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ARTICLE I. NAME. The name of this Association shall be the Vermont Law School Alumni Association (VLSAA).

ARTICLE II. PURPOSES. The purposes of VLSAA are to unite its members in an effective organization dedicated to: a) strengthening the relationship between the alumni and Vermont Law School (VLS); b) perpetuating and promoting the bonds of loyalty and friendship among alumni; c) actively soliciting financial support for VLS from alumni and the community at large; d) assisting the VLS Admissions Office in recruiting efforts; e) supporting VLS sponsored activities, on and off campus; f) representing to the Board of Trustees the interests of the alumni; g) providing financial assistance to worthy students; h) assisting VLS and its student body in professional guidance and job placement; i) advancing the quality and cause of legal education and the ethical practice of law; and j) taking such other actions as may be deemed appropriate for the advancement of VLS and its alumni.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP. Members shall be either regular or honorary. The attributes of each class shall be defined in the VLSAA bylaws.


A. POWERS: The business and affairs of VLSAA shall be vested in and managed by a Board of Directors, all of whom shall be VLSAA members. Such powers of the Board shall include: developing and executing policies; adopting and amending bylaws; removing officers and directors for cause; filling any vacancy for a position of officer or director for the applicable unexpired term; and electing honorary members of VLSAA.

B. MEMBERSHIP: The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected officers, other members as provided in the bylaws and any Alumni Trustees authorized by the VLS Board of Trustees.

ARTICLE V. MEETINGS. There shall be an Annual Meeting of VLSAA and Special Meetings as provided in the bylaws.

ARTICLE VI. AMENDMENTS. Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by the Board of Directors or by written petition of fifty members. The affirmative vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of VLSAA members voting shall be necessary for the adoption of any amendment provided that each member receives written notice of the proposed amendment(s) at least two weeks before the ballots are due.

ARTICLE VII. BYLAWS. Bylaws may be adopted and amended at any meeting of the Board of Directors by a two-thirds vote of the directors present and voting provided that each director receives written notice of the proposed amendment(s) at least two weeks before the meeting.


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The Bylaws cover membership, officers, the Board of Directors, meetings, committees, and elections, and more.


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The VLSAA is dedicated to serving and advocating for the alumni and students, and enhancing the reputation of VLS as a premier independent institution of higher learning that effectively balances academics and experiential learning, while preserving the core values of community, diversity, service, ethics, and justice in their highest form. To fulfill this mission, the VLSAA Board of Directors has set four strategic initiatives on Governance Participation, Board Effectiveness, Regional Groups, and Development.

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