Latinx Law Students Association

Our Mission
LLSA's primary focus is to recruit, support, and graduate LLSA students. We advocate for training that prepares students to meet the needs of the legally underserved, particularly in the Latinx community. LLSA provides academic support for its students; serves as an organizing force around political issues; and creates a social atmosphere that promotes a shared culture and experience.

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  • Constitution

    We, the Latinx students of the UCLA School of Law, recognize the need to assemble as one united organization dedicated to promoting the integrity, recognition, leadership and advancement of our people.  In the pursuit of these goals, we hereby set forth the following Constitution as a proclamation of our commitment.

    Article I

    Section  1 – Name: The name of our organization is Latinx Law Students Association at UCLA, hereinafter referred to as LLSA.  We are part of the School of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles.

    Section 2 – Statement of Purpose, Goals and Objectives:

    LLSA's primary focus is to recruit, support, and graduate LLSA students. We advocate for training that prepares students to meet the needs of the legally underserved, particularly in the Latinx community. LLSA provides academic support for its students; serves as an organizing force around political issues; and creates a social atmosphere that promotes a shared culture and experience.

    The goals and objectives of LLSA are declared to be the following:

    1. to actively recruit Latinx applicants to the UCLA School of Law in order to continually strengthen the voice and presence of Latinx students in the law school and legal profession,
    2. to provide academic, social, and moral support for Latinx law students to ensure the graduation of LLSA law students,
    3. to educate LLSA students about the legal areas that need to be served and to reinforce our responsibilities in assisting the larger community in areas such as women's rights, immigration, education, health, housing, employment, language rights, race relations, and other vital areas,
    4. to advocate for the recruitment and retention of Latinx faculty,
    5. to encourage interaction between all student organizations of color and other allied groups on campus and at the law school(s) so that we may come to recognize and understand the concerns of our peers and their respective communities,
    6. to provide an arena for LLSA women to discuss issues affecting them as women of color facing multiple forms of oppression,
    7. and to advocate for the admission of Latina/o students who demonstrate a commitment to the Latinx community through their work and personal histories.

     

    Article II

    Membership

     

    Section 1 – Eligibility: Membership shall be open to all students of UCLA School of Law who subscribe to the goals and objectives of LLSA and who will work towards achieving those goals and objectives.

    Section 2 – Member Defined: A member shall be a person who has paid her/his dues

    Section 3 – Dues: Membership dues shall be $20 per member per school year or as unanimously approved by the Board.

    1. Dues shall be collected by the Treasurer at the start of each semester, collection deadline per semester to be established by the Board.
    2. Installment payments plans may be arranged with the Treasurer.
    3. Due waivers will be considered and approved by the Board.
    4. The Treasurer shall maintain a membership list based on dues collected.

    Article III
    Officers

    Section 1 – Officers: The officers of this organization shall be Co-Chairpersons (2), External Co-Chairpersons (2), Academic Support Chairpersons (2), Secretary, Treasurer, Recruitment Co-Chairpersons (2), Admissions Chairperson, Social Chairperson, Inter-Org Chairperson, Community Service Chairperson, First Year (1L) Representatives (2), and Third Year (3L) Representatives (2).

    Section 2 – Co-Chairpersons: Shall,

    1. Preside at LLSA Board Meetings
    2. Preside at LLSA General Membership meetings
    3. Execute all orders and resolutions of LLSA
    4. Represent LLSA in all matters regarding its relationship with UCLA School of Law and other matters not delegated to other officers or members of LLSA
    5. Call Special Meetings when required
    6. Ensure the LLSA Women's Coalition operates as a support group to Latinx women law students
    7. Appoint special committee groups as needed to research, organize, implement, or otherwise facilitate the resolution of specific issues of concern which may arise
    8. Co-sign checks with Treasurer
    9. Organize a Board member retreat to take place within the first month of Fall semester
    10. In the early Fall semester, develop an annual budget with Treasurer for yearly events
    11. Attend every board and general meeting.

    Section 3 – External Co-Chairpersons: Shall,

    1. In the absence or disability of the Co-Chairpersons, perform all the duties of the Co-Chairperson. In so acting, she/he shall have all powers of, and be subject to, the restrictions of the Co-Chairpersons
    2. Establish and maintain relationships with other schools, organizations, and associations outside of the UCLA School of Law
    3. Work in conjunction with the UCLA School of Law Alumni Office and LLSA Alumni Association to update and maintain the addresses of Latina/o alumni
    4. Organize the LLSA Law Students Association's Alumni Dinner in the Spring semester, including development of budget
    5. Request donations from alumni for scholarship, LLSA graduation, and the Alumni Reception in conjunction with the Treasurer
    6. As part of the Alumni Dinner, two alumni shall be honored, preferably a male and female, upon the approval of the majority of the board
    7. Attend every board and general meeting.

