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.