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University of Montana School of Law Student Bar Association

Bylaws

MISSION STATEMENT

The students of the University of Montana School of Law are committed to advancing the noble ideals of the legal profession and promoting lifelong involvement in public affairs. The University of Montana Student Bar Association is dedicated to improving the quality of legal education at the University of Montana, providing students with an effective representative voice in the affairs of the School of Law and the University, and making legal education and the legal profession more responsive to the needs of society.

ARTICLE I

General Provisions

Section 1:        The organization shall be known as the University of Montana School of Law Student Bar Association or SBA.

Section 2:        All students enrolled in the University of Montana School of Law shall be considered members of the SBA. Annual membership dues shall be collected through the tuition and fees process.

Section 3:        The SBA is the exclusive official governing organization representing the students enrolled at University of Montana School of Law.

Section 4:        The SBA derives its authority from the consent of the students of the University of Montana School of Law with the original ratification of these Bylaws.

Section 5:        The status of the SBA as the exclusive governing organization of the students of the University of Montana School of Law shall not limit the rights of law students to form independent organizations for the pursuit of specialized goals.

Section 6:        The SBA may develop appropriate relationships with any organization that has an interest in the University of Montana School of Law.

Section 7:        The SBA shall have an office in the University of Montana School of Law building to house its officers, documents, and supplies.

Section 8:        Official copies of these Bylaws shall be kept in the official SBA files and the School of Law Student Services office.

ARTICLE II

Objectives

Section 1:        The SBA shall promote academic standards, procedures, and regulations that will serve to advance student welfare, improve the quality of teaching and learning,protect the privacy and integrity of student academic records, and to provide for the most positive and accurate evaluation of student academic performance.

Section 2:        The SBA shall promote academic offerings that will best meet the needs of law students, their future clients, the legal system, and the community they will serve.

Section 3:        The SBA shall promote a balanced program of educational, social, and cultural extracurricular activities to enhance each student’s legal education through community involvement and civic participation.

Section 4:        The SBA shall promote reform within the legal profession to ensure that the legal system is more responsive to the needs of the society.

Section 5:        The SBA shall promote the protection of the rights and privileges of all law students in policy-making deliberations of the University of Montana School of Law, and of governmental bodies on campus and at local, state, and national levels.

Section 6:        The SBA shall promote awareness regarding the social, ethical, and professional responsibilities inherent in the study and practice of law.

Section 7:        The SBA may pursue other objectives not in conflict with these Bylaws.

ARTICLE III

Powers and Duties

Section 1:        The SBA retains the power to adopt and publish resolutions representing the position of the students on any issue relevant to a legal education, the legal profession, the legal system, School of Law policies, or University policies.

Section 2:        The SBA retains the power to distribute and utilize funds allocated by the School of Law or generated by revenue-producing operations conducted by the SBA in ways that directly or primarily benefit programs of the School of Law or members of the student body.

Section 3:        The SBA retains the power to establish committees for purposes of reaching any objective vital to any student or students’ legal education.

Section 4:    The SBA retains the power to appoint students to all deliberative, advisory or study groups or committees established by the faculty or administration of the School of Law or the University.

Section 5:        The SBA retains the power to recognize and support independent organizations and associations of students in the School of Law and to allocate SBA funds for the use of such recognized groups. Newly formed student groups shall fill out application and petition to show student body interest before funds are allocated.


Section 6:        The SBA retains the power to hear any grievances expressed by any student wishing to contact the SBA concerning alleged unfair treatment by faculty members, administrators, SBA officers, or independent student organizations; and the power to communicate findings, inquiries, and resolutions concerning grievances to the appropriate authorities or individuals.

ARTICLE IV

Student Rights

Section 1:        Students have the right to be represented by a fellow student at all meetings of faculty and administration on matters concerning legal education.

Section 2:        Students have the right to vote in elections for SBA leadership, on initiatives and referenda, on Bylaw amendments, and any other matter deemed appropriate by the SBA Executive Board.

Section 3:        Students have the right to petition for recall of SBA leadership, Bylaw amendments, initiative, or for referendum vote on any issue. A petition is defined in Article IX Sec. 12.

Section 4:        Students have the right to seek and hold SBA elective or appointive office.

Section 5:        Students have the right to be informed of all official actions by the SBA and its committees.

Section 6:        Students have the right to receive adequate notice prior to all elections, business meetings, and hearings conducted by the SBA leadership.

