Student Bar Association Constitution

(Effective January 1, 1996)


We, the students of Willamette University College of Law, in order to provide an organization for the control of all matters of general student concern, do hereby ordain and establish the following constitution.

ARTICLE I: Organization

  1. This organization shall be known as the Willamette Student Bar
  2. The Willamette Student Bar Association shall consist of all students registered in the College of Law, Willamette University, who have paid the specified dues to the Associated Students of Willamette

ARTICLE II: Officers

  1. The officers of the Association shall be a President, a First Vice-President, a Second Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, an Ombudsperson, an American Bar Association (ABA) Liaison, and a Joint Degree Liaison of the Executive
  2. At a regular election, a President, a First Vice-President, a Second Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, an Ombudsperson, an ABA Liaison, and a Joint Degree Liaison shall be chosen from either the first- or second-year
  3. No student who has a cumulative grade point average of less than that required for graduation shall be eligible to hold an Association

ARTICLE III: Executive Committee

  1. An executive committee composed of the Willamette Student Bar Association Officers and each of the respective class presidents will have the powers provided for in this
  2. The Executive Committee shall have jurisdiction and control over all matters and affairs concerning the interests of the Willamette Student Bar
  3. The Executive Committee shall have control over all funds of the Willamette Student Bar

ARTICLE IV: Elections

  1. On the third Thursday of Spring Semester of each year, the President of the Association shall give adequate notice to the members of the Association that nominations are in The nominations for President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Ombudsperson, ABA Liaison, and Joint Degree Liaison shall be made prior to 5 PM of the fourth Tuesday of Spring Semester of each year. These nominations shall be filed with the President by petition, signed by at least five percent of the members of the Association. The Third-Year Class President shall have charge of all Association elections; and an Election Committee composed of Association Officers, excluding any members who are running for Association Office, shall have the power to review and deal with alleged misconduct in any election, through the Grievance Committee.
  2. The elections for Association offices shall take place prior to the end of the fifth week of classes in the Spring Semester, and shall be by online voting administered by In order to cast a vote, a voter must personally login with their own Willamette University assigned credentials on Election Day. A majority of the votes cast shall be necessary for election. If a second balloting is necessary, the President of the Third-Year Class shall set a date for the election, which shall be confined to the next two (2) leading candidates for each office. The polls shall remain open for a period of not less than six (6) hours.
  3. In case of vacancy of the office of the President of the Willamette Student Bar Association for any reason, the President of the Third-Year Class shall call an election within ten (10) days, giving adequate notice and providing for proper nomination procedures as provided in Section 1 of this Article. Other vacancies shall be filled at an election called for that purpose by the President of the Association.
  4. The officers elected in accordance with the provisions of this Article shall be installed and assume their duties within two weeks of their election.
  5. In the event that any officer of the Student Bar Association or of any class is deemed gravely delinquent in his conduct or in the execution of his or her duties, a special recall election shall be held within ten (10) days of receipt by the Executive Committee of a petition demanding a recall and signed by twenty-five (25) percent of the members of the Association or by twenty-five (25) percent of the respective class concerned with its officer.
  6. In a recall election, the vote of two-thirds of the ballots cast shall be necessary to recall the officer. The President of the Third-Year Class shall be in charge of this election and shall give adequate notice of this election and shall otherwise comply with Section 3 of this Article. If the recall shall be for the President of the Third-Year Class, then the President of the Association shall be in charge of this recall election, complying with Section 3 of this Article.

ARTICLE V: Duties and Meetings

  1. The duties of the President shall be to preside at all general meetings of the Association and the meetings of the Executive Committee. The President is the executive head of the Association and is charged with carrying out the provisions of this Constitution, and bylaws enacted in accordance therewith. The President shall call and preside at the first meeting of the First-Year Class each year for the purpose of explaining the Grievance Procedure and conducting the class election as provided for in Article IV, Section 2.
  2. It shall be the duty of the First Vice-President to act in the absence of the President, and to oversee all representatives appointed to committees or subcommittees created by the Executive Committee or the law school
  3. It shall be the duty of the Second Vice-President to act in the absence of the President and the First Vice-President, and to serve as Social Chairperson for the Association.
  4. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep a record of all Association meetings and Executive Committee meetings. The Secretary shall make these minutes available by posting them in an appropriate place in a timely
  5. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to keep proper accounts of all monies received and expended.
  6. It shall be the duty of the Ombudsperson to be a liaison between the Executive Committee and the
  7. It shall be the duty of the ABA Liaison to act as the liaison between the American Bar Association Law Student Division and the Student Bar Association.
  8. It shall be the duty of the Joint Degree Liaison to act as the representative of the Joint Degree students at the College of Law.
  9. Additional duties may be provided for any officer in the bylaws.
  10. Meetings of the Association shall be called at the discretion of the President, or within a week after the President has received a written request signed by ten percent of the members of the Association. The President shall be responsible for posting notice on the bulletin board at least 48 hours in advance of all meetings, both Association and Executive Committee meetings, or if not possible, the President shall personally notify each All meetings shall be conducted in accordance with rules of order. If formal rules are adopted, the President may select the Ombudsperson as the Parliamentarian.
  11. The Executive Committee meetings shall be held on a regular weekly basis, and it shall be the duty of the Secretary to post notice at least 48 hours in advance of those meetings.


  1. Each class shall elect a President, a Vice-President, and a Secretary-Treasurer. No Association Officer shall also hold a class office.
  2. The officers of each class shall be elected no later than the end of the fifth week of the fall semester and shall serve for one year. The elections are to be conducted by the Student Bar Association as is provided for in Article VI.
  3. Only members of a class are eligible to cast votes to elect their class officers.
  4. The election shall be by online voting administered by WITS. No student who is on academic probation is eligible to hold a class office.

ARTICLE VII: Grievance Procedure

  1. There shall be established an Honor Code of the Student Bar Association to promote in each student a sense of individual responsibility, integrity, and honor worthy of the high standards of academic conduct that governs the study of law. Each student shall be expected to assume the burden of responsibility for the consequences of his or her actions as they affect the rights of fellow students.
  2. To preserve harmonious and effective operation of the Honor Code, the Judicial Power of the Student Bar Association shall be vested in the Grievance Procedure Committee. The duties, functions, composition, and powers of the Grievance Procedure Committee shall be those set forth in the Honor Code and in Article IV, Section 1 of this Constitution (i.e., to investigate, make findings of fact, render a determination, and make recommendations; the committee shall perform the judicial functions consistent with recognized constitutional, procedural, and substantive safeguards).

ARTICLE VIII: Amendments

  1. Amendments to this Constitution shall be initiated by any member of the Executive Committee or upon written petition signed by at least ten (10) percent of the Association members. Petitions presented to the Executive Committee must be acted upon within two (2) weeks of the date of petition.
  2. A proposed amendment must be approved by a simple majority of the Executive Committee before being presented to the Association for ratification. If a proposed amendment is rejected by the Executive Committee, a petition signed by twenty-five (25) percent of the Association members shall require a special election to be held within two (2) weeks of the date such petition is presented to the Executive Committee.
  3. Ratification of the amendment by two-thirds (2/3) of the students voting in the special election called by the Association President. At least fifty (50) percent of the Association members must vote in the election if the election is to be
  4. The amendment shall take effect upon ratification of the Association.

