Article I – Name
Section 1. Name
La Raza Pre-Law Student Association (LRPLSA).
Section 2. Accountability
Members must maintain and abide by the by-laws and duties outlined in this document lest they renounce the right and privilege of identifying their organization as La Raza Pre-Law Student Association.
Article II – Purpose
Section 1. Purpose
There is a need within our community for an organization that will provide a means for understanding entry into the field of law. La Raza Pre-Law Student Association will promote academic achievement and scholarship within each student’s respective field of study and provide a pathway between students and law school.
Section 2. LRPSA Mandate
La Raza Pre-Law Student Association shall:
These goals will be attained through collaboration amongst members by nurturing social and academic networks both within and external to LRPLSA.
Article III – Membership
Section 1. Membership
Any registered student at the University of California, Davis, may be a member. To be in active standing members must complete:
Section 2. General Assembly
Members that regularly attend 2/3 LRPLSA meetings and functions for the year will be considered part of the general assembly. Members are encouraged to become active by completing the membership requirements listed in article III section I and paying the small membership dues listed in article III section 4. General members are expected to become active members upon their second quarter with LRPLSA.
Section 3. Voting Rights
Voting members will consist of any active members (Art. III, Sec. I) that attend two consecutive meetings prior to the date a vote is cast, including elections. No voting shall take place if a pending sanction against a board member (i.e. motion for impeachment) exists. All voting matters shall come to a hault so as to ensure and expediate the continuity of the board.
Section 4. Membership Dues
La Raza Pre-Law Student Association membership dues:
All officers must be paid members in order to fulfill the duties of their post.
Article IV – Officers
Section 1. Officer Responsibilities
Officers of La Raza Pre-Law Student Association shall undertake the leadership and representative role of the organization through the execution of their respective duties. All officers are responsible for a minimum of at least 3 hours over the course of the current quarter in publicity and/or visibility activities, which include, but are not limited to: tabling, distributing, and posting flyers. In addition, officers are expected to attend all board as well as general assembly meetings. If an officer is heading up a project, they are responsible for the delegation of tasks to ensure the project is completed successfully. The governing board is also responsible for assisting and coordinating in the development of any LRPSA/DREAM scholarship(s).
Officers are required to inform the established membership about any relevant notice, information, event and/or opportunity that is dated beyond a twenty-four hour time span. Any business cards and/or relevant contacts collected while being a representative of LRPSA are to be given to the Co-directors and a photo copy to the Secretary for archiving purposes. There shall be a two-term limit for the same officer position, whether served consecutively or separately.
At the end of Spring Quarter, the general assembly will conduct an evaluation of the departing officer board and LRPSA in general. The evaluation will focus solely on the positions rather than the individuals holding the positions. In order to promote a cohesive and high-quality pre-law organization, each officer must produce a record of their position’s policy procedures to the succeeding officer as well as a farewell document (delineating all accomplishments) upon the successful completion of his or her term.
Section 2. Titles and Duties
All officers reserve the right to create a committee in assistance of the execution of their duties as necessary. Officer positions shall consist of the following duties:
It is at the discretion of the two Co-Chairs to divide their duties amongst themselves. After doing so, they must present their selected duties to the officers and the general membership. In case one of the Co-Chairs is absent, the other Co-Chair shall fulfill his/her duties.
Banquet/ Social Chair
Club Financial Officer
DREAM Scholarship Chairs
Section 3. Officer’s Retreat/meeting
An Officer’s meeting is to be held after the new board is elected in the Spring. The purpose of the Officer’s Retreat is to have the current board communicate to the newly elected board any information they deem relevant pertaining to officer positions and LRPSA in general. At this time, policy procedures shall be handed down to the newly elected board.
A secondary retreat will be led by the Co-directors of the new board, to set a positive working environment and clarity of goals for the next year.
Article V – Elections
Section 1. Nominations
Members of LRPSA’s general assembly shall be eligible to hold office if they have been active in the organization for at least one quarter. Nominations of officer positions for a new board shall be held during the third meeting of Spring Quarter of each academic year.
In the case no member accepts a nomination for an officer position and it remains unfilled at the termination of nominations and elections, the position shall be filled through a majority vote in the Fall Quarter by the newly elected board. The candidates for Co-Chairs must have served on a previous LRPSA board position.
Section 2. Elections
Elections shall be held during the fourth meeting of Spring Quarter, following the nominations meeting. The election process should follow the order by which chairs are listed in the constitution. Candidate speeches will be limited to two minutes. A five-minute question and answer session shall follow the conclusion of all speeches for all prospective positions.
An official ballot keeper shall be appointed by the officers. The ballot keeper shall not be permitted to vote. He/she will distribute ballots to the general assembly before speeches for each individual officer position. The ballot keeper will also collect ballots from the general assembly after speeches have been concluded. If a member leaves before the completion process, the ballot keeper will collect and dispose of their ballot. He/she will disclose results after the election of each position.
Officers will be elected by a majority vote of established members. If a tie occurs, there will be a re-vote.
In the result of a tie in the re-vote, the current board shall decide the position in question by a majority of votes. If any of the current board members are candidates in the race in question, they shall excuse themselves from the current board’s deciding vote.
Section 3. Impeachment
A 3/4 vote of all officers shall determine the impeachment of an elected officer who fails to fulfill his/her designated duties as delineated in Article IV, Sections 2 and 3. The officer in question shall have the right to defend themselves before the entire board of officers but shall not have the right to vote.
Section 4. Resignation
In the case of a resignation by any officer of the current board, the remaining board shall make accommodations at their discretion. The officer shall submit a letter of farewell documenting any and all accomplishments while in office and the reason for the resignation. The replacement officer will hold the position in an interim basis.
Article VI – Meetings
Section 1. Officer Meetings
Officer meetings shall be conducted in the manner the current board deems appropriate. A 3/4 vote of all officers shall determine the manner, purpose, date, time, and location of an officer meeting as deemed necessary. The Co-Chairs reserve the right to summon an emergency meeting within a twenty-four hour notice. Full quorum must be met at officer meetings in order to ensure fairness of final decisions. Any decision that is to be voted on by the officer board shall pass with a majority vote. In the case of a tie in an officer vote, the board shall deliberate until a decisive vote can be reached.
Section 2. General Meetings
A 3/4 vote of all officers shall determine the purpose, date, time and location of all general meetings. A minimum of five general meetings must be held per quarter.
Article VII – Constitutional Amendments
Section 1. Amendment Process
All changes to the La Raza Pre-Law Student Association Constitution will be made through the amendment process. After ten substantive amendments have been passed, the LRPSA Constitution is to be redrafted. The general assembly and board of LRPSA may propose amendments to the LRPSA Constitution at anytime. Proposals will be made to the officer board and a 2/3 vote is necessary for the board to draft a new amendment based on the proposal. The officer board will then present the proposed amendment to the general assembly at the next general meeting the board deems appropriate. A 3/4 vote of the general assembly is necessary to ratify a new amendment.
Article VIII – Dissolution
Section 1. Dissolution Process
The dissolution of La Raza Pre-Law Student Association shall be decided by a unanimous vote of all officers elected in that term and a 3/4 vote of the general assembly. In the event of such termination, the LRPSA board shall donate all remaining funds to a non-profit Latino organization to be determined by the officers of that term.