Section 7:        Students have the right to attend and participate in any meeting of the SBA, its leadership, or its committees. When authorized by state law, an SBA Executive Board majority may convene an executive session.

Section 8:        Students have the right of access to the SBA office when at least one member of the SBA Executive Board is present.

Section 9:        Students have the right to use any available designated, personal study space within the School of Law building. Space shall be assigned based on class seniority and availability.

Section 10:      Students have the right to be free from discrimination, harassment, or intimidation based upon actual or perceived: age, sex, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, color, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, familial status, pregnancy, political beliefs, military service, or other purely arbitrary criteria.

Section 11:      Subject to restrictions set within these Bylaws, students shall retain all other rights and powers of student governance.

Section 12:      These express rights are in addition to rights stated in the Law Student Handbook produced by the administration of the University of Montana School of Law.

ARTICLE V

Executive Board and Officer Duties

Section 1:        The SBA shall be governed by elected leadership known as the SBA Executive Board.

Section 2:        The SBA Executive Board shall be made up of the President, Vice-President, American Bar Association Law Student Division Representative, Business Manager, Community Relations Coordinator, Sustainability Coordinator, and Class Representatives.

Section 3:        The SBA Executive Board shall promote or adopt any method to better garner student opinion regarding the School of Law.  The President and the ABA Representative are the liaisons to the faculty and administration. The Board may authorize any Board member to represent the organization when appropriate.

Section 4:        Each board member shall memorialize the year's events in a log of decisions, actions, and notes to be kept in a folder or binder in the SBA office. The purpose of this log is to provide advice and information to incoming Board Members and to provide continuity for the SBA over years.

Section 5:        The President is the leader of the SBA and the SBA Executive Board.

(A)             The President shall be the official spokesperson of the University of Montana School of Law student body.

(B)              The President shall call and preside over General SBA and SBA Executive Board meetings.

(C)              The President shall, with SBA Executive Board approval, appoint students to all student Standing Committees created by these Bylaws.

(D)             The President shall, with SBA Executive Board approval, create student committees to address special issues outside the scope of the Standing Committees.

(E)              The President may call special meetings of the General SBA and its Executive Board when business requires.

(F)               The President, with SBA Executive Board approval, may call special elections.

(G)             The President shall serve as a non-voting student representative to faculty and administrative meetings along with the ABA representative.

(H)             The President is the chair of the Student Services Committee, as in Article VI, Section 4(A).

Section 6:        The Vice-President shall serve at the pleasure of the members of the SBA.

(A)             The Vice-President shall preside over meetings of the General SBA or its Executive Board in the President’s absence.

(B)              The Vice-President shall serve as a liaison from the SBA Executive Board to the independent student organizations. In this capacity, he or she shall regularly contact the leaders and members of all independent student organizations, and shall chair the Student Organizations Committee.

(C)              The Vice-President shall assign all student cube, desk, and carrel locations. Each student shall have designated study space pursuant to these Bylaws.

Section 7:        The American Bar Association Law Student Division Representative shall serve at the pleasure of the members of the SBA.

(A)             The ABA Representative shall act as a liaison between SBA and all other Bar Associations.

(B)              The ABA Representative, in conjunction with the President, shall serve as point of contact between the SBA and other law school governing organizations.

(C)              The ABA Representative shall be the representative to the American Bar Association Law Student Division and supervise enrollment of SBA members in the ABA.

(D)             The ABA Representative shall serve as the voting student representative to the faculty meetings. The ABA Representative shall vote in accordance with the needs and views of the students.

(E)              The ABA Representative shall take minutes at every meeting of the SBA and the SBA Executive Board. The ABA Representative shall provide an unofficial copy of the minutes to each member of the SBA Executive Board. Upon approval of the minutes by the SBA Executive Board the minutes shall be published for all students to view.

(F)               The ABA Representative is the chair of the Student Faculty Relations Committee as in Article VI, Section 4(B).

Section 8:        The Business Manager shall serve at the pleasure of the members of the SBA.

(A)             The Business Manager shall prepare, administer, and regularly report on the SBA budget and make the budget available to any student wishing to review it.

(B)              The Business Manager shall, with the approval of the SBA Executive Board, distribute funds to independent student organizations in accordance with these Bylaws.

(C)              The Business Manager shall keep all the official records of the SBA.


(D)             The Business Manager is the chair of the Social Committee as in Article VI, Section 4(I).

Section 9:        The Community Relations Coordinator shall serve at the pleasure of the members of SBA.

