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The Constitution of SJU Law Student Bar Association

ARTICLE I                   Name

This organization shall be known as the Student Bar Association (SBA) of St. John’s University School of Law (School).

Article II                Authority and Objectives

Section 1                     The SBA shall have the authority to make all determinations and take all actions necessary to function as:

A.     the student government of the School;

B.     the medium for the expression and advocacy of students’ views and the protection of their interests;

C.     a liaison between the student body, the faculty, and the administration of the School.

Section 2                     The SBA shall have the authority to organize, sponsor, and maintain any services, activities, groups, or events which are deemed to further the objectives of the SBA.

Article III     Membership

All matriculated students of the School are hereby declared to be members of the SBA.

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By Laws Sections 1-7

I  Parliamentary Procedures

The parliamentary rules and procedures provided in the Code of Procedure of the Student Bar Association (SBA) House of Representatives (House), shall be incorporated herein with the same force and effect as if set forth herein at length.

II  Budgetary Matters

1.      Each organization funded by the SBA shall be required to submit a preliminary budget request which shall include an estimate of the amount of money to be allocated for extra-school functions.  Extra-school functions shall be defined as conventions, seminars, or other activities sponsored by the SBA, and not wholly sponsored by St. John’s University School of Law.

2.      An itemized estimate of required funds and requisition therefor shall be filed with the SBA Secretary/Treasurer (Secretary/Treasurer) before the activity occurs.  Appended to this requisition shall be a list of those individuals who have been authorized by the participating organization to attend the extra-school function.

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Public Interest Law

What is Public Interest Law?

Attorneys involved in the field of public interest law work to provide legal counsel for the poor, and those of limited means in such areas as immigration, domestic violence, family court mediation, death penalty advocacy, police misconduct, environmental advocacy, and community service.

What is the SJU Law Public Interest Committee?

As part of the Student Bar Association, the Public Interest Committee is made up of dedicated law students of all years who have the drive to participate in achieving public interest goals.

What does the Public Interest Committee do?

The Committee works with various public interest organizations, the law School administration, and the Career Services Office, in an effort to coordinate campus activities including panel presentations, blood drives, and the annual Public Interest Auction.  These Committee-sponsored activities educate students about the rewards and realities that public interest attorneys face, while at the same time providing students with the opportunity to network with members in the field.

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