Bylaws (Revised 2013-2014)


  1. Executive Committee
    1. President - The SBA President shall serve concurrently as Executive Committee Chair, charged with calling meetings, forwarding an agenda, posting public notice, and presiding over SBA meetings. The President is the official representative and spokesperson of the College of Law students before the faculty, administration, university, and the outside legal and civic community with regard to activities or functions of the SBA. The President must discharge the duties of the office under the provisions of the Student Bar Association Constitution and in accordance with the Honor Code. The President is ultimately responsible to College of Law students for the official conduct of all SBA business. The President shall have the authority to establish and appoint members to standing Faculty/Student committees, upon the recommendation of the First Vice The President can appoint, at his/her discretion, members to any other committee, with approval of the Executive Board.
    2. First Vice President – In the absence of the President, or if the SBA President is otherwise temporarily unable to fulfill the duties of President and chair, the First Vice-President shall assume the duties of In addition, the First Vice-President is charged with scheduling and interviewing candidates for student appointments to committees, and selecting candidates for appointment by the President. The First Vice-President shall publish and distribute an SBA news-letter to the students a minimum of once a semester. The First Vice-President shall preside at the Meeting of the Presidents, or appoint someone to preside in case of absence.
    3. Second Vice President – The SBA Second Vice-President shall act as President in the absence of the First Vice-President and the President. The Second Vice-President is the Social Chair for the SBA, charged with oversight of SBA social activities. In addition, the SBA Second Vice-President shall serve as chairperson of the SBA Social Event Committee.
    4. Treasurer – The SBA Treasurer is responsible for the accurate accounting of all monies received and expended by the SBA. The Treasurer is the chief budgeting officer and chair of the Budget Committee, comprised of the SBA Treasurer, the class treasurers, and the SBA Ombudsperson. The SBA Treasurer shall require all students or student organizations receiving funds from the SBA to make a full accounting of the funds received. The SBA Treasurer shall provide a treasurer's report for each SBA meeting during which the SBA votes on or discusses the allocation of student The SBA Treasurer shall issue, a full report to the general student body on the financial status of the SBA and its budget allocations at least one time during the semester.
    5. Secretary – The SBA Secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all SBA meetings, including recording all motions and The Secretary shall certify to the President the presence of a quorum prior to any meeting being called to order. The Secretary shall, after obtaining Executive Committee approval, post all meeting minutes. The Secretary shall keep a notebook of all meeting minutes, agendas, Treasurer's reports (if submitted in writing), as well as measures introduced and passed by the Executive Committee.
      1. The Secretary shall keep and maintain an up-to-date roster of the SBA, all student organizations and their officers, all student/faculty committees and their members, and all law student members serving on university committees.
      2. These rosters shall be published and distributed to the following:
        1. Student Bar Association Officers
        2. Student Organization Officers
        3. Class Presidents
        4. Law school library circulation desk
        5. Office of Student Affairs
        6. Placement office
        7. Dean's office
        8. University Student Affairs office
        9. A copy should be posted and other copies kept in a file by the SBA for distribution to interested students
    6. Ombudsperson – The SBA Ombudsperson is the Executive Committee liaison to the faculty and students, charged with: (1) representing positions of the SBA Executive Committee to faculty members and/or students, as per the discretion of the Executive Committee; (2) obtaining information from faculty, students, administration, and the University upon the direction of the President or the Executive Committee; (3) supplying such information to the Executive Committee or the students as directed; and (4) scheduling and directing pop can revenue collections efforts, as well as SBA/University vending machine policies. The Ombudsperson also shall be responsible for the care and upkeep of the bulletin boards in the student lounge areas. The liaison, in conjunction with the WUCL SBA Executive Committee, shall maintain the SBA web site. Maintenance of the SBA web site includes, but is not limited to, posting new or updated information regarding WUCL, SBA, or ABA announcements; updating the SBA Outline Bank; and general upkeep of information such as the Executive Committee roster.
    7. American Bar Association (ABA) Liaison – The ABA Liaison represents WUCL at national and circuit meetings/conventions of the American Bar Association. The ABA Liaison shall disseminate any information obtained from the 12th Circuit and from the National Association. The liaison, in conjunction with the local student chapter of the ABA, will promote membership in the Association.
    8. Joint Degree Liaison – The Joint Degree Liaison shall be a student who has completed at least one year at either WUCL or AGSM and is currently attending classes at The office will be filled by a general election of all joint degree students enrolled at WUCL. The Joint Degree Liaison shall serve as the liaison between the joint degree students, the SBA, and the Administration of WUCL and AGSM.
    9. Class Presidents – Each class shall elect a class president. The class presidents will serve as the executive officer for the class and as a voting member of the SBA Executive Committee.
  2. Class Officers
    1. Class Presidents – Class Presidents are responsible for reporting official class activities to the SBA Executive Committee.
    2. Vice President – The class Vice President shall represent the class President as a voting member of the Executive Committee, if the President is unable to fulfill the duties of office, until such time as a new President is elected or the President is able to finish the term. The class Vice President shall act as class Social Chair. The class Vice President shall serve as a member of the SBA Social Events
    3. Secretary/Treasurer – The Secretary/Treasurer shall serve with the SBA Treasurer on the Budget The officer also will keep minutes of all class meetings and accurate accounting of all class funds.
  3. Multiple Positions
    1. No SBA officer or class officer may serve in more than one SBA or Class office.
      1. Example: Serving concurrently as class treasurer and SBA Secretary is prohibited.
      2. Example: Serving concurrently as student organization officer and SBA or Class officer is permitted.
    2. No SBA Executive Committee member may simultaneously serve on the Grievance Committee.
  4. Any SBA/Class Officer elected to any other SBA/Class office must turn in his or her resignation, to be effective the day the newly elected officers are sworn in.