(A)             The Community Relations Coordinator shall encourage all students and independent student organizations to engage in activities that benefit the community outside the law school.

(B)              The Community Relations Coordinator shall identify and publish opportunities for students to become involved in the community outside the law school.

(C)              The Community Relations Coordinator shall, with the assistance of the Public Service Committee and approval of the SBA Executive Board, identify methods of funding these opportunities. This funding shall be independent and separate from the SBA budget and the budgets of the independent student organizations.

(D)             The Community Relations Coordinator shall administer an application based grant program that assists with funding worthy community based activities that meet the approval of the Public Service Committee.

(E)              The Community Relations Coordinator is the chair of the Public Service Committee as in Article VI, Section 4(D)

Section 10:      The Third Year Class Representative shall serve at the pleasure of the members of the third year class.

(A)             The Third Year Representative shall represent and seek feedback from the Third Year class.

(B)              The Third Year Representative shall notify the Third Year class of all SBA activities as well as the SBA Executive Board decisions.

(C)              The Third Year Representative shall assist their class with any bar application or graduation concerns.

(D)             The Third Year Representative is the chair of the Career Services Committee as in Article VI, Section 4(E) and is the chair of the Election and Nominations Committee as in Article VI, Section 4(C).

(E)              The Third Year Representative is in charge of the 3L class photo, and as such, is responsible for organizing this event with administration.

(F)               The Third Year Representative is in charge of the 3L class gift, and as such, is responsible for the organization and execution of this task with the help of administration.

(G)             The Third Year Representative is responsible for providing information to all Law Students on the Process of application to the State Bar of Montana, including the necessary fingerprinting for admission.

Section 11:      The Second Year Class Representative shall serve at the pleasure of the members of the second year class.

(A)             The Second Year Representative shall represent and seek feedback from the Second Year class.


(B)              The Second Year Representative shall notify the Second Year class of all SBA activities as well as SBA Executive Board decisions.

(C)              The Second Year Representative is the chair of the Technology and Facilities Committee as in Article IV, Section 4(F).

(D)             The Second Year Representative is the chair of the Law Week Committee as in Article IV, Section 4(H).

(E)              The Second Year Representative is responsible for organizing the SBA's participation in the 1L Intro Program and is to work with Faculty and Administration in this role.

Section 12:      There shall be two First Year Class Representatives that shall serve at the pleasure of the first year class.

(A)             The First Year Representatives shall represent and seek feedback from the First Year class.

(B)              The First Year Representatives shall notify the First Year class of all SBA activities as well as SBA Executive Board decisions.

(C)              The First Year Representatives, in conjunction with the rest of the SBA Executive Board, shall assist the members of their class with the transition to Law School.

(D)             The First Year Representatives shall publish all notices and signs notifying students of SBA meetings, functions, and events.

(E)              The First Year Representatives shall serve on the Social Committee.

Section 13:      The Sustainability Coordinator shall serve at the pleasure of the members of SBA.

(A)             The Sustainability Coordinator shall be responsible for consolidating all recycling that accumulates in the law school class rooms, study rooms, library, castles center, conference rooms and common areas into bins at designated recycling pickup locations on each floor.

(B)              The Sustainability Coordinator shall maintain a relationship with sustainability partners in the greater UM campus.

(C)              The Sustainability Coordinator shall attend, or send a designated liaison to attend, at least one Sustainable Campus Committee meeting each semester.

(D)             The Sustainability Coordinator shall identify sustainability concerns in the law school and take steps to address those concerns wherever possible through the proper channels.

(E)              The Sustainability Coordinator, in order to carry out the aforementioned duties, may establish a committee from among the members of the Student Bar Association.

Section 14:      The term of office for members of the SBA Executive Board shall commence on May 1 following the spring election and continue for one year. The first-year representatives shall begin their term immediately following the fall election. The outgoing SBA officers may remain in the SBA offices after the election to study for finals or to study for the Bar Exam if graduating 3L's.

Section 15:      The first duty of any SBA Executive Board member shall be to pledge in a way designated by the Board, to faithfully represent the student body, in accordance with the SBA Bylaws.

Section 16:      No student may concurrently hold more than one position on the SBA Executive Board.

Section 17:      The Executive Board is authorized to make stylistic, non-substantive, changes to these Bylaws. Upon making these changes, an updated version of the Bylaws shall be published to the student body and the student body shall be directly notified.

