Harvard Law School Rootstrikers Constitution

Article I: Purpose

The purpose of this organization shall be to raise awareness within the Harvard Law School community of the influence of money in American politics, and to engage those students in acting as representatives of Rootstrikers – a national nonprofit 501(c)4, nonpartisan organization.

Through events, workshops, and advocacy campaigns, Harvard Law School Rootstrikers shall work with members of the Harvard community to emphasize the role that congressional corruption plays in impeding significant legislative and regulatory progress, as well as undermining the American democratic process on local, state, and federal levels.

Article II: Membership

  1. Membership in this organization shall be open to all students in good standing currently enrolled in Harvard Law School, regardless of race, creed, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or physical disability.
  2. Members must be students of Harvard University.
  3. Membership shall be retained until the student severs relations with the University whether by graduation or otherwise. Membership will be retained during the vacation and recesses of the university.
  4. Membership is further open to students and faculty of the broader Harvard community, and all events and initiatives shall be open to community members and students of other universities where possible.

Article III: Officers

  1. The officers of this group shall consist of the following:
    1. The President shall be the chief executive officer of Harvard Law School Rootstrikers, shall maintain regular contact with the national and other school chapters of Rootstrikers, and shall have general supervision and control of its activities and programs. He or she will handle all formal correspondence between members and officers of the group. He or she will also manage communications to the broader community and work with the Vice Presidents to publicize events and initiatives.
    2. The Vice Presidents shall assist the President and assume his or her duties when the President is unable to serve. The Vice Presidents shall be in charge of recruitment strategies, recruitment lists, and recruitment initiatives.
    3. The Treasurer shall have general charge of the financial affairs of the group. He or she shall keep accurate records of these affairs.
    4. The Secretary shall record and distribute minutes of the meetings.
  2. All officers shall be registered students at Harvard Law School.

Article IV: Elections

  1. Election of officers for the next school year shall take place within five weeks of the commencement of the spring semester.
  2. Elections shall be held for a vacant office at the next meeting after a vacancy is created, unless within the last two weeks of a spring semester, in which case the election will wait until the time proscribed by section 1.
  3. All members in attendance at a meeting are eligible to vote.

Article V: Meetings

  1. Meetings of the groups shall be held on a regular basis for the purpose of determining policy, activities, programs, and other business. The President may call special meetings as necessary.
  2. A simple majority of the group shall constitute a quorum.
  3. The President shall chair all meetings. In the President’s absence, the Vice Presidents shall preside.
  4. The Vice Presidents shall provide notice of regular and special meetings to all members of the group.
  5. All members shall have one vote with respect to any resolutions put forward during a meeting.

Article VI: Amendments

  1. The constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of the group.
  2. Any two or more members of the group may propose an amendment. Proposals shall be filed in writing with the Vice Presidents prior to the meeting.