  1. As provided for under Article V of the SBA Constitution.


  1. Chief Elections Officer
    1. The President of the third-year class shall be the Chief Elections Officer for all elections in which that person is not a candidate. The First Vice President shall act as the Chief Elections Officer if the Third-Year President is unable to do so. If the First Vice President is unable to conduct the election, the SBA President will appoint a disinterested Executive Committee member to serve as Chief Elections Officer
      1. No member who is a candidate may exercise any authority or have involvement in organizing or conducting an election.
      2. The Chief Elections Officer shall be the same person throughout an election cycle.
        1. Example: When a new third-year class President is elected in the initial round of Fall Elections, the outgoing class President, if acting as Chief Elections Officer, shall continue in that capacity for any necessary run-off elections.
  2. Elections Schedule
    1. The initial round of all class officer elections shall be held by Monday of the fifth (5th) week of classes during the Fall Semester of each academic year.
    2. The initial round of elections for all SBA officers shall be held by Monday of the fifth (5th) week of classes during Spring Semester of each academic
    3. Any SBA or class offices that become vacant shall be filled through a special election as mandated by the
      1. Emergency Appointment Power – The SBA Executive Committee may appoint an individual to fill a vacancy on the SBA Executive Committee, not including Class Presidents, if either of the following conditions are present: 1) conditions require the position to be filled immediately; or 2) the time of the vacancy is less than 3 months until the next SBA/Class Officer election.
      2. Procedure – The President shall provide written notification to the Student Bar Association of the vacancy. The President shall accept nominations from the Student Bar Association for the vacant office for a period of time deemed reasonable by the President. An individual may take office upon nomination by the President and an affirmative vote of 8 of the 11 Executive Committee members in a roll-call vote.
      3. Class Officers – Class Officer Vacancies shall be filled according to Section III of the Bylaws.
  3. Petitions
    1. Petitions for elections shall be made available to students through the OSA two (2) weeks before elections, and notice of their availability shall be posted on the SBA bulletin board and in the Student Lounge.
    2. Petitions are to be available to students beginning the Monday two (2) weeks before the elections and shall be available through the end of the week.
    3. Petitions for SBA office require the signatures of twenty-five (25) students.
    4. Petitions for class offices require the signatures of twenty-five (25) students in the same class as the petitioning candidate.
    5. A candidate petition must contain the candidate's name (typed or printed), their year in school (1L, 2L, 3L, or appropriate joint degree indication), the office they are a candidate for, and their legal signature manifesting the candidate's intent to seek office prior to the petition deadline.
    6. Petitions completed with the above information must be returned to the OSA by 4:00 PM Friday of the week in which they are distributed.
  4. Campaigning
    1. In addition to the following provisions, campaign posters are also subject to the Building Regulations set forth in Section 20 of the Student Handbook.
    2. Candidates shall be allowed to campaign during the full week before
    3. Speaking before a class (with permission), personal solicitations, group meetings, and campaign posters are all allowable campaign activities.
      1. No campaign literature may be hung in the Winter Street lobby, on the SBA bulletin board, on the fabric walls of the law school, or on the painted walls of the law school.
      2. Interrupting an instructor or a class in progress is forbidden.
      3. Unethical and/or fraudulent conduct may be referred to the Grievance Officer.
      4. No candidate shall send mass campaigning e-mail(s) via Lawstu or any other listserv.
      5. No candidate shall send campaigning e-mail(s) to any e-mail address on Election Day.
      6. Questionable conduct referred to the Grievance Committee shall be dealt with at the Grievance Committee's discretion.
  5. Ballots
    1. The Chief Elections Officer shall prepare the online ballot, listing all offices to be voted on, and the names of the candidates who have appropriately filed for each office, including a space designated for a write-in vote.
    2. Once prepared, online voting shall be accessible to voters during Election Day polling hours only.
  6. Voting
    1. Voting is to be conducted between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm at the minimum.
    2. An election attendant shall be available at a table in an announced location at the College of Law for any questions related to the online voting process.
    3. Election attendants shall be those disinterested WUCL students appointed by the Chief Elections Officer.
    4. Students must provide their names and login only with his or her Willamette University assigned credentials. No student may login to vote for another student.
  7. Counting Ballots
    1. Online ballot results will not be viewed until the Election period is closed. Online ballots will be counted electronically and verified by the Chief Elections Officer, who may enlist the assistance of any other disinterested SBA officer, class officer, or the OSA employee.
    2. Votes are to be counted and checked at least twice. The final results shall then be verified in the presence of at least one other SBA Executive Committee member.
    3. Officers verifying election results shall do so with their legal signature and the title of the office they hold.
    4. Any candidate may ask for one recount, to be conducted by the Chief Elections Officers within two (2) days of the request.
  8. Write-In Candidates
    1. For offices that have registered candidates.
      1. In order to be counted as an official candidate in that election, a write-in candidate must receive 25 votes.
      2. If at least 50 votes have been cast for a write-in candidate, that candidate must receive 50% + 1 vote of all votes cast for that position to win.
    2. For offices with no registered candidates, a write-in candidate must obtain a simple majority of the votes cast for that position to
    3. To be counted as a valid write-in vote, a name must be A simple check in the write-in area will not be counted as a vote.
  9. Votes Needed for Victory
    1. In order to win an election, one candidate must receive fifty (50) percent, plus one (1) vote of all the votes cast for that.
      1. Example: Candidate A has 100 votes. Candidate B has 98 votes. 198 votes were cast. Fifty percent or .5 x 198 = 99.
      2. 99 + 1 = 100 (the same as 198 divided by 2, + 1 = 100).
        1. In the tally above, Candidate A received the 100 votes required and would win.
        2. If, in the case above, two (2) write-in votes were cast for C, or C is a third candidate (A has 100, B has 98, C has 2), then (200 votes cast x .5) + 1 = 101. Candidate A does not win, and a run-off election would result.
        3. In calculating 50% of all the votes cast for that position, if the results contains a .5, round down to the nearest whole number.
          1. Example: Candidate A has 100 votes. Candidate B has 99.
          2. The total votes x .5 = 99.5. Round down to 99, + 1 = 100.
          3. Candidate A is the winner without a run-off vote.
  10. Run-Off Elections
    1. Run-off elections will be held when none of the candidates carry the required number of votes necessary to win outright.
    2. The run-off will be between the two candidates who received the most votes in the initial election.
      1. If no candidate shall receive a majority in the initial election, there shall be a run-off between the top two candidates. If there is a tie for second place, then the top three candidates shall be in the run-off election.
      2. No write-in votes will be accepted or counted during the run-off election.
      3. Notwithstanding paragraph H(1)(a), if a candidate running unopposed fails to receive the number of votes needed to win, the write-in candidate(s) receiving the most votes will be placed on the ballot as an official candidate(s) in the next round.
      4. Whoever receives a plurality of votes in the run-off election shall be declared the winner.
        1. If there are more than two candidates in the run-off elections (in accordance with section 2(a)), the candidate receiving a plurality of the votes shall be declared the winner.
      5. The run-off election shall be held within ten (10) days after the first election. The SBA shall consider and select a day for the run-off election based in part on when the most students will be around school to vote.
      6. A third round of elections shall be necessary only when two candidates in a run-off election receive an equal number of votes.
  11. Taking Office
    1. SBA officers will take office one week following the election.
      1. In case of a run-off election, no SBA officer shall assume office until all SBA positions have been filled.
    2. Newly elected class officers shall take office one week after they are elected. The SBA President shall call a meeting of the Executive Committee, at which time the President shall administer the oath of office to class officers.
    3. The Oath of Office.
      1. The Grievance Officer shall administer the Oath of Office to the newly elected SBA President, who then will administer the Oath of Office to other newly elected officers or class officers.
      2. "I , pledge my dedication to Willamette College of Law students through service in the Student Bar Association. I will support the Constitution and Bylaws of the Student Bar Association, the Honor Code of the College of Law, and will execute the duties of my elected office to the best of my ability."