ARTICLE VI

Student Bar Association Committees

Section 1:        The President, with the approval of the SBA Executive Board, shall appoint members to the SBA Standing Committees with the exception of the Honor Code Committee. The SBA Executive Board has the authority to remove appointed committee members.

Section 2:        Unless otherwise provided in these Bylaws, each SBA Standing Committee may consist of students that do not serve on the SBA Executive Board. Membership on each SBA Standing Committee shall be no less than one and no more than twelve. The committees shall meet regularly to complete business assigned to them by the SBA Executive Board.

Section 3:        Each SBA Standing Committee shall be chaired by a member of the SBA Executive Board.

Section 4:        The SBA Standing Committees shall be governed by these Bylaws:

(A)             The Student Services Committee shall work to improve the quality of School of Law facilities and student services. This President shall chair this committee.

(B)              The Student-Faculty Relations Committee shall work to promote positive relationships between students and faculty and improve the quality of the School of Law’s academic climate. The ABA Representative shall chair this committee.

(C)              The Election and Nominations Committee shall supervise all aspects of the election of the SBA Executive Board and the Honor Committee. The Third Year Representative shall chair this committee.

(D)             The Rules Committee shall be tasked with the continuing review of the SBA Bylaws. It shall be powered with resolving any ambiguity within the Bylaws, by providing a written opinion, subject to the ratification of, the SBA Executive Board. The Rules Committee shall consist of three members. At least one must be an SBA Executive Board member and at least one must be an SBA member not on the Executive Board.

(E)              The Public Service Committee shall work to improve the quality of the student body’s public service efforts. The activities pursued and approved by this committee will be open to all students. The activity may further efforts in the area of pro bono service, public interest law, government affairs, or other area worthy of community advocacy. The activity may raise awareness about an issue facing an area of the law that benefits a disenfranchised segment of the population. The Community Relations


Coordinator shall chair this committee.

(F)               The Career Services Committee shall work to improve the employment opportunities for all law students by offering feedback and other assistance to the Career Services Office. The Third Year Representative shall chair this committee.

(G)             The Technology and Facilities Committee shall work to improve the quality of technology and learning environments at the School of Law. The Second Year Representative shall chair this committee.

(H)             The Student Organizations Committee shall consist of the leaders of each SBA recognized student organization. The organization shall encourage cooperation amongst student groups and promote student-based events at the School of Law. The Vice-President shall chair this committee.

(I)                The Law Week Committee shall plan activities occurring in conjunction with Montana Law Week. The Second Year Representative shall chair this committee.

(J)                The Social Committee shall plan the Barristers Ball and any other social events designed for students. The Business Manager shall chair this committee. There shall be a Tailgate Sub-Committee to plan all events surrounding sporting events occurring on campus. The First Year Representatives shall co-chair this sub-committee.

Section 5:        The SBA Executive Board shall select student representatives to Faculty Committees.

Section 6:

(A)

  • The Honor Code Committee shall consist of one third year student, one second year student, and one first year student elected pursuant to these Bylaws. Alternates may also be elected. The members shall serve for a term of one year on the Honor Code Committee. The committee shall be charged with interpreting and enforcing the Honor Code in accordance with the student handbook.

(B)

  • The Student Counsel shall be one second year student or one first year student elected pursuant to these Bylaws.  The Student Counsel shall serve for a term of one year. The Student Counsel shall be charged with assisting Faculty Counsel in reviewing, investigating and prosecuting violations of the Honor Code.

Section 7:        The President, with the approval of the SBA Executive Board, may create other committees to address issues outside the scope of the Standing Committees.

ARTICLE VII

Elections

Section 1:        All members of the SBA Executive Board and Honor Code Committee, other than First Year Representatives, shall be elected in April in conjunction with Montana


Law Week. The First Year Representatives shall be elected by the end of the fourth full academic week of the fall semester.

Section 2:        All SBA members of the First and Second year classes on the date of the election shall be qualified electors for the spring election Only members of the respective academic class shall vote for that class’ representative.

Section 3:        The Elections Committee shall have the authority to promulgate rules for the conduct of elections. No candidate for office may be a member of the Election Committee. Every class shall be represented on the committee. The members of the committee shall be the official vote counters for each election.

Section 4:     Candidates for the SBA Executive Board Positions shall be members of the SBA and enrolled and taking classes at the University of Montana School of Law. No candidate may be nominated for more than one SBA Executive Board office.

