Article I: Organization Name The name of the organization shall be the Pre-Law Division of the National Black Law Students Association (“NBLSA”) at the University of Virginia.
Article II: Purpose The purpose of the University of Virginia Pre-Law Division of the National Black Law Students Association is to articulate and promote the educational, professional, political and social needs and goals of black pre-law students at the University of Virginia.
Article III: Membership Section 1. Membership in this organization shall be open to all students in good standing currently enrolled at the University, regardless of race, creed, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or physical disability. Section 2. In order to remain an active member of the Pre-Law Division, each member is required to submit dues, which will be split among the chapter and NBLSA. Section 3. Dues in the amount of $20 will be paid in order to secure full benefits of membership, including voting rights and access to exclusive events.
Article IV: Officers Section 1. The officers of this group shall consist of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Section 2. All officers shall be registered undergraduate students at the University. Section 3. These officers shall constitute the executive board. Section 4. The duties of these officers are as follows: The President shall be the chief executive officer of the group and shall have general supervision and control of its activities and programs. They will also set the vision and direction of the chapter. The Vice President shall assist the President and assume his or her duties when the President is unable to serve. The Treasurer shall have general charge of the financial affairs of the group. They shall keep an accurate record of these affairs. The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the group and of all activities and programs. He or she will handle all formal correspondence between members and officers of the group. Section 5. The President and Treasurer shall be the only authorized signers on the organization’s bank account. Section 6. A majority of officers must be present at all meetings. Section 7. An officer cannot have more than two unexcused absences from meetings per semester. Section 8. Officers must convene bi-weekly to discuss updates and plan out future meetings and events.
Article V: Elections Section 1. Officers shall be elected annually by the membership. Elections shall be held during the month of April, and will be presided over by an impartial, student-appointed election chair. The chair cannot run for a position during his or her appointment. Section 2. Every officer will serve one term consisting of one academic year. Officers are not restricted from participating in future elections, however, they must partake in the re-election process if they wish to retain their position. Section 3. Officers’ terms shall begin on May 1st, or at the conclusion of the last general body meeting. Section 4. The roster of newly elected officers shall be submitted to NBLSA’s Pre-Law Division no later than July.
Article VI: Meetings Section 1. Meetings of the groups shall be held on a regular basis for the purpose of determining policy, activities, programs, and other business. The President, the Secretary, or any member of the executive board may call special meetings. Section 2. A simple majority of the membership shall constitute a quorum. Section 3. The President shall govern all meetings. In the President’s absence, the Vice President shall govern. Section 4. The Secretary shall communicate notice of regular and special meetings to all members of the organization. Section 5. All dues-paying members shall have one vote with respect to any resolutions put forward during a meeting.
Article VII: Amendments Section 1. The constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of the dues-paying membership. Section 2. Any financially active members of the group may propose an amendment. Proposals shall be filed in writing with the Secretary prior to the meeting so that the group may have time to debate the proposal.
Article VIII: Bylaws Section 1. All members must be remain in good academic standing, which constitutes maintaining a 2.0 Grade Point Average. Section 2. Should any position become vacant by the removal or resignation of an officer, the position shall be filled through an election at a succeeding General Body Meeting. Officers may appoint an interim officer to fill the position prior to such special election. Should the position of president become vacant, the Vice-President shall fill that position for the remainder of the term. A special election will be held to elect a new Vice-President.
Article IX: Impeachment and Removal Procedures Section 1. An officer may be impeached on the following grounds: A. Incompetence- lack of ability to perform duties. B. Unsatisfactory conduct deemed by members of the Body. C. Malfeasance- improper performance of duties. D. Misfeasance- non-performance of duties.
Article X: Ratification Section 1. The Constitution will be ratified by a majority vote plus one. This number is to be determined based on the amount of members present at the ratification meeting.