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THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL

BLACK LAW STUDENT ASSOCIATION

 

 

ARTICLE I - NAME

      1.1 The name of this organization shall be the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) of Thomas M. Cooley Law School (hereinafter referred to as BLSA).

 

ARTICLE II - PURPOSE

      2.1 The purpose for which BLSA was formed is: To articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of the Black Law Students; To foster and encourage professional competence;  To force upon the relationship of the Black Attorney and Law Student a greater awareness of professional responsibility and commitment to the needs of the Black Community;  To influence American Law Schools, legal fraternities and associations to use their expertise and prestige to bring about change within the legal system, so as to make it responsive to the needs of the Black Community and;  To do any and all things necessary and lawful for the accomplishment of her purpose. 

 

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

      3.1 There will be four classes of members: Voting, Non-Voting General, Honorary and Lifetime members. 

A.     Voting members- shall be open to any student who pays the appropriate dues and is enrolled in the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. 

B.      Non-voting General members- shall be open to any student, and

any member of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School faculty or administrative staff. Students and faculty of Cooley Law School that are welcome to attend general body meetings and BLSA sponsored events but are not paying members of BLSA and cannot exercise voting and cannot receive financial benefits as a voting member of BLSA.

C.  Honorary membership shall be open to any person nominated by an Executive Board member and elected to such membership by a majority of the Voting members.

E.   Life time membership - This membership is automatic for past Executive Board members which shall begin at end of their term in office and will be available only to the President, Vice - President, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary and Parliamentarian.  They cannot be classified as a voting member but shall share financial benefits as a voting member of BLSA.

 

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS

      4.1 The elected officers of BLSA shall consist of: President, Vice-President, Correspondence Secretary, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. The Parliamentarian is an appointed officer of BLSA.

      4.2 Each officer shall be a paid voting member, in good academic standing at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. 

            A.  Each officer, elected or appointed must pay their financial dues to the Treasurer at the beginning of their term.  If s/he is not a financial member of BLSA, they cannot remain in their position as officer. 

      4.3 All officers shall serve for a term of one (1) year. 

      4.4 Any officer who, during the term of their office, cease to be a voting member, fail to maintain their status as a law school student of Thomas M. Cooley Law, or falls below good academic standing and /or disciplinary standing, shall be removed from their office, and a replaced accordingly.

 

ARTICLE V - MEETINGS

      5.1 General Body meetings of BLSA shall be held at a minimum of four (4) times per term.  Notice of future generalbody meeting shall be given at least 2 weeks prior to such meeting. 

      5.2 Special meetings may be with at least 48 hour notice of such meeting to the general body.

      5.3 The first general body meeting shall be held within the first two (2) weeks of the beginning of each term. 

 

ARTICLE VI - FACULTY ADVISOR

        6.1 BLSA shall have one faculty advisor, who shall be a full-time member of The Thomas M. Cooley Law School faculty, staff, or administration.  The advisor shall be elected by a simple majority of voting members during the election of BLSA officers.

 

ARTICLE VII - AMENDMENTS AND CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM

         7.1 Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by any member at any BLSA meeting, and shall be voted upon at the following general body meeting  following notice of such proposed amendment(s) to the voting members.  Such notice shall be given within one (1) week of the prior to the following meeting. 

        7.2 The Constitution may be amended by an affirmative two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members.

         7.3 A constitutional referendum may be initiated by a petition of one-third (1/3) of the BLSA voting members.  For a referendum to pass, it must receive an affirmative two-thirds (2/3) vote in an election.  Upon the passing of a constitutional referendum, the Executive Board shall immediately begin drafting a new Constitution in line with the views expressed by the constitutional referendum.  A constitutional referendum shall be defined as an indication, by the sponsors, that the Constitution be abolished, and shall include specific criteria as to the proposed changes.

 

ARTICLE VIII - JUDICIAL FUNCTION

        8.1 The Executive Board shall act as the judicial arm of BLSA, charged with the duty of fairly resolving any disputes, and shall have the final decision regarding, the interpretation of this Constitution.