  1. Notice of all SBA meetings must be posted in the lobby and on the SBA bulletin board in the student lounge 48 hours prior to the meeting. The President shall be responsible for calling meetings at least once a week, posting notice, and preparing an agenda to be posted on the bulletin board in the student lounge at least 24 hours prior to each meeting. Public Notices must include Time, Day, and Location.
  2. Conducting Meetings
    1. The Secretary will note the members present as well as guests who are presenting business to the board and certify to the President that a quorum is present (8 of 11 Executive Committee members). The President then will call the meeting to order.
      1. In the absence of the President, the First Vice-President shall preside.
    2. The meetings will be conducted within the parameters of, including but not limited to, Roberts Rules of Order (or other reasonable substitute) and the SBA Bylaws and Constitution.
    3. Rules utilized must include:
      1. Recognition and opportunity for any individual wishing to be heard.
      2. Motions process with seconding required.
      3. Opportunity for discussion of motions.
      4. Voting on motions.
  3. Voting
    1. Each Executive Committee member present has one vote that may be exercised by that member.
      1. No voting is allowed absent a quorum.
      2. No voting by proxy will be permitted.
    2. Methods of voting that may be used are:
      1. A simple voice vote: all in favor "aye," opposed "nay."
      2. Vote by a show of hands.
      3. Assent: "Any opposition? Hearing none, the measure passes."
        1. The Chair must acknowledge opposition to assent if it is expressed; if it is expressed, a simple voice vote or a roll-call vote is.
      4. Roll-call vote: Each member is called by name; a response of "aye" or "nay" will be recorded by the Secretary for publication in the minutes.
        1. The President, if voting, is required to vote last.
      5. A roll-call vote is required for all requests for spending Student Bar Association money or at the request of any Executive Committee Member.
      6. The method of voting, unless otherwise required by these bylaws, is within the discretion of the President or the presiding officer.
      7. No votes may be taken privately or by secret ballot for any reason.

Committees and Student Representatives

  1. Qualifications
    1. Any member of the full-time student population not on academic probation may serve as a committee representative.
  2. A list of the committees to operate during the school year shall be on file in the Office of Student The SBA Secretary shall keep a list of all committees and members with the minutes. The list shall include all law student/faculty committees and University committees.
    1. Each fall, members will be appointed to the Grievance Committee in the following manner:
      1. After fall class elections, each class President shall appoint members to the Grievance Committee as follows:
        1. President of the first-year class appoints one person from the first-year class.
        2. President of the second-year class appoints three persons from the second-year class.
        3. President of the third-year class appoints one person from the third-year class.
      2. The SBA Executive Committee shall select one of the three persons appointed by the President of the second-year class to serve as the Grievance Officer.
  3. Other College of Law and University Committees
    1. The First Vice President shall coordinate the selection process by publishing a list of the committee positions available and a description of each committee's function, and publicize committee positions available by placing signs in the school common areas.
    2. Applications are to be accepted for at least one week and not longer than ten (10) school days after notice is
      1. The appointment process is to be completed by the end of the first full week in April.
      2. Term of appointment begins upon notification of appointment by the First Vice-President or SBA President and lasts for one year.
    3. An interview sign-up list should be made available by the First Vice-President for interested students. Interviews are to be conducted by the President and the First Vice-President, who together will recommend appointment of The appointments must be approved by a simple majority of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee must consider:
      1. Any particular areas of student interest or expertise.
      2. Creating a mixture of representation among classes on the committees.
      3. Judgment as to an individual's commitment to actively serve on a committee, including work commitments, other activities, and class schedule.
      4. The applicant's ability to work with faculty members and students.
      5. Previous appointment to a committee with the goal of creating continuity from one year to the next. Preference should be given to a student who wishes to remain on a committee for a second or third year of service.
    4. Preference should be given to students not currently serving in a student government capacity, although Executive Committee members are eligible to serve on committees.
    5. The SBA President may remove any committee member who does not perform his/her appointed duties, regularly misses meetings of their committees, or fails to adequately communicate with the SBA.
      1. Removal must be approved by a simple majority of the Executive Committee members.
  4. Duties of Committee Members
    1. Attend committee meetings.
    2. Once selected, the committee members will be required to communicate, either by oral examination or by written report, with the SBA Executive Committee either directly or through the SBA First Vice-President.
      1. Student Committees shall appoint a member as secretary to take minutes of meetings.
      2. Student/Faculty Committee members shall report to the SBA following committee meetings to inform the members of committee activity.
    3. Committee Representatives shall notify the student body (by written or oral announcements) of issues or activities for which student opinion or participation is appropriate and actively solicit and consider student opinions and SBA positions prior to voting in committee.

Treasury and Expenditures

  1. At the beginning of each semester, the Treasurer of the SBA shall contact the University Business Office to appropriate the student fee money on which the Student Bar Association operates.
  2. The SBA shall allocate student fee money primarily in three areas:
    1. Classes – These funds, which shall constitute a minimum of one-third (1/3) of the semester allocations, shall be allocated by the Budget Committee equally among the classes, with the exception of the third-year class, which receives additional funds in the school year of their graduation.
    2. SBA operating funds – These funds are for purposes, traditional and otherwise, through which the SBA serves the student body. The SBA shall be wholly accountable to the student body for all student monies dispersed and spent, with the exception of class funds for which class Presidents must account.
      1. Anyone not currently an Executive Committee member seeking discretionary disbursements of SBA funds may come before the SBA Executive Committee to request funding.
        1. The disbursement shall have the sponsorship of at least two members of the SBA Executive Committee.
        2. The request shall be a written proposal for the use of discretionary funds.
        3. The Budget Committee shall act in an oversight capacity for the expenditures of the discretionary funds, and fill any other role in the expenditures that a majority of the SBA Executive Committee deems necessary. The Treasurer shall report to the SBA with receipts of the amount spent within 30
      2. Recognized student organizations – These organizations shall account fully to the SBA and their members for all student fee money
      3. Discretionary Expenditures – The SBA President or an SBA Executive Committee Member acting on behalf of the President, shall have the authority to authorize expenditures for up to $50 without the SBA Executive Committee approval. This power is authorized only in those circumstances where obtaining SBA Executive Committee approval would cause unnecessary delay or financial harm to the SBA or an SBA approved No more than $150 a semester/summer may be spent in this manner.
    3. SBA
      1. The SBA Executive Committee shall keep accurate and open books, and shall approve by roll-call vote all monetary
      2. The SBA President, in conjunction with the SBA Treasurer, shall issue a report, as part of the SBA newsletter, on the financial status of the SBA, including individual budget allocations and other relevant information. The financial report shall also be posted in the minutes of the SBA meetings no later than two weeks after SBA approval of the budgets, and shall remain posted for a minimum of three (3) weeks.
        1. The financial report shall include the actual allocations to each organization along with any policy reasons or other rationale on which allocations decisions were made. This shall include information about each budgeted organization's effectiveness and its accountability to the SBA and the student body.

