PHI ALPHA DELTA
Law Fraternity, International
REGIS COLLEGE CHAPTER
-An excellent organization for anyone attending Regis College with any interest in pursuing a legal education.
-With opportunities to speak with attorneys, judges, and educators who know what it takes to be successful in academia and the professional world.
-An effective way to learn which law school is right for you.
WHO WE ARE:
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, a co-educational organization dating back to the early 1900s, was founded as a way to unite legal-minded individuals, professional and academics alike. In terms of membership quantity, it ranks second only to the American Bar Association. Service to the student, the school, the profession, and the community are principals upon which Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International was built. The main purpose of the fraternity is to form an everlasting bond, which brings together students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in fraternal fellowship. This is designed to advance the ideals of liberty and justice under the law, to stimulate excellence in scholarship, to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage and to foster integrity and professional competence. Basically, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International (PAD) holds as its central responsibility, the education of students with regard to the legal profession and the importance of legal study.
The state of Colorado did not possess an active Prelaw chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International until 2001, at which time the founders of the Regis College chapter felt it was too important of an organization to be absent from our prestigious university. After all, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International chapters are in place throughout the Ivy League and at Georgetown, Loyola College in Chicago, and Boston College, all of which are viewed as prominent Jesuit schools. Furthermore, Regis College presented few options for individuals interested in legal study. Therefore, it made perfect sense to install a chapter of PAD so as to foster interest in law school, and also to give legal-minded individuals a way of gathering information about legal education and professional experience.
Why You Should Join:
Regardless of class standing, be it freshman or senior, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International will be the one place where you can learn which law school is right for you. It is the one place where you can consult others with similar interests about legal education. It is the one place which offers you the opportunity to speak to profession attorneys and judges about educational and professional strategy. It is the one place that can prepare you for your next step after Regis.
The Benefits of PAD:
-Presentations made by professional in fields such as international, criminal, and business law as a way of informing the member of his/her opportunities in the legal field.
-Law school information
-The opportunity to "network" with prominent PAD members in the law community. Connections and bonds are sure to be formed that will be important later in ones career.
-Lifetime friendships with PAD brothers and sisters.
-Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International graduate chapters are in place at every A.B.A. approved law school in the country. Participation in undergraduate PAD activities may be viewed favorably by those evaluating your law school application.
PAD Officer Contact List 2009-10
Dr. Jim L. Riley (Regis University Prelaw Advisor)
Richard DelliVeneri (Director of Career Counseling Office)
Dr. Riley's Web Page
Supreme Court News
Semester meeting times, topics, and venue
Fall, 2009 - TBD
PHI ALPHA DELTA LAW FRATERNITY, INTERNATIONAL
REGIS COLLEGE PRE-LAW CHAPTER
PRE-LAW CHAPTER BY-LAWS
Section1- Name- As chartered by the International Executive Board of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, the name of this chapter is Regis College Pre-law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.
Section 2- Location- This chapter is chartered and established at Regis College and shall remain chartered at this school unless lawful action to the contrary is taken by the International Executive Board.
Section 3- Duties of Chapter- As provided in the pre-law chapter charter as issued by Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, this chapter shall promote the principles, ideals and precepts of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, shall abide by the Constitution and International By-laws of the Fraternity, as may, from time to time, be lawfully amended, adhere to the rules and procedures as may, from time to time, be lawfully promulgated by the International Executive Board, and shall submit such reports and transmit such fees as may, from time to time, be required of the chapter by the duly constituted authorities of the Fraternity.
Section 4- Statement of Non-Discrimination- This chapter of Phi Alpha Delta shall not discriminate on the basis of conditions or characteristics protected by law, including, but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, political affiliation, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, and veteran status. Nor shall this chapter affiliate or associate with any organization that discriminates against any of the groups so named above.
Section 5- Policy Adherence- This chapter of Phi Alpha Delta shall adhere to all Regis College policies as well as any and all local, state, or federal laws.
Section 1- The purpose of this chapter shall be to provide an effective, cohesive forum, smaller than that of the entire undergraduate school student body, to promote the principles, ideals, and precepts of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International; to promote the principles for the professional advancement of its members; to promote the principles of liberty and equal justice under law for all citizens; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to provide a forum for the interchange between members of this chapter and the other members of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, and to develop lasting friendships among its members.
Section 1- Members- The membership of this chapter shall be composed of those persons accepted into Pre-Law Membership of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International and this chapter, who are in actual attendance at this school, and such other pre-law members of the Fraternity duly accepted into the Fraternity by other Pre-Law Chapters of the Fraternity, and who are in actual attendance at this school.
Section 2- Eligibility for Membership-
Eligibility for pre-law membership into Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International shall be as follows:
Section 3- Acceptance into Membership- All invitations to pre-law membership into Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, shall be majority vote of the pre-law chapter membership.
Section 4- Membership in Chapter- Only students, administration, and faculty members who have been accepted into pre-law membership in this Fraternity shall have any status in this chapter. There shall be no other type of affiliation with the chapter under any circumstances.
