By-Laws

Article I
Constitution

Section 1.01 Constitution.

The name and purposes of the organization shall be as set forth in the Constitution. These By-Laws, the powers of the organization, and all matters concerning the conduct and regulation of the affairs of the organization shall be subject to the provisions of the Constitution.

Article II
Location

Section 2.01 Principal Office.

The principal office of the organization shall be 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, North West, Washington, District of Columbia 20016.

Section 2.01 Other Offices.

The organization may not have offices at other places beyond the campus of the Washington College of Law at American University.

Article III
Purpose

Section 3.01 Purpose.

The organization shall be organized and operated exclusively for educational and cultural purposes, including:

a) Taking an active role in the Washington College of Law community by providing legal, cultural, and linguistic assistance where needed;

b) Contributing to such charitable programs as the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, which provides legal assistance to the Asian and Asian American community in the District of Columbia area;

c) Sponsoring guest speakers on Asian American and minority legal issues at the law school;

d) Participate as an active charter of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association;

e) Develop a cooperative working relationship with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association chapter of the District of Columbia.

Article IV
Membership

Section 4.01 Qualification.

There shall be one class of Members, which shall consist of individuals who subscribe to the purposes and goals of the organization. Potential members must be approved for membership upon such terms and conditions that the Executive Officers may from time to time require. Members must be or have been law students at the Washington College of Law at American University.

Section 4.02 Voting.

All members shall have voting rights.

Section 4.03 Resignation.

Any member may resign at any time by filing a letter of resignation with the Secretary.

Section 4.04 Removal.

Any member may be removed from the Membership for reasonable cause, as determined by the Executive Officers in its sole discretion, upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the Executive Officers.

Section 4.05 Transfer of Membership.

Membership in the organization is not transferable or assignable.

Article V
Executive Officers

Section 5.01 Powers.

Subject to the guidance of the Washington College of Law Student Bar Association, the activities and affairs of the organization shall be managed and all powers shall be exercised by or under the direction of the Executive Officers.

Section 5.02 Composition.

The number of the Executive Officers shall be seven. A majority of the entire Executive Officers may, at any time, increase or decrease the number of Executive Officers.

Section 5.03 Election and Term of Office.

Executive Officers shall be elected at a designated general meeting in the month of March and each Executive Officer shall hold office until the next successor is elected and qualified, or until his or her death, resignation, or removal.

Section 5.04 Resignation.

A Executive Officer may resign at any time by delivering written notice of his or her resignation to the President, Vice President or Secretary. The resignation shall take effect at the time of notice. The officer receiving the Executive Officer’s resignation shall notify the organization’s other Executive Officers or the resignation.

Section 5.05 Removal.

A Executive Officer may be removed from the office for cause by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Officers present at a meeting at which a quorum is present. This vote of removal must also be approved by a majority vote of the general membership. A Executive Officer may only be removed after reasonable notice and opportunity to be heard before the Executive Officers and the general membership.

Section 5.06 Vacancies.

Any vacancy occurring in the Executive Officers may be filled by the affirmative vote and appointment of a majority of the remaining members of the Executive Officers. A Executive Officer, appointed by the remaining Executive Officers, to fill a vacancy shall be appointed to hold office for the unexpired term of his or her predecessor in office.

Section 5.07 Compensation.

Executive Officers shall not receive any salary or compensation for their services to the organization.

Article VI
Meetings

Section 6.01 General Meetings.

Regular general meetings of the general membership shall be held at such date, time and place as may be determined by the Executive Officers.

Section 6.02. Executive Meetings.

Executive meeting for the Executive Officers shall be held at such date, time and place as may be determined by the president.

Section 6.03 Special Meetings.

Special Meetings of either the general membership or the Executive Officers may be called by the President or by two or more Executive Officers on four days notice to each Executive Officers and the general membership.

Section 6.04 Notice of General Meetings.

Notice is required for all general meetings. The notice shall specify the place, date, time, and purpose for which the general meeting is called. Three days notice is required for regularly scheduled general meetings. Four days notice is required for special meetings as provided for in Section 6.03 of these By-Laws.