Granting of Student Bar Association Organization Status

  1. The Executive Committee, at its discretion, may grant organization status to any group requesting recognition.
  2. Any group of students enrolled in the College of Law may apply to become a recognized SBA organization. The procedure all groups must follow shall be:
    1. The group must enlist the support of at least three Executive Committee members willing to sponsor a proposal asking the SBA to grant SBA organization status to the particular group. The proposal shall contain a detailed description of:
      1. the group's statement of purpose;
      2. the selection process for members and officers;
      3. the organization's constitution, bylaws, or charter (which shall include the duties and requirements of its officers and members);
      4. the proposed meeting times and procedures for meetings.
    2. The criteria used to determine support of Executive Committee members should include:
      1. the service provided to the law school community by the organization;
      2. the number of law student members in the organization;
      3. the amount of time the organization has been in existence.
  3. The proposal shall be introduced to the Executive Committee by its sponsoring members.
    1. Action on such a proposal shall not be considered by the Executive Committee at the same meeting in which the proposal is made.
    2. Executive committee members are to be provided with copies of the proposal, and action shall follow no sooner than one week and no later than two weeks from the day the proposal is made.
    3. The Executive Committee shall fully discuss the merits of the proposed group, and its potential to its members and the student body as a whole.
    4. Status is granted, for the purpose of funding, when 8 of the 11 Executive Committee members support the proposal in a roll-call vote.
    5. The Executive Committee shall place each new organization on probation for a period of one year. After that period, the Executive Committee may or may not grant permanent status, or may continue probationary status for one year.
  4. For any breach of trust with regard to student funds, or any activity that violates ethical, legal, honor code, or other intra school standards, the SBA Executive Committee may revoke an organization's recognized status, or may suspend status for a period of 1/2 to 1 full semester, or may take other appropriate measures which a majority of the SBA Executive Committee agrees upon.
    1. Such action requires notice to the organization of at least one week, and must be followed by a full written report to the student body, spelling out the reasons for the action.
    2. Any action taken under section 4 above shall require a vote of 8 of the 11 Executive Committee members.
    3. If status is revoked, reinstatement is allowed in the following semester, and is supported by 8 of the 11 Executive Committee members.
      1. If reinstatement is allowed, the Executive Committee may require that the organization be placed on probationary status, where the SBA Executive Committee reserves the right to hold the organizations funds until they are needed, and that all organization expenditures must be approved by the Executive Committee.
  5. Any group of college law students may organize for any lawful purpose regardless of SBA recognition. Recognition is required only for groups that seek funding from the SBA.

Reclaiming of allocated funds (amended April 17, 2003)

  1. Any organization that is no longer actively participating at WUCL shall be required to return any unspent funds that were allocated by the SBA.
  2. To facilitate the reclamation of unspent funds contained in accounts held by inactive or disbanded student organizations:
    1. All student organizations at WUCL will have until September 1, 2003 to close out all of their off-campus bank accounts and open a new general ledger account with the University Accounting department.
    2. All student organizations must include either the SBA President, Treasurer or First Vice-President, as a date restricted co-signer on their student organization general ledger account;
    3. No SBA officer will be allowed to withdraw funds from any student organization account unless:
      1. The SBA officer is closing out the account and reclaiming SBA allocated funds contained therein in accordance with Section 5 of this amendment, or
      2. The SBA officer is also an officer of a student organization and is authorized to access that organization's account;
    4. All student organizations receiving SBA funding shall be required to:
      1. Keep their general ledger statements for a minimum of 7 years,
      2. Maintain an accurate and current computerized record of their financial data on the SBA computer, and
      3. In accordance with Art. 1, §A(4) of the Bylaws, authorize the SBA Treasurer to view their general ledger statements, and their financial information stored on the SBA computer
      4. The SBA is authorized to close-out any student organization account and reclaim any funds contained therein after a specific period of time, not to be less than 8 months, has passed without an indication of account activity, or the student organization has informed the SBA of its intent to cease all activity;
      5. Reclaimed funds are to be reserved for the sole purpose of funding the SBA's charitable activities;
      6. No exemptions to any section in this amendment will be provided, except for those student organizations seeking an exemption from Art. VI, §E(2)(a) of the Bylaws.
    5. Any organization not currently active which has not returned SBA funds after a reasonable attempt to recover them will be ineligible for further funding from the SBA until those funds previously allocated are accounted for.


  1. The Student Bar Association shall require all recognized student organizations to have the following:
    1. A current copy of the organization's constitution, bylaws, charter, or rules on file with the SBA. Organizations are responsible for providing SBA with updated constitutions, bylaws, charters or rules.
    2. A list of current officers and election schedules on file.
    3. A current University general ledger account with the name on the account including the words "Willamette University College of Law Student Bar Association" in addition to the name of the student Any organization that does its own fund raising, or receives funding from sources other than the SBA shall be required to keep those funds in a separate account. Any funds received from sources other than SBA which are co-mingled with SBA allocated funds will be considered funds allocated by the SBA.
  2. The SBA shall require all recognized student organizations to be open to all members of the student body and to conduct their organization in a manner that at no time discriminates in membership on the basis of race, religion, age, gender, or sexual orientation.
    1. This in no way requires a change in the activities or focus of the organization.
    2. Violation of this section will result in a loss of recognized status.
  3. The Student Bar Association shall require all recognized student organizations to fully account for all funds received from the Student Bar Association.
    1. The SBA shall not fund any dues to a national affiliation or any other membership fee from which only members of the organization are eligible to receive a benefit.
    2. The SBA shall require that all recognized student organizations that received funds in one of the previous two regular budgeting periods, or that received emergency funds within the previous year, to account fully for those funds prior to requesting more funds from the S Failure to properly account for funds received by the SBA will result in revocation of future funding for that organization.
    3. Organizations that do not submit a budgeting request in a current budget period, but received funds in the prior semester, shall account fully, with documentation, for money budgeted to it during the prior budget The organization shall have a two-week extension from when budget packets are due to comply.
    4. Organizations shall have two weeks from the time of expenditure to submit receipts or copies of receipts to the SBA Treasurer. Failure to comply shall result in possible suspension of funds to the organization.
    5. The SBA may fund speakers in an amount up to $500 per year (Fall-Summer terms). The Executive Committee may grant a request for extra funds with a vote of 8 out of 11 members.
  4. Student organizations shall be funded under procedures adopted by the Student Bar Association, the SBA Treasurer, and the Budget Committee.
    1. The procedures are listed below. In situations not addressed in the bylaws, the SBA Treasurer shall conduct the budgeting process within the spirit of these procedures.
      1. Meeting of the Presidents. Student organization Presidents or Chairpersons shall meet with the First Vice- President two times per semester. The meeting shall be schedule at the discretion of the First Vice-President.
      2. Attendance at the meeting shall bear directly on the good standing of a student organization.


