ALLS - Arts & Literature Law Society

Recognizing the absence of a forum for students interested in the arts and literature, the HLS Arts and Literature Law Society is hereby established for the purposes set forth herein. Article I – Name
Section 1. The name of the organization shall be the HLS Arts and Literature Law Society.

Article II – Purposes and Principles
Section 1. The Arts and Literature Law Society is an organization that seeks to foster an awareness of general cultural events and issues, with a particular focus on the intersection of law and the arts, with arts being broadly defined, but not limited, to include the visual arts, performance arts, and literature.

Section 2. The purposes of the Association include, without limitation, the following:
ALLS The organization of a semesterly conference bringing together a panel of diverse speakers for a one-day conference on some specific arts, literature, and law related theme.
ALLS The invitation of speakers with a particular expertise in arts, literature, and law.
ALLS The periodic publication of e-mail bulletins covering a number of culturally related events.
ALLS Providing current information about arts-related law jobs and internship opportunities, as well as information about grants, scholarships, and other sources of funding available to subsidize internships or culturally-related projects.
ALLS The holding of reading groups, or small book clubs, to discuss works of interest to the organization.

Article III – Membership
Section 1. All HLS students and all students currently enrolled in any Harvard school are free to join the Arts and Literature Law Society.

Section 2. Membership shall be open to all students regardless of race, color, national origin, religion or creed, or sexual orientation.

Article IV – Organization

Section 1. The executive committee consists of members of the Arts and Literature Law Society who shall serve as officers of the committee.

Section 2. All students currently enrolled in any Harvard school may serve on the executive committee, but only HLS students may serve as President or Treasurer.

Section 3. The Arts and Literature Law Society officers shall be as follows:
ALLS Faculty Advisor: The Faculty Advisor shall serve as a nonvoting, advisory resource for the Society members, facilitate the acquisition of speakers, offer advice on possible activities, and act as liaison between students and faculty.
ALLS President: The President shall call Society meetings, coordinate the operations and directions of the Society, invite speakers and organize events, and keep a list of current members.
ALLS Vice-President: The Vice-President shall call Society meetings in the absence of the President and invite speakers and organize events.
ALLS Treasurer: The Treasurer shall maintain the financial accounts and records of the Society, set forth the Society’s budget, and submit the Society’s financial reports as required.
ALLS Secretary: The Secretary shall compile and maintain the minutes of the meetings and the records of the organization, keep a current list of members, and be responsible for notifying members of meetings.
ALLS Publicity Coordinator: The Publicity Coordinator shall be responsible for membership drives and the publicity of events sponsored or co-sponsored by the organization.
ALLS Graduate School Liaison: The Graduate School Liaison shall publicize the organization to other graduate schools at Harvard and in the Boston area, and help coordinate events held in conjunction with other such organizations.

Section 4. The executive committee may, in its discretion, establish additional positions to be appointed or elected from the active or associate membership as the need arises. Such positions may include, but are not limited to, the positions of Website Administrator, Alumni Relations Chairperson, or At-Large Members. Individuals serving in any position so established shall also be eligible to run for offices of the executive committee, if they are otherwise eligible for the relevant office. The executive committee may also establish sub-committees as needed. More than one officer, but not more than three, may be elected for any particular position with the exception of the position of Treasurer, which can only have one officer.

Article V – Finances
Section 1. The financial policies of the Arts and Literature Law Society shall be determined by the Executive Committee, in accordance with the framework established by the HLS administration. In addition to any funds available from HLS, the Arts and Literature Law Society may seek outside sources of funding for its activities. The Executive Committee shall insure that all funds, regardless of origin, are properly accounted for.

Article VI – Amendments and Bylaws
Section 1. The Constitution may be amended from time to time by the Executive Committee or by a majority of the members of the Arts and Literature Law Society.

Section 2. Upon approval of the Executive Committee, the Arts and Literature Law Society may establish by-laws in addition to this Constitution to govern the activities of the Society.

Amended September 23, 2004