Bylaws of the Student Bar Association

Washington University School of Law

 

INTERNAL ELECTIONS BYLAW

 

 

I.                PURPOSE AND ADMINISTRATION

 

                A.  Purpose  The purpose of this bylaw is the advancement of certain goals that the Student Bar Association (“SBA”) deems essential to the internal election process.  All constructions of this bylaw shall be made in light of the following goals:

 

1.                  Simplicity  The election process shall be easy to understand and administer.  This goal is intended to maximize candidate and voter participation and to minimize the difficulty of administrative oversight.

 

2.                  Openness  The election process shall be administered in a manner that maximizes public openness of the process and minimizes potential for abuse.

 

               

II.                SCHEDULE

 

                A.  Timeline  Nominations for Board and Chair positions, as enumerated in the SBA Constitution, will be made in the spring during the second meeting after the general election for class representatives.  The nomination period remains open until the internal election meeting, which shall be held one week after the nomination meeting.

 

 

III.                CANDIDACY AND CAMPAIGNING

 

A.  Nominations  Any member may nominate any SBA representative for any position.  All nominations must be seconded.  The same person may be nominated for multiple positions.  Once a person is elected to a position, he or she will be disqualified from other positions. The President may receive nominations through any appropriate manner such as by e-mail or writing.

 

                B.  Campaigning  In addition to campaigning outside of SBA meetings (including through e-mail and verbal communication), each candidate may speak for up to three minutes during the internal election meeting. Each candidate then may answer questions from the other representatives.  During each presentation, the other candidates will be excused from the room.

               

 

IV.                VOTING PROCEDURES

 

1.        After all nominations are received, the President will conduct the election in the order prescribed by Article V, Section 1 of the Constitution. 

2.        After candidates leave the room, the President may open the floor for constructive discussion of each candidate.  Once there is a seconded motion to end the discussion, the President will call for a vote of the candidates, by position.

3.        Voting shall be by secret ballot.

4.        If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, the two candidates receiving the most votes shall be placed in a runoff election. If there is a tie, then the President shall cast the deciding vote.

5.        The President and one non-interested SBA member shall count to ensure an accurate vote.

6.        The President shall send out the results to the school via e-mail as soon as possible after the elections end.

 

               

V.                SPECIAL APPOINTMENTS

 

                A.  Internal Appointments  Should a class lack the required representation as mentioned in Article I, Section 2, the President shall nominate members of that class to fill any vacancies arising for class representatives during the year. If an expansion in class size causes the lack of representation, the President shall nominate incoming transfer students to fill any vacancies.  When the President nominates incoming transfer students, the President shall choose the nominations based upon interviews of the potential nominees.  The President and two other members of the Executive Committee shall conduct such interviews.  The SBA general body must approve any nomination by a majority vote.

 

B.  External Appointments  During the course of the year, the President shall have the power to appoint SBA or student body representatives to serve as members of such special committees and organizations outside of SBA as the President deems necessary, with the approval of the Executive Board.

 

D.  Board Vacancies Arising During the School Year  Any vacancies on the board arising during the school year shall follow the procedures outlined in Section IV of this bylaw.