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Portions of the Bylaws for the Section on
Privileges of Members:
The Executive Committee:
Currently, the Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities has an Executive Committee, Nominations/Membership Committee, Planning Committee for the Section's Program at the Annual Meeting, Planning Committee for the Pro Bono Service Project at the Annual Meeting and a Committee on the Selection of Pro Bono/Public Service Awards.
(b) The Nominating Committee (1) shall solicit from section membership the names of potential nominees for section officers and executive committee members; (2)shall consider the suitability of the potential candidates for office and select nominees; and (3) shall report the names of the nominees to the section chair.
(c) The Annual Meeting Program Committee (1) shall determine the nature, format and content of the section program for the next annual meeting; (2) shall arrange for speakers, participants and materials for the annual meeting and (3) shall notify section members regarding the annual meeting.
(d) The Service Project Committee (1) shall determine the nature, format and content of the service project for the next annual meeting; (2) shall arrange for the implementation of the service project for the annual meeting and (3) shall notify section members regarding the service project.
(e) The Awards Committee shall supervise the nomination and selection of the recipients of the Section's two annual awards. The Awards Committee will be made up of five members, the chair and chair-elect of the section and three other members of the section not currently on the Executive Committee. The purpose of these Awards is to honore those who have dedicated significant efforts towards increasing access to justice through the law school environment and to inspire similiar efforts from others. The intent is to honor those who personally design and manage pro bono programs, those leaders in legal education who promote these programs, and those who personally give of their time and talents in pro bono service.
Each year at the Annual Meeting the Section will honor two individuals with the Deborah L. Rhode and Father Robert Drinan Awards. The Rhode Award will be awarded to a full-time faculty member or Dean who has made an outstanding contribution to increasing pro bono and public service opportunities in law schools through scholarship, leadership, or service. The Drinan Award will be presented to an individual, whether full-time faculty or not, who has forwarded the ethic of pro bono service through personal service, program design or management.
The Award Competition will be announced through the Section's listserv, its newsletter and/or the AALS Newsletter. Nominations may be made by any member of the AALS. Nominations will be accepted until October 31 of each year and the selection shall be made by November 30.