Multicultural Law Students Association

Constitution and By-laws

Article I: Name

The name of this organization shall be the Multicultural Law Students Association.


Article II: Purpose

Section 1

The Purpose of this organization shall be:

  • to engage in projects and programs which the membership considers to be in the interest of the minority community.
  • to aid in the academic development of the minority student and the minority community.
  • to aid the law administration in recruitment and selection of minority law students and faculty

Section 2

This organization shall not be affiliated with any national organization which requires its chapters to support a specific position in controversial political, economic, or social issues.


Article III: Qualifications for Membership

Section 1

Any person who is registered as a law student at the Willamette University College of Law may be a member of the Multicultural Law Student Association.

Section 2

Membership will be continuous from one year to the next

Section 3

The Multicultural Law Student Association shall not restrict membership on the basis of race, sex, creed, or religion.


Article IV: Officers

Section 1

The Multicultural Law Student Association shall have a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and an Oregon State Bar Representative.This group shall compose the executive body.

Section 2

All of the above officers shall be elected by the general membership of the Multicultural Law Student Association.


Article V: Duties of Officers

Section 1

The President shall have all of the duties and powers assigned to him/her under Robert's Rules of Order.

  • the President and the Treasurer shall be responsible for signing all disbursements of funds.
  • the President shall be responsible for agenda preparation; all agenda items must be submitted to the President at least 48 hours before a regularly scheduled meeting, except in emergency.

Section 2

The Vice President shall have all the duties and powers assigned to him/her under Robert's Rules of Order.

  • in the absence of the President, the Vice President shall assume the duties of the President.
  • in the event the office of President is vacated before the term of duty is completed, the Vice President shall assume the position of President until the next election.
  • the Vice President shall be in charge of the planning and development of social activities for the Multicultural Law Student Association.

Section 3

The Secretary shall:

  • be responsible for the minutes of the meeting of the general membership and those of the executive body.
  • keep all permanent records of the Multicultural Law Student Association.
  • inform the membership of the scheduled meetings.
  • post and file in the office, minutes of all meetings before the next meeting.
  • be responsible for collecting and distributing mail.

Section 4

The Treasurer shall:

  • be responsible for the financial records of the Multicultural Law Student Association.
  • be responsible for purchasing supplies necessary for maintaining the organization.
  • be responsible for preparation and presentation of the budget proposal to the Student Bar Association (SBA)
  • be responsible for balancing the budget.

Section 5

The Oregon State Bar Representative shall:

  • be the liaison between the Multicultural Law Student Association and the Oregon State Bar.
  • report to the general membership information received from the Oregon State Bar, including projects and programs which facilitate the purpose of the Multicultural Law Student Association.

Article VI: Election of Officers

Section 1

Elections of President, Vice President and Treasurer shall take place at the first meeting of Spring Semester.This meeting shall take place no later than February 1 of the Spring Semester. Officers elected at that time will assume office immediately.

Section 2

The term of the election of the Oregon State Bar Representative shall be in accordance with the term of office set by the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Program.

Section 3

Each member of the Multicultural Law Student Association shall have one vote.There will be no voting by proxy except in cases of emergency (as defined by the executive body).

Section 4

In the election for officers, the winning candidate must have a majority of the votes to be declared elected.The Vice President will chair the elections, with full voting rights.


Article VII: Meetings

Section 1

The general membership of the Multicultural Law Student Association shall meet no less than once per month.

Section 2

Meeting days shall be decided by the President.

Section 3

A quorum shall be constituted by a majority of the members present at the beginning of each meeting.

Section 4

In all meetings of the executive body and the general membership, business shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order.


Article VIII: Amendment and Ratification

Amendments to this constitution shall be ratified upon proper motion and approval by two-thirds of the general membership.


Adopted: March 14, 1991