Student Bar Association

Constitution

ARTICLE V

Duties of Officers

  1. The SBA President shall:

    1. Act as President of the student body of the law school, and as chief executive of the Student Bar Association;
    2. Preside over the SBA Executive Council as chairperson; interpret the SBA Constitution and By-Laws, and the Standing Rules, upon the advice of the SBA Parliamentarian; and set the agenda for such meetings;
    3. Serve as a SBA representative to the Faculty Council;
    4. Appoint the SBA Parliamentarian, the SBA Comptroller, the SBA Webmaster, the Primary USGA Senator for the Law School, and all non-elected committee chairpersons and members;
    5. Cast the tie-breaking vote in SBA Executive Council;
    6. Place issues before the student body for referendum;
    7. Establish ad hoc committees which shall terminate at the conclusion of the President's term;
    8. Coordinate with the Office of Student Affairs on matters concerning student organizations;
    9. Serve as an official representative of the law school at ABA-LSD meetings, and all meetings of the Council of SBA Presidents, be a member of the ABA-LSD and join and participate in the ABA Presidentís Listserv;
    10. Serve as an ex-officio member of the SBA budget committee;
    11. Serve as a voting member of the SBA Executive Board.

     

  2. The SBA Vice President shall:
    1. Coordinate and administer an annual selection process for nominating students to both SBA and joint student-faculty committees;
    2. Obtain monthly reports from all committees and at least once a semester give a report on the committee's activities to the SBA Executive Council;
    3. Serve as an ex-officio member of the USGA Committee and obtain a monthly written report from a USGA Senator on the USGA's activities;
    4. Obtain a written report from the Honor Board Chairperson and ABA-LSD Representative once each semester, and request the Chairperson's and Representative's attendance at an SBA Executive Council meeting at least once a semester to give a report on the Honor Board's and Representative's activities;
    5. Organize the annual Thurgood Marshall Lecture;
    6. Serve as an SBA representative to the Faculty Council;
    7. Perform other duties as assigned or delegated by the SBA President;
    8. Preside over the SBA Executive Council in the President's absence;
    9. Assume the office of the SBA President in the event of a temporary or permanent vacancy;
    10. Serve as a voting member of the SBA Executive Board.
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  4. The SBA Treasurer shall:
    1. Maintain accurate and computerized records of all financial transactions of the SBA for at least the last three years, and to submit a report of all receipts and expenditures at least once each semester;
    2. Coordinate and administer the SBA budget process, as outlined in Article X of this document;
    3. Coordinate and administer the student group accounts;
    4. Chair the SBA Budget Committee;
    5. Serve as the primary representative of the student groups and the SBA to the administration regarding funding for student activities;
    6. Serve as a voting member of the SBA Executive Board.
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  6. The SBA Secretary shall:
    1. Maintain accurate, computerized, and permanent records of all proceedings of the SBA Executive Council, and make all committee reports and other communications to the SBA Executive Council as part of the permanent record;
    2. Maintain attendance records of SBA Executive Council meetings, record all votes and cast proxy votes, and maintain and publish a current list of all SBA Executive Council members, including telephone numbers and E-mail addresses, by posting the list in the SBA Office and by forwarding copies to all SBA Executive Council members, and the Dean of Student Affairs;
    3. Certify, at the beginning of each semester, the current class (year) and division (day or evening) of all SBA Executive Council members with the Dean's office;
    4. Record and post all minutes of meetings of the SBA Executive Council within five (5) academic days of the adjournment of such meeting, and include such minutes in the agenda and proposal packet for the next SBA Executive Council meeting;
    5. Receive in writing, at least three days prior to each SBA Executive Council meeting, the agenda for such meeting and any written proposals requiring a vote by the body from the SBA President;
    6. Provide notice, at least two days prior to each SBA Executive Council meeting, of such meetings and proposals by posting all such materials on the SBA bulletin boards, and by forwarding copies to all SBA Executive Council members, the Dean of Student Affairs;
    7. Provide notice of all regularly scheduled SBA meetings at the beginning of each semester, no later than two (2) weeks after the start of each semester, by posting the meeting dates, times and locations on the SBA bulletin board, and by forwarding such postings to all SBA Executive Council members, the Dean of Student Affairs;
    8. Transmit official resolutions and correspondence of the SBA Executive Board;
    9. Maintain and publish a SBA e-mail list to SBA members and the student body, as directed by the SBA Executive Council;
    10. Serve as a voting member of the SBA Executive Board.
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  8. The SBA Parliamentarian shall:
    1. Maintain a current computerized copy, with amendments, of the SBA Constitution and By-Laws, and the Standing Rules, for permanent reference, in the SBA office, bulletin boards, and library;