  1. Packet: Reporting forms that include: Organization and Activity Information, the Financial Statement/Forecast and Subsidy Report, Explanation Form, and supporting documentation required to be filed each budget period.
  2. Organization and Activity Information Form: A form that requires information on the organization's current status, past and proposed activities, and levels of student participation.
  3. Financial Statement/Forecast and Subsidy Request requires the following specific information:
    1. Proposed Last Period column requires the financial projection of resources, and expenditures as listed on the previous semester's "projected this semester" column, along with annotations of any changes.
    2. Actual Last Period column lists resources and expenditures as they actually occurred for the previous budget period including any emergency funding. This information must be up-to-date as of the filing date of the Budget Packet.
    3. Projected This Period column shows resources and expenditures estimated for the current budget period using the ending balance of the actual last period column as a beginning balance.
  4. Explanation Form: A form for additional comments on the quality and participation concerning sponsored activities and any explanations (with references to the Financial Statement).
  5. Supporting Documentation: Financial Records to back up the information on the Financial Statement, such as:
    1. General Ledger Statements – (1) statement showing the beginning balance for last period, if not on file with the SBA, with or without account reconciliation; (2) statement showing the deposit of the SBA's subsidy allocation from the last budget period in which the organization received SBA funding; (3) statement showing the ending balance for the last period, with or without account reconciliation.
    2. Check Request Copies - check request copies or receipts totaling semester expenditures since the last time the organization received SBA funding. If checks are written to individuals, receipts will be necessary to supplement the supporting documentation.
    3. Announcements, flyers, or other notices advertising the last budget period's activities held by the organization.
  6. Budget Period: The period for which recognized organizations shall There are two budget periods during each year.
    1. Fall – Approximately September 12 to February 11 of the same academic year.
    2. Spring – Approximately February 12 to September 11 of the following academic
  7. Emergency Funding: A request for funds to sponsor an activity or obtain an opportunity for the student body, which was unforeseen at the time the budget packet was submitted.
  8. Budget Committee: An administrative subcommittee of the SBA Executive Committee responsible for reviewing organization budget requests, determining allowable expenses, determining substantial compliance with accountability requirements, evaluating each organization's benefit to the students, and making funding recommendations to the Executive Committee. Budget Committee members shall include: the SBA Treasurer (chairman), the SBA Ombudsperson, and each of the class Treasurers.
    1. Each Budget Committee member has one vote.
    2. A recommendation shall pass by a simple
    3. Any member of the committee who also serves as an officer of an organization shall declare a conflict of interest and refrain from voting on any funding recommendation for that organization.
  9. Allowable Expenses: A budget committee decision determining which of an organization's projected expenses for the budget period may receive funding.
  10. Budget Committee Meeting: The Budget Committee shall conduct a hearing at which it will review each organization's request. If the committee requires additional information, it may ask for a representative of the organization to answer questions. Otherwise, the budget packet will act as a complete explanation and request Any organization wishing to have its budget request reviewed again can appeal to the full Executive Board.

Fall Budget Period – Time Lines

  1. Forms shall be available during the second week of class, or no later than three weeks before class officer
  2. Forms shall be due on Monday, one week before class officer elections, by 5:00 p.m.
  3. Budget Committee hearings shall be held one week following the class officer elections.
  4. The Budget Committee shall report to the Executive Committee at a meeting one week following the Budget Committee Hearings (see I., below).

Spring Budget Period – Time Lines

  1. Forms shall be available during the second week of class, preferably that Monday.
  2. Forms shall be due one week from the first day they are made
  3. Budget Committee Hearings shall be held within one week of the date forms are due and before the last meeting of the current SBA Executive Board, so budgets may be approved before officer transition.

Budget Reporting

The Budget Committee shall report to the Executive Committee at the meeting immediately following the Budget Committee Hearings. The SBA Treasurer shall report:

  1. The organizations requesting funds.
  2. The amounts requested.
  3. The Budget Committee recommendations.
  4. Any contingencies recommended.
    1. The approval of the report and the Budget Committee recommendations may be made as a whole or by Prior to an Executive Committee vote, the SBA Treasurer shall inform the Executive Committee of the allocation amounts recommended for each organization.
    2. Funds approved for any activity which the Budget Committee believes may not occur during the budget period shall be funded through a contingency fund. The Budget Committee shall earmark the funds for the requesting group, yet those funds shall remain in the SBA general account until the confirmation of the activity requiring the payment of fees, or until an invoice is received. When an organization receives approval for a contingent expenditure, the money set aside must be spent for its specified purpose. Contingencies approved in the Spring Budget Period must be spent by October 1 of the next academic year. Likewise, contingencies approved in the Fall Budget Period must be spent by February 1 of the same academic This policy is intended to prevent the SBA from having to seek reimbursement for money which has not been used, which represents a commitment breached by the organization. Contingency funds not appropriately accounted for by the deadlines shall lapse and become general fund money of the SBA.

Notice of Budget Committee Meetings

  1. Notification to Budget Committee members: Upon election of class Treasurers, the SBA Treasurer shall provide the class Treasurers and the Ombudsperson with the proposed Budget Committee meeting time by memo or in
  2. Publication of Budget Committee Hearing: Date, time, and location of the Budget Committee Hearings shall be posted on the SBA Board in the law school.


  1. Budget Hearings: SBA Treasurer is the Budget Committee chairman and may select one member of the committee to act as recorder. The budget packets submitted by organizations should be complete enough to answer most questions.
  2. In the event that the Budget Committee requires additional information, it may ask that a representative of the organization attend the meeting and answer questions. The Budget Committee shall give the organization 72 hours notice of the meeting. Organization representatives should know the details of the past budget period relating to activities, resources, expenditures, etc., together with those proposed for the current period.
  3. Prior to this meeting, if an organization has not substantially complied with the information and documentation requested, the treasurer shall return their budget form with a checklist marked as to the deficient areas.
    1. Failure to substantially cure an area relating to funds unaccounted for will result in a conclusive presumption that the money not accounted for has not been spent and may trigger an automatic reduction of the request by that amount.
    2. Failure to provide other information requested will be handled at the discretion of the Budget Committee.

Late Budget Allocations

  1. If an organization submits its allocation request past the deadline, it still may be given funding if the following conditions are met:
    1. After hearing the explanation of the tardiness, the Executive Board votes and a majority permits the submission of the late request.
    2. A majority of the Executive Committee then may vote to give the organization its allocation.

Emergency Funding

  1. A request for emergency funding must be made to the SBA Executive Committee when an event or opportunity arises which was unforeseen at the time of the budget process. An emergency funding request includes funds during the semester requested to fund a new organization, activity, or budgetary The emergency request must be filed with the SBA Treasurer.
    1. The request should explain:
      1. What the activity is.
      2. The purpose of the activity.
      3. The estimated cost of the activity.
  2. A member of the organization must present the request to the Executive Committee.
  3. The organization receiving emergency funds will indicate receipt of the money in their next Budget Packet. Emergency funding shall be included in the Actual Last Period column (see E.3.b).
  4. Emergency requests require a vote by 8 out of 11 Executive Committee members.

