Membership and Representative Funds

ABA Law Student Division Application for Membership Funds and Representative Funds (available in Word Format only) >>>

 

Membership Funds

Membership Funds come out of a general fund allocated each year in the Division's budget. This fund is limited in size and all reimbursement requests are processed on a first come first served basis. Each school may request no more than $100.00 a year from the fund. The request must be in writing and forwarded to the Secretary-Treasurer for approval. The request must describe the project for which funding is sought and be approved prior to the project.

Funds may only be used for expenses directly related to membership activities including but not limited to speakers, refreshments (no alcohol) or prizes for membership drives. Funds may not be used for any administrative costs or electronic equipment.

All expenses must be pre-approved in writing by the Secretary-Treasurer and Division Director. Membership funds are available on a reimbursement basis only and are subject to the Division's reimbursement policies.

To be eligible for these funds, the application must be received by the Secretary Treasurer and Division Director three weeks prior to the date of the event for which the funds are needed.  Schools that receive approval for membership funds will be required to submit the following with their request for reimbursement within 30 days of the project completion in order to receive reimbursement.

  • Communication approving the award
  • Copies of any fliers, brochures or other advertisements of the membership drive/activity
  • Enrollment forms collected during your event and/or a list of new enrollees to the ABA Law Student Division
  • Original receipts

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Representative Funds

The Division provides funds to increase membership at the individual law school of the school representative and to assist in funding the representative to the circuit meetings when school funding is insufficient.

Representative Funds come out of a general fund allocated each year in the Division's budget. This fund is limited in size and all reimbursement requests are processed on a first-come, first- served basis. The maximum reimbursable amount for each law school is based on the following formula: $.75/member plus a flat rate depending on the size of the school: 1-500 students = $90.00; 501-1000 students = $65.00; and 1001+ students = $40.00.

Funds may be used for expenses directly related to membership activities including but not limited to speakers, refreshments (no alcohol) or prizes for membership drives. This may also include reimbursement for charges related to the representative's position such as photocopying or supplies. Funds may not be used to purchase alcohol or electronic equipment, among other items.

Funds may also be used for travel expenses to and from circuit meetings except for meals and rental cars. Funding for lodging is limited to 50% of the room cost which is consistent with the lodging reimbursed for elected Division leaders. Funds may not be used to cover any expenses, including the registration fee, for the ABA Annual Meeting.

Representative funds are available on a reimbursement basis only and are subject to the Division's reimbursement policies. Requests for use of funds must be made in advance for approval by the Secretary-Treasurer and the Division Director.

To be eligible for these funds, the application must be received by the Secretary Treasurer and Division Director three weeks prior to the date of the event for which the funds are needed.  The amount of funding for which each Representative is eligible is based on the number of students enrolled in the ABA at your school.  Representatives who receive approval for Representative Funds will be required to submit the following with their request for reimbursement within 30 days of the project completion in order to receive reimbursement.

  • Communication approving the award
  • Original receipts
  • One to two page report of the membership activity and/or circuit meeting.

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