    Section 4 – Academic Support Co-Chairpersons: Shall,

    1. Be responsible for developing and maintaining adequate support services to help LLSA Members maintain good academic standing
    2. Shall attend every board and general meeting.

    Section 5 – Secretary: Shall,

    1. Keep minutes of all regular meetings to archive and approve at subsequent meetings
    2. Notify all members of General Meetings in writing
    3. Keep a register containing the names, addresses, and telephone number of all members in order to create a LLSA directory
    4. Receive correspondence and delegate mail according to Board member responsibilities
    5. Record Board Member attendance at each Board and General Meeting
    6. Attend every board and general meeting.

    Section 6 – Treasurer: Shall,

    1. Collect membership dues and maintain a list of members who have paid dues
    2. Keep accounts and accounting of LLSA and report the financial status at each board meeting
    3. Have signatory powers, along with the Co-Chairpersons, over the LLSA bank accounts
    4. Ensure a minimum of three fundraising events take place per year
    5. Request donations from alumni for scholarship, LLSA graduation, and the Alumni Reception in conjunction with the External Co-Chair. 
    6. Ensure that LLSA has planned enough fundraising events to fund the LLSA Law Students Association Scholarship
    7. Maintain and update a reference list of all available sources of funding from the law school administration, the law school SBA, and UCLA campus-wide programs, the Graduate Student Programming Office, and any other resources.
    8. In early Fall semester, develop annual budget with Co-Chairs for yearly events
    9. Attend every board and general meeting.

    Section 7 – Recruitment Co-Chairpersons: Shall,

    1. Organize representatives of LLSA to appear at pre-law conferences to actively encourage and recruit Latinx applicants to the law school
    2. Organize at least one (1) Fall semester event, namely a People of Color Law School Admissions Workshop which covers the topics of taking the L.S.A.T., admissions, preparation of statements of purpose and resumes. Collaborate with Treasurer to develop budget for the event
    3. Coordinate campus visits for interested Latinx applicants and any other interested groups or individuals who contact LLSA in conjunction with Admissions Chairperson
    4. Create, update, and maintain a list of Latinx undergraduate pre-law societies for purposes of facilitating communications and distribution of information to Latinx students interested in attending law school
    5. Within the first five meetings of the Fall semester, present and report to the Board and General Membership the outlined duties for Recruitment including a plan for the academic year
    6. Attend every board and general meeting.

    Section 8 – Admissions Chairperson: Shall,

    1. Be responsible for advocating on behalf of ethnic minority applicants in the admissions process by applying to the SBA Faculty Admissions Committee
    2. Upon notification of accepted Latinx applicants to UCLA School of Law, contact the admits by correspondence or telephone or via e-mail to encourage their acceptance of UCLA School of Law's admissions' offer
    3. Coordinate campus visits for interested Latinx applicants and any other interested groups or individuals who contact LLSA in conjunction with Recruitment Chairperson
    4. Assist in planning at least one (1) Spring time event, namely a Admit Weekend to recruit admitted Latinx students to UCLA School of Law
    5. Attend every board and general meeting.

    Section 9 – Organizing Chairperson: Shall,

    1. Organize events and maintain communications with other ethnic and allied organizations in the law school
    2. Represent LLSA in issues pertaining to systems of oppression in efforts to challenge the subordination of LLSA and other ethnic and allied communities
    3. Attend every board and general meeting.

    Section 10 – Community Service Chairperson: Shall,

    1. Facilitate and/or organize LLSA's participation in at least one activity per year that is to be discussed and approved by the Board
    2. Attend every board and general meeting.

    Section 11 – Social Chairperson: Shall,

    1. Maintain constant communication with the first-year class to ensure a healthy and supportive social climate
    2. Schedule LLSA sponsored social activities in order to provide a social balance in an academic setting
    3. Organize a "Welcome" event within the Fall semester and an End of the Year event in the Spring semester
    4. Facilitate Mentor/Mentee Program including introductory meeting and a minimum of one (1) subsequent activity
    5. Attend every board and general meeting.