I. Requirements for Active Membership
Active membership may be given to members of this chapter who:
a. Have successfully completed the Pledging Program, as determined by this Chapter
and the National Fraternity; or
b. Held Active membership in another chapter and have transferred to Regis College and requested membership in this Chapter.
After having successfully completed the Pledging Program over the course of the semester and being received into the fraternity upon Initiation, a member is considered an active member of the chapter for the following semester. (Note: Every current initiated member of the chapter as of September 1, 2001 will be considered active for the Fall 2001 semester.) In order to retain ones active status in the chapter in the semesters to follow, one must complete the following requirements per semester:
II. Associate Membership- Any member may request Associate status for no longer than two total semesters by conferencing with the Executive Board to discuss the issues presented in the members reasoning for Associate status. Circumstances shall be considered by the Executive Board and a decision will be reached. Any request for Associate status must be made by the fourth week of the semester unless there are extreme extenuating circumstances. Associate members may participate in any chapter function or fellowship event. They must pay half the chapter dues unless going abroad for the entire semester. They cannot vote, hold an elected or appointed office; or run for office if a vacancy should occur during the semester. Associate members can petition to the Executive Board to extend his/her Associate membership status for more than two semesters.
III. Pledge Membership- A Pledge Member is one who is participating in the Pledging Program, and is working towards active membership. A pledge member must complete all of the following requirements before one is allowed to participate in the Induction ceremony:
a. Pay all fees on time
b. Attend all pledge meetings or apply to Membership Director for exemption
Section 1- Suspension of Membership- This section applies to members who are suspended from the chapter for not fulfilling requirements from the previous semester.
I. Process of Suspension
II. Process of Reinstatement
Section 2- Termination of Membership- Pre-law membership in this Fraternity may be terminated by (a) expulsion by a legally constituted pre-law chapter of this Fraternity for violating the purposes of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, the provisions of the International By-Laws or of the By-laws of this chapter; (b) by voluntary resignation from membership; or (c) by graduating from the undergraduate school at which this pre-law chapter is chartered.
I. Expulsion- According to Article IV, Section 5, Part b of the International By-laws, "Any member charged with (1) violating the Membership Oath, Constitution, International By-Laws, or the By-Laws of any District or Chapter; or (2) otherwise engaging in unworthy conduct tending to bring disrepute on the Fraternity shall be subject to expulsion from this Fraternity." The Process of Expulsion of a Member who violates purposes of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, or the provisions of the International By-Laws or the By-laws of the chapter is as follows:
Section 3- Removal of Elected Officers- Any elected official of the chapter shall be subject to removal for misconduct or neglect of duty.
I. Process of Impeachment and Removal from Office
defendant shall have the floor for five (5) minutes to state his/her defense beforea vote is taken. Upon a majority vote (50% +1) of those members of the chapter, the officer shall be removed from office immediately. A majority of the active membership of the chapter must be present for a vote of removal to take place.
Section 1- Officers
I. Elected Positions- This chapter shall annually elect a chapter President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Director, and Fellowship Director.
II. Terms of Office- The terms of office of the officers shall be for a one-year period. The elected officers shall assume the duties of their individual offices immediately upon being elected thereto.
III. Election Process- The following procedures constitute the election process for the chapter:
election shall be posted at least two (2) weeks prior to the nomination meeting;
IV. Vacancies- In the event any member of the Executive Committee is removed from office, resigns, or is disabled from performing his/her regular duties for more than thirty consecutive calendar days, they shall be replaced by an election of the chapter.
Section 2- Duties of Officers- The officers of this chapter shall have the following duties:
Section 1- Regular meetings of this chapter shall be held on a time set by the executive committee, but the chapter must meet at least twice a month. Holidays and partial months shall be the exception. The executive committee shall create a separate meeting for this exception.
Section 2- Special meetings of this chapter shall be held at the call of the President, Chapter Advisor or at the call of any two of the other officers of this chapter.
Section 3- All chapter meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised 9th Edition. The President may employ a relaxed approach to Roberts Rules whenever practical to do so, subject to the agreement of the membership.
Section 1- Composition- The Executive committee of this Pre-Law Chapter shall be composed of the duly elected chapter officers and the chairpersons of other committees.
Section 2- Duties- The Executive Committee shall have the responsibility for the proper, efficient, and effective operation of the Chapter. It shall schedule, plan, and implement chapter programs, projects, functions, and meetings with the major objective of providing for the professional advancement of the members of the chapter, ensuring the continuity of this chapter by acquiring new members and of providing professional service to the members of this chapter, to the Fraternity and to the school. It shall carefully study and review all policies and procedures as promulgated by the International Executive Board to insure compliance therewith by this chapter.
Section 3- Meetings- The Executive Committee shall meet weekly to consider, discuss, plan, direct, and implement the operations of the chapter. It shall coordinate the work of the various committees of the chapter and shall develop a projected schedule of chapter operations.
