Student Bar Association

Constitution

ARTICLE IX

Committees

  1. Selection and Appointment
    1. At the beginning of the fall semester, the SBA Vice President shall initiate, coordinate, and implement a selection process for choosing student members of SBA and joint faculty-student committees. The SBA Vice President shall produce a form and distribute the form to all members of the student body. The form shall give an overview of the SBA, and provide a detailed description of the SBA and joint faculty-student committees. The form shall also request information from the student applying for appointment to a committee, including, but not limited to: class, division, home and work telephone numbers, address, e-mail address, resume, and a brief statement of interest.
    2. Elected and appointed SBA members shall be eligible to serve on committees, provided that they are not involved in the selection process. The SBA Vice President shall consult with the Faculty Advisor and Dean of Student Affairs and the joint faculty-student committee chairs concerning the number of students to be appointed to joint faculty-student committees. The SBA Vice President shall consult with the SBA Executive Board and SBA Executive Council concerning the size of the SBA committees.
    3. The SBA Vice President, one (1) week after the conclusion of the fall first-year elections, shall prepare a list of applicants for committees to the SBA President. After the conclusion of said elections, the SBA Vice-President shall, at his or her discretion, appoint the nominees to the committees, and the SBA Secretary shall individually notify each committee member in writing. The SBA Secretary shall provide a list of committee members to all SBA members at the next regular SBA Executive Council meeting.
    4. The SBA Vice President shall also particularly contact unsuccessful candidates for SBA office immediately upon the conclusion of the fall and spring elections, and provide them with information about the committees.
    5. After the annual selection process, the SBA Vice President shall make additional appointments as vacancies or openings arise as provided for in this section.
  2. SBA and Joint Faculty-Student Committees
    1. SBA Committees: The SBA Vice President or the SBA committees themselves shall determine the procedures, functions and duties of the committees, subject to revision by a simple majority vote of the SBA Executive Council.
      1. Constitution and Rules: The committee is chaired by the SBA Parliamentarian. The committee shall maintain a computerized copy of the SBA Constitution and By-Laws, and a computerized copy of the Standing Rules. The committee shall propose timely changes to these documents on its own initiative, or upon request of the SBA Executive Council. The committee shall particularly take note of all interpretations of this document by the SBA President.
      2. Election: The committee is chaired by the SBA Parliamentarian. If the SBA Parliamentarian seeks elected office, the SBA President shall appoint another elected SBA member who is not seeking office to serve as Acting Chair of the committee. The committee shall propose Campaign and Election Rules and the dates for election events as provided for in this document. If a paper ballot, the SBA Parliamentarian shall validate the results. Committee members shall serve as pollsters and shall count the ballots. If an electronic ballot, committee members shall assist in polling preparations and the SBA Parliamentarian shall validate results. No candidate for office shall serve on the committee or serve as a pollster or ballot counter. The committee also administers referenda.
      3. Budget: The SBA Treasurer chairs the eight-member budget committee, which consists of the class presidents or their designees, and the second year day class vice president or in their absence, the third year day class vice president and further in their absence another day division class board member. The SBA Treasurer only votes in case of a tie, and has discretion to yield his or her vote to the SBA President in cases of conflict of interest. The SBA President serves as an ex-officio member. The SBA Comptroller serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member, and may serve as chairperson of the committee in the absence of the SBA Treasurer. The SBA Parliamentarian serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member. Each fall the committee proposes an annual budget for the SBA and campus groups, in addition to a supplemental budget each spring. The Budget Committee's functions are further detailed in the budget article of this document.
      4. University Student Government Association (USGA) Committee: The committee is composed of all elected USGA Senators. The SBA Vice President serves as an ex-officio member, to whom the committee reports prior to each meeting of the SBA Executive Council. The USGA Senators represent the Law School at all USGA meetings. In the event any USGA Senator is unable to attend a given USGA meeting, the SBA Vice President shall appoint a temporary Senator from the class of the Senator being replaced, if applicable, to fill in for the elected Senator at the USGA meeting. In the event that the SBA Vice President is unable to find a temporary replacement from the respective class, the SBA Vice-President shall appoint a temporary Senator from the Law School student body. The committee shall meet when necessary to discuss items of interest to the law school before the USGA, and shall assist law schools groups (recognized by the SBA) in seeking funds from the USGA.
