Phi Alpha Delta

Constitution

Adopted August 14, 2006

ARTICLE I - NAME

  1. As chartered by the International Executive Board of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, the name of this organization shall be the University of New Mexico School of Law, McManus Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International.
  2. The organization is a student organization at the University of New Mexico School of Law.

ARTICLE II - OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the organization shall be:

  1. To provide a forum for discussion and exploration of the legal field.
  2. To promote the professional advancement of its members.
  3. To encourage and create opportunities for members to achieve academic success.
  4. To provide contact and interaction with members of the legal community and forge a sense of friendship and "brotherhood" among its members.
  5. To serve the community through a variety of philanthropic events.
  6. To promote the principles, ideals and precepts of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International.

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

Members must be students, staff, and/or faculty members at UNMSOL. Any student at the University of New Mexico School of Law who meets the requirements for membership is eligible to be an active member in the UNMSOL chapter of Phi Alpha Delta.

  1. Eligibility for membership as a student consists of all of the following requirements:
    1. Must be currently enrolled at UNMSOL.
    2. Must not be on any disciplinary or scholastic probation.
    3. Must have a cumulative of GPA at or above 2.5.
    4. Must complete all requirements established for prospective members.
    5. Must pay appropriate dues as specified in Article IX (B).
  2. In order for a student to be in good standing, he/she must:
    1. Remain current on both national and local dues.
    2. Be free of disciplinary or scholastic probation.
    3. Keep his/her cumulative GPA at or above 2.5.
    4. Adhere to any additional chapter policies in existence now or adopted in the future.
    5. Fulfill all requirements for membership participation.
  3. If a member fails to fulfill any of the five requirements to be in good standing stated in Article III (B.) above, he/she will be placed on "inactive" status until the requirement is fulfilled.
  4. "Inactive" status signifies that a member will be allowed to participate in meetings but will not be allowed to participate in the election process or attend social events.
  5. Alumni Membership - Any person who is not a member of any other law fraternity who has been admitted to and is in good standing with the Bar or any jurisdiction recognized by the International Chapter or by the International Executive Board; any law graduate who is a member of the faculty of any lawschool; and any judge who qualified in either of the preceding categories prior to becoming a judge. Upon initiation such member shall automatically become an alumnus/alumna member of the Fraternity.
  6. Honorary Membership - Any person not a member of any other law fraternity who has attained unusual distinction in the legal profession or in the field of law on at least a statewide basis, shall be eligible to be initiated into the Fraternity as an Honorary Member of this Fraternity upon petition by the law school chapter and election by the International Executive Board under the provisions of ArticleIII, Section 3(c) of the Constitution of the Fraternity.

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS

  1. The officers of this organization are 1) Justice, 2) Vice Justice 3) Clerk, 4) Treasurer, and 5) Marshal.
  2. In compliance with UNMSOL rules and regulations, in order for a member to be eligible to accept a nomination to an officer position he/she must:
    1. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
    2. Have been an active member for a period of at least one semester.
    3. Plan to register for at least nine credit hours during each semester in office.
  3. Officers will be determined by election.
    1. An election official will be selected by a majority vote of the officers two weeks prior to election.
    2. Nominations for each officer position will take place at least two weeks prior to the elections.
      1. A qualified member, as defined by Article IV (B), may accept nominations to more than one office.
      2. Once a nominee wins an office, he/she must withdraw his/her nominations for all other offices.
    3. Election of officers will take place at the last meeting of the spring semester.
      1. Elections will be completed in the order listed in Article IV (A.).
      2. If a clear majority vote is not achieved on the first ballot, a run-off will be held before proceeding to the vote on the next office.
  4. Officers will assume office for the period of one year, beginning at the time of installation immediately following the election.
  5. Officer meetings will be called regularly, and all officers must attend.

ARTICLE V - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee of the organization will consist of the five officers: Justice, Vice-Justice, Clerk, Treasurer, Marshal as well as the chairperson of each standing committee. The Executive Committee will hold meetings separate from the officer meetings from time to time, and officers and chairs must attend.

ARTICLE VI - COMMITTEES

  1. The following are standing committees:
    1. Community Service Committee
    2. Fundraising Committee
    3. Professional Development Committee
    4. Prospective Membership Committee
    5. Publicity Committee
    6. Scholarship Committee
    7. Social Committee
    8. Tech Support
  2. Each standing committee shall have a chairperson appointed by the President and approved by a majority vote of the officers.
  3. A committee chairperson must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
  4. Each standing committee shall have a vice chairperson selected by the chairperson and approved by a majority vote of the officers.
  5. No officer may chair a committee concurrent to his/her time as an officer.
  6. Committee chairpersons must attend all meetings of the Executive Committee. If the Officers determine the chair to be chronically absent or negligent as to his/her duties, the Officers, by majority vote, can remove the chair and place the vice-chair in charge of the committee's activities.

ARTICLE VII- VOTING

  1. The Constitution and by-laws may be amended by a 2/3 majority vote of those members present and voting.
  2. A proposed amendment must be presented to the membership at least two weeks prior to a vote being taken on it.
  3. A nominee for an officer position is the winner of that position when he/she receives the majority of the votes.
  4. In order to vote, you must be:
    1. Present at the meeting in which a vote is taken, and
    2. An active member in good standing (see Article III B.).

ARTICLE VIII- STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

To the extent provided by applicable law, this organization shall not exclude anyone from participating in, deny the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Fraternity on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation.

ARTICLE IX - FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS

  1. Each candidate for membership shall deliver the International Membership Fee of $70.00 to the treasurer of the chapter. Checks shall be made payable to Phi Alpha Delta.
  2. Members shall pay the established chapter dues of $10.00 per year, unless hardship status is granted by the Officers.
    1. In order for hardship status to be granted a student must present their case to the Officers.
    2. After the case has been heard, the Officers will vote, and a majority vote will constitute the decision.
    3. Hardship status is valid for one semester.
    4. Documentation will be provided to the member, once hardship status has been approved.
  3. The affairs of the chapter shall be conducted on a sound financial basis and no payable chapter indebtedness shall be incurred without prior approval of a vote of 2/3 of the chapter.

ARTICLE X - STATEMENT OF NON-HAZING

In compliance to UNMSOL's rules and regulations, this organization will not conspire to engage in hazing, participate in hazing, or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or person attending this institution.

ARTICLE XI - STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE WITH CAMPUS REGULATIONS

This organization shall comply with all policies and regulations of UNMSOL and the UNM System as well as all local, state, and federal laws.