Constitution

We, APALSA at USC hereby declare our sovereignty and wholeness under the eyes of all humanity.

ARTICLE I. NAME AND PURPOSE

Section A: NAME
Part 1.The official name for this organization is the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.
Part 2.This organization will use the name or its acronym, APALSA, in all publicity materials and correspondence.

Section B: PURPOSE
Part 1. USC’s APALSA (Asian Pacific American Law Students Association) is dedicated to promoting the interests of Asian Pacific American students at USC Law on campus and throughout the greater legal community. By representing student interests to the SBA, Deans and professors, APALSA creates an environment that encourages our community to mature and excel. By developing our connections with the alumni family, national APALSA and NAPABA (National Asian Pacific American Bar Association) organizations, APALSA extends that representation nationally. Above all, APALSA promotes equality and social progress for the Asian Pacific American legal community here at USC Law School.

ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP

Section A: REQUIREMENTS
Part 1. All currently enrolled law students are eligible to be voting members.
Part 2. All other USC students and USC staff, faculty, alumni, and alumnae are eligible to be non-voting members.
Part 3. All members are required to demonstrate support for the purpose of this organization.
Part 4. Membership decisions will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion or creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.

Section B: RIGHTS
Part 1. All members are eligible to attend all meetings and events of this organization.
Part 2. If a fee is charged to attend a particular event, the membership will establish a fee scale for voting members, non-voting members, and others as appropriate.

ARTICLE III. OFFICERS

Section A: OFFICER TITLES
President
Internal Vice President
External Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Webmaster/Historian
Academic Committee Chair
Social Committee Chair
Alumni Relations Committee Chair
Community Service Committee Chair

Section B: DUTIES
Part 1. The President will chair all meetings of APALSA and will call special meetings as needed. The President will vote on APALSA matters only in case of a tie.
Part 2. The Internal Vice President shall chair any internal ad hoc committees or task forces of the organization. The Internal Vice President is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation and execution of all programs and affairs associated with the USC Law School.
Part 3. The External Vice President shall chair any external ad hoc committees or task forces of the organization. The External Vice President is responsible for maintaining relationships with entities beyond USC Law School, including but not limited to other USC schools, other Law Schools, Professional Bar Associations, Alumni and Media.
Part 4.The Secretary will take, record and file meeting minutes, produce all official correspondence for the organization, maintain a calendar and records, and ensure all APALSA communication and publicity.
Part 5. The Treasurer will develop and maintain a budget, handle reimbursements, record and report transactions, and raise funds.
Part 6. The Webmaster/Historian will develop and maintain APALSA’s website, photograph, post and memorialize all significant events, and maintain a long term historical log of APALSA’s development.
Part 7. The Academic Committee Chair will be responsible for providing academic resources to APALSA members. This includes, but is not limited to maintaining course outlines, final exam samples and academic workshops.
Part 8. The Social Committee Chair will be responsible for maintaining social solidarity and esprit de corp for APALSA. This includes, but is not limited to organizing and publicizing social events, and encouraging a friendly atmosphere.
Part 9. Alumni Relations Committee Chair will be responsible for establishing and developing relationships with USC APALSA alumni. This includes, but is not limited to publishing a newsletter, organizing alumni-oriented events, maintaining an updated list of alumni contacts and developing potential fundraising opportunities.
Part 10. Community Service Committee Chair will be responsible for developing opportunities for APALSA to serve the greater Asian Pacific American community. This includes, but is not limited to securing PILF grants, creating community service opportunities and organizing motivational community speakers.

Section C: REQUIREMENTS FOR RUNNING AND HOLDING OFFICE
Part 1. All officers and candidates for office must be currently enrolled USC students.
Part 2. All officers must be voting members of APALSA.

Section D: NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Part 1. Nominations for all offices will be taken form the floor of the last winter season meeting of the spring semester each year.
Part 2. Any members may nominate any other member, including himself or herself.
Part 3.Elections will be held prior to spring break.
Part 4.Nominations may also be made during the election meeting itself, prior to closing of nominations and taking the vote.
Part 5.A simple majority vote of the quorum present at that meeting will be sufficient to elect an officer. If there are more than two candidates and no candidate receives a majority, there will be a run-off vote between the top two vote recipients in the general meeting. Voting may also occur over a 2-day ballot election.

Section E: REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
Part 1. Officers may be removed from office for failure to perform duties or for violation of membership clause.
Part 2. A two-thirds majority of quorum present at a regularly scheduled meeting shall be sufficient for removal from office.
Section F: TERMS OF OFFICE AND VACANCIES
Part 1. The term of office shall be from the first meeting after spring break of each spring semester until the end of the following election of the subsequent spring semester.
Part 2. Should a vacancy in office occur, there will be another nomination procedure and election for the vacant office.
Part 3. In the meantime, the Vice Presidents will assume the duties of the President. Should those offices be vacant, any combination which is functional will be assumed.

ARTICLE IV. MEETINGS

Section A:
Regular meetings will be held at least once a semester.
Section B:
Board meetings will be held at least three times a semester. One Summer Board meeting will be required annually.
Section C:
The SBA Budget Preparation Meeting must occur before the First Week of Fall Semester. The Treasurer will receive program budget requests and produce a budget to ratify by that first meeting.

ARTICLE V. COMMITTEES

Section A: COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Part 1. All chairs of standing committees may draw up their own committee membership at will.
Part 2. Budgetary requirements for programs must be cleared through the treasurer prior to any expense.

ARTICLE VI. AFFILIATIONS

Section A: USC
Part 1. This organization is a recognized student organization at the University of Southern California, but is not part of the University itself.
Part 2. In all correspondence and business transactions, it may refer to itself as an organization at USC, but not as part of USC itself.
Part 3. APALSA accepts full financial and production responsibility for all activities it sponsors.
Part 4. APALSA agrees to abide by all pertinent USC policies and regulations. Where USC policies and regulations and those of APALSA differ, the policies and regulations of USC will take precedence.
Part 5. This organization recognizes and understands that the University assumes no legal liability for the actions of the organization, and that the University is not providing blanket indemnification insurance coverage for any activities of the organization, unless those activities expressly benefit and further the goals of the University, and have received prior review, approval, and consent of Campus Activities, Risk Management, and/or General Counsel.

Section B: NAPALSA
Part 1. APALSA is the USC chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.
Part 2. Where NAPALSA guidelines, regulations, or policies differ from those of USC, USC’s policies, regulations, and guidelines take precedence.

ARTICLE VII. FACULTY/STAFF ADVISOR

Section A: ADVISOR REQUIREMENTS
Part 1. As a recognized student organization at the University of Southern California, APALSA is required to have an official advisor from the USC faculty and/or staff.
Part 2. Other persons may serve as special advisors as needed.

Section B: DUTIES
Part 1. The advisor must sign the recognition application each year, or whenever officer information changes or amendments are made to the constitution.
Part 2. Officers should meet with the advisor three times per semester.
Part 3. An advisor may not vote in APALSA matters, hold office or unduly influence decisions of the student organization.

ARTICLE VIII. BY-LAWS AND AMENDMENTS

Section A: BY-LAWS
Part 1. By-laws can be added to this constitution by a simple majority vote of the entire membership at a regular meeting of APALSA.
Part 2. This constitution takes precedence over any and all by-laws.

Section B: AMENDMENTS
Part 1. This constitution can be amended by a two-thirds vote of the entire membership at a regular meeting of APALSA.
Part 2. Notification of such a motion must be made to members at least one meeting in advance of the one in which the actual vote is taken.