Bylaws

  1. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
    1. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the Chair, the two Judging Director(s), the Inter-School Competition Director, Finance Director and the Public Relations Director. Additional directors of the respective competitions may be added to the Executive Committee as needed by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.
    2. The duties and responsibilities of the Chair and Directors are as follows:
      1. Chair
        The duties of the Chair are:

        1. To serve as faculty liaison generally and specifically as liaison with the faculty advisor;
        2. To be ultimately responsible for all Board activities including the actions of other Directors;
        3. To supervise the work of members and candidates;
        4. To preside at meetings of the Executive Committee and meetings of the members and candidates generally;
        5. To oversee and maintain records of Board activities;
        6. To appoint all ad hoc committees and delegate duties as appropriate;
        7. To maintain a list of all current and past Board members;
        8. To ensure the BOA website is updated and maintained;
        9. To coordinate the awarding of certificates relating to Board membership and participation in competitions.
      2. Judging Director(s)
        The duties of the Judging Director(s) are:

        1. To maintain a record of all persons available to judge;
        2. To be responsible for all judging activities;
        3. To train, support, supervise and coordinate all Assistant Judging Directors members in their duties;
        4. To send out thank you letters and CLE certificates to all judges;
        5. To solicit and instruct the judges for all competitions.
      3. Inter-School Competition Director
        The duties of the Inter-School Competition Director are:

        1. To prepare the chosen teams for the regional rounds of the National Moot Court Competition, the ATIA Mock Trial Competition, the ABA Negotiation, Mediation, and Client Counseling Competitions, and any other competitions for which teams are selected to represent the University of Missouri School of Law;
        2. Solicit the support and assistance of faculty and local practitioners in the preparation of the chosen teams for these competitions;
        3. Work with the Finance Director to coordinate regional and national travel expenses and logistics;
        4. Register teams for regional and national competitions;
        5. If no Inter-School Competition Director is appointed for a particular academic term, the Competition Directors are responsible for ensuring and coordinating the preparation of the chosen teams from their respective competitions for regional rounds and any other competition for which those teams are selected to represent the University of Missouri School of Law.
      4. Finance Director
        The duties of the Finance Director are:

        1. To prepare and maintain a budget;
        2. To maintain records of all income and expenditures of the Board;
        3. To act as liaison between the Board and the Law School Fiscal Officer;
        4. To reconcile the Board’s financial records with monthly reports;
        5. To report to the Executive Committee about Board finances;
        6. To assist the Tournament Directors in determining the cost of their tournament;
        7. To be responsible for all financial activities, however, regional and national travel expenses shall be determined in coordination with the Intra-School Competition Director.
      5. First–Year Moot Court Director(s)
        The duties of the First–Year Moot Court Director(s) are:

        1. To work closely with faculty members teaching the First–Year Advocacy course and to carry out all administrative duties delegated by said faculty members;
        2. To coordinate with the Judging Director(s) the judges needed for the rounds;
        3. To secure any bailiffs needed for the rounds;
        4. To organize the oral arguments and serve generally as liaison between, the faculty members and the participants with regard to the oral competition;
        5. To work with the Legal Research and Writing Faculty to select the competition problem and preparing the bench brief.
      6. Regional Competition Director
        The duties of the Regional Competition Director are:

        1. To secure at least one regional moot court, trial, negotiation, mediation, arbitration or client counseling tournament;
        2. To organize and administer the Regional Competition;
        3. To coordinate with the Judging Directors any judges needed for the tournament;
        4. To secure any bailiffs, witnesses or clients needed for the tournament.
      7. Polsinelli Shughart Fall Moot Court Directors (2 to be selected each year)
        The duties of the Moot Court Directors are:

        1. To organize the local rounds of the National Moot Court Competition;
        2. To coordinate with the Judging Director(s) the judges needed for the rounds;
        3. To secure any bailiffs needed for the rounds;
        4. To work with the BOA faculty advisor with regard to academic credit earned by participants in the competitions;
        5. To select the competition problem;
        6. To develop the scoring sheet;
        7. To develop a rubric and grade the student briefs (each director shall independently grade each brief); and
        8. To prepare the bench brief for the judges and interested faculty and/or BOA personnel.
      8. Mock Trial Competition Director
        The duties of the Mock Trial Competition Director are:

        1. To organize the local rounds of the ATLA Mock Trial Competition;
        2. To coordinate with the Judging Director(s) the judges needed for the rounds;
        3. To secure any bailiffs or witnesses needed for the rounds;
        4. To be responsible for selecting the competition problem and preparing the bench brief.
      9. Negotiation Competition Director
        The duties of the Negotiation Competition Director are:

        1. To organize the local rounds of the Negotiation Tournament;
        2. To coordinate with the Judging Director(s) the judges needed for the rounds;
        3. To secure any bailiffs needed for the rounds.
      10. Mediation Competition Director
        The duties of the Mediation Competition Director are:

        1. To organize the local rounds of the Mediation Tournament;
        2. To coordinate with the Judging Director(s) the judges needed for the rounds;
        3. To secure any bailiffs or clients needed for the rounds.
      11. Client Counseling Competition Director
        The duties of the Client Counseling Competition Director are:

        1. To organize the local rounds of the Client Counseling Tournament;
        2. To coordinate with the Judging Director(s) the judges needed for the rounds;
        3. To secure any bailiffs or clients needed for the rounds.
      12. Public Relations Director
        The duties and description of the Public Relations Director are:

        1. To serve as the communications representative for all BOA administered competitions;
        2. To regularly maintain the BOA website to reflect BOA announcements, BOA events, competition winners, rules, sample ballots and information about each competition, current contact information for the Board members, and any other information deemed appropriate by the Chairperson or the Public Relations Director;
        3. To regularly maintain a BOA Social Media presence (that may include Facebook, Twitter and Flickr);
        4. To compose biographical sketches or profiles of 3 judges per semester and to post them onto an appropriate section of the website;
        5. To maintain a press list and to issue press releases to the list (and with assistance from the MU Law Department of External Relations) before and after each competition;
        6. To work with the Chair and Executive Committee on expanding the general media presence of the BOA;
        7. The Public Relations Director will be a member of the Executive Committee.
      13. Completion of the above designated duties will not qualify any member of the Board for academic credit.
    3. Additional Records to be kept by the Chair and Directors:
      1. Additional Chair’s Records:
        1. The Chair shall keep a record of all expenditures incurred by the Board.
        2. The Chair shall keep on file:
          1. All information received regarding off–campus competitions and shall post or advertise the same where appropriate;
          2. All petitions for candidacy and membership for at least three years;
          3. All materials related to the Order of the Barristers.
      2. Additional Directors’ Records:
        1. All Directors shall keep records of their tournaments including all expenditures and scores of all participants. All briefs or other materials submitted by the participants shall be returned to them except the Director may retain copies of any materials where deemed appropriate. However, all materials relating to the First–Year Moot Court Competition shall be kept on file for three years or as otherwise directed by the Advocacy and Research Instructor.
  2. CANDIDATES
    1. Requirements for Candidacy:
      1. To be eligible to petition for candidacy, a first–year student must:
        1. have accumulated any Participation Points or Competition Points; and
        2. be in good academic standing with the law school; and
        3. the student must submit an application for candidacy.
        4. Applicants shall be ranked on the basis of total points, and voting shall be done as set forth in the Charter.
      2. Limitation:
        There shall not be more candidates than 15 percent (15%) of the first–year class as measured by class number after the fall semester.
  3. MEMBERSHIP
    1. Requirements for Membership:
      1. To be eligible for membership, a second–year or third–year student must:
        1. meet the competition requirements set forth in the Charter,
        2. have accumulated a minimum of three (3) Participation Points, except that honorary members need only have accumulated a total of thirteen (13) points,
        3. have accumulated a minimum of ten (10) total points, which may include both Competition Points and Participation Points,
        4. be in good academic standing with the law school, and
        5. submit a petition for membership.
      2. To be eligible for honorary membership, a second or third–year student must:
        1. have accumulated a minimum of thirteen (13) total point, which may include both Competition and Participation Points,
        2. be in good academic standing with the law school,
        3. submit a petition for membership,
        4. and be approved by a 2/3 vote by the Board at any time.
      3. Petitioners shall be ranked an the basis of total points, and voting shall be done as set forth in the Charter.
      4. Petitioners who are third–year students maybe elected to honorary membership only.
    2. Limitation:
      There shall not be more than a total of twenty (20) members including those serving on the Executive Committee, but excluding those third–year students elected to Honorary Membership and those continuing students who have successfully completed a year of membership.
    3. Requirement for Sustaining Membership:
      1. To remain a member of the Board, a third–year student must either:
        1. meet the competition requirement set forth in the Charter for eligibility for membership, or
        2. serve on the Executive Committee; and
          1. Accumulate a minimum of three (3) Participation Points; and
          2. Accumulate a minimum of ten (10) total points, which may include Competition Points and Participation Points.
    4. Members’ Meeting
      A meeting of all members and candidates shall be held within two (2) weeks of the beginning of the Fall and Winter Semesters for the purpose of planning any Board social functions and attending to other business of the Board.
  4. NEGATIVE POINTS
    1. Methodology
      1. For any BOA activity in which a student signs up to participate, the student shall receive negative points, in an amount double to the points that would have been gained for the activity, when the student fails to participate in the activity and the student does not inform by e-mail both the appropriate BOA tournament director and the BOA office more than 24 hours prior to the activity of their inability to participate in the activity.
      2. When the student has signed up to participate as a competitor in either the Moot Court or the Mock Trial competition, the above shall apply except that the student must inform the appropriate BOA tournament director by e-mail more than 96 hours prior to the activity to avoid negative points.
    2. Appeals
      1. While negative points are automatic, the student may request that the appeals committee strike the negative points. If the appeal is successful, then the student will not receive negative points for the incident.
      2. The appeals committee shall consist of the BOA Chair, the Judging Directors, the Finance Director and the Director(s) of any competition applicable to the incident. The appeals committee may, at their discretion, consider possibly striking the negative points due to reasons such as a death in the family, illness and reasonable justifications. The appeals committee will not strike the negative points simply because the student decided s/he was too busy to participate. Appeals committee decisions are final.