Lawstu Mail Group

  1. Student Organizations
    1. The SBA has adopted the following guidelines for student organizations for use of the Lawstu mail group.
      1. One member of each student organization will be granted Lawstu access. The club may choose any of its officers to be the person with Lawstu access.
      2. Each member of the SBA and class representatives may have Lawstu access with privileges per Rule A (1)(c). Exempt from these rules are emails that the student handbook requires of SBA and class representatives.
        1. Student organizations may advertise for their “Qualified Events” through Lawstu by sending a maximum of one (1) email a week and one (1) additional email the week of the event. “Qualified Events” are those that are open to the entire law school student body and are of general interest or applicability to the student body as a Regularly scheduled meetings of student organizations are expressly not “Qualified Events” under this rule unless the meeting will present a speaker or event that is of general interest. General interest means that it bears a quantum of interest to students outside of the student organization.
        2. If two or more student or commercial organizations jointly plan, sponsor or support an event, Rule A (1)(c) applies to such organizations as though they are a single entity.
      3. Student organizations may not use Lawstu to conduct organization business, or to advertise their organization generally, with the exception of one email at the beginning of each semester to notify students of the organization’s existence and meeting times.
      4. Student organizations may send two (2) emails through Lawstu per semester notifying students of significant holidays or events. These emails are in addition to those allowed under Rule A(1)(c) or B(1)(d).
      5. No student who has not been duly selected per Rules A(1)(a) through A(1)(c) may send any emails through Lawstu. Likewise, no student with legitimate Lawstu access may forward or send any email through Lawstu on behalf of a person that does not have legitimate Lawstu access. This rule does not apply to emails drafted by another student and sent on behalf of his or her student organization.
      6. Any student who violates the rules of this section may be sanctioned by the SBA if the SBA determines by a majority vote that the student has violated these rules. The SBA may raise the issue of sanctions on its own, or upon complaint by any law school student, faculty, or staff. The SBA may decline to consider sanctions under this section by a majority vote.
      7. Sanctions under this rule section include a warning and revocation of Lawstu privileges. Upon first offence as determined by the SBA in Rule A(1)(g), the student will receive a warning. Upon a subsequent offense the student’s Lawstu privilege will be revoked.
        1. Revocation lasts for the remainder of the current semester, or if
        2. Revocation occurs after the midpoint of the semester, then for the remainder of the semester plus the first 10 weeks of the following semester.
        3. Students facing revocation of Lawstu privileges may speak to the SBA on their own behalf at a regularly scheduled SBA meeting.
        4. Students whose access has been revoked may appeal once to the SBA at a regularly scheduled meeting. A majority vote of the SBA will then determine the outcome of the appeal.
      8. A student organization may petition the SBA at a regularly scheduled SBA meeting to nominate another student to have Lawstu access when that student organization’s representative’s Lawstu access has been revoked. The SBA will then determine by a majority vote whether such Lawstu access is approved.

Commercial Organizations

  1. The SBA has adopted the following guidelines for commercial organizations for use of the Lawstu mail group.
    1. One representative of each commercial organization that provides free benefits to students may have Lawstu To be eligible for Lawtu access as a commercial organization representative, the organization must provide free benefits for law school students. Such benefits must include free, useful services, not merely small gift items.
    2. Commercial organizations may not use Lawstu to conduct organization business, or to advertise their organization generally.
    3. Commercial organizations may send two (2) emails through Lawstu per semester notifying students of significant holidays or events. These emails are in addition to those allowed under Rule A(1)(c) or B(1)(d).
    4. Representatives of commercial organizations may send a maximum number of one (1) email per week through Lawstu to advertise events or opportunities available to the entire law school student Such events must provide a benefit to the entire law school student body. Such events must provide a benefit to the students that are not narrowly limited to opportunities to buy services and/or products from the commercial organization. For events that are not applicable to all three student year levels, representatives must use the appropriate year level distribution email address, not Lawstu.
    5. Any representative that violates the rules of this section may be sanctioned by the SBA if the SBA determines by a majority vote that the representative has violated these rules. The SBA may raise the issue of sanctions on its own, or upon complaint by any law school student, faculty, or The SBA may decline to consider sanctions under this section by a majority vote.
      1. Sanctions under this rule section include a warning and revocation of Lawstu privileges. Upon first offense as determined by the SBA in Rule B(1)(e), the representative will receive a warning. Upon a subsequent offense the representative’s Lawstu privilege will be revoked.
      2. Revocation lasts for the remainder of the current semester, or if revocation occurs after the midpoint of the semester, then for the remainder of the semester plus the first 10 weeks of the following semester.
      3. Representatives facing revocation of Lawstu privileges may speak to the SBA on their own behalf at a regularly scheduled SBA meeting.
      4. Representatives whose access has been revoked may appeal once to the SBA at a regularly scheduled meeting. A majority vote of the SBA will then determine the outcome of the appeal.
    6. A commercial organization may petition the SBA at a regularly scheduled SBA meeting to nominate another representative to have Lawstu access when that commercial organization’s representative’s Lawstu access has been revoked. The SBA will then determine by a majority vote whether such Lawstu access is approved.

Amending Bylaws

  1. These Bylaws, upon adoption, shall operate under the Student Bar Association Constitution of 1996; all previous bylaws shall be null and void.
    1. Amendment to these Bylaws requires 8 votes among the 11 Executive Committee Members.
    2. These Bylaws may be amended pursuant to the SBA Constitution Article VIII or by a committee formed pursuant to the procedures described in Section V.

Appointment of Student Members of Faculty Committees

  1. Student representatives also serve on the Board of Trustees Law Committee, the Board of Visitors' Committee, and other committees which may be formed.
  2. Faculty Committees
    1. The President of the Student Bar Association selects and recommends to the Dean students for appointment to the following Faculty Committees at the College of Law. The current list of committees is as follows:
  3. Academic Affairs
    1. The committee handles issues regarding the curriculum of the law school; the committee also considers academic standards.
  4. Admission
    1. This committee works with Director of Admission Carolyn Dennis in developing strategies for maintaining a quality student body.
  5. Bar Examination
    1. The committee will explore ways the law school can maximize student bar examination passage rates.
  6. Career and Professional Development
    1. The committee will work with the Director of Career and Professional Development, Phylis Myles, to continue the work of the former Judicial Clerkships Committee and work on other Career and Professional Development issues.
  7. Law and Government
    1. This committee promotes faculty and student involvement in the school's Law and Government program.
  8. Faculty Recruitment
    1. This committee receives and screens applications for faculty positions.
  9. Law Review
    1. This committee considers policy questions related to the Review. The Editor-in-Chief is the student member of this
  10. Library, Technology & Facilities
    1. This committee considers the physical space and technology needs of the law school and law library.
  11. Minority Affairs
    1. This committee deals with development and implementation of programs to attract and retain minority students and
  12. Faculty Personnel
    1. This committee handles faculty promotion and tenure issues. It also processes faculty sabbatical and leave requests.
  13. Student Affairs
    1. This committee handles student governance issues.

Student Organizations

Environmental Law Society

The Environmental Law Society is an organization dedicated to the enhancement of understanding environmental law and how it affects and relates to all aspects of the substantive practice of law. Participants include students and faculty interested in environmental protection, regulatory compliance, business and corporate defense. The organization acts as a clearinghouse for information relating to environmental law and issues and sponsors presentations of outside speakers who have experience in the resolution of environmental disputes and problems. There are periodic meetings for members to share their experience and provide guidance and direction to others interested in the practice of environmental law.

Federalist Society

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is an intellectual network of conservatives and libertarians active at all levels of the legal community. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks to advance these principles and their application. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law.

Inns of Court

The Willamette Valley American Inns of Court consists of over 100 lawyers and judges from Marion, Polk, Benton and Yamhill Counties, and law students from WUCL. The Inns meets monthly and aims to improve the quality of lawyering by presenting programs concerning contemporary issues of law, ethics, and professionalism, and by the discussions that occur among attendees at the meetings and in connection with the presentation of programs.