ARTICLE IX - RATIFICATION

         1. Ratification by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members of BLSA shall be sufficient to establish this Constitution.

 

BY - LAWS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

OF

THE BLACK LAW STUDENT ASSOCIATION OF

THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL

(BLSA)

            

SECTION 1 - OFFICERS

1.1       President 

A.  Active voting member of BLSA for at least 2 consecutive terms prior to election of Presidential Position;

i. The President must have completed two (2) consecutive terms as an active voting member prior to nomination of presidency or taking the position as President of the organization.

ii.   Must be in good academic standing;

iii. Must commit to three (3) terms as President

iv.  Preside at all regular special and executive board meetings;

v.   Acts as the official spokesperson and representative for BLSA;

vi.  Coordinate with the Vice-President regarding meeting agendas;

vii. Delegate authority to other members of BLSA, Executive Board Members and/or non - BLSA members;

viii. Commit BLSA, to obligations consistent with the purpose of BLSA, subject to approval of the members;

ix.   Appoint members to special committee positions;

x.     Appoint Individual BLSA Committees

 

 1.2      Vice- President 

A.  Active member for at least two consecutive terms;

i.     The Vice - President must have completed two (2) consecutive terms as an active voting member prior to nomination of vice - presidency or taking the position as Vice - President of the organization.

ii.    Must be in good academic standing;

iii.   Presides at meetings in the absence of the President;

iv.  Works in conjunction with the President in regards to meeting agendas;

v.    Serve as overseer of all BLSA committees.  In the event the Vice President acts outside of the scope of their duties when overseeing a BLSA committee, they may be relieved of their duties over that committee subject to the President's discretion. 

            B. If the President sees fit to relieve the Vice President of such duties over a committee, the President is required to present reasoning behind such relief to the executive board and the Vice President may be relieved of such duties upon majority vote of the Executive Board.

 1.3      Treasurer 

A.  Active BLSA member for at least two (2) consecutive terms;

i.       The Treasurer must have completed two (2) consecutive terms as an active voting member prior to nomination of Treasurer or taking the position as Treasurer of the organization.

   ii.       Must be in good academic standing;

   iii.      Report to BLSA at each General Body and Executive Board meeting regarding the organization's financial position;

iv.                 Prepare, the annual budget;

v.         Manage all financial affairs of the organization;

   vi.      Manage dues and report status of the current membership.

        

B. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the accountability of BLSA monies, and shall report to the President and to the members. 

C. The Treasurer is prohibited from approving or signing for any expense that is not accompanied with a receipt, contract, or other tangible documentation acknowledging the cost incurred.

D.  In order for a check to be valid it must be signed by both the President and the Treasurer.  If there is not Treasurer in Office, then the President and the Vice President must sign the check for it to be valid.

1.4              Recording Secretary 

A. Active BLSA member for at least one term;

i.  The Recording Secretary  must have completed one (1) term as an active voting member prior to nomination of secretarial position or taking the position as Recording Secretary of the organization.

ii.   Must be in good academic standing;

iii.   Takes the minutes at every meeting.  If the Recording Secretary cannot attend, Corresponding Secretary shall take the minutes;

iv.  Read the minutes of the preceding meeting at each BLSA General Body meeting and Executive Board meeting,

v.    Maintain the Black Law School Association record binder in the SBA office.

 1.5      Correspondence Secretary 

A.  Active BLSA member for at least one term;

i.   The Correspondence Secretary must have completed one (1) term as an active voting member prior to nomination of secretarial position or taking the position as Corresponding Secretary of the organization.

ii.   Must be in good academic standing;

iii.  Works in conjunction with the President and the Vice-President regarding elections;

iv.  Reserves rooms for meetings;

v.    Post notices for meetings;

vi.  Handle all correspondence with non - BLSA member individuals and organizations and all internal correspondence;

vii. Receive and report on any incoming correspondence, and file a copy of all outside correspondence in the BLSA files in the SBA office;

viii. Coordinate with the Treasurer in arrangements for the regional and national convention attendance. 