      5. Honor Board: The eight-member Board is composed of the Chairperson and seven (7) representatives; one from each class. The Honor Board is governed by the Honor Code, which the SBA can amend by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote, with the concurrence of the Faculty Council. The Honor Board Chairperson shall file regular reports to the SBA Vice President pursuant to that officer's duties in this document.
      6. NYLF Committee: The committee shall be chaired by a 3D class officer and consist of one class officer from each class. Each semester, the President of each class shall appoint one class officer to sit on the committee. The committee coordinates and administers the NYLF program. The funds raised from the program will be donated to the Barrister’s Ball budget for that year.
      7. SBA Philanthropy Committee:  The chair of the committee shall be selected by the outgoing SBA President in the Spring Semester.  The Chair of the committee shall serve as a non-voting member of the SBA Executive Board during the following academic year.  The Chair of the committee, in conjunction with the SBA President, shall select all other members of the committee during the Fall Selection Process.  The committee is responsible for coordinating and planning at least one community service based initiative per year.  The initiative shall take place during either the Winter Vacation period, between the Fall and Spring Semesters, during Spring Vacation, or during any other time mutually agreed upon by the committee and the SBA.  The committee is responsible for raising the funds necessary for each student initiative.  Partial funding for the initiative may be allocated by the SBA.
      8. Ad Hoc Committees: The SBA President shall appoint ad hoc committees for specific issues at his or her discretion. The ad hoc committees shall expire at the end of the SBA President's term, unless extended by the SBA Executive Council or new SBA President.
    2. Joint Faculty-Student Committees
      1. Administrative: The committee considers campus and university policies in recommending and revising law school policies with respect to Faculty and Student Handbooks. The student representative cannot be a member or alternate on the Honor Board.
      2. Admissions and Student Recruiting: Student members participate in discussions of policy issues which may affect the admissions process and work with the Director of Admissions in the design and implementation of recruiting activities.
      3. Appointments: The committee interviews prospective lecturers and professors and recommends their appointment to the Faculty Council. This committee requires student members to be appointed within 2 weeks of the beginning of the school year.
      4. Curriculum: The committee recommends the approval of new courses to the Faculty Council, and recommends general changes to the curriculum as warranted.
      5. Library and Technology: The committee oversees the operation of the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, and discusses improvements to the library.
      6. International Committee: The committee develops course related the field of International Studies and oversees the South African externship program.
      7. Public Interest Committee: The committee works to develop courses and activities to promote studies in the field of public interest
    3. Faculty Committees: The SBA shall continue to work to integrate students into the faculty committees and insure student representation.
      1. Post Faculty Tenure Review: The committee periodically reviews faculty members with tenure to insure compliance with minimal standards of teaching ability and scholarship.
      2. Promotions: The committee considers whether to grant tenure to professors. The SBA shall give its input when faculty members are considered for tenure, with a special consideration of the faculty member's student-written class evaluations.
      3. Speakers: The committee selects speakers for graduation and other events. The SBA Speakers committee shall seek to integrate student representation into this committee.
      4. Student Awards: The committee recommends a variety of student awards to be given at graduation. The SBA shall, at its discretion, create a nomination system for student awards, and forward a list of nominees to the committee.
    4. Faculty Council
      1. The SBA President and SBA Vice President shall serve and the Fourth Year Evening Class President may serve as the SBA's official representatives to the Faculty Council. The SBA President and Vice President shall designate SBA members to attend Faculty Council meetings in their absence to insure student representation at all Faculty Council meetings. If the Fourth Year Evening President cannot regularly attend the meetings, the Third Year Evening President shall serve as the evening representative to the Faculty Council. In the event that neither president can regularly attend the meetings, they shall appoint someone, with the approval of the SBA President and Vice President, from the evening division to serve as the evening representative.
  3. Committee Reports to SBA Vice President
    1. All SBA and joint faculty-student committees shall make regular reports to the SBA Vice President, who shall report to the SBA Executive Council.

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