Bylaws

 

MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE SCHOOL OF LAW ADVOCACY SOCIETY BYLAWS
(August 2009)

 

ARTICLE I
OFFICIAL NAME

            The name of this organization shall be the Mississippi College School of Law Advocacy Society (the “Society”).

 

ARTICLE II
OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSES

The Society is a student organization whose objectives are to serve as a resource for the students of Mississippi College School of Law by providing opportunities for students to gain practical knowledge of the litigation process and the practice of law.

 

ARTICLE III
MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Mississippi College School of Law Advocacy Society is to serve our members by organizing, promoting, and administering programs and member benefits in order to increase professional competence and responsibility, foster collegiality among our members and members of the bar, and improve students’ understanding and appreciation of the litigation process.

 

ARTICLE IV
OFFICERS

Section 1.        The officers shall be as follows:

  1. President
  2. Vice-President
  3. Publicity Chairman
  4. Hospitality Chairman
  5. Docket Chairman
  6. 1L Competition Chairman

 

Section 2.        All newly-elected officers shall attend an annual strategic planning session at a time and location designated by the newly-elected President.

 

Section 3.        The duties of the President shall include:

  1. presiding over all meetings of the Society;
  2. acting as principle liaison between the Society and the faculty and administration of Mississippi College School of Law;
  3. acting as principle liaison between the Society and alumni of Mississippi College School of Law;
  4. supervising the ongoing creation and implementation of the Society’s Strategic Plan;
  5. ensuring all officers successfully fulfill the duties of their respective offices;
  6. appointing ad hoc committees  as needed; and
  7. any other duties as requested or required by the faculty advisor or administration.

 

Section 5.        The duties of the Vice-President shall include:

  1. chief responsibility for the preparation of all handouts and documents that are used at workshops and speaker sessions;
  2. assisting the President; and
  3. any other duties as requested or required by the faculty advisor or administration.

 

Section 6.        The duties of the Publicity Chairman shall include:

  1. principal responsibility for publicizing the Society’s events by any means, including but not limited to posters, flyers, and the Society’s webpage.

 

Section 7.        The duties of the Hospitality Chairman shall include:

  1. principal responsibility for confirming speakers, greeting speakers, and writing thank you notes to the speakers;
  2. responsibility for making sure the venue is welcoming and professional.

 

Section 8.        The duties of the Docket Chairman shall include:

  1. principal responsibility for contacting the court clerks in Hinds County weekly to find out what is happening in the courts;
  2. making that information known to the Society through weekly e-mails; and
  3.  if allowed, posting that information on the Society’s webpage

 

Section 9.        The duties of the 1L Competition Chairman shall include:

  1. heading a committee that been approved by the President to draft rules and guidelines for the annual 1L Closing Argument Competition, to be voted on by the Society at large;
  2. being part of a panel of judges approved by the President to determine whether the rules of the 1L Closing Argument Competition are being followed, and determining what punishments or remedies are available in those cases if necessary;
  3. securing judges for the 1L Closing Argument Competition;
  4. serving as member of the protest committee at the 1L Closing Argument Competition;
  5. assisting the President, when requested, in a manner that will not interfere with the conduct of the 1L Competition Chairman’s regular duties; and
  6. any other duties as requested or required by the faculty advisor or administration.

 

Section 10.      Society officers shall be chosen in April. Society officers shall begin their terms in office on May 1st. The procedures for choosing Society officers shall include:

  1. at a meeting scheduled by the President, current Society officers will introduce themselves to the Society and explain to the Society the various Society offices and the requirements of each office;
  2. within one week (seven days) from this meeting, interested Society members will submit to the President a written application for Society office(s) for which he or she intends to stand for election. The President will then make the list of those who have applied available to the Society;
  3. within one week (seven days) from the President publishing the list of candidates, the Society members will vote by secret ballot to choose their favored candidate;
  4. a candidate must ensure a 51% majority in order to win an election; if more than two candidates, then the top two candidates will stand in a run-off;
  5. in the event of a tie the faculty advisor will serve as the deciding vote.

 

ARTICLE V
MEMBERSHIP

Members of the Society shall be students in good academic standing at Mississippi College School of Law.

 

ARTICLE VI
ETHICAL STANDARDS

Society members shall be bound by the Mississippi College School of Law Honor Code.

 

ARTICLE VII
EFFECTIVE DATES; AMENDMENTS; SUSPENSION

Section 1.        To the extent possible, these Bylaws shall become effective immediately on approval of the Society.

Section 2.        These By-laws may be amended upon the vote of two-thirds  of the Society members present at a regular or extraordinary Society meeting at which a majority of Society members are present.

Section 3.        These By-laws may be suspended only upon ten days written notice by the Dean, or by unanimous agreement of the full Society.