1.6.  Parliamentarian

A.     Active BLSA member for at least two (2) consecutive terms;

i.  The Parliamentarian must have completed two (2) consecutive terms as an active voting member prior to appointment of Parliamentarian or taking the position as Parliamentarian of the organization.

ii.   Must be in good academic standing;

iii.  Maintains procedural order over Executive Board and General Body meetings

iv. Maintains and manages changes, amendments, and ratifications to the Constitution and By - Laws.

v.                                           Presides over judiciary termination proceedings of executive board members

a.         In the event the Parliamentarian is accused of violating provisions and rules of BLSA constitution, and goes before judicial board for review, the President of the organization shall preside over such proceedings.

 

1.7              Historian: BLSA member appointed by the President to maintain a pictorial and

written record of past BLSA events.  This member also coordinates, maintains, designs and manages the BLSA board in addition to maintaining the community service booklet that is presented to the National Black Law Student Association at plenary.

1.8 Auditor:  Active BLSA member for at least one (1) consecutive term

1.  The Auditor is to create a monthly report of all money spent and present to the Executive Board;

2.  The Auditor is to present a one (1) term report to the general body at the last meeting of the term;

3.  Must be in good academic standing.

SECTION II - COMMITTEES

2.1       Fundraising: Appointed committee, headed by one BLSA member appointed by the President, to manage fundraising and grant writing to raise funds for the organization.  The committee members must be active BLSA members for at least one term and must be in good academic standing at the time of appointment.

2.3       Community Affairs: Appointed committee, headed by one BLSA member appointed by the President, to maintain community relations between BLSA and other Cooley organizations, city organizations, state wide organizations and committees, by initiating 1 (one) community project per term to help BLSA fulfill her commitment to community service and awareness. The committee members must be active BLSA members for at least one term and must be in good academic standing at the time of appointment.

2.4       Academics: Appointed committee, headed by one BLSA member appointed by the President, to initiate academic programs to assist BLSA members in excelling through Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  The committee must provide at least one tutorial lesson every term for all  first-term courses to include but not limited to: Torts I, Contracts I, Property I, Criminal Law, and Constitutional Law. Tutorials shall be headed by individuals chosen by the committee chair and must have a grade of B or better in the corresponding class they are chosen to teach.

The committee members must be active BLSA members for at least one term and must be in good academic standing at the time of appointment.  The chosen tutors for the tutorial sessions do not have to be active BLSA members.  

A.        The Academic Chair is also responsible for planning the midterm multiple choice seminar to take place before midterms in addition to the end of the term professor panel for exam writing strategies.

2.5       Charles Hamilton Houston Black Tie Committee: Appointed committee, headed by one BLSA member appointed by the Executive Board of BLSA to coordinate the annual Black Tie Affair.  The committee chair must present a progress report and budget on a monthly basis to the executive board.  If the report and budget are not presented to the Executive Board on a monthly basis, the Executive Board members may relieve the committee chair of his/her duties as chair an appoint another BLSA member as chair based by unanimous vote.  The Black Tie function must be a formal reception presented on an annual basis. The committee chair must be an active BLSA member for at least one term and must be in good academic standing at the time of appointment.  The committee members' status as BLSA members are left to the discretion of the Committee Chair.  

2.6       Election Committee: The Election committee will be randomly selected by Executive Board members, and shall consist of 3 active BLSA members to count all votes at the time of position elections. The Vice President cannot participate on this committee and shall only participate on this committee as an overseer to maintain that all elections are fair, ensure that all votes are counted and shall resolve any and all disputes that may arise within the committee.

2.7       Additional Committees:

A.                 Any Executive Board members can propose to incorporate new committees within the organization.  The proposal must be presented to the Executive Board for review and approval.  Executive Board approval shall be executed by majority vote; upon approval of the Executive Board, the proposal shall be presented before the General Body for approval. Approval shall be executed by majority vote of the General Body.  In the event the proposed committee is approved by both the Executive Board and the General body, the proposal shall be presented to the Parliamentarian for incorporation to the By-Laws.  The revised By-Laws shall be reviewed by the General Body for ratification and upon ratification, the new committee shall go into effect immediately.  

