National Muslim Law Students Association

National Muslim Law Students Association

CONSTITUTION

 ARTICLE I

Name

This organization shall be known as the NATIONAL MUSLIM LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED (hereinafter referred to as the “Association” or “NMLSA”).

ARTICLE II

Purpose

The purpose of this Association shall be to utilize its collective resources to:

  • Articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of Muslim Law Students;
  • Foster and encourage professional competence; 
  • Focus upon the relationship of the Muslim Law Student and the Muslim Attorney to the American legal structure; 
  • Instill in the Muslim Attorney and Law Student a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the Muslim community;
  • Influence the legal community to bring out meaningful change to meet the needs of the Muslim community;
  • Encourage Muslim Law Students to pursue careers in the judiciary; and
  • To establish new Muslim Law Students Associations (hereinafter "MLSA") at law schools throughout the United States and help    existing chapters to function more effectively.
  • To facilitate the cultural, religious, academic, and professional development of its members through innovative programming on national, circuit, and local levels.
  • Do all things necessary and appropriate to accomplish these purposes.

ARTICLE III

Membership

Section 1

Classification for Membership

A.     General Membership: General Membership shall consist of all matriculated Law Students at a Chapter Member.

B.     Chapter Membership: Chapter membership shall consist of:  1) a Muslim Law Student Association (hereinafter MLSA) whose petition is approved by the National Executive Board for admittance, or 2) any Law Student at an American Law School whose petition to be a NMLSA Representative is approved by the National Executive Board for admittance.

C.     College Student Division: NMLSA is to include a Pre-law student division as a sub-section entitled the College Student Division (hereinafter CSD). The CSD is to serve as a liaison program between prospective law students and NMLSA.

Section 2

Rights of Membership: Only general members shall have the right to hold national office.

A.        College Student Division Members may participate as non-voting members in all other activities of this Association.

Section 3

Duties of Membership: Regular participation in the activities of this Association is incumbent upon each member chapter.

ARTICLE IV

Officers

Section 1

Eligibility of Officers: Persons eligible to hold an office of the National Executive Board (hereinafter referred to as the “National Board”, or the “Board”) of this Association must be a General Member of the Association for an entire term.

Section 2

Classification of Officers: The Officers of this Association shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, Director of Academic & Professional Development, Director of Communications, 1-L Representative, and Circuit Chairs from each circuit.  These Officers shall perform duties prescribed by these Bylaws adopted by this Association.


Section 3

Election of Officers

A.                 National Officers: The President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, Director of Academic & Professional Development, Director of Communications, 1-L Representative shall be elected by a majority of the general membership of NMLSA. Such election will be coordinated by a National Credentials Committee.

B.                 Circuit Chairs: Under the supervision of the National Credentials Committee, each Circuit Chair shall be appointed by a majority of the National Officers, based on the advice of the general membership from each region.

The Circuits will track the U.S. federal Circuit system, currently consisting of the following:

1)      FIRST CIRCUIT  CHAIR (covering the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico)

2)      SECOND CIRCUIT  CHAIR (covering the states of Connecticut, New York, and Vermont)

3)      THIRD CIRCUIT CHAIR (covering the states of Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania)

4)      FOURTH CIRCUIT CHAIR (covering the states of Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia)

5)      FIFTH CIRCUIT CHAIR (covering the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas)

6)      SIXTH CIRCUIT CHAIR (covering the states of Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Tennessee)

7)      SEVENTH CIRCUIT CHAIR (covering the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin)

8)      EIGHTH CIRCUIT CHAIR (covering the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota)

9)      NINTH CIRCUIT CHAIR (covering the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington)

10)  TENTH CIRCUIT CHAIR (covering the states of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming)

11)  ELEVENTH CIRCUIT CHAIR (covering the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia)

12)  DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT CIRCUIT CHAIR

Section 4

Terms of Office: The officers shall hold office for a term of one (1) year.  A term of office shall commence June 1st and shall terminate May 31st of the following year.

