Elections

LSS Elections Fall 2018!

Changes are coming to Queen’s Law and Canadian law students – the only question is, will you be a part of it?

The LSS will be holding elections for the following positions:

Vice-President Communications

The Vice-President Communications will play an important and unique role in imagining, establishing and executing the communication and marketing strategies of the LSS. The expectations of the Vice-President Communications will be to increase student engagement with LSS, ensure the smooth functioning of the weekly LSS newsletter and Queen’s Law website, and integrate new ideas or technologies to enhance communication strategies at Queen’s Law. The Vice-President Communications will work closely with the LSS Core team, the Queen’s Law Marketing Director, and the Assistant Dean of Students to improve overall student experience at Queen’s Law.

Like all other positions on the LSS Core Council, the Vice-President Communications will attend biweekly Core Council meetings, in addition to biweekly LSS Council meetings, as well as hold weekly office hours. The responsibility and commitment for this role is greater than the others, but the rewards will also pay dividends!

3L Social Coordinator

The Social-Coordinator works to promote school spirit, comradeship and inclusivity in the class of 2019 by organizing social events, including Smokers. Most importantly, the 3L Social Coordinator spearheads the organization of the Grad Formal, one of the most important events at Queen’s Law. Overall, the Social Coordinator will play a large role in defining the tone of the Class of 2019’s experience at Queen’s Law.

3L Faculty Board Representative

The Faculty Board Representatives ensure that the interests and concerns of the 3L class on academic issues are appropriately conveyed to faculty and senior administration. The Faculty Board Representatives sit on the Faculty Board, which meets every month to discuss and vote on curricula, academic policies, and other school-wide administrative matters.

3L Athletic Representatives (2)

The Athletic Representatives represents the interests of students involved in formal and informal athletic teams and events. The Athletic Representatives work to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for law students, as well as inter-faculty collegiality and sportsmanship.

1L President

The President represents the 1L class by continually promoting their best interests in decisions made by the LSS, faculty, and administration. The President also provides strong leadership for the 1L Council, and works with the other Council members to establish short and long-term goals, plans and strategies. The President will sit on the Nominations Committee, be responsible for making formal bi-weekly Reports during LSS meetings, and may spearhead events or initiatives organized by the 1L Council.

1L Vice-President

The Vice-President works with the President to oversee management of the 1L Council. The Vice-President ensures that the different roles on the 1L Council are balanced and supported, but retains the independence to take initiative in creating and executing events and goals for the 1L Council. The Vice-President will present formal Reports at the LSS meeting if the President is unavailable.

1L Secretary-Treasurer

The Secretary-Treasurer manages the financial budgets, objectives and directions of the 1L Council. The Secretary-Treasurer plans and participates in fundraising initiatives with the aim of maximizing the revenue of the 1L Council.

1L Social Coordinator

The Social-Coordinator works to promote school spirit, comradeship and inclusivity in the class of 2021 by organizing social events, including Smokers. The Social Coordinator may work with internal and external partners in Queen’s and Kingston to imagine new opportunities for activities and business relationships.

1L Faculty Board Representatives (2)

The Faculty Board Representatives ensure that the interests and concerns of the 1L class on academic issues are appropriately conveyed to faculty and senior administration. The Faculty Board Representatives sit on the Faculty Board, which meets every month to discuss and vote on curricula, academic policies, and other school-wide administrative matters.

1L Athletic Representatives (2)

The Athletic Representatives represents the interests of students involved in formal and informal athletic teams and events. The Athletic Representatives work to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for law students, as well as inter-faculty collegiality and sportsmanship.

Junior SGPS Representative

The Junior SGPS Representative represents the interests of Queen’s Law students to the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University. The Junior SGPS will work closely with the two Senior SGPS Representatives, as well as the LSS President, to outline a strong vision on SGPS-related issues.

Part-Time Student Representative

The Part-Time Student Representative represents the interests of part-time students to LSS and Queen’s Law. Being a part-time student carries different obligations and experiences, but does not mean it should lead to less engagement with the Queen’s Law community!

Joint Program Student Representative

The Joint Program Student Representative represents the interests of joint-program students to LSS and Queen’s Law. This includes students enrolled in the JD/MBA, the JD/MA, the JD/MIR, or other joint-programs.

Common-Civil Law Program Student Representative

The Common-Civil Law Program Student Representative represents the interests of students in the common-civil law program to LSS and Queen’s Law.

Graduate Student Representative

The Graduate Student Representative represents the interests of LLM and PhD students to LSS and Queen’s Law. While law school community can resolve around a JD experience, the LSS is committed to working towards inclusivity and engagement of all students enrolled in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s!

Transfer-Student Representative

The Transfer Student Representative represents the interests of transfer students to LSS and Queen’s Law. The Transfer Student Representative works to ensure that transfer students are included in every aspect of the Queen’s Law student experience!

 

Nominations will be open from Monday, September 17 to Thursday, September 20. Forms will be available at the LSS office. Once completed, your form should be returned to the folder outside the office.

Campaigning will take place from Friday, September 21 to Tuesday, September 25.

Elections will be held Wednesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 27.

 

For details regarding positions or any other elections-related questions, please contact simon.gollish@queensu.ca!

General Election Information: 

Elections Committee:

The Elections Committee, composed of one Chair or two Co-Chairs as determined by the Nominations Committee, and up to five additional members, shall be nominated by the Nominations Committee. The outgoing Chair or Co-Chairs may recommend the incoming Chair or Co-Chairs to the Nominations Committee. The Elections Committee shall be confirmed by a unanimous vote of the Nominations Committee.

Duties of the Elections Committee: 

It shall be the duty of the Elections Committee to conduct all elections and referenda in accordance with this Constitution and to provide an annual report to LSS Council in the winter semester that reviews election policies and offers recommendations on how to improve student engagement in elections.

Time of Elections

The time of elections shall be as follows:

(i) elections for the Officers of the LSS shall be held during the month of February at a date and time proposed by the Elections Committee and ratified by LSS Council;

(ii) elections of the Year Assembly for the first year Class, the Graduate Student Representative, the Part-Time Student Representative, the Junior SGPS Representative and the Common-Civil Law Program Representative shall be held by the end of the sixth week of the fall semester; and

(iii) elections for the Year Assembly for upper year Classes, the Alumni Assembly, the Senior SGPS Representatives, the Joint Program Representative, and the Indigenous Student Representative shall be held after the LSS Officer Elections but prior to the LSS BiAnnual General Meeting (BAGM) in March.

Nomination Period

The nomination period shall consist of three to five school days as proposed by the Elections Committee and ratified by LSS Council. The nominations shall be submitted by 4:00 pm on the last day of the nomination period in the Elections Committee mailbox. There shall be at least five school days between the end of the nomination period and the day of the elections in order to allow for campaigning. However, the Chair(s) of the Elections Committee have the discretion to extend the nomination period in the event no nominations are tendered.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations shall be written and signed by five LSS Members. The nomination shall indicate the candidate and the position sought, and shall be signed by the candidate to indicate the candidate’s acceptance of the nomination and acknowledgement that said candidate has read any campaigning rules provided for in this Constitution. A list of names of all candidates shall be posted on the Student Listserv within twenty-four hours following the close of the nomination period. A candidate may withdraw any time before the end of the election in question.

Eligibility of Candidates

Candidates must be enrolled as full-time or part-time students in the Faculty of Law to be eligible for elected office.