B.         General Body members cannot present committee proposals to the Executive Board individually; they must have support of an Executive Board member as a sponsor to this proposal and such sponsorship must be provided in the proposal.

C.        In the event the proposal is not approved by the Executive Board, the proposal shall not be presented to the General Body.  In the event the proposal is approved by the Executive Board and not by the General Body, the proposal is considered defeated, and cannot be represented in the same manner before the Board or the Body.

2.8       All committees shall have a chairperson, appointed either by the President or by the Executive Board, and shall prepare a budget of operating expenses and present it to the Treasurer at the first Executive Board meeting of every term while in office.

2.9     Mentor/Mentee Committee:  Appointed Committee headed by two (2) BLSA members appointed by the President.  The committee works with students to maintain close mentoring relationships between first year students (less than thirty credit hours) and upperclassmen (more than thirty credit hours).  The committee must match mentors with mentees and plan at least two bonding events each term.  


SECTION III - SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVES

3.1: Student Bar Association Representative:  Appointed by the President and shall present oral and written reports to the Student Bar Association when necessary and shall file a report with BLSA at meetings. Such reports shall be recorded in the BLSA notebook.

3.2 The Docket: The Docket is the BLSA newsletter that is headed by The Editor-in-Chief of The Docket.  The Editor - in - Chief shall appoint an Executive Board Liaison to attend all scheduled E-board Executive Board Meetings. The Docket shall remain mutually exclusive to the BLSA Executive Board which provides that Executive Board members shall not make any decisions regarding The Docket.  All Docket decisions shall be approved by the Editor - in - Chief. The Docket Liaison shall present any and all prepared Docket budgets to the Treasurer before the publication of the Docket and before presentation to the Student Bar Association body for additional / supplemental funding.  The Docket shall be published every term, and the Editor - in - Chief shall appoint a new Editor - in - Chief at any time that they wish to terminate their position as Editor.

SECTION IV -REVENUES

4.1       Membership Fees

A.                 Thirty - five Dollars ($35.00) must be paid to the Treasurer for one academic year or less.  Whether membership is paid in the Michaelmas (Fall) or Hilary (Spring) term, the student's financial status will terminate at the end of the Trinity (Summer) term and much be renewed in the Michaelmas (Fall) term.  Membership fees cannot be collected in the Trinity (Summer) term.

B.                 Refunds are to the discretion of the Treasurer

4.2       Outside Revenues

A.                 Revenue from sources other than those defined in this section may be raised as determined by the fundraising committees and approved by the members.

4.3       The disbursement of said revenues shall be determined by the President with the approval of the members. 

SECTION V - DISCIPLINE

5.1: Any member that violates his/her duty as an Executive Board member, Committee member or General Body member, or violates the Constitution or by- laws, is subject to disciplinary action.

5.2: Any member charged with conduct not in accordance with the provisions of the BLSA Constitution and By-Laws is subject to disciplinary action.

5.3       The manner of discipline shall be determined by the Executive Board.

         1. The Executive Board shall consist of all elected and appointed officers, and the law school faculty advisor.  The Disciplinary Council shall consist of all Elected Officials and the Parliamentarian; it is to the discretion of the President to incorporate the appointed officers as part of the Disciplinary Council.

         2. The Executive Board shall hold a timely hearing to determine whether disciplinary action shall be necessary.

         3. The member accused of wrongdoing shall be given the following:

i.                                             Notice of the charge in writing at least 5 days before a scheduled hearing

ii.                                           5 days notice of a hearing

iii.                                          Opportunity to be heard, produce relevant evidence in his/her defense, and confront and cross examine witnesses

iv.       Disciplinary action shall be implemented one week after a final decision is made from the hearing.

v.        The President shall preside over the hearing unless the president is being accused of violating The Constitution and/or By - Laws of BLSA.

vi.       In the event the President is the accused individual, the Vice - President shall preside over the hearing.

vii.      All reasonable efforts shall be made to settle the dispute before a hearing is held.