    Section 12 – First Year (1L) Co-Representatives:Shall,

    1. Act as official representatives of the first-year class by voicing its concerns before the organization and by acting as liaison to the LLSA Board
    2. Act as assistant to the Academic Support Chairperson in conducting supportive services for the first-year students
    3. Attend every board and general meeting.

    Section 13 – Third Year (3L) Co-Representatives: Shall,

    1. Act as official representatives of the third-year class by voicing its concerns before the organization and by acting as liaison to the LLSA Board
    2. Organize LLSA Graduation including collaborating with Treasurer to develop budget for the event
    3. Attend every board and general meeting.

    Article V
    Election of Officers

    Section 1 – Timing: Elections shall be held every year during the Spring semester, no later than the twelfth week, to allow time for a transitional board meeting.

    1. Elections for the First Year (1L) Representative shall be held during the Fall semester, no later than the fourth week.

    Section 2 – Procedure: Nominations will be made from the floor, and each nominated candidate shall, prior to voting, voice whether they will accept or decline the nomination. At such time as nominations for specific positions are closed, such nominees shall give a brief speech stating their qualifications, and/or reasons for aspiring to a particular office, she/he seeks. The election shall be by secret ballot and shall require a majority vote. Run-off elections will be conducted as necessary.

    1. Members of the upcoming third year class shall elect the Third Year (3L) Representatives.
    2. Members of the First Year class shall elect the First Year (1L) Representatives.

    Section 3 – Restrictions: No officer shall succeed her/himself, except in exceptional circumstances where vacant positions cannot be filled by any other member.

    Section 4 – Eligibility: No member shall be eligible to vote or hold office unless said member has paid her/his dues.

    Articles VI
    Meetings

    Section 1 – General Body Meetings: The General Body shall meet at least five (5) times per semester and at least as often as once every three weeks.

    Section 2 – Board Meetings:  The Board shall meet at least 5 times per semester and at least as often as once every three weeks, to precede each General Meeting.

    Section 3 – Special Meetings:

    1. The Co-Chairpersons may call a Special Meeting if so desired. The Secretary shall notify all members in writing
    2. Such meetings may also be called by vote of one-fourth of the membership upon written request to the Secretary, whose duty it shall be to call the Special Meeting

    Article VII
    Removal of Officers and Resignations

    Section 1 – Removal: An Officer of LLSA may be removed from office by resolution of two-thirds of the membership or by unanimous vote of the Board for the following reasons:

    1. Absence from multiple board/general meetings, unless there are extenuating circumstances and a Co-Chairperson is given prior notice. It is the officer's responsibility to inform her/himself of what occurred at the meeting,
    2. Misfeasance of funds, or
    3. Violation of any provision of the Constitution.

    Section 2 – Notice of Action:

    1. Prior to any action as set forth in Section 1, of this Article, at least fifteen days written notice must be sent to the member involved stating the reasons for the anticipated action before any action of removal shall commence.
    2. No notice of disciplinary action is required pursuant to Section 1(a)

    Section 2 – Resignations: An officer of LLSA who wishes to resign from office shall,

    1. Provide the entire board with written notice
    2. Provide transitional information for replacing officer
    3. Hold subsequent election to fill vacant officer position in accordance with Article V within 21 days.

    Article VIII
    Committees

    Section 1 – Establishment: Committees may be formed and duties established by the Co-Chairpersons, or the LLSA General Body, if so requested of the Co-Chairpersons in writing.

    Section 2 – Power to Appoint Sub-Committees: The power to appoint Sub-Committees shall be vested in the committee of which the Sub-Committee is a part. A Sub-Committee may be created by the relevant Committee by a majority vote.

    Article IX
    Miscellaneous

    Section 1 – Inspection of the Constitution: LLSA shall keep in its office the original copy of the Constitution as well as the Constitution as Amended or altered to date. These shall be open for inspection at all reasonable times during office hours.

    Section 2 – Amendments: A new Constitution may be adopted or this Constitution may be amended or repealed by resolution of four-fifths of the membership.

    Section 3 – Non-Discrimination Statement: (required as of August 10, 1994). The Latinx Law Students Association at UCLA, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, age, medical condition (cancer related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era Veteran or special disabled Veteran. The Latinx Law Students Association at UCLA also prohibits sexual harassment. This non-discrimination policy covers organization membership, access to organization programs and activities, and the general treatment of members in the organization.

    Section 4 – Provision to Make Financial Records AvailableThe Latinx Law Students Association at UCLA, in accordance with applicable University policy, will make financial records available to university administrators upon request.

     

    Last Amended on: February 23, 2020
    Amendments Effective on:  March 1, 2020

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