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Republican National Lawyers Association

American University-Washington College of Law
Republican National Lawyers Association
Chapter Constitution

Article I: Name and Affiliation

The name of this organization shall be the Washington College of Law Republican National Lawyers Association ("WCL RNLA"). The WCL RNLA may also be known as the WCL Republicans.

Article II: Statement of Purpose

Section 2.1. Missions of the RNLA.

As the principal national organization of Republican lawyers, the Association has a targeted set of missions - all complementary, and none of which duplicate missions accomplished elsewhere. Each member of the Association and every local chapter must ascribe to the accomplishment of these missions, which include:

Article III: Compliance

The WCL RNLA shall comply with all American University and Washington College of Law policies and procedures as well as local, state and federal laws.

Article IV: Chapter Advisor

The advisor of the WCL RNLA shall be a full-time faculty, administrator, or staff member at the Washington College of Law.

Article V: Membership

Section 1: Eligibility
Any student, faculty, administrator, or staff member is eligible for membership in the WCL RNLA and said organization will not discriminate on the basis of: ancestry, color, race, cultural or ethnic background, economic status, ideological, philosophical, or political beliefs or affiliations, marital or parental status, national or regional origin, physical disability, religion, or religious or denominational affiliation, gender or sexual orientation.

Section 2: Membership Types
There will be two (2) recognized types of membership: General and Active.

Section 3: Determination of Membership
Final authority to determine the status of a member shall rest with the Executive Board. Said determination shall be arrived at by a majority vote of the Executive Board.

Article VI: Executive Board

Section 1: Structure
The Executive Board consists of WCL RNLA's four (4) elected Executive Officers. Each officer shall be elected according to the procedures enumerated in Article VIII. Only active members in good standing may serve on the Executive Board.

Section 2: Executive Officers
WCL RNLA's Executive Officers shall be responsible for the administration of the WCL RNLA and all chapter business. The Executive Officers of the WCL RNLA are: Chair; Vice Chair; Secretary; and Treasurer.

Article VII: Meetings

Section 1: General Meetings
The Chair must schedule at least one general chapter meeting per academic month.

Section 2: Executive Board Meetings
The Chair must call a meeting of the Executive Board at least once per academic semester or when requested by a majority of the Executive Officers. These meetings will require the attendance of all committee chairs.

Section 3: Special Meetings
The Chair may call such special meetings as deemed appropriate provided at least forty-eight (48) hours notice is given to all active members.

Article VIII: Elections

Section 1: Timeline
Election of Executive Officers will occur once per academic year, no later than three weeks before the last regular class day of the spring semester.

Section 2: Parliamentary Process
The parliamentary rules contained in the most recent edition of Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern the elections process of the WCL RNLA in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with this Constitution or any applicable university regulations.

Section 3: Term of Office
The term of office for all Executive Officers is one full academic year. The terms of office for all Executive Officers officially begin at midnight of the last regular day of class of the academic year and officially expire at midnight of the last regular day of class of the following academic year.

Section 4: Requirements to Hold Office

Section 5: Election Procedures

Section 6: Vacancies

Article IX: Committees

Section 1: Purpose
The Chair shall create committees to perform specialized functions within the operation of the WCL RNLA.

Section 2: Types of Committees

Section 3: Standing Commitees
The Chair may create Standing Committees as deemed necessary for the benefit of WCL RNLA.

Section 4: Special Committees

Article X: Discipline

Section 1: Cause
A member is subject to discipline if said member is deemed to have made public statements or taken action that is of a detrimental nature to the WCL RNLA. Such actions would include but not be limited to actions or statements which place WCL RNLA under legal sanction.

Section 2: Procedures for Revocation of Membership

Article XI: Impeachment

Section 1: Cause
An Executive Officer is subject to Impeachment if said officer is deemed to have committed the following acts while in office: malfeasance, nonfeasance, misfeasance, action contrary to the Washington College of Law and the WCL RNLA's constitution, as well as actions detrimental to the effective functioning of the WCL RNLA.

Section 2: Procedures for Removal From Office

Article XII: Amendments

Section 1: Submission

Section 2: Vote
If said amendment is recommended for adoption by an affirmative vote of the Executive Board, the proposed amendment to the WCL RNLA constitution must be voted on by the active membership of the WCL RNLA within thirty (30) days of the Executive Board meeting at which said amendment was considered.

Section 3: Notice
No less than fourteen (14) days notice must be given to all active members before an amendment to the WCL RNLA constitution may be considered.

Section 4: Adoption
Approval of proposed amendments to the WCL RNLA constitution require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of all active members in attendance.

Article XIII: Dissolution

Section 1: Process
The WCL RNLA may be dissolved after approval by a unanimous vote of the Executive Board and a vote of three-fifths (3/5) of active members, provided that a notice of the vote on dissolution is furnished to the active members at least sixty (60) days prior to vote.

Section 2: Obligations
Upon dissolution, the Executive Board will utilize assets of the organization to pay all obligations and expenses of the WCL RNLA.

Section 3: Notice
Notice of dissolution must be presented in writing to the Student Bar Association.