5.4         Any disciplinary action may be appealed by the disciplined member to Executive Board 10 days after disciplinary measures have been determined.

5.5       The general body will receive a written report of its finding in the disciplinary hearing from the Executive Board.

5.6       An officer, an Executive Board member or Committee Chairpersons, may be removed with cause for reasons including, but not limited to: excessive absences from meetings, activities or events; misconduct; or substantive failure to perform duties.  Whether cause is present must be determined by the remaining members of the Executive Board via an informal hearing.  If cause is found by the Executive Board a hearing is to take place at the following general body meeting (so long as the accused has a one-week notice prior to the hearing before the executive board and general body).  At the hearing, the general body will have an opportunity to hear from the officer in question.  The officer shall be permitted to speak on his/her behalf.  Whether such officer is removed from office must be determined by a 2/3 vote of the general body present after hearing all information regarding the officer in question.  The Parliamentarian shall preside over the removal proceedings as decision maker.  In the event that it is the Parliamentarian to be removed, then the Vice-President shall preside over the proceedings.

5.7 If an officer or a committee member resigns, then they must submit a letter of resignation to the President.  If the reason for resigning is due to personal reasons then the specific reasons do not need to be stated in the letter.  However, if the reason for resigning is due to a violation of their officer or committee duties, then the violation must be clearly stated and explained in the letter.

SECTION VI - ELECTIONS, NOMINATIONS, AND VOTING

6.1       ELECTIONS

A.                 Election Committee shall conduct the system of elections

B.                 Such committee shall be appointed by the President and shall consist of three (3) financial BLSA members

C.                 The appointment of such committee does not need to be presented before the Executive Board or the General Body for ratification

D.                 The committee must be appointed before the nominations meeting in the Hilary (Spring) term.

E.                  The Election Committee shall create nomination ballots (written and/or electronically) one (1) week before elections.

F.                  The Election Committee shall create Proxy nomination ballot (written and/or electronically) two (2) weeks before elections.

6.2       NOMINATIONS

A.                   Notice of nominations for elected positions must be presented to the general body at the second general body meeting (week 4) of the Hilary (Spring) term.

B.                   Nominations for elected positions must be presented to the general body week six (6) and elections week eight (8) of the Hilary (Spring) term.

C.                   Only financial, active BLSA members may nominate and may be elected

D.                   Nominated position requirements

1.                  President: Must be an active member of BLSA for at least two (2) consecutive terms.  This provides that a Presidential nominee must be at least within his/her second term as an active BLSA member to be elected. Additionally, he/she must be in good academic standing, and must be willing to commit to 3 terms as President of BLSA.

a.         A Presidential nominee must be at least in their second (2nd) term as a Cooley student and either have completed 21 credit hours of study or in their fourth (4th) term of classes as a Cooley Student when assuming office.

2.                  Vice President: Must be an active member of BLSA for at least two (2) terms.  This provides that a Vice - Presidential nominee must be at least within his/her second term as an active BLSA member to be elected.  Additionally, he/she must be in good academic standing, and must be willing to commit to three (3) terms as Vice - President of BLSA.

a.                   A Vice -Presidential nominee must be at least in their second (2nd) term as a Cooley student and either have completed 21 credit hours of study or in their fourth (4th) term of classes as a Cooley Student when assuming office.

3.                  Treasurer: Must be an active member of BLSA for at least two (2) terms.  This provides that a nominee must be at least within his/her second (2nd) term as an active BLSA member to be elected.  Additionally, he/she must be in good academic standing, and must be willing to commit to three (3) terms as Treasurer.

a.         A Treasurer nominee must be at least in their second (2nd) term as a Cooley student and either have completed 21 credit hours of study or in their fourth (4th) term of classes as a Cooley Student when assuming office

4.                  Correspondence Secretary: Must be an active member of BLSA for at least one term.  This provides that a nominee must be at least within his/her second term as an active BLSA member to be elected.  Additionally, he/she must be in good academic standing, and must be willing to commit to three (3) terms as Correspondence Secretary.

a.         A Correspondence Secretary nominee must be at least in their second (2nd) term as a Cooley student.