Section 5:        A call for petitions nominating candidates shall be made by the SBA Executive Board two weeks prior to the election. A copy of the election rules shall be posted with the call for nominations.

Section 6:        In the event of a special election, a call for petitions shall be made one week prior to the election. No SBA member may hold more than one SBA Executive

Board office at a time. If a special election is called, any nominees that are current SBA Board Members must resign from their current SBA Executive Board office in order to be eligible for the special election.

Section 7:        Nominations for all officers shall be made by petition signed by 15 qualified electors. Each nominee shall declare on the petition the position the nominee is seeking.

Section 8:        Each nominee for the SBA Executive Board shall attach to the petition a personal statement of no more than one type-written page detailing their interest in the respective position to be posted on the SBA bulletin board and to be made available electronically.

Section 9:        Petitions and statements shall be due 5 p.m. Friday the week before the election. Section 10:                   All nominees shall be in good standing with the School of Law.

Section 11:      The candidate who receives the most votes cast for each executive position shall be elected. In the event of a tie for a position, a runoff election shall be held two academic days later. For the election of First Year Class Representatives, the person with the most votes shall be the chosen, and the person with the second most votes shall be chosen. If the election for First Year Class Representatives results in a tie of two candidates, then those two candidates will be the representatives. If there is a tie for the position receiving the second most votes, a runoff election will be held.


Section 12:      Write in candidacies are permitted if the candidate submits a letter of intent and personal statement to the SBA two days prior to the election. No write-in candidate may be elected who has not received at least 15 votes.

Section 13:      If all positions are not filled by election, they shall be filled by a special election governed by the provisions of this Article. A special election can be held at any time throughout the academic year if given proper notification in accordance with this article.

ARTICLE VIII

Vacancies

Section 1:        Any member of the SBA Executive Board may resign in writing at any time. Section 2:                        Any student may initiate recall proceedings against any member of the SBA

Executive Board by submitting a recall petition to the student members of the

Honor Code Committee. The petition must be signed by one-third of the qualified electors the SBA Executive Board member in question represents. The petition must also detail the reasons for recall. If two-thirds of the qualified electors represented by the SBA Executive Board member in question approve the recall petition during a special election, the recalled member will be relieved of his or her duties.

Section 3:        A vacancy occurring in an office shall be filled by a special election governed in accordance with these Bylaws.

Section 4:    A member of a Standing Committee shall be removed and replaced by the SBA Executive Board for missing three consecutive committee meetings and may be removed and replaced for general misconduct.

ARTICLE IX

Meetings

Section 1:        The SBA President or the Executive Board has the power to call a General SBA Meeting. The SBA Executive Board shall notify all students of a General SBA meeting at least one week in advance. A petition of 30 students submitted to the SBA Executive Board may call a General SBA Meeting.

Section 2:        The SBA Executive Board shall meet at least twice an academic month or more if business requires. The SBA Executive Board shall notify all students of an Executive Board meeting at least 48 hours in advance. Special meetings can be called by the President at any time.


Section 3:        SBA Standing Committees shall meet regularly and as often as business requires.

The SBA Executive Board shall notify all students of committee meetings at least 48 hours in advance.

Section 4:        The Honor Code Committee shall meet as often as business requires. Section 5:                        Notice for all meetings shall include the agenda for the meeting.

Section 6:        Except as otherwise provided by these Bylaws, the SBA shall be governed by

Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised when applicable and necessary.

Section 7:        Quorum for General SBA Meetings is defined as 30 students of the SBA membership who are not members of the SBA Executive Board.

No decision made by vote of the SBA shall be considered valid unless quorum is met. In the event a General SBA meeting decision and an SBA Executive Board decision conflict the General SBA meeting decision governs. If no quorum is established, then the agenda for the General SBA Meeting moves to the next meeting of the SBA Executive Board.

Section 8:        Quorum for SBA Executive Board meetings shall be six of the ten members.

Section 9:        Unless otherwise provided in these Bylaws, Executive Board approval means a simple majority vote in favor of the proposed motion at a meeting in which quorum is met.

Section 10:      Unless otherwise provided in these Bylaws, SBA approval means a simple majority vote in favor of the proposed motion at a SBA General Meeting in which quorum is met.

Section 11:      Proxies are not allowed in any meeting convened to discuss SBA matters. Section 12:                        Business may be conducted by the students through referendum or initiative.

