By-Laws of the National Legal Mentoring Consortium


Approved September 1, 2011

PART I:    CREATION AND ORGANIZATION

1-101. Creation.

The National Legal Mentoring Consortium is hereby created and established.

1-102. Effective Date of By-Laws.

These By-Laws shall be effective as of September 1, 2011.

1-103. Purposes.

The purposes of the National Legal Mentoring Consortium shall be:
  1. to encourage mentoring in the legal profession;
  2. to provide a venue for the exchange of ideas related to mentoring in the legal profession;
  3. to provide resources to aid in the successful creation and operation of mentoring initiatives within law firms, bar organizations, law schools, courts, and other entities within the legal profession.

1-104. Organization, Funding.

The National Legal Mentoring Consortium shall operate as a program with the support of, and under the auspices of, the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina (the Center); provided however, that the work of the Consortium may also be supported by dues, donations and/or grants from other public or private sources. The Center may provide such administrative support as it deems necessary to assist the Consortium in carrying out its purposes as prescribed in these By-Laws. The Consortium may take no action which violates or compromises the nonprofit status of the Center or the University of South Carolina.


PART II:    MEMBERSHIP

2-101. Membership.

Broad Diversity of Background and Experience. Membership in the National Legal Mentoring Consortium should reflect a broad diversity of background and experience in order to better achieve the Consortium's purposes and should include members from law schools; private and public sector law practice; bar organizations whether mandatory or voluntary; and judiciary and court organizations and/or commissions. Membership shall consist of Active Members afforded such privileges and responsibilities as established by the Membership Committee and such other classes of membership as may be approved pursuant to these By-Laws.
  1. Active Members: Active members may include individual lawyers, judges, organizational members and others in the legal profession. In the case of organizational members, the organization may, from time to time, appoint a single representative for purposes of voting. Only Active Members may vote or hold office.
  2. Affiliate Members: In addition to the class of Active Members, the Consortium may recognize other individuals and organizations without the rights or privileges of membership, as Affiliate Members. Affiliate Members may be furnished copies of appropriate publications and may be invited to attend and participate, without the right to vote or hold office, in those meetings and activities conducted by the Consortium.
  3. Law Student Members: In addition to the class of Active Members, the Consortium may recognize law students currently enrolled in law schools approved by the American Bar Association, without the rights or privileges of membership, as Law Student Members. Law Student Members may be furnished copies of appropriate publications and may be invited to attend and participate, without the right to vote or hold office, in those meetings and activities conducted by the Consortium.

PART III:    GOVERNANCE

3-101. Executive Committee.

  1. Advisory and Oversight. The advisory and oversight responsibility for the Consortium shall be vested in an Executive Committee which shall be subject to the authority of the Center as provided in §1-104 and §3-103.
  2. Members, Terms. The Executive Committee shall consist of: (1) the Chair of the Consortium; (2) the Vice-Chair of the Consortium; (3) the Secretary-Treasurer of the Consortium; (4) the Director of the Center; and up to eleven at large members. The initial Executive Committee members shall be appointed by the Chair, the Vice-Chair, the Secretary-Treasurer, and the Director; and shall serve a term of 2 years. Terms shall run concurrent with the Consortium's Fiscal Year - July 1-June 30, and Executive Committee members may serve consecutive terms. Future Executive Committee Members shall be elected by majority vote of the Executive Committee. The Membership Committee shall have the discretion to establish staggered terms of appointment.
  3. Director. The Director of the Center shall be a permanent ex officio member of the Executive Committee and shall not be subject to terms of appointment.
  4. Secretary-Treasurer. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be appointed by the Director and shall be a permanent ex officio member of the Executive Committee and shall not be subject to terms of appointment.
  5. Vacancies. Vacancies on the Executive Committee shall be filled by appointment by majority of the Chair, the Vice-Chair, the Secretary-Treasurer and the Director for any unexpired term.

3-102. Officers.

  1. Officers of the Consortium. Officers shall consist of a Chair; a Vice-Chair; the Secretary-Treasurer; the Director of the Center and such other officers as the Executive Committee members deem appropriate.
  2. Terms of Office. The Chair and Vice-Chair shall be elected by the Executive Committee for a term of 2 years, which shall run concurrent with Fiscal Years - July 1- June 30. The Chair may not serve consecutive terms in such office. The Chair shall preside at all meetings and shall perform such duties as delegated to him or her by the Executive Committee. The Vice-Chair shall assume the duties of the Chair in the event of the absence of the Chair or vacancy in the position of the Chair. The Secretary-Treasurer shall have charge of the records of the Consortium and shall act as secretary in person or through designation for meetings of the Consortium and its Executive Committee. In addition, the Secretary-Treasurer shall be responsible for all financial matters pertaining to the Consortium.
  3. Director of Consortium. The Director of the Center shall function as the Director of the Consortium.

3-103. Annual Report to Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center.

The Chair, on behalf of the Executive Committee and all Consortium members, shall deliver an annual written report on the activities of the Consortium to the Board of Advisors of the Center as well as such periodic reports as deemed necessary by the Center.

PART IV:    COMMITTEES

4-101. Committees.

  1. Creation of Committees. In order to further the work of the Consortium, the Executive Committee may create standing and/or special committees, which shall be composed of such members, serving such terms, appointed in such manner, and having such duties as the Executive Committee may provide for.
  2. Purpose of Committees. A statement of purpose of each committee shall be published in the minutes of the meeting of any Executive Committee wherein a committee is established.

PART V:    MEETINGS

5-101. Meetings.

  1. Consortium Meetings. In order to further the work of the Consortium, the Executive Committee may call such meetings of the Consortium at such times and locations as they shall designate.
  2. Executive Committee Meetings. In order to further the work of the Consortium, the Chair, the Director, or a quorum of Executive Committee members may call such meetings of the Executive Committee at such times and locations as they shall designate.
  3. Committee Meetings. Each Committee, whether standing or special, shall meet, as often as necessary in order to perform its duties, upon the call of the Committee Chair for such Committee.
  4. Conduct of Meetings. All meetings may be conducted in person or by any means of communication by which all persons participating may simultaneously hear each other during the meetings. Furthermore, all meetings of Committees or the Executive Committee may be conducted by correspondence or otherwise in writing (including electronically) without assembling in person at any particular place.
  5. Rules. All meetings shall be conducted in accordance with these By-Laws and where no provision is made, then in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order.
  6. Majority Vote. Unless otherwise provided, all committee and other action shall be by majority vote of those participating.

PART VI:    PROPOSALS & PUBLICATIONS

6-101. Proposals.

  1. Proposed Mentoring Standards. No proposed rules, regulations, standards, or policies pertaining to mentoring in the legal profession shall be recommended, approved or disapproved in the name of the Consortium unless there has been a report thereon by an appropriate committee and unless such action is taken by a vote of majority of the Executive Committee members at a meeting of the Executive Committee duly convened.
  2. Proposed Publications. No publication shall be distributed, published or publicly endorsed in the name of the Consortium unless there has been a report thereon by an appropriate committee and unless such action is taken by a vote of majority of the Executive Committee members at a meeting of the Executive Committee duly convened.

PART VII:    AMENDMENTS

7-101. Amendments to By-Laws, Advance Notice to Center.

These By-Laws may be amended only at a meeting of the Consortium's active members by motion made in writing to the Chair and all other members of the Executive Committee at least ninety (90) days prior to the meeting. It is the intent of the ninety (90) day advance notice requirement that the Advisory Board of the Center receive advance notice of proposed amendments to the By-Laws. The Motion to Amend may be voted upon at the Consortium meeting and shall require a majority vote of those members present for adoption.

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