote have waived their right to vote, unless allowed to vote absentee by the President or a majority of the Board.

Section 3.

Any member may vote at a general meeting but only members of the Board may vote at Board meetings.

Article IX. AMENDMENTS

Section 1.

Any voting member of this organization may propose an amendment to the Constitution at the first meeting of the Fall semester, following the election of officers.

Section 2.

Amendments shall be approved by a majority of the voting members of the ELLUS and the Board. In the event that an amendment is approved by a majority of the members but not the Board, a two-thirds vote of the voting members shall be sufficient to enact the amendment.

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