The Constitution and Bylaws
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Federalist Society - Grand Rapids Chapter
SECTION IV – Appointed Officers
The appointment of officers will be by the President and approved by the Executive Board members. These appointed officers will be members of the Executive Board but will not be voting members of the Board.
SECTION V Vacancies in Office
A vacancy is defined as prolonged non-academic absence. In the event any officer is unable to fulfill his term for any reason, the Executive Board will appoint a replacement until the next annual election.
SECTION VI – Attendance
This section pertains to Executive Board members only. Executive Board members are required to attend all general and Executive Board meetings. Board members, both elected and appointed, are required to miss no more than one Executive Board meeting and two general meetings per term. Sanctions range from public verbal reprimand to removal from ones’ Executive Board position.
SECTION I – Committees
Committees will be organized to administer various phases of the . The Executive Board will, as the need arises, establish committees consisting of Society members. The President will appoint Committee Chairmen and the Vice-President will coordinate, oversee and be immediately responsible for the Committee Chairmen. The approval of the Executive Board is required for all appointments. The Treasurer will Chair any committees formed concerning finances of the .
SECTION II – Elections
The procedure of all elections of the shall be as follows:
A. Elections will be held during a special meeting within week ten of the Michaelmas Term. The newly elected Executive Board will assume their newly elected position the first day following the Hillary Term. The newly elected Executive Board will serve for three consecutive terms (1. Hillary, 2. Trinity, and 3. Michaelmas.)
B. Two weeks prior to the election, the Secretary will post notices announcing the upcoming election and application deadline on appropriate bulletin boards around the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Any active member interested in elective office must notify the current President by the stated deadline. Any active member may run for the Executive offices detailed herein. The Candidate must have been an active member for at least 2/3 of the prior term.
C. The President will prepare ballots with candidates’ names, organized by the office they seek. Nomination from the floor will be only for candidates on the ballot.
D. Each announced candidate on the ballot, the day of the election will have three minutes to make a campaign speech. The speeches will be timed by the Sergeant at Arms/Parliamentarian.
E. Each person desiring a ballot must be verified by the Treasurer as an active member, whose dues are current, before receiving a ballot. No proxies will be issued and any member arriving after the closing of the vote by the President may not vote.
F. The President and two active members, selected by those present, shall tabulate the ballots. No write-in candidates will be allowed. For any office for which there are two or fewer candidates, the race is decided by a plurality. If there are more than two candidates for an office, a simple majority must be achieved. Absent a majority, a runoff election shall be conducted between the top two vote recipients. In the event of a tie, the President will cast the deciding vote.
G. No candidate for elected office will preside over an election meeting.
Amendments and Bylaws
Any active member of the may propose amendments or bylaws to this Constitution in writing, two weeks prior to a proposed vote. Amendments will take effect upon ratification by two-thirds of the active members present. Bylaws will take effect upon approval of a majority of the active members present. The person proposing the amendment(s) must provide photocopies.
Ratification and Effective Date
This Constitution will take effect immediately upon ratification by two-thirds of the active members present at a meeting called for this purpose. Each active member of may receive a copy of the Constitution, as well as any amendment or bylaws subsequently adopted in accordance with Article V.