Law Students’ Association for Government Relations
This organization shall be known as the Law Students’ Association for Government Relations (hereinafter referred to as "this Organization" or "LSAGR").
The purpose of this Organization shall be to:
- Afford members of this Organization the opportunity to learn about the legislative process, state government and policy.
- Promote the interests of law students interested in their state’s legislature, government relations, lobbying and the legislative process generally.
- Afford law students the opportunity to identify and track the progress of specific legislation.
- Afford law students the opportunity to network with and meet New Mexico law makers, agency officials, and other office holding officials.
- Afford law students the opportunity to participate in public comment on legislation.
Eligibility for Membership: General Membership shall consist of any law student at the University of New Mexico School of Law who is in good academic standing, is current on their dues and agrees to adhere to the purpose of this Organization.
Classification of Membership:
- Active membership shall consist of any student who has fulfilled their payment of its dues for the fiscal year. This will entitle them to all the rights and privileges afforded by this Organization.
Rights of Membership: Only active members of the Organization have the right to vote, the right to hold office, or the right to officially represent this Organization. Associate members are allowed to participate as non-voting members in this Organization.
Duties of Membership: Regular participation in the activities of this Organization is incumbent upon each member.
Payment of Dues: In order to constitute active membership, each member shall remit payment of dues. Dues shall be submitted no later than December 11th of each year. The amount of dues required to constitute active membership will be determined by the Executive Board (hereinafter referred to as the "Board") of this Organization.
Eligibility of Officers: Persons eligible to hold an office of the Board of this Organization must be an active member of the Organization for the entire term.
Financing: This Organization shall finance itself primarily through fundraising activities, appropriations, dues and donations.
Classification of Officers: The officers of this Organization shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and a Treasurer. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed to them in the Organization’s Bylaws and the parliamentary authority adopted by this Organization.
Election of Officers: Officers shall be elected through a majority vote.
Terms of Office: Officers shall hold office for a term of one (1) year. The exception to this rule is that the President and Vice-President of this organization may hold office for as long as they desire. For the Treasurer and Secretary, a new term of office will commence on April 30th and will terminate on April 30th of the following year.
Organization Meetings: The Organization shall meet at least once a month. In case of emergency or urgent matters, any officer shall call a meeting no later than 24 hours before anticipated time. Meetings may be announced via posted flyer, word of mouth, and/or Email.
A quorum of the Organization will consist of a simple majority.
Legislation: All legislation of this Organization will be initiated by its officers and adopted through a majority vote by its members.
Adoption: Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws of this Organization will be adopted through a simple majority vote by its members.
Amendments: Any amendment(s) must be adopted through a majority vote of its members.
- Amendments to the Constitution or Bylaws shall be passed according to the rule set forth below:
- Constitutional Amendments shall be passed upon receiving a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of active membership.
- Constitutional and Bylaw Amendments to the Constitution will be ratified and take effect immediately upon adoption by a majority vote of active membership.
It seems like most organizations meet 2-3 times a semester. It might be asking too much to meet once a month or more.