Washington University Law - Environmental Law Society


The Environmental Law Society at Washington University is a student organization dedicated to creating awareness of current environmental matters and the legal issues surrounding them.  Our mission is to encourage students and community members to support environmental initiatives and to integrate students with the local community and environmental profession. 

Article I:  Name & Purposes

1.  Name
The name of the organization is Environmental Law Society

2.  Purposes
Environmental Law Society is committed to providing students with opportunities to become acquainted with environmental law and environmental issues, to bring environmental awareness to the law school and the community, and to strengthen the network of environmental law professionals within the school and the larger community.

Article II:  Membership

1.  General Membership
a)  The general membership of Environmental Law Society is open to all students, regardless of  their personal beliefs, who demonstrate an interest in learning about the environment.

b)  Environmental Law Society does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disabilities.

Article III:  Officers

1.  Titles
The officers of Environmental Law Society shall consist of one President, one Vice President, one Secretary, one Treasurer and one 1L Representative.

2.  Powers and Duties

The Executive Board
a)  shall select meeting times and places;
b)  shall work with group members to create an events calendar;
c)  shall ensure that group goals are met;
d)  shall communicate with the National Association of Environmental Law Societies;
e)  shall perform all duties pertaining to that office;
f)  must be matriculated students at the Law School.

3.  Selection and Removal of Officers

a)  Qualifications

1)  Any student member of Environmental Law Society is an eligible candidate;
2)  Each officer shall be elected in the Spring semester and shall serve until a successor has been duly elected, or until s/he resigns or is removed from office, whichever is earlier;
3)  There shall be no limit to the number of consecutive terms an officer may hold;

b)  Selection Process

1)  The President shall announce the selection process in the spring semester;
2)  Candidates interested in filling an officer position within Environmental Law Society shall alert the President;
3)  A vote shall be taken by the members present at an election meeting and those candidates with the most votes shall be considered elected to the positions for which they ran.

c)  Removal from Office

An officer who repeatedly fails to comply with the duties listed in Article III Section 2 of these by-laws may be removed from office by a two-thirds majority vote of Environmental Law Society members present at the meeting.

4.  Appointments

Other officers and their specified duties may be appointed by the President as the needs of the Environmental Law Society shall require.

Article IV:  Vacancies

1.  Vacancies
Impromptu elections will be held throughout the year as necessary to fill officer positions should positions become vacant.

Article V:  Amendments to This Constitution

1.  Proposal and Adoption

Amendments to these by-laws may be proposed in writing by any Environmental Law Society member and shall be adopted by a two-thirds majority vote of active Environmental Law Society members present at the meeting.

2.  Notice

Any meeting in which amendments will be discussed must be announced no later than one week prior to the meeting.


2007 October 2