Bylaws

Article 1
Organization Name

This organization shall be and hereby is named the Indiana Law Review.

Article 2
Purpose and Goals
  • Section 1: The purpose of the Indiana Law Review shall be to publish a scholarly review in order to further legal education.
  • Section 2: The goals of the Indiana Law Review shall be to promote excellence in writing, research, and analytical skills of its members and to provide a forum for legal commentary of interest to the academic and legal communities.
Article 3
Membership

The membership of the Indiana Law Review shall consist of the Editorial Board, Associate Editors, and Candidates.

Article 4
The Editorial Board and the Executive Board
  • Section 1: The Editorial Board of each volume of the Indiana Law Review shall consist of the Executive Board, a number of Note Development Editors, and a number of Articles Editors.
  • Section 2: The Executive Board of each volume of the Indiana Law Review shall consist of an Editor-in-Chief, an Executive Managing Editor, an Executive Notes Editor, two Executive Articles Editors, a Senior Executive Editor, and a Symposium Editor.
  • Section 3: All legislative and judicial powers of the Indiana Law Review shall be vested in the Editorial Board, with such exceptions as are specified in these Bylaws. The Editorial board shall:
    1. have full charge of all property of the Indiana Law Review;
    2. set policies and general procedures of the Indiana Law Review; and
    3. make all disciplinary decisions, excluding decisions to issue reprimands unless the Editor-in-Chief directs the Editorial Board to do so.
  • Section 4: All executive powers of the Indiana Law Review shall be vested in the Executive Board, with such exceptions as are specified in these Bylaws. The Executive Board shall exercise its powers pursuant to the Policies adopted by the Executive Board, provided that such Policies may not conflict with these Bylaws. Each member of the Indiana Law Review shall be provided with his or her own copy of the Policies, and a copy shall be kept on file in the Indiana Law Review offices for inspection by any member of the Indiana Law Review. The Policies represent standards to which all Indiana Law Review members are held.
  • Section 5: The term of office of an Editorial Board member shall be one year, beginning on the date of the spring commencement immediately following the election of the Editorial Board.
Article 5
Editorial Board Responsibilities
  • Section 1: The Editor-in-Chief shall act in the best interests of the Indiana Law Review and in a fair and equitable manner. All executive power of the Indiana Law Review shall be vested in the Editor-in-Chief, including, but not limited to, the following powers:
    1. planning, organizing, and coordinating the work of the Indiana Law Review;
    2. interpreting and enforcing the policies of the Editorial Board;
    3. calling meetings of the Editorial Board and the Executive Board, setting agendas, and presiding over such meetings;
    4. representing the Indiana Law Review to authors, to the general public, and to the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law administration, faculty, and students;
    5. selecting, with the Executive Articles Editors, lead articles for publication;
    6. selecting, with the Executive Notes Editor, student Notes for publication;
    7. giving final approval for the publication of all articles, Notes, and other manuscripts;
    8. supervising and evaluating the performance of the members of the Indiana Law Review and advising the Faculty Advisor(s) in regard to members' grades and credits;
    9. creating committees and appointing chairpersons and members to such committees;
    10. supervising all paid employees of the Indiana Law Review; and
    11. issuing reprimands to any member.
  • Section 2: The decision or action of the Editor-in-Chief shall be final, provided such decision or action is not contrary to the Bylaws or established Policies of the Editorial Board.
  • Section 3: The Executive Managing Editor is responsible for the production of the Indiana Law Review; i.e., for taking the articles and notes from manuscript form to final publication. The Executive Managing Editor has the following duties:
    1. planning the production phase of each issue;
    2. distributing and evaluating editing assignments;
    3. setting deadlines for all editing assignments; and
    4. completing page proofs of each article.
    Along with the Editor-in-Chief, the Executive Managing Editor also performs manuscript edits and page proofs of each article and Note.
  • Section 4: The Executive Notes Editor is responsible for the administration of the student writing program. Specifically, the Executive Notes Editor is responsible for coordinating, with the Editor-in-Chief, the Candidate selection process and the Candidate Note-writing process. If needed, the Executive Notes Editor assists the Executive Managing Editor in the production phase of the student Notes chosen for publication.
  • Section 5: The Executive Articles Editors solicit and select, with the Editor-in-Chief, articles for each issue, and are responsible for the contents of each issue. The Executive Articles Editors read and critique articles for possible publication. In addition, the Executive Articles Editors are responsible for the "dummy book" of each issue (a model of what will appear where), and, if needed, for assisting the Executive Managing Editor in production.
  • Section 6: The Senior Executive Editor is responsible for overseeing, under the guidance of the Executive Managing Editor, the process of editing articles and Notes. Specifically, the Senior Executive Editor assists the Articles Editors in carrying out their duties. In addition, the Senior Executive Editor is responsible for overseeing the process of retrieving the sources cited in each article and Note.
