CASI Bylaws

Law School Committee on Academic Staff Issues (CASI) Bylaws

Mission Statement

The Committee on Academic Staff Issues (CASI) shall advise the Dean and represent the Law School Academic Staff in the formulation and review of all policies and procedures concerning the School’s academic staff.

Responsibilities

In accordance with the guidelines established in Academic Staff Document #210 (Approved1/12/98), responsibilities of the CASI include but are not limited to:

  1. Formulating and reviewing Law School policies and procedures concerning academic staff members, as appropriate.
  2. Representing academic staff members in the development of all Law School policies and procedures concerning academic staff members.
  3. Providing advice to the Dean on Law School program decisions likely to affect promotional opportunities or lead to nonrenewal or layoff of academic staff members.
  4. Developing opportunities for academic staff members to participate in department, Law School, and University governance.
  5. Developing opportunities for recognition of academic staff member contributions to the excellence of the Law School.

Membership

  1. Representation: The process of selection shall foster representation of all academic staff within the Law School, to the extent possible.
    • A.  The CASI shall consist of 9 voting elected members from two election districts, clinicians (4 members) and all other academic staff areas (5 members) (representing a variety of  units within the Law School to the best extent possible: Administration; Lecturer; Legal Writing; Library; Specialist; etc.
    • B.  The Dean or designee shall be a non-voting member ex officio.
    • C.  The Associate Dean for Administration shall be a non-voting ex officio member.
  2. Terms: The CASI year is September 1 through August 31.  As much as possible, each board member serves a three-year term, with one-third of the board turning over each year. To initiate the process, terms of board members that begin in September 2012 will expire at one-, two-, and three-year intervals. Elected board members may serve a maximum of 9 consecutive years.
  3. Elections and Vacancies: Elections for terms beginning September 1 will occur in the spring.
    • A.  Under the direction of the Elections and Membership subcommittee, the Dean's Office will facilitate elections using ballot procedures similar to the election to the Academic Planning Committee.
    • B.  Academic Staff will nominate and vote in their respective election districts. Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by others.
    • C.  Vacancies shall be filled by appointment of the Dean based on recommendation by the Committee, in such a way as to assure functional area balance on the Committee, to the extent possible. The appointed member shall remain on the Committee until the next election for that seat.
  4. Membership of the full committee shall be announced annually when the list of all Law School committees is distributed in the fall.

Subcommittees

  1. Standing subcommittees: Standing subcommittees may be established as needed.
  2. A member of the CASI shall chair each subcommittee, but participants may include Law School academic staff who are not members of the current CASI. Each subcommittee is responsible for submitting a summary of activities to the Chair by August 1st.
  3. Standing subcommittees may include, but are not limited to:
    • A.  Recognition & Retention: This standing subcommittee is responsible for recommending strategies for the professional development, recognition, and retention of academic staff within the Law School.
    • B.  Website, Communications, and Outreach: This standing subcommittee is responsible for establishing and overseeing efforts to maintain communication with Law School academic staff.
    • C.  Elections and Membership: This standing subcommittee is responsible for CASI elections and membership issues.
    • D.  Personnel Policies & Procedures: This standing subcommittee is responsible for advising the CASI on matters related to the personnel policies and procedures of the Law School and University, including all matters relating to Academic Staff Policies and Procedures.
  4. Ad hoc subcommittees: The CASI may employ ad hoc subcommittees to address specific issues of interest to the academic staff of the Law School. Ad hoc subcommittees may include, but are not limited to:
    • A.  Bylaws: This ad hoc subcommittee is responsible for reviewing the bylaws at least as frequently as the self-study. Bylaws revisions may be made by a majority of the voting members of the Committee. In accordance with Document #210, the bylaws shall be filed with the Secretary of the Academic Staff, by the Chair.
    • B.  Self-study: In accordance with Document #210, this ad hoc subcommittee is responsible for compiling and submitting a self-study report to the Dean, the Law School Academic Staff, and the Academic Staff Executive Committee at least every 5 years. The purpose of the self-study is to review CASI’s structure and functions to assess its effectiveness as a voice for academic staff and its compliance with Academic Staff Policies and Procedures.

Procedures

  1. Chairmanship: The CASI membership shall select a chair for the next academic year at the meeting following the spring election.
    • The Chair shall call meetings, prepare the agenda, and compile an Annual Report based upon the group and subcommittee activities each year by the end of August.
      • The Agenda will be distributed to Law School academic staff at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Academic staff members may submit items to the Chair for inclusion.
      • The Annual Report shall be submitted to the CASI, the Law School academic staff, and the Dean, and posted on the Law School CASI website.
  2. Meeting Frequency: Meetings shall be held approximately every other month. Additional meetings may be called upon request of at least 2 Committee members. A quorum consists of a majority of the voting elected members.
  3. Minutes: At the beginning of each meeting, a minute taker shall be selected. The minute taker shall draft and distribute the minutes electronically to the committee as soon as possible following the meeting. Members have 10 days to provide comments or corrections to CASI, at which time a final call for changes and approval vote is cast. The Chair will distribute the approved minutes to Law School academic staff within 10 days following approval and will submit them to the Dean’s secretary for archiving. They shall also be posted on the Law School CASI website.
  4. Quorum, Voting: A quorum is 5 voting members. A vote may not be taken without a quorum present at a meeting or electronically.

Revised & approved by CASI March 17, 2003; April 2012


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