ARTICLE V

National Executive Board

Section 1

Composition:  The officers of the Association shall be designated the National Executive Board and shall be composed of the following members: President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, Director of Academic & Professional Development, Director of Communications, 1-L Representative, and Circuit Chairs from each circuit.

Section 2

Powers of the Executive Board: The Board shall have a general power to administer any and all programs, business projects, and matters pertaining to or concerning the Association. 

A.        The Board shall have the power to create such staff positions and such committees as it deems necessary to carry out the business of the Association.  Such staff persons and committee chairpersons shall be appointed by the National President from the general membership subject to the approval of the Board.


1.         Appointed members are considered Board members to the extent that they may have the power to make motions at National Board meetings, if recognized, but are not considered Board members for the purpose of establishing quorum or voting on any programs, business projects or matters of the Association.

B.         Any decision of the Board shall be made at a duly called meeting at which there is a quorum.  This meeting may be conducted through an internet forum or tele-forum.

C.        Pursuant to Article X of this Constitution, the Board is empowered to discipline any officer who is negligent in the discharge of his or her duties to the Association.

Section 3

Board Approval: Board approval is defined as an affirmative simple majority vote by the National Executive Board. 

Financing: This Association shall be financed primarily by dues, fund-raising activities, donations, and grants.  

ARTICLE VI

Committees

Section 1

A. The Standing Committees of the Association may include the College Student Division/Pre-law Division Committee, Constitution and Bylaws committee, the National Convention Arrangements Committee, the Alumnus committee, the Advisory Committee, and other committees that may be created by the National Executive Board.

B. Such other committees, Standing or Special shall be appointed by the National President as the Board shall from time to time deem necessary to carry on the work of the Association.

C. The chairpersons of all Standing and Special Committees, shall be appointed by the National President, subject to the approval of the Board.

D. The Board may delegate such appointive powers as are necessary to facilitate the organization and operation of a committee. 

ARTICLE VII

Meetings

Section 1

National Executive Board Meetings: There shall be no less than two physical board meetings annually, including the National Convention. All officers are required to attend or send a representative to every Board meeting.

Section 2

National Convention:  The Board shall convene a meeting each spring which shall be known as the “National Muslim Law Students Association National Convention” (hereinafter referred to as the “National Convention”).  The Program of Action, consisting of the resolutions passed by the general membership and developed annually at each National Convention, is binding on the Administration elected at that Convention. 

ARTICLE VIII

Financial Affairs

Section 1

Financial Report: A financial report of money in the National Treasury shall be made by the Board to the Assembly at the National Convention.  The financial records of the Association shall be submitted annually to a certified public accountant for audit immediately after the first regularly scheduled Board meeting.  This audit report shall be completed within the first sixty (60) days of the new fiscal year.

Section 2

Fiscal Year:  The fiscal year of the Association shall commence September 1 and terminate August 31 of the following year. 

ARTICLE IX

Disciplinary Proceedings

Procedure: The Association is empowered to make and enforce its own rules and to require that its members and officers refrain from conduct injurious to the Association or its purposes. The Board shall have the power to censure its members, staff persons and committee members. Enforcement of any disciplinary action is pursuant to Article V, Section 2 of this constitution.

Review: All disciplinary measures shall be reported by the Board to the General Assembly at the National Convention and are thereupon subject to review by the General Assembly.

ARTICLE XI

Mandatory Projects

The following projects are mandatory:  The Annual National Convention and the NMLSA Mentorship Program.

ARTICLE XII

Constitutional Amendments

Section 1

Amendments:

A.        Amendments to the National Constitution or Bylaws shall be passed according to the rules below:

1.      CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS: shall be passed by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the National Board.

2.      BYLAWS AMENDMENTS: shall be passed by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the National Board.


B.         Constitutional and Bylaw Amendments to the NMLSA Constitution shall take effect immediately upon passing by the National Board, except where an alternative date is specified therein.