BYLAWS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO COLLEGE OF LAW
ARTICLE I. General Provisions
§ 1.1. Name
This organization shall be referred to as OUTLaw at the University of Toledo College of Law.
§ 1.2. Mission and Purpose
The purpose of the OUTLaw at the University of Toledo College of Law is to create a safe and nurturing environment within the law school community wherein lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students and their allies can:
· Enhance the academic performance of LGBTQ law students by increasing their ability to network with other such students, faculty, and attorneys on and off campus;
· Join with other minority law student organizations in educating the student body and the larger Toledo community regarding shared issues that confront us at school and in our working lives;
· Cultivate a working relationship with the growing LGBTQ legal community in Toledo to create mentoring opportunities for students, as well as to build friendships that can enhance academic and career-building activities for ourselves and those students who come after us; and
· Participate in the activities of national LGBTQ legal associations such as the AALS section on Gay and Lesbian legal issues, the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Law Student Groups, Lambda Legal Defense, the Human Rights Campaign Fund, the National Gay Rights Advocates, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
§ 1.3. Authority
This constitution shall govern all operations of OUTLaw at the University of Toledo College Law and will not conflict with policies and regulations set by the University. No action on the part of the organization shall be inconsistent with the provisions within this Constitution.
§1.4 Statement of Anti-discrimination
The Chapter shall not unfairly discriminate on the basis of ancestry, color or race; cultural or ethnic background; economic status; ideological, philosophical, or political belief or affiliation; marital or parental status; national or regional origin; physical disability; religion, or religious or denominational affiliation; sex; or sexual orientation. The Chapter shall not encourage or condone discrimination, either implicitly or explicitly, and shall actively discourage discrimination on any above stated basis.
ARTICLE II. General Definitions
§ 2.1. Chapter Assembly
The body of delegates present at a given Organization meeting.
§ 2.2. Member
Any individual in good standing enrolled in the University of Toledo of Law, who has paid their yearly membership dues to OUTLaw will be admitted as a member.
ARTICLE III. Meetings
§ 3.1. Time of Meeting
The Organization shall meet at a minimum seven (7) times a year. The meeting dates will be determined by the Organization President and announced at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting.
§ 3.2. Minutes
The OUTLaw Organization at the University of Toledo shall appoint a member as Secretary of the Organization. The Secretary shall take minutes of all meetings. The meeting minutes shall be posted on the Westlaw TWEN website within 48 hours of the adjournment of the meeting.
§ 3.3. Quorum
One half of all members plus one member present at a meeting shall constitute a quorum.
§ 3.4. Registration
The Organization shall collect a membership fee not exceeding $25 dollars for all new members to help finance the Organization.
ARTICLE IV. Officers
§ 4.1. Qualifications
In order to be qualified to run for Chapter office, a candidate shall be a current, dues paying member in good standing with the University of Toledo College of Law.
In the event of a tied vote, the decision shall be deferred to the executive officers not seeking the desired position.
§ 4.2. Term of Officers
All officers shall continue to serve in their respective positions while a current member of the OUTLaw Organization and in good standing at the University of Toledo College of Law or until the officer resigns from their position. Any officer is subject to removal pursuant to §4.10 of this constitution.
§ 4.3. President
The President of OUTLaw shall be elected by a majority of the membership present at a regular meeting called for the purpose of electing officers. The election shall be conducted by secret ballot. The elected President shall be recommended to the President and Executive Board of the SBA to serve as the University of Toledo College of Law OUTLaw Representative.
§ 4.4. Vice President
The Vice-President shall assist the President as needed and preside over Chapter meetings when the President is absent. The Vice-President shall be elected by the majority of the membership present at a regular meeting called for the purpose of electing officers. The election shall be conducted by secret ballot.
§ 4.5. Secretary
The Secretary shall record the minutes of the meetings and post those minutes on the Westlaw TWEN website within 48 hours of the adjournment of the meeting. The Secretary shall be elected by the majority of the membership present at a regular meeting called for the purpose of electing officers. The election shall be conducted by secret ballot.
§ 4.6. Treasurer
The Treasurer shall be the Organization’s financial officer and shall along with the President insure that the Organization adheres to all budgetary and fiscal policies of the Organization’s goals and objectives. The Treasurer shall be elected by the majority of the membership present at a regular meeting called for the purpose of electing officers. The election shall be conducted by secret ballot.
§ 4.7. Student Bar Association Representative
The Student Bar Association Representative shall represent the Organization at every SBA meeting and vote on its behalf. The Representative shall prepare notes of attended SBA meetings and present them at the next scheduled Organization meeting. The Student Bar Representative shall be elected by the majority of the membership present at a regular meeting called for the purpose of electing officers. The election shall be conducted by secret ballot.
§ 4.8. Other Officers
Other officers may be created by the Chair to fulfill specific responsibilities unique to the Chapter.
§ 4.9. Vacancy and Succession
(A) Should a vacancy occur, a special election shall be conducted at the next Organization meeting to fill the vacancy.
(B) Should the Presidency become vacant, the Vice-President shall assume the role of President and a special election shall be conducted at the next Organization meeting to fill the Vice-Presidency vacancy.
§ 4.10. Removal
Any officer acting inconsistent with this Constitution or the goals and objectives of this Organization shall be subject to removal. The officer shall be removed after a 2/3 majority vote by Organization members. A vote to remove any officer may be called for during any Organization meeting. The officer subject to removal shall have 3 minutes to stand before Organization members immediately before the vote and present a defense.
ARTICLE V. Scope of Activities
The officers and members of the Chapter shall be responsible for duties consisting of, but not limited to, membership drives, substantive law projects, community service, Division Competitions, resolution, and educational and professional development.
ARTICLE VI. Parliamentary Authority
The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall govern this organization in all cases to which they are applicable unless they are inconsistent with the constitution and bylaws and special rules of this Organization.
ARTICLE VII. Amendments
These bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Chapter Assembly by a vote of two thirds of the Chapter members present.