Constitution and Bylaws of the Weekend Student Association
Article I: Name
The name of this Thomas M. Cooley Law School student organization is the Weekend Student Association.
Article II: Purpose
To be a forum where non-traditional students can come together as a unique group of individuals with needs specific to working and commuting students. This organization seeks to meet those needs by establishing a communication link with the Thomas M. Cooley Law School administration. Through this communication link, non-traditional students will be able to talk directly with the school administration, request specific course offerings, and conveniently schedule speakers. This group will also provide non-traditional students with a sense of community felt by more traditional law school students through group activities.
Article III: Membership
3. 1 Membership
Membership shall be in two classes: voting and non-voting.
3.1.a Voting Members
Voting members must be a current student of Thomas M. Cooley Law School in good-standing; presently enrolled full- or part-time or on an approved leave in accordance with the policies of Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Voting members must attend two (2) meetings per term to maintain voting status.
3.1.b Non-Voting Members
Non-voting members can be students who have not met the attendance requirement, alumni, and faculty of Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
There are no membership dues.
Article IV: Executive Board
The Executive Board Officers will carry out the administrative functions necessary for operation.
To be eligible for election for the Executive Board a person must be a voting member of the Weekend Student Association and a student in good academic standing as defined by Cooley’s Student Policy Manual. Any person elected to a position on the Executive Board must maintain, throughout their term in office, good academic standing.
The Executive Board consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Faculty Advisor.
The President will preside over all organizational meetings and any other meetings as required by the Thomas M. Cooley Student Bar Association.
4.3.b Vice President
The Vice President will act in the absence of the President as needed. And can be assigned other duties as required.
The Secretary will take and keep the minutes of all meetings. The Secretary will keep a list of attendance of members at all activities, have possession of all documents, and keep a copy of all notices of meetings, programs, and special events.
The Treasurer will have custody of the funds, will make disbursements of funds, will be charged with collection of funds, and will maintain the membership list. The Treasurer will submit an annual budget report and audit as required by the SBA. The Treasurer will attend all treasurer meetings as required by the SBA.
4.3.e Faculty Advisor
The Faculty Advisor ensures that the Board’s activities, functions, and events stay within the parameters set by Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
4.3.f Additional Positions
The Executive Board may add other positions as needed. The individual voted for any position must meet the same eligibility criteria as laid out in these Bylaws.
Officers shall be nominated by a voting member in good standing at any meeting in the Michaelmas (Fall) Term.
Elections will be held during the last general membership meeting of the Michaelmas (Fall) term. A candidate for election shall not participate in the opening or counting of ballots.
If any member of the Board of Directors resigns prior to the completion of the Michaelmas (Fall) Term, the Board of Directors shall call a special meeting to elect an interim board member.
Officers will begin in the Hilary Term (Spring) and run for one academic, calendar year (3 terms).
Officers may resign at any time by delivering a written resignation to the President. If an officer must resign the remaining Officers will nominate and vote on a replacement until the next election is held.
Officers may be removed at any time by vote of 2/3 of the voting members in good standing present at any meeting.
Article V: Meetings
5.1 General Membership Meetings
Meetings of the membership must be held a minimum of three times per term.
5.2 Annual Meetings
The Board of Directors will hold annual meetings at the beginning of each calendar year.
5.3 Special Meetings
Special meetings may be called by the President. Notice in writing of the time, place, and purpose of the special meeting must be given to each member not less than forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date of the special meeting.
Article VI: Amendment to Bylaws
These Bylaws may be amended at any meeting by a majority vote of the voting members present and voting at the time of the meeting. Written notice of the proposed amendment must be mailed or sent electronically by the Secretary to the members not less than thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.
The Bylaws shall take effect immediately upon their adoption.
Article VII: Dissolution
If there are no Officers or Directors for two consecutive terms, the organization shall dissolve.
7.2 Disposition of Assets
If the Weekend Student Association’s purposes fail or if it ceases to be approved as a tax-exempt organization under the federal Internal Revenue Code, and any such defect is not cured by appropriate amendment, or in the event of voluntary dissolution, all of the assets, both real and personal, shall be distributed to the Student Bar Association of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Grand Rapids Chapter, provided that the State Board qualifies as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws, at the time of dissolution. Should the State Board not so qualify as tax-exempt, the Student Chapter’s assets, both real and personal, shall be distributed to such other organizations as the Directors (or in default of designation by the Directors, the Circuit Court for the County of Kent, Michigan) designate as best accomplishing the purposes for which the Student Chapter was formed. An organization receiving such distribution must be qualified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws. The Student Chapter shall be dissolved after all its assets have been so distributed.