Section 1- Standing Committees- The following standing committees of the chapter must meet at least once per month. Their duties are as follows:
chaired by the chapter Vice President. It shall have the responsibility of developing programs that shall aid in the professional development of the chapter members and shall plan, direct, and implement seminars, speaker programs, tours to legal bodies, and other programs designed to advance the professional development of members of this chapter.
It shall develop methods of publicizing the various activities of the chapter at the school, in the local community, and the Fraternity generally. It shall publicize the activities of the Pre-Law Chapter among the schools student body to aid in the development of an identity for the chapter among all students enrolled at the school; it shall seek to obtain publicity for the chapter activities in the local new media and other publications to further establish its chapter identity; and shall submit articles and pictures for inclusion in official publications of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.
main responsibility of this committee shall be to develop sources of revenue for the chapter in addition to chapter dues. It shall be responsible for making recommendations to the chapter as to the establishment of chapter dues. It shall review and analyze the financial condition of the chapter on a continuing basis and shall report to the chapter its recommendations thereof.
Membership Director. It shall insure the continuity of the chapter by seeking for pre-law membership in Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International all appropriate prospective members. This committee shall conduct a rush program and shall distribute all appropriate pre-law rush materials of the Fraternity to members of the student body. It shall plan and implement effective rush programs for the chapter, coordinating rush with other activities of the chapter and the general school calendar. It is also responsible for facilitating the pledging process.
Director. It shall plan, develop, and execute social programs for the members of the chapter to encourage the development of a close bond of friendship among the members of the chapter while in undergraduate school and the continuation of such associations into law school. It shall also developappropriate functions to aid in the development of acquaintances between pre-law members and the other members of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.
Section 2- Other committees- Other committees may be established by the chapter for special purposes as determined by the chapter, which membership shall be appointed by the President.
Section 1- It shall be the responsibility of the Chapter President and the Chapter Advisor to develop a close working relationship with the Pre-Law Director and to seek his/her aid and advice to insure the development of contacts for the chapter members with the local law school and alumni chapters of Phi Alpha Delta. The chapter President shall keep the Pre-Law Director fully informed of all chapter meetings, programs, projects and other activities, and shall seek his/her advice thereon when appropriate.
Section 1- Pre-law Membership Fee- Each candidate for Pre-Law Membership shall pay the International Membership Fee of Seventy Dollars ($70) to the Treasurer of the chapter prior to acceptance into membership. The International Membership Fee shall be remitted, in the proper form, to the Executive Office, by the Chapter Treasurer, within ten (10) days of Initiation. All International Membership fees shall be deposited by the Chapter Treasurer in a special trust account and shall not be commingled with the general funds of the chapter.
Section 2- Chapter Dues- Each member of the chapter is required to pay chapter dues every year by the fourth week following the first chapter meeting of the Fall semester unless other arrangements are made with the Treasurer. The amount of dues shall be suggested by the Treasurer and approved by a majority of the active members present at the first chapter meeting of the semester. Failure to pay dues or failure to lay down a payment plan with the Treasurer by the fourth week will result in an additional $5 charge to be paid for each week following the due date. The maximum additional charge to be paid is set at twenty-five dollars ($25) per semester.
Section 3- Administration and Faculty Members- The Pre-Law membership fee is waived for administration and faculty members of this chapter.
Section 4- Assessments- The chapter may, from time to time, by a majority vote, levy special assessments upon members of the chapter, provided that such be levied at a regular or special meting called for such purposes and the members of the chapter are notified of such proposed action prior to such meeting. No such assessment shall exceed an amount equal to the annual dues of the chapter. Upon approval of the chapter, such assessment shall be a financial obligation of each member of the chapter, and shall be paid to the chapter Treasurer.
Section 5- Fundraising- Under the coordination of the Finance Committee and the Treasurer, the chapter must organize at least one fundraiser per year.
Section 6- The affairs of the chapter shall be conducted upon a sound financial basis and no outstanding chapter indebtedness shall be incurred without the prior approval of a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the chapter membership.
Section 1- The chapter shall submit reports as required by the Executive Office or the Pre-Law director, including the forms as hereinafter set forth:
Pre-Law Chapter By-laws
Section 1- Authority- These chapter by-laws are adopted under the authority of and are subject to the rules and procedures of the International Executive Board of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International. Any section that conflicts with such rules and procedures shall be null and void without, however, voiding the remainder of the chapter by-laws.
Section 2- Amendments- Those sections of these by-laws, which are not prescribed by the International Constitution, By-laws, or rules and procedures promulgated by the International Executive Board of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members of this chapter present at a meeting called for that purpose and shall be effective immediately; provided, however, that notice of the proposed amendment to these by-laws shall be given to all chapter members at least one week prior to the meeting and provided further that no meeting for the amendment of these by-laws shall be called during a vacation period of the school at which this chapter is located.
Section 3- Filed with the Executive Officer- Under adoption, a copy of the chapter by-laws shall be immediately mailed to the Executive Office of the Fraternity to be reviewed and approved by the International Executive Board and filed with the records of this chapter, and maintained by the Executive Officer. Any amendments to these by-laws, officially adopted by the chapter, shall likewise be filed with the Executive Office.