By-Laws

As Amended: April 2008

I. Selection Process

A. Staff

1. Each competitor shall prepare a case note which will be judged on analytical and writing ability. Each note shall be judged by a panel of Editor(s)-in-Chief and Editors. The Journal faculty advisor may also assist the Editor(s)-in-Chief and/or Editors in judging submissions, where deemed necessary and upon the request of the Editor(s in-Chief. Each of the anonymous submissions will be evaluated independently. Each competitor shall also submit a cover letter expressing their interest in the Journal. The Editor(s)-in-Chief, when necessary, shall resolve any disputes regarding the grade given to any anonymous submission during the writing/editing competition. The competitors who receive the eight (8) highest scores shall be offered a position on the Journal’s staff.

2. The writing/editing competition shall be held in August and September. The beginning date and duration of the writing/editing competition shall be determined by the Editor(s) in Chief after consultation with the faculty advisor. Judging shall be completed within a reasonable time after termination of the competition.

3. Personal letters or emails shall be sent by the Editor(s) in Chief at the completion of the judging to all participants informing them of the results.

4. The Editor(s) in Chief shall prepare the topic(s) to be addressed by students participating in the writing/editing competition. The Editor(s)-in-Chief shall direct the competition itself, and act as a liaison between the Journal staff and the students participating in the writing/editing competition.

B. The Journal of Law & Practice encourages all students to submit case notes that are capable of publication.

1. The Journal of Law & Practice encourages all students to submit case notes that are capable of publication.

2. If a note so submitted is selected as one of the eight (8) highest scores and capable of publication by the Journal, the author will be offered a staff position on the Journal.  Such offers will be subject to revocation based on the fulfillment of the author’s duties, under the discretion of the Editor(s) in Chief, and under the William Mitchell Student Code.

3. To qualify for staff status under this provision, the author’s note must be entirely his or her own work. The author may not co-write the note with anyone else.

4. An author may receive assistance in selecting topics from anyone including faculty members and fellow students. Authors may not, however, submit notes under this provision which are based on papers prepared in conjunction with course work. Authors may receive limited assistance from faculty members and/or Editors in researching for their assigned topics and their case notes.  Authors may receive guidance from a Journal editor if an editor so volunteers, subject to approval and any limitations set forth by the Editor(s)-in-Chief.

II. Publication Schedule

The William Mitchell Journal of Law & Practice shall publish articles on a periodic basis, subject to the articles receipt by the Journal, review by Journal staff and final approval by the Editor(s)-in-Chief.

III. Duties of Membership

A. Staff

1. At the first meeting with staff during the fall academic school year, the Editor(s)-in-Chief shall articulate the components of internal elevation as discussed in the Journal’s constitution. Thereafter, the Editor(s)-in-Chief shall take measures needed to put staff on notice when they are not performing satisfactory work.

2. Each staff member shall perform their assigned editorial duties. Such duties shall be assigned to staff members by an editor of the Editor(s)-in-Chief.

B. Editors

1. Elected officers of the Journal shall perform the duties of their respective offices as outlined in the Journal’s constitution.

2. Editors shall perform editorial duties as are assigned them by the Editor(s)-in-Chief. The Editor(s)-in-Chief shall make an effort to ensure that each editor contributes his or her fair share to the editorial workload of the Journal.

IV. Election of Officers

A. Election of the Editor(s)-in-Chief shall take place at the second to last annual meeting of Journal staff as specified in the Journal’s constitution. For each Editor-in-Chief position to be filled, nominations shall be taken from the floor. Those nominated shall present their qualifications, and then leave the room, whereby the qualifications of each nominee to fulfill the duties of the office shall be discussed by the Executive Board and staff. Upon conclusion of discussion, the vote shall be had; the first two nominees to attain a majority of the votes cast shall be elected to fill the office. If no candidate receives a majority of votes, the candidate receiving the fewest votes, as well as any candidate receiving no votes, shall be removed from the ballot and another ballot shall be taken. The current Editor(s)-in-Chief shall chair the meeting. If each candidate receives an equal number of votes, a second discussion will commence, followed by a second vote. If each candidate again receives an equal number of votes, the current Editor(s)-in-Chief will decide the winners. If there are no staff members and Editors available to vote, the current Editor(s)-in-Chief will decide the winners.

B. Election of the Editors (2) shall take place at the second to last annual meeting of Journal staff as specified in the Journal’s constitution. The incoming Editor(s)-in-Chief and the current Editor(s)-in-Chief shall select the two Editors. The Executive Board and all staff members are eligible for the position of Editor. If there are an insufficient number of nominations to fill the position of Editor, the incoming Editor(s)-in-Chief will offer the remaining position(s) to the one or two students who receive the highest score in the subsequent year’s writing/editing competition. In the event one or both of the top two scoring competitors does not accept a position as Editor, the position(s) of Editor will then be offered to the next highest score.

C. The Internet Website Manager will be chosen by the incoming Editor(s)-in-Chief for the following academic school year.

D. Each staff so elected shall be deemed a member of the Board of Editors upon the close of the first annual meeting.

E. The current Editor(s)-in-Chief, in their role as chair of the meeting, may deviate from the election procedure outlined in (A) and (B) if there is no objection by any member of Journal attending the election meeting.