Referendum is defined as reconsideration of a SBA decision. Initiative is defined as a new proposal for SBA consideration. Any student may submit a petition with a detailed proposal and the signatures of 30 members to the SBA Executive Board. If the proposal is determined to be in proper order a special election will be called within two weeks for a vote of majority approval by the qualified electors. If the proposal is not determined to be in proper order then the SBA Executive Board will ask the author to resubmit the proposal.

ARTICLE X

Financial Affairs

Section 1:        The SBA shall be supported and maintained by funds derived from student fees, receipts from SBA sponsored activities, and donations.


Section 2:        For the purpose of being an SBA recognized independent student organization eligible to receive SBA funds, a student group must have a faculty advisor, have Bylaws on file with the School of Law administration and SBA Executive Board, meet regularly, and be open to all members of the School of Law.

Section 3:        All net profits made by an independent student organization shall be disclosed and considered in the budgeting process.

Section 4:        The Business Manager shall call for budget requests from independent student organizations by the Friday of the second week of classes each fall semester. Requests shall include a line item statement of the funds requested; a statement explaining the need and purpose of the funds; a list of outside funding sources used by the organization including any accounts bearing the organization’s name; and a narrative of the expenditures made by the organization during the previous year. The Apportioning Process shall follow the CLS Settlement Agreement of July 30, 2011.

Section 5:        All budget requests shall be submitted to the Business Manager by the Friday of the third week of classes each academic year. Late requests may be considered with approval by the SBA Executive Board.

Section 6:        Based upon the budget request submitted by independent student organizations, the Business Manager shall submit a budget proposal to the SBA Executive Board with explanations by the Friday of the fourth week of classes each fall semester. The Business Manager shall provide a copy of these recommendations to each student organization leader.

Section 7:        The SBA Executive Board shall call a meeting by the Friday of the fifth week of classes each fall semester to hear all independent student organizations comments regarding the SBA Budget Recommendations. All organizations requesting funds from SBA shall have a representative appear before the SBA Executive Board to explain the organizations budget requests. No member of the SBA Executive Board shall present on behalf of any student organization. Following the hearing the SBA Executive Board shall hold a meeting to consider changes to the Budget Recommendations.

Section 8:        The SBA Executive Board shall publish to the students a final budget proposal within 48 hours of the budget hearing.

Section 9:        A ratification vote shall be held within 3 days of the final budget proposal being published to the students. The budget will be deemed ratified if a majority of the qualified electors voting vote to approve the budget. If the proposed budget is not ratified the SBA Executive Board shall call another hearing to discuss possible changes to the budget with representatives from each independent student organization. A second budget shall be published no less than one week after the first ratification vote. This process shall continue until a budget is ratified.


Section 10:      Any active independent student organization that raises funds beyond the SBA allocation and expends the equivalent of their SBA allocation shall retain control of the raised funds in subsequent academic years. Necessary rules governing this section shall be promulgated by the SBA Executive Board and the School of Law. A group becomes inactive if after 1 year there are no reports to SBA of officer elections or meetings of that student group. If the SBA Executive Board determines that a group has become inactive, it shall reallocate all funds in that groups accounts to the general SBA fund, unless objections are timely raised. These funds are to be distributed or used as decided by the SBA Executive Board.

Section 11:      The SBA budget can be viewed at any time by any student.

Section 12:      A budget and revenue mechanism separate from the SBA budget will be maintained by the Community Relations Coordinator. These resources will be used by students, groups of students, or independent student organizations on projects that will benefit a community outside the School of Law. The grant process will be governed by the SBA Executive Board and the Public Service Committee.

ARTICLE XI

Amendments

Section 1:        These Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote at any regularly scheduled SBA election or at any special election. Proposed amendments shall be placed on the ballot if the SBA Executive Board so recommends or if 1/3 of the SBA members sign a petition requesting the proposed amendment be placed on the ballot.

Section 2:        Any proposed amendment must be placed on the ballot by one of these procedures and published to the students no less than two weeks prior to the election.  Special elections called for the purposes of addressing a proposed amendment shall be called no less than two weeks and no more than four weeks prior to the election.

Effective Date

The effective date of these Bylaws shall be March 15, 2013 and the amendments approved on that date shall revoke and replace all prior Constitutions and Bylaws of the University of Montana Student Bar Association. These Bylaws were enacted on April 24, 1985 and amended on April 22, 1987, October 19, 1994, Fall Semester 2000, Spring Semester 2003, March 14,

2013, and August 30, 2014.