5.                  Recording Secretary: Must be an active member of BLSA for at least one term.  This provides that a nominee must be at least within his/her second term (2nd) as an active BLSA member to be elected.  Additionally, he/she must be in good academic standing, and must be willing to commit to three (3) terms as a Recording Secretary.

a.                   A Recording Secretary nominee must be at least in their second (2nd) term as a Cooley student.

6.2       VOTING

A.        A voting quorum of the voting members must be present to conduct an election.

B.                 A voting quorum shall consist of 1/3 of total voting membership of the organization.

C.                 In the event that a voting quorum is not met at the time of elections, including the number of proxy votes, a minimum of eleven (11) voting members (present and proxy) shall make up quorum.

            D.        Proxy Voting

i.                                             The absent voting member must get a ballot from a member of the election committee prior to the day of elections. .

ii.                                           If the vote is presented in writing, the proxy votes must be in a sealed envelope and given to a member of the election committee before the voting begins for any office.

iii.                                          The voting member and an election committee members shall sign the ballot unless the voting is conducted by email.

iv.                                         Voting members may proxy their votes via email or fax to any election committee member. Members that are voting by proxy cannot contact or send votes to any member of the Executive Board or any General Body member.  All proxy votes must be presented to a member of the Election Committee.

            E.         Elected officials shall be determined by a majority vote or by minimum quorum vote of eleven (11) voting members.

F.         Elections shall be held during the Trinity Term (Summer Term) of every year and new Officers shall take office at the beginning of the term Michaelmas (Fall Term) following elections.

 6.5      Law School Advisor Appointment: If, by the determination of two-thirds (2/3) of the membership body, the advisoris can no longer fulfill the duties as BLSA Faculty Advisor, the advisor shall be replaced.

A.        Suggestion of replacement shall be presented by the President to the General Body.  The President must provide valid reasons as to why the Faculty Advisor should be replaced, and such removal of the Faculty Advisor shall be conducted by majority vote.  In the event the Advisor is removed from office, all BLSA members shall present nominations of possible future advisors.  The President shall present to the past Faculty Advisor in writing that he/she has been removed and will be replaced by another Faculty Member.  Such correspondence shall also be presented to the President of the Student Bar Association.  The Executive Board shall make a decision of possible advisors suggested by the general body and shall present their final decision to the body at the following meeting.  The chosen advisor shall also be present at this meeting.

      6.6: If an Executive Board member's position should become vacant before the anticipated expiration of their tenure.  The President shall appoint active financial members of BLSA to vacant positions.  Such appointment shall be presented before the Executive Board and the remaining members of the Executive Board shall ratify such appointment. 

A.                 In the event the President's position becomes vacant prior to the end of his/her term, the Vice - President shall become President and s/he shall appoint a Vice - President at such time.  S/He shall continue the position of the Presidency until such time of general elections in the Trinity Term, unless such individual is terminated from their position pursuant to formal hearing.

SECTION VII -PARLIAMENTARY  RULES OF ORDER AND PROCEDURE

      7.1: Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, shall be the parliamentary authority for all matters of procedure not specifically covered by these by-laws.

      7.2: The President, must appoint a Parliamentarian to preside at BLSA meetings; such appointment does not need to go before the Executive Board or General Body for ratification..

SECTION VIII - RATIFICATION

      8.1 Ratification by two-thirds (2/3) of the voting members of BLSA shall be sufficient to establish these by-laws as the official by-laws of BLSA.

8.2 The method of voting shall be by secret ballot. "Secret ballot" for the purpose of this provision means voting members will write a nominee's name on a piece of paper and that paper is to be given to an Executive Board member for tabulation.