Section 6.05 Voting.

Any member in good standing is entitled to vote at any meeting of the general membership. Whenever any action is to be taken by vote of the members, it shall, except as otherwise required by law or the Constitution, be authorized by a majority of the votes cast at the general meeting. A quorum shall be required to take any action by majority vote.

Any Executive Officer in good standing is entitled to vote at any meeting of the Executive Officers. Whenever any action is to be taken by vote of the Executive Officers, it shall, except as otherwise required by law or the Constitution, be authorized by a majority of the votes case at the executive meeting. A quorum shall be required to take any action by majority vote.

Section 6.06 Quorum.

At all meetings a majority those Executive Officers currently in office or a participation of general members numbering at least ten shall constitute a quorum for the actions of the organization. However, if a quorum is not present, three Executive Officers or a majority of general members may adjourn the meeting to another time and place.

Section 6.07 Proxies.

Every member or Executive Officer who is entitled to vote at a meeting may authorize another eligible voter to act for him or her by written, dated, and signed proxy. No proxy shall be valid after 2 months from the date of its execution. Every proxy shall be revocable at the pleasure of the director executing it.

Section 6.08 Action Without Meeting.

Any action required may be taken without a meeting by the President or two other Executive Officers, if such action is promptly reported to the other Executive Officers and the general membership. Prompt reporting in this instance must be initiated within three days.

Article VII
Executive Officers

Section 7.01 Executive Officers.

The Executive Officers of the organization shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Community Service Chairperson, Social and Cultural Chairperson, and Publicity Chairperson.

Section 7.02 Election and Term of Office.

The Executive Officers shall be elected as provided for in section 5.03.

Section 7.03 President

The President shall:
a) Preside at all general and executive meetings,
b) Hold general responsibility for managing the organization’s affairs,
c) Implement policies established by the Executive Officers,
d) Use his or her discretion in running the organization’s day to day affairs,
e) Have general supervisory duties,
f) In absence of the treasurer, perform the duties of that office,
g) In absence of the secretary, appoint another member to take minuets of the meeting, and
h) Represent the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association at all official functions.

Section 7.04 Vice President.

The Vice President shall:
a) Perform all duties of the president in absence of the president,
b) Perform other duties assigned by the president,
c) Organize the Alumni Dinner,
d) Organize the Mentor-Mentee Program, and
e) Perform other duties assigned by the president.

Section 7.05 Secretary.

The Secretary shall:
a) Give notice of all meetings,
b) Receive and send correspondence,
c) Keep and distribute minutes of all meetings,
d) Maintain the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association listserve,
e) Take attendance at all meetings and events, and
f) Perform other duties assigned by the president.

Section 7.04 Treasurer.

The Treasurer shall:
a) Be responsible for the organization’s funds,
b) Keep account of receipts and expenditures,
c) Keep the Executive Officers informed of the organizations financial position,
d) Create the semester budget to be submitted to the Student Bar Association, and
e) Perform other duties assigned by the president.

Section 7.05 Community Service Chairperson.

The Community Service Chairperson shall:
a) Develop and maintain a working relationship with the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center,
b) Encourage members to volunteer at the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, and
c) Perform other duties assigned by the president.

Section 7.06 Social and Cultural Chairperson.

The Social and Cultural Chairperson shall:
a) Assist the vice president in organizing the Alumni Dinner,
b) Organize events in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month,
c) Develop a cooperative working relationship with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association chapter of the District of Columbia, and
d) Perform other duties assigned by the president.

Section 7.07 Publicity Chairperson.

The Publicity Chairperson shall:
a) Publicize all general meetings and events,
b) Serve as editor or the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association Newsletter, and
c) Perform other duties assigned by the president.

Article VIII.
Amendments

These By-Laws may be altered or repealed by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Officers. Amendments to the Constitution shall be made by two-thirds vote of the Executive Officers and the approval vote of a majority of the general membership that qualifies as a quorum.