International Law Society

The Willamette University College of Law International Law Society is a member of the Association of Student International Law Societies. For students interested in any aspect of international law, the Society provides a forum for exchange of ideas and exposure to practical steps toward a career in International Law. The Society sponsors films and speakers for the university community on topics of international character, as well as maintaining an active file on international legal studies. The Society provides support for the Jessup Cup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Reuben Clark Law Society

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is an international legal organization comprised of attorneys, judges and law students committed to ethical lawyering. The Willamette University Student Chapter promotes public service, loyalty to the rule of law, and appreciation for the religious dimension in society and in a law student's personal life. Activities include: lecture series, speaker luncheons, leadership seminars, golf tournaments, social gatherings, and annual conferences. Membership in the Willamette University Student Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society is open to all currently enrolled law students who share in the goals, ideals, and values of the Law Society.

Jewish Law Society

The Willamette Jewish Law Society is a group that seeks to foster a connection between Jewish (and non-Jewish) students, faculty, administration, and the community, for the sake of preserving, promoting, and teaching Jewish traditions. The Jewish Law Society wishes to provide a forum for members to discuss legal issues affecting the Jewish community, as well as a general place for support during the law school experience.

Law Class Organizations

Each class has its own organization and elects its own officers. Each class is responsible for various social activities and for raising funds for its own graduation costs and class gifts.

Law Partners

Law Partners is a social group for law students with spouses, children and significant others. The law school experience can be an all-consuming one which leaves family or friends on the outside. This group, through regular outings, barbecues and field trips, unites similarly situated individuals for support, relaxation and fun.

Legal Fraternity

Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity is an international association of law students and attorneys which promotes professional competency and achievement. The Willamette Chapter aids its law student members in bridging the gap between the academic emphasis of law school and the realities of actual practice by sponsoring speakers, tours, projects, and social events designed to broaden each member's professional experience.

Multi-Cultural Law Student Association (MLSA)

MLSA seeks to serve and advance the interests of law students of all ethnic backgrounds. Its members sponsor speakers who are of interest to the law school community. Its members also organize the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner - a successful event bridging the communication between Willamette University and the surrounding community. MLSA's office is located on the first level of the law school in the student organization office area. Membership is open to all WUCL students who share in the desire to diversify the law school and the legal profession.

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA)

Willamette University OTLA is the first student chapter of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, a state chapter of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA). It provides students interested in trial advocacy with an opportunity to meet with members of the trial bar in the course of lectures and discussions. Student members receive publications from ATLA and OTLA as well as reduced rates of OTLA trial practice seminars. The seminars include such topics as medical negligence, trial tactics and pre-trial discovery.

Christian Legal Society

Christian Legal Society is a non-denominational group, open to all Christian students. The group's aim is to provide a community of fellowship and to promote the integration of faith in the practice of law. To this end, the Christian Legal Society holds regular fellowship meetings and invites speakers to the campus.

<3h>Sports Law Society

The Sports Law Society is a newly formed student organization, developed for the purpose of cultivating student awareness in the ever-growing industry of sports law. The Sports Law Society seeks to achieve this goal through informational sessions with members of the industry, information from sports law conferences and real life exposure through mock competitions. Additionally, it is our goal to represent the WUCL as a leading source in Oregon and the Northwest with regards to Sports Law. We hope to achieve this goal through a well-maintained web site, regularly scheduled speakers, stimulating discussions at club meetings, and by coordinating events involving the fascinating topic of Sports Law.

Student Bar Association

All law students are members of the Student Bar Association which is organized under a student-adopted constitution. The organization is affiliated with the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association, and in addition, students are eligible for individual membership in the Law Student Division. The President of the Student Bar Association may attend all regularly scheduled faculty meetings and may participate fully except where accreditation standards or University By- Laws require exclusion.

<3h>Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution (WJILDR)

The Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution is edited by students enrolled in the international and comparative law program. Student editors receive 1 hour of academic credit per year in satisfaction of writing and editing responsibilities.

Willamette Law Online (WLO)

Willamette Law Online is a free online case-summary service founded and staffed by students-one of the only services of its kind in the nation. WLO aims to provide its subscribers with timely, informative, and accurate legal case summaries from courts that shape the law in the Pacific Northwest and up-to-date archives of our subscription services that can serve as a valuable research tool. Our subscribers number in the thousands, and we summarize cases decided by the Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit, and state courts in the Pacific Northwest, as well as in the areas of intellectual property, Indian law, and conflict of laws.

Willamette Law Review

The Willamette Law Review is published four times a year. Membership on the Board of Editors of the Law Review is a coveted honor available to exceptionally qualified students. Expertise acquired by Law Review members in legal research, writing, and editing is highly beneficial in future law practice. Students may receive up to 4 hours of academic credit for participation on Law Review.

Willamette Students for Civil Liberties (WSCL)

Willamette Students for Civil Liberties is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, which is itself an affiliate of the national ACLU. WSCL seeks to promote the cause of civil liberties among the students, faculty and staff at Willamette University. Consistent with the ACLU, we focus on the freedoms guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights, specifically:

  • First Amendment rights: freedom of speech, association and assembly of the press, and freedom of
  • The right to equal protection under the law: equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national
  • The right to due process: fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of a person's liberty or property is at stake.
  • The right to privacy: freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into personal and private

We work also to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including Native Americans and other people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities and the poor. We sponsor public events, such as speeches, presentations and debates on civil liberties and constitutional rights. We also commemorate important events to raise consciousness of the ongoing struggle to protect civil liberties. Though we do not endorse or affiliate with partisan candidates or causes, we do take positions on public issues that implicate constitutional rights, and use those positions to guide our advocacy.

Willamette Women's Law Caucus

The Willamette Women's Law Caucus is an association of women law students. The Caucus sponsors meetings and events for new and returning women students as a means for providing support and encouragement. Women attorneys in the area are invited to attend all meetings. In past years the Caucus has sent representatives to both regional and national women law student conferences.


Willamette Lambda Legal Organization provides a forum for discussing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender legal issues and provides a safe place to socialize, support one another and work together for success. Everyone associated with WUCL is invited to participate in WiLLO. However, participants are expected to respect the basic tenets of the organization which are that all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people should receive the same basic rights accorded heterosexuals and that all people should be judged by their individual character, not their sexual orientation.

Willamette University Professionalism Association (WUPA)

Willamette University Professionalism Association is organized to promote a commitment to legal professionalism among WUCL students, alumni, faculty, administration and staff, including an emphasis on promoting and coordinating opportunities for members of the WUCL community to participate in pro bono provision of legal services to low income persons. The program creates opportunities for students to participate in pro bono activities during law school.

Willamette University Public Interest Law Project (WUPILP)

The Willamette University Public Interest Law Project (WUPILP) was established in 1992 to educate and prepare future lawyers to recognize the inequities that exist in our legal system and to dedicate their professional lives to the development of a more just society. WUPILP members work to create public interest legal employment and training opportunities, remove the economic barriers that confront future public interest lawyers, and provide informational and inspirational resources for public service work. WUPILP is dedicated to increasing the awareness of students, faculty, and administrators to the rewards and opportunities of public interest law through financial support, educational programs, and community outreach.