  • Section 7: The Symposium Editor is responsible for organizing and managing an annual Indiana Law Review symposium. Specifically, the Symposium Editor is responsible for planning, promoting, and executing the symposium.
  • Section 8: Note Development Editors are the primary contact with the Candidates throughout the Note-writing process. Note Development Editors have the following duties:
    1. advising Candidates in writing their Notes;
    2. ranking the Notes for publication; and
    3. assisting with editing as needed.
  • Section 9: Articles Editors shall have the following duties:
    1. making editing assignments to Associate Editors and Candidates in conformance with the policies established by the Editorial Board;
    2. coordinating any editing changes made to the articles to which they are assigned; and
    3. evaluating candidates and recommending that a candidate for whom the Editor has responsibility be issued a reprimand.
Article 6
Meetings of the Editorial Board
  • Section 1: Meetings of the Editorial Board shall be called by the Editor-in-Chief or when requested in writing by a majority of the Editorial Board members.
  • Section 2: Sufficient written notice of any Editorial Board meeting shall be given to all Editorial Board members at least 48 hours prior to the start of the meeting. Notwithstanding the preceding, a notice called for the purpose of considering an amendment to these Bylaws shall be given at least one week prior to such meeting. Written notice shall be deemed sufficient if left for each Editorial Board member at a place where other correspondence for such Editorial Board member is usually kept, or if sent via electronic mail to an address provided by the Board member.
  • Section 3: No business shall be transacted at an Editorial Board meeting unless a quorum is present. The presence of one-half of the Editorial Board members shall constitute a quorum. No Editorial Board member may attend by proxy for purposes of constituting a majority.
  • Section 4: Prior to each Editorial Board meeting, the Editor-in-Chief, or a person designated by the Editor-in-Chief to act in his or her place, shall appoint an Editorial Board member to act as secretary for the meeting. Minutes for the Editorial Board meeting shall be kept on file in the Indiana Law Review offices and made available to any member of the Indiana Law Review..Section 5: Unless otherwise provided in these Bylaws, a majority of those Editorial Board members present at a duly-constituted Editorial Board meeting is sufficient to pass resolutions. No proxy votes shall be counted in determining such majority.
  • Section 6: Editorial Board meetings shall, to the extent feasible, be governed by standard rules of parliamentary procedure.
  • Section 7: All Editorial Board meetings shall be closed, unless opened for a particular purpose by majority vote of the Editorial Board.
Article 7
Meetings of the Executive Board
  • Section 1: Meetings of the Executive Board shall be called by the Editor-in-Chief when necessary.
  • Section 2: Because the Executive Board has no legislative or judicial power by itself, Article 6 of these Bylaws shall not apply to meetings of the Executive Board.
Article 8
Associate Editors
  • Section 1: The Associate Editors of each volume of the Indiana Law Review shall consist of those members who have been members for more than one year, are not Editorial Board members, and are in good standing. Good standing means:
    1. meeting work requirements for the first year;
    2. writing a publishable Note; and
    3. meeting any other requirements set forth in policies adopted by the Editorial Board.
  • Section 2: Associate Editors shall serve on committees of the Indiana Law Review if appointed by the Editor-in-Chief and shall have the right to present grievances to the Editorial Board or to the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Section 3: Associate Editors shall have the responsibility to complete all work and to fulfill all obligations in accordance with Policies adopted by the Executive Board. Associate Editors are required to serve in that capacity from the date of spring commencement after their appointment to the following date of spring commencement (a twelve-month period).
Article 9
Candidates
  • Section 1: Candidates for each volume of the Indiana Law Review shall consist of individuals chosen according to the policies adopted by the Editorial Board and through a process administered by the Executive Notes Editor.
  • Section 2: Candidates shall serve on committees of the Indiana Law Review if appointed by the Editor-in-Chief and shall have the right to present grievances to the Editorial Board or to the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Section 3: Candidates shall have the responsibility to complete all work and to fulfill all obligations, including the completion of a publishable Note, in accordance with policies adopted by the Editorial Board. Candidates are required to work from the date of their selection until the date of the second spring commencement following their selection.
Article 10
Elections, Impeachment, Removal, and Resignation
  • Section 1: The election by the current Editorial Board of a successor Editorial Board shall be held annually in the spring semester on a date selected by the Editorial Board, in accordance with the following guidelines:
    1. Only persons who have served as a Candidate and who are in good standing shall be eligible to serve on the Editorial Board. Good standing means meeting work requirements for the first year, writing a publishable Note, and meeting any other requirements set forth in policies adopted by the Editorial Board.
    2. Eligible Candidates shall receive, at least two weeks prior to the election, a form upon which they shall declare their interest in as many of the various positions as they choose, and upon which they shall provide additional information in support of their election.
    3. Copies of the forms shall be made available to all Editorial Board members at least two days prior to the meeting for the election.
    4. At the meeting to elect the new Editorial Board, the current Editorial Board shall conduct a secret ballot vote to select the Editor-in-Chief first, followed by selection of the other Editorial Board positions in an order decided by the Editorial Board. For Executive Board positions, secret ballot votes will be taken until a Candidate has received a majority of the. eligible votes for the position being voted upon. In voting for Articles Editors and Note Development Editors, each Editorial Board member in attendance shall have the same number of total votes as the number of positions available, but each may cast only one vote for any particular candidate. The candidates for each Articles Editor and Note Development Editor position receiving the greatest number of secret ballot votes (up to the number of positions to be filled) shall be declared elected, and, if necessary, ties shall be broken by subsequent ballot votes.
    5. The newly-elected Editorial Board shall assume office on the date of spring commencement.
  • Section 2: In the event a permanent vacancy in any Editorial Board position occurs for any reason, an Editorial Board meeting shall be called to elect, by majority vote, a replacement from those persons who express interest and who would have been eligible for election to the Editorial Board at the time of the original election. The elected replacement shall serve until the end of the original Editorial Board member's term. An Editorial Board member elected to a vacated position must relinquish his/her original position, and an election must then be held to fill the resulting vacancy.
  • Section 3: The Editorial Board may impeach any member, including the Editor-in-Chief, for good cause by a secret ballot majority of the entire Editorial Board. Anyone impeached may be removed by a three-fourths vote of the entire membership, including Associate Editors and Candidates, voting by secret ballot.
  • Section 4: Any member may resign from the Indiana Law Review by submitting a written resignation to the Editor-in-Chief. A member whose resignation has become effective may petition for reinstatement. Such former member may be reinstated only by majority vote at a Board meeting. A former Editorial Board member who has resigned and been replaced may only be reinstated as an Associate Editor. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, a former Editorial Board member reinstated as an Associate Editor shall be eligible for election as a replacement Editorial Board member pursuant to Section 2 of this Article.
Article 11
Faculty Advisor(s)
  • Section 1: The Faculty Advisor(s) shall have the following duties:
    1. approving all student writing topics;
    2. approving grades to all student Notes;
    3. assigning graded credit to first semester Candidates;
    4. assigning graded credit to Editorial Board members (with the Editor-in-Chief's advice); and
    5. assigning pass/fail credit to Associate Editors and second semester Candidates (with the Editor-in-Chief's advice).
  • Section 2: The Faculty Advisor(s) shall have the following powers:
    1. advising the Editorial Board on all matters brought to the Faculty Advisor(s); and
    2. attending meetings of the Editorial Board.
  • Section 3: The Faculty Advisor(s) shall not have the power or authority to vote at meetings of the Editorial Board or to override any decision of the Editorial Board or of an Executive Board Member, including, but not limited to, decisions regarding deadlines, disciplinary measures or reprimands to a member, or selection of an article or Note for publication.
  • Section 4: The Faculty Advisor(s) will be subject to review by a committee comprised of the Editor-in-Chief, the Dean, and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to assess his/her/their performance of duties and powers.
Article 12
Non-discrimination

The Indiana Law Review shall not discriminate in any matter, including membership invitations or publication decisions, on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Article 13
Enactment, Publication, and Amendment of Bylaws
  • Section 1: These Bylaws are effective September 1, 2001, and supersede any and all Bylaws previously enacted.
  • Section 2: Each member of the Indiana Law Review shall be provided with his or her own copy of these Bylaws. In addition, a copy shall be kept on file in the Indiana Law Review offices for inspection by any member of the Indiana Law Review.
  • Section 3: Any Editorial Board member may propose an amendment to these Bylaws in writing. Such written proposal shall be distributed to each Editorial Board member according to the procedure for written notice of an Editorial Board meeting.
  • Section 4: Following discussion at the subsequent Editorial Board meeting, a secret ballot shall be held. The proposed amendment shall be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the entire Editorial Board.
  • Section 5: No vote on any amendment shall take place during the period beginning the last day of the spring semester and ending the first day of the following fall semester.