The purpose of the Board of Advocates is to provide educational opportunities to the students of the University of Missouri–Columbia School of Law in curricular and extracurricular advocacy, counseling and practice oriented activities and competitions.
- EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
- In selecting a new Executive Committee, all current Executive Committee members shall be present, or vote by absentee ballot.
- Selection of the Executive Committee shall be made annually each April from the members of the Board of Advocates by the incumbent Executive Committee.
- In all decisions requiring an Executive Committee vote, an affirmative vote by the majority of those present shall be required. Unless otherwise specified herein, a quorum shall be required for all decisions requiring a vote. A quorum shall consist of threequarters of the current Executive Committee members.
- The Executive Committee shall consist of the Chair, two Judging Directors, one Public Relations Director, one Finance Director, one Inter-School Competition Director and as many other Tournament Directors (but no more than one per tournament) as the Executive Committee determines to be necessary.
Standing committees shall exist for each Director., The Chair may create such other ad hoc committees as deemed necessary. Duties of standing committees shall be as set forth in the Bylaws.
Only second–year students of the School of Law who are eligible under Section IV (B) for membership may petition to become members of the Board of Advocates. All petitions shall be dated and filed in the Board of Advocates’ office by the Chair.
- Election to membership shall be by affirmative vote of the majority of all members present, including Executive Committee members. All petitions for membership shall be dated and filed in the Board of Advocates’ office with the Chair for at least one week prior to voting on new members.
- The Executive Committee may place a limitation on the total number of new members in the Bylaws. In the event there are more petitioners receiving an affirmative vote than permitted by the designated limit, they shall be ranked by their “Participation Points” with the designated limit serving as a cut–off.
- REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP
All petitioners for membership must satisfy competition and participation requirements as set forth in the Bylaws. The “Point System” therein shall be maintained so that a petitioner must meet the following conditions:
- First, either
- Complete two competitions without writing requirements sponsored by the Board, or
- Complete one competition with a writing requirement, or the trial competition, or,
- Complete any nationally recognized competition which the Executive Committee finds to be the equivalent of a local competition with a writing requirement, and
- Second, satisfy the “Participation Points” requirement as set forth in the Bylaws.
The Executive Committee may, in its discretion, set limitations on the total number of members to elect. Any such limitation shall be set forth in the Bylaws.
Membership status shall be submitted by the Chair to the Dean for recordation upon permanent transcript of each member. The Chair shall also report to the Dean the severance of any, member from the Board of Advocates.
- DUTIES OF MEMBERS
Members must meet the requirements set forth below to remain in good standing
- Complete the “Competition Points” requirement for members as set forth in the Bylaws by participating in one or more local or other approved competitions.
- Complete the “Participation Points” requirement for members as set forth in the Bylaws by attending committee meetings and helping with Board of Advocates activities.
- SEVERANCE AND SUSPENSION
Any member of the Board of Advocates who fails to perform the duties required of him or her shall be severed from membership. Any member of the Board of Advocates who is on Academic Probation is on manditory suspension from membership until Academic Probation is removed. Any member of the Board of Advocates on Academic Probation shall notify the Chair. Any member of the Board of Advocates on Academic Probation for more that one semester may be severed from membership.
- Severance proceedings are initiated by any member of the Executive Committee who alleges that “good cause” has been shown for the severance of a member.
- The first meeting of the Executive Committee to consider the propriety of a Severance Hearing shall be held without the presence of the member against whom the allegation is made.
- If a majority of the Executive Committee determine that there is probable cause to believe that “good cause” has been shown, a Severance Hearing is called and the member who is subject to severance shall be notified as to the time of the Severance Hearing.
- At the Severance Hearing, the member in question shall have the right to appear and defend himself/herself against the allegations.
- The unanimous vote of the Executive Committee is required to sever a member.
- CANDIDACY AND DUTIES
Any first–year student of the School of Law who is eligible under Section VI(A). for candidacy may petition to become a Candidate to the Board of Advocates. All petitions shall be dated and filed in the Board of Advocates’ office with the Chair.
- ELIGIBILITY FOR CANDIDACY
In order to be considered for candidacy, petitioner must satisfy the following conditions:
- Petitioner must have participated in any activity worthy of “Participation Points” or “Competition Points” as set forth in the Bylaws.
- Petitioner must submit an application for candidacy.
- SELECTION OF CANDIDATES
Candidates shall be selected within one month of the First–Year Moot Court Competition. Selection shall be made by the majority affirmative vote of all members present. The Executive Committee may place a limitation on the total number of candidates in the Bylaws. In the event there are more petitioners receiving an affirmative vote than permitted by the designated limit, they shall be ranked by their “Participation Points” with the designated limit serving as a cut–off.
- DUTIES OF CANDIDATES
Candidates must meet the requirements of membership within one year of their election to candidacy by accumulating the “Competition Points” and “Participation Points” required for membership, as set forth in the Bylaws. Failure to satisfy those requirements shall result in the termination of their candidate status.
- FACULTY ADVISOR
At least one Law School Professor “Assistant, Associate or Full”, who is at least 75% FTE, shall be selected to serve as Advisor to Board of Advocates, and as an ex–officio member of the Board.
- AMENDMENT OF THE BYLAWS
The Bylaws of the Board of Advocates may be amended at any time by an affirmative vote of at least three–quarters of the Executive Committee members. Any such amendment shall not be applied retroactively and shall take effect only after publication of such amendment in a prominent place in the School of Law for at least five class day during the regular term.
- AMENDMENT OF THE CHARTER
Any amendment of the Charter must be approved by a vote of three–quarters of the Executive Committee members and a majority of the members. The Dean of the School of Law must approve all amendments to this Charter.