SECTION X - NATIONAL BLACK LAW STUDENT ASSOCIATION (NBLSA) FREDERICK DOUGLAS MOOT COURT/ NBLSA THURGOOD MARSHALL MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION

      10.1           Any current voting member of BLSA may try out for either the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Team or Mock Trial Team.  Each prospective member must have successfully completed Criminal Procedure and participated in the First-Year Moot Court Competition to try out for the Moot Court team.  Each prospective member must have successfully completed Evidence and participated in the Intra - School Mock Trial Competition.  Each prospective member must have served and completed at least two or more terms in the organization.

      10.2           The President, or any other authorized person, shall not sign for or approve eligibility for any teams to compete unless notice of the try-outs was presented to the general body via e-mail and at the general body meetings.

SECTION XI - REIMBURSEMENT

11.1 Any purchases made on behalf of BLSA must be approved by the Treasurer in order to be reimbursed.

11.2  If BLSA paid for expenses related to a NBLSA conference on your behalf and you are required to repay BLSA, then it must be done within thirty (30) days of the start of the conference.

11.3   Failure to repay BLSA within thirty (30) days from the start of the conference will result in their name being submitted to the Dean of Students for an honor code violation.


DEFINITIONS OF TERMINOLOGY

ACTIVE MEMBER: BLSA member that has paid financial dues to the Treasurer and can vote in elections, organizational decisions, and present proposals to the executive board and the general body.

APPOINTMENT: Position designated by the President of the organization. 

CONSECUTIVE TERMS: Student that is financially active throughout an entire term until completion of that term.  Ex: If a member is active for two consecutive terms, they have completed two terms as a paying member and will be entering a third term of membership upon payment of such membership for that term.

DUES: Financial payment to the BLSA organization; $15.00 for one term and $35.00 for one academic year which is equivalent to 3 consecutive terms.

EXECUTIVE BOARD: Elected and/or appointed officials that represent the general body of BLSA which consists of President, Vice - President, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, and Committee Chairs.

GENERAL BODY: Students of Thomas M. Cooley Law School that attend BLSA meetings which may consist of a general member, honorary member, non - voting member, and voting member.

GENERAL MEMBER: Student of Thomas M. Cooley Law School that attends BLSA meetings and participates in BLSA functions but is not a paid member.  This member cannot participate in voting activities or elections.  This member also cannot present formal proposals to members of the executive board without sponsorship from a voting member.

HONORARY MEMBER: Individuals that have received membership to BLSA due to his/her outstanding service to the African - American legal community.  This individual shares the same status as a general BLSA member.

LIFE-TIME MEMBER: Past executive board member of BLSA, which may only include President, Vice - President, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Corresponding Secretary, and Recording Secretary that receives any and all benefits as an active BLSA member.  This member can no longer vote in BLSA elections nor can this member nominate for election candidates.

MINUTES: Record of general body and executive board meetings.

NON-VOTING MEMBER: Member of BLSA who actively participates in BLSA functions but is not a financial member of BLSA.  This member cannot participate in voting or electoral activities, but they can participate as an appointed committee member but they cannot be appointed the position of committee chair.

PROXY VOTE: Absentee vote by a financial member of BLSA.

QUORUM: A majority of the entire voting body of BLSA.

RATIFICATION: Confirmation of proposal, enactment, or executive decision by the voting body of BLSA members to be entered into the By - Laws as binding on all members of BLSA.

REPORT STATUS: Oral and written reports offered to the general body of BLSA to give the current position of the organization.

SBA RECORD BINDER: A safe - keeping record of BLSA minutes, By-Laws, Constitution, and proposals held in the office of the Student Bar Association of Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

SPECIAL MEETING: Emergency meeting called only by the President of the organization with sufficient 48 hour notice.

VOTING MEMBER: Member of BLSA that has paid financial dues to the Treasurer and can nominate officials, vote in elections, participate in BLSA functions, chair appointed committees, and receive BLSA membership benefits.

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