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PIA Constitution

ARTICLE I. NAME

The name of this organization shall be Public Interest Advocates

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE

The purpose of this organization shall be: (1) to promote debate regarding issues in the public interest e.g., government policy, human and natural resources, civil rights and consumer issues, (2) to disseminate knowledge regarding the responsibilities, opportunities and liabilities for lawyers dealing with public interest issues; and (3) to provide programs, speakers and activities designed to promote awareness of the need for advocacy in the public sector

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. The voting membership of this organization shall be limited to organization members who are WVU College of Law students. Any student enrolled at West Virginia University College of Law is eligible for membership. The 1986-1987 members will be considered charter members.

Section 2. This organization will not deny membership on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, veteran status, religion, sexual orientation, color, or national origin.

ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS

Section 1. Public Interest Advocates will have four principal officers; President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Officers must be in good academic standing at the time of election, must be a full time student, and may not be on academic or disciplinary probation during the terms in office. Officers will be elected no later than April 30th of each academic school year and shall serve for one year.

Section 2. The duties of the (Office) shall be:
President: to call and preside at all meetings; supervise and manage the organization and its activities; and serve as the representative of the organization.

Vice President: to assist the president as needed, to assume the duties of the president in the event she/he becomes incapable of doing so, and to serve as solicitation coordinator for the annual auction

Secretary: to assume the duties of corresponding and recording secretary, and to provide notice of future meetings. Secretary will record and track all auction donations and lead efforts to recognize and thank donors.

Treasurer: to handle all monetary and banking matters of the organization.

ARTICLE V. SPECIAL WVU REQUIREMENTS

Public Interest Advocates will adhere to the West Virginia University Student Code of Conduct Rules and Regulations as promulgated by the West Virginia Board of Regents.

ARTICLE VI. MEETINGS

Section 1. Meetings will be held at least monthly and as often as needed.
Section 2. Special meetings may be called by President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer and as needed by committee heads.

ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES

Section 1. Committees will be formed as needed to accomplish the goals of the organization.

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