MAPLA
Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors

Constitution


ARTICLE I. 

Name

The organization shall be known as the "Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors" (MAPLA).

ARTICLE II. 
Purpose

The organization will provide a context for the sharing of knowledge and experience among Advisors to promote informed advising of students considering a legal career. The Association will sponsor an annual conference of Advisors and law school admission officers. It will promote the training of new Pre-Law Advisors through workshops as well as the annual conference. It will provide a vehicle for increased communication between individual law school admissions officers, the Law School Admissions Council, Pre-Law Advisors and students.

ARTICLE III.

Membership

1.    Members shall be Pre-Law Advisors in accredited colleges or universities. Each member will have one vote.

2.    Associate Memberships shall be extended to appropriate individuals from law schools, other educational institutions, and attorneys. Each Associate Member will have one vote. 


ARTICLE IV.

Meetings and Quorums

1.    Meetings shall be held annually. Additional meetings may be called by the Board of Directors.

2.    A majority of the voting members attending the meeting shall constitute a quorum

3.    A quorum is necessary to take formal actions. Decisions will be made by majority vote of those present and voting.

4.    The time, place and agenda for the meetings shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

5.    Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern all parliamentary procedures.


ARTICLE V.

Officers

1.    The Officers shall be President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer.

2.    A new President-Elect shall be elected in even-numbered calendar years at the Annual Meeting. The current President-Elect will automatically become the new President upon election of a new President-Elect.

3.    Nominations for Officers and Board Members shall be made by a nominating committee composed of the President, President-Elect, and Immediate Past President if able to serve. Consent must be obtained from the nominees. Nominations will be sent to members thirty days before the Annual Meeting. Additional nominations, with the consent of the nominee, may be made from the floor at the Annual Meeting.

4.    Terms of office for the President and President-Elect shall be for four years total with two years in each position; terms for members of the Board, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be for two years. Terms of office shall commence upon election at the Annual Meeting and shall continue until his or her term concludes at the Annual Meeting two years later or in the case of a vacancy a replacement is appointed by the Board of Directors.


ARTICLE VI.
Board of Directors

  1. The Board of Directors is composed of the Officers and five Members elected for two-year terms, with two or three Members to be elected every other year. Nominations should be made with consideration for geographical distribution and diversity of types of schools represented.
  2. The Board of Directors shall select a member of an Associate Member to serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors as a liaison with law schools.
  3. The Board of Directors shall have the power to create ad hoc advisory committees whose membership, charge, and duration shall be at the discretion of the Board.
  4. At any time that a Member of MAPLA other than the President and Designated member are an officer of PLANC (Pre-Law Advisors National Council), they shall be considered an ex officio member of the MAPLA Board of Directors, shall be invited to all meetings of the board for liaison purposes, and their expenses shall be treated the same as all other members of the Board.


ARTICLE VII.

Amendments

1.    The Constitution may be amended only at the Annual Meeting by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting.

2.    Proposed amendments must be sent to each member thirty days before the Annual Meeting to make them eligible for consideration.


Amended September 13, 2014

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