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Key Structural and Functional Changes

alumni restructuring

Below is a comparison chart of the current structure and the proposed structure in some key areas:


Current StructureProposed Structure
Members of the Alumni Council are selected by nomination from a Council member. There is no election.    Board members are selected through a nomination and election process.  The first Board will be selected by a committee made of representatives from various alumni groups:  Alumni Council, Board of Overseers and Business Advisory Council and representatives from the Law School.  They will propose a slate to the Dean.  All future members will be selected by nomination from the Board and election by the Assembly.
Members are not asked to commit a prescribed amount of time to the Council or to deliver any work product by the end of their term.Members are asked to head up specific functional areas and are selected for their expertise and willingness to commit a substantial amount of time.  Each Board member must submit a plan for their area, they must recruit volunteers to carry out that plan, and they serve as the spokesperson for their specific area of responsibility in communicating to fellow alumni.

The Council does not currently develop a strategic plan in partnership with Alumni Relations or Institutional Advancement.  The goals of one group may not be in line with the goals of the other.
Board, Alumni Relations and Institutional Advancement must agree to long and short-term goals and work in partnership with each other to achieve goals.
 The Council President has a term of one year and sets the agenda for that year and appoints committees for a year.      Each Board member has a term of three years to develop and carry out their agenda which has been approved by the whole Board and in partnership with relevant Law School administrators.  This gives more time and continuity to develop meaningful programs and events.

Neither the Alumni Council nor the Alumni Relations Office is at the center of alumni volunteerism at the Law School.  Since they do not work in official partnership with other Law School departments, most alumni volunteers are recruited through the efforts of individual groups and departments:
•    The Career Services Office recruits over a thousand alumni volunteers for its Alumni Career Network, Mock Interview Program, Dinner with the Experts, career and educational programs. 
•    The Admissions Office finds its own volunteers to speak at law school forums and call admitted applicants. 
•    The Board of Student Advisors yearly recruits 100’s of alums to judge competitions.
•    Reunion committees must try to organize their classes every five years without a formal class structure in place.
•    Student groups have no central place to go to find alumni volunteers and resources.
The Alumni Assembly and Board and Alumni Relations Office would be at the center of alumni volunteer efforts.  This would allow a coordinated effort to recruit, recognize and reward volunteers for their service.  The Law School could create a more unified and effective culture of volunteerism.
Within the current Alumni Council structure, there is no mechanism for incorporating and strengthening the many affinity groups that exist at the Law School.  Thus, the Council does not always represent the diversity of the school. 
The Assembly would be made up of leaders of all of the affinity groups—BALSA, LALSA, APALSA, SALSA, LAMBDA, JLSA, PILF, to name just a few.  Volunteers would be responsible for developing and strengthening these groups.  The Assembly would become a group of leaders of all the affinity groups in the school and an integral part of the Alumni Association.

Under the current Alumni Council structure, Council members are not required to work in partnership with Law School departments or administrators.  The result can be programs designed by the Council that are not part of a department’s strategies, priorities or budgeting.
Board members must work in partnership with Law School departments and administrators.  The result is that projects and programs will be more in line with the strategic plans, resources and needs of the school. The activities of the alumni volunteers within the Alumni Association will be more relevant to the functions and needs of the Law School.

There is currently no mechanism to develop new programs.  The Council must count on one of its members to take an interest and volunteer their time.
There is a Board member responsible for recruiting volunteers to carry out approved, new initiatives.
Although the Council would like to get students involved early in the alumni activities, there is no mechanism to stay connected to students. 
One Board member would be specifically charged with developing student programs.  That member would recruit alums to be liaisons with student groups.  Also, the heads of student groups would be a part of the Assembly.

The current Council has little budgetary responsibilities.   
Full budgetary responsibility and accountability.  Board will be able to develop its priorities for projects.