    2. Distribute copies of the SBA Constitution and By-Laws, and the Standing Rules, to all SBA Executive Council members upon election, and to SBA Executive Council officers upon appointment, and to any interested student group or student upon request;
    3. Obtain a current copy, with amendments, of the USGA Constitution, By-Laws, Standing Rules, and forms and information for requesting USGA funds, for permanent reference, in the SBA office, bulletin boards, and library;
    4. Advise the SBA President on any matter of interpretation of the SBA Constitution and By-Laws, and the Standing Rules;
    5. Serve as Chairperson of the SBA Election Committee, and coordinate and administer the SBA election process, as outlined in Article VI of this document;
    6. Recommend timely changes to the SBA Constitution and By-Laws, and the Standing Rules, as the Chairperson of the SBA Constitution and By-Laws Committee;
    7. Serve as a non-voting member of the SBA Executive Board.
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  10. The SBA Comptroller shall:
    1. Assist in the management of all student group accounts;
    2. Assist in the management of all student group accounts;
    3. Maintain accurate and computerized records of all financial transactions of the student groups;
    4. Assume all other duties as assigned by the SBA Treasurer;
    5. Assist the SBA Treasurer in the coordination and administration of the SBA budget process, as outlined in Article X of this document;
    6. Submit all transactions to the SBA Treasurer for approval;
    7. Serve as a non-voting member of the SBA Budget Committee;
    8. Serve as a non-voting member of the SBA Executive Board;
    9. In the event of a vacancy in the position of SBA Treasurer, the SBA Comptroller will assume the SBA Treasurer’s responsibilities until the results of a special election pursuant to Article VI.C.6 are announced.
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  12. The SBA Webmaster shall:
    1. Regularly manage, maintain, coordinate, and update the SBA Webpage;
    2. Serve as a non-voting member of the SBA Executive Council.
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  14. The ABA-LSD Representative shall:
    1. Serve as an official representative of the law school at ABA-LSD meetings, and all meetings of the Council of SBA Presidents;
    2. Serve as an official liaison between the Law School and other law schools within our ABA-LSD Circuit;
    3. Chair the Law School chapter of the ABA-LSD;
    4. Report in writing to the SBA Vice President and SBA Executive Council once each semester, and attend a SBA Executive Council meeting at least once a semester to give a report on the activities of the ABA-LSD;
    5. Serve as an ex-officio member of the SBA Executive Board.
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  16. The Honor Board Chairperson shall:
    1. Chair, administer, and coordinate the Honor Board pursuant to the Honor Code;
    2. Report in writing to the SBA Vice President and SBA Executive Council once each semester, and attend a SBA Executive Council meeting at least once a semester to give a report on the activities of the Honor Board;
    3. Serve as an ex-officio member of the SBA Executive Board.
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  18. The USGA Senators shall:
    1. Serve as the official representatives of the law school at USGA meetings and activities;
    2. Assist student groups with obtaining funding from the USGA;
    3. Serve as an official liaison between the Law School and other graduate schools at the University of Maryland, Baltimore;
    4. Obtain current copies of the USGA Constitution and By-Laws;
    5. Report monthly to the SBA Vice President and SBA Executive Council, and on a rotating basis attend each SBA Executive Council meeting to give a report on the activities of the USGA;
    6. Serve, on a rotating basis, as ex-officio members of the SBA Executive Board.
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  20. Class Officers: organize all class functions and events associated with their particular class. Each of the seven divisions elects class officers. Evening Division students (1E through 4E) elect one president, one vice president, and one representative per class. Day Division students (1D through 3D) elect one president, one vice president, and three representatives per class. Each of the divisions also elects one representative to the Honor Board and USGA senator, dependant on the division and USGA Constitution and By-Laws.
    1. Class President: Serves as the chief executive officer of the class, and serves as the official student leader of the class. Each class president serves on the SBA Budget Committee pursuant to Article X.
    2. Class Vice President: Serves as an official student representative of the class; performs duties as assigned or delegated by the Class President; assumes the office of the Class President in the event of a temporary or permanent vacancy.
    3. Class Representative: Serves as official student representatives of the class; performs duties as assigned or delegated by the Class President.
  21. Honor Board members: Each class shall elect one (1) Honor Board member. The Honor Board shall consist of the Chairperson and seven voting members. Honor Board members shall be bound by this document and the Honor Code.
  22. USGA Senators: The law school shall elect the number of USGA Senators as detailed in the USGA Constitution and By-Laws, with one (1) of those USGA Senators elected in the fall by the first year day and evening classes. USGA Senators shall be bound by this document and the USGA Constitution.

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