The Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) is a student-run organization having its principal place of business at the main campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Law.
IPLS is committed to improving student education and awareness in the field of Intellectual Property (IP), emphasizing patent law, copyright law, and trademark law. IPLS educates students in the legal, ethical, technological, political, and sociological perspectives of Intellectual Property. IPLS supports the advancement of humankind in the arts and sciences.
To accomplish these goals, IPLS conducts student activities, in coordination with the director and faculty of the Chicago-Kent Program in Intellectual Property. IPLS works with, and complements, the Program to ensure that students receive a quality education in the field of IP. IPLS also maintains a database of course outlines, to assist students in their study of the law. IPLS ensures that the database contains only the very best outlines, as part of a commitment to excellence in education.
These Bylaws derive their authority from the IPLS Constitution, which is incorporated by reference. Articles and sections of the Bylaws are numbered to correspond to the sections within the Constitution from which they draw their power or effect.
Section 1.1. Procedure to enact, amend, and repeal Bylaws.Any Officer or Paid Member may propose:
Section 1.1.1. Exceptions.Notwithstanding the foregoing, changes to this Article I shall be made only upon a three fourths vote of all of the Paid Members. Notwithstanding the foregoing, consistent with Article IV section 2 of the Constitution, amendments to Article IV of these Bylaws conforming to changes in the name or position of the Arbitrator shall be made by the President and Secretary upon due notice to the Executive Board, without requiring a vote by the Paid Members.
Section 2.1. Qualification for Membership.
Any student in good academic standing at Chicago-Kent may become a Member of the Society. A student who has not received grades from Chicago-Kent is considered to be in good academic standing for the purposes of this Section. A Member who falls out of good academic standing shall not cease to be a Member due to the loss of standing.
A student shall no longer be qualified for Membership if he or she:
Section 2.2. Membership Classes and Dues.
Section 2.2.1. Membership Classes
The classes of Members and their privileges are as follows:
Section 188.8.131.52. Unpaid MembersUnpaid Members are entitled to:
Section 184.108.40.206. Paid MembersPaid Members are entitled to:
Section 2.2.2. Membership Dues
Membership dues are $10.00, once per academic year, and shall be applied to the academic year in which they are paid.
Section 2.3. Admission and Removal of Members.
Section 2.3.1. Admission of Members.
The procedures for admitting Unpaid Members shall be at the discretion of the Secretary, provided that in no event shall an Unpaid Member be required to pay Membership dues.
The procedures for admitting Paid Members shall be at the discretion of the Secretary and the Treasurer, provided that no student may become a Paid Member until he or she submits an application to the Secretary’s satisfaction and pays Membership dues to the Treasurer in accordance with these Bylaws.
Section 2.3.2. Removal of Members.
A Member shall be removed from Membership only upon the following events:
An Unpaid Member who requests to be removed from IPLS communications will be considered to have requested removal from IPLS.
A Member shall be removed for cause only upon a unanimous vote of the Board.
Section 3.1. Other Officers.
IPLS shall have a Publicist, who shall be an Officer and member of the Executive Board.
IPLS may appoint other Officers at the discretion of the full Executive Board. In addition, IPLS may or may not appoint these additional Officers to the Executive Board.
Section 3.2. Duties of the Officers.
The President shall:
The Secretary shall:
The Treasurer shall:
The Vice President shall:
The Publicist shall:
If appointed, other Officers shall have their duties defined by the Executive Board.
Officers may delegate their duties to other Officers with the consent of the full Executive Board.
Section 3.3. SBA Duties.
The President shall:
The Treasurer shall:
Section 3.4. Removal of Officers.
Any Officer may be removed upon a two thirds vote of the Paid Members, but only upon a finding by the Executive Board of substantial misconduct. For purposes of conducting a removal vote, the Paid Members must convene in a closed meeting. The vote will be by secret ballot.
Section 3.5. Succession.
If the Publicist dies, resigns, or is removed, the duties of the Publicist shall be performed by the Secretary.
Section 4.1. Arbitrator.
The Arbitrator shall be the Director of the Program in Intellectual Property.
Section 4.2. Removing the Arbitrator.
The Board shall choose a new Arbitrator upon the death, resignation, or retirement of the current Arbitrator.
The President shall submit candidate names for an interim replacement, from which the Board shall unanimously choose, in the case that:
Section 5.1. Election procedures.
The Secretary shall make an announcement of elections after Spring Break of each year. The announcement will solicit candidates for Office, and list the requirements for each Office as specified by these Bylaws, and by the outgoing Executive Board for Officers not specifically established by these Bylaws. Each candidate will have the opportunity to state his or her qualifications for Office, subject to the Secretary’s reasonable discretion.
The Secretary shall publish candidate statements to the Members at least three days before the date that voting concludes.
Procedures for collecting votes are at the Secretary’s reasonable discretion, provided that voting is concluded before the end of Spring Semester. The President and Secretary shall tally the votes as soon after the election as is practicable.
The Secretary shall publish the results of the election following its conclusion.
Section A.1. Executive Board meetings.
Meetings of the Executive Board for official business shall be held at a time and place convenient to the Board members, but at least once per calendar month. The President shall chair each such meeting. Board members may declare their inability to attend a meeting, but no meeting at which official business is conducted shall be held without the knowledge of all Board members.
Meetings between Officers for unofficial business may be held at any time or place.
For the purposes of this Section A.1, “official business” means any business or activity of IPLS requiring the agreement of more than one Officer.
Section A.2. Membership meetings.
Meetings of the general Membership for official business (general meetings) shall be held at a time and place convenient to the Paid Members. The President shall chair each such meeting. Only Members shall attend these meetings. Only Paid Members shall be eligible to vote.
Meetings of the general Membership for unofficial business shall be held at a time and place designated by the Executive Board. Any Officer may chair such meetings. Any Member may attend these meetings.
For the purposes of this Section A.2, “official business” means any business or activity of IPLS requiring consent of the Paid Members.
Section B.1. Summary of Officer duties.
The President has the following duties:
The Secretary has the following duties:
The Treasurer has the following duties:
The Vice President has the following duties:
The Publicist has the following duties: