Constitution and Bylaws of the Chicago-Kent Federalist Society

As amended 10-15-15

Article I – Purpose and Membership

  1. The name of the organization shall be the Chicago-Kent Federalist Society (the “Society”).
  2. The Chicago-Kent Federalist Society is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.
  3. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. The Society shall host frequent debate panels and guest speakers at the Illinois Institute of Technology Downtown Campus, covering issues of current policy and academic concern.
  4. The Chicago-Kent Federalist Society shall not lobby for legislation or sponsor or endorse candidates for public office.
  5. Membership is open to all Chicago-Kent students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Alumni shall not be considered members unless they have requested such.

Article II – Elections 

  1. Elections for the positions of President, Vice President for External Affairs, Vice President for Chapter Affairs, Treasurer and Secretary shall be held in the month of April of each academic year, at a time to be fixed by the executive board.
  2. Elections shall be announced at least two weeks in advance.
  3. The Secretary shall accept nominations for the aforementioned offices until the day immediately before elections. Candidates may nominate themselves.
  4. Elections shall be by anonymous ballot at a meeting held for such a purpose. Prior to voting, all candidates shall be allowed two minutes to address the other members regarding their qualifications for any office for which they’ve been nominated.
  5. The candidate receiving the most votes for each office shall take the office. In the event that there is a tie, the winner shall be chosen by a vote among the members of the Executive Board.
  6. Ballots shall be counted by two or more members, appointed by the Executive Board, who are expected to graduate at the end of the spring term.
  7. Newly-elected officers shall assume their duties one week following the end of elections.
  8. Members may challenge the results of an election or appointments by presenting their complaints to the Student Bar Association General Assembly within 48 hours following the election. Decisions on complaints shall be determined by the General Assembly.

Article III – Officers

  1. The President, Vice President for Chapter Affairs, Vice President for External Affairs, Treasurer and Secretary shall comprise the Executive Board.
  2. There may only be one President and one Treasurer on the Executive Board. The office of President and the office of Treasurer cannot be held concurrently by the same person.
  3. The most recent former President shall hold the office of President Emeritus ex officio, and may vote in the Executive Board. The office of President Emeritus shall be considered vacant if that individual also holds another Executive Board position. In the event that a vote of the Executive Board is tied, the President Emeritus shall have the tie-breaking vote.
  4. Should an office other than the President become vacant, members shall vote a member into that office by two-thirds affirmative vote by either voting at a general membership meeting or by electronic means.
  5. Should the office of President become vacant, the Executive Board shall appoint someone on the board by two-thirds majority vote at the next Executive Board meeting.
  6. The Executive Board may appoint a Lawyer’s Chapter Liaison, Membership Director, Hospitality Director, Media Relations Director by majority vote. If appointed, these officers shall comprise the Advisory Board.
  7. The Executive Board shall also appoint representatives for each first year, day division class section and may appoint other officers as it sees fit.
  8. In no event shall any individual who has personally called for the violent overthrow of the United States government or who has been a member of an organization calling for such be an officer of the Federalist Society.
  9. In no event shall a person convicted of human trafficking, any war crime, genocide, or a crime against humanity be an officer of the Federalist Society.
  10. The President shall coordinate with the Chicago-Kent administration, the national Federalist Society, and other student Federalist Society chapters to plan events. The President shall also coordinate with speakers, maintain the chapter’s calendar and call executive board, advisory board and general membership meetings.
  11. The Vice President for Chapter Affairs shall coordinate with other Chicago-Kent student organizations, the Membership Chair, and first year section representatives to plan events. The Vice President for Chapter Affairs shall also maintain the organization’s membership roster and email list and coordinate event catering and social events.
  12. The Vice President for External Affairs shall coordinate with the Hospitality Chair, Lawyers Chapter Liaison, and Media Relations Chair to plan events. The Vice President for External Affairs shall also be responsible for event announcements and marketing, communications with the Chicago Lawyer’s Chapter and media relations.
  13. The Treasurer shall retain receipts for all expenses and shall manage reimbursement of expenses. The Treasurer shall cooperate with the national Federalist Society and the Chicago-Kent Student Bar Association to promptly reimburse members for any authorized expenditures made for the organization.
  14. The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping minutes of executive board meetings and maintaining order and decorum in all meetings. The Secretary shall take notes at general membership meetings and shall take and record a head count at each meeting and event. The Secretary shall also distribute a draft agenda for general membership meetings to the executive board two days in advance and a final agenda to the membership one day in advance.

Article IV – Meetings

  1. Executive Board Meetings and General Membership Meetings shall be held at dates and times deemed appropriate to the current demands of the school year and the needs of the Society.
  2. Quorum shall consist of those members present at a meeting and voting.

Article V – Amendments

  1. These by-laws may be amended, added to or repealed at any meeting by a two-thirds affirmative vote of the members present and entitled to vote, provided that the proposed change has been presented in writing at least five business days prior to the meeting at which the action is to be taken.

Article VI – Ratification

  1. These by-laws shall take effect immediately upon ratification by two-thirds of the Executive Board and any other members present at a meeting called for this purpose.
  2. These by laws shall be posted on the Society’s official website.