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US Constitution Study Committee - Application

Task Force Applicant Requirements

A study of the process to amend our US Constitution was recommended and adopted at the 2014 LWVUS Convention in June. The LWVUS Board will appoint a Study Committee to research this issue, prepare study materials, and consensus questions with a goal to have any positions resulting from this work by April 2016.

This study will examine the application of Article V of the United States Constitution, which provides for amending the Constitution. With respect to Constitutional Conventions, the study will focus on how it might be called, how delegates would be selected, what actions could be taken, and how the process of ratifying amendments would be determined. In regard to amendments originating in Congress, the study will focus on the difference between a constitutional amendment and other legislation, what factors influence, and the circumstances under which a constitutional amendment is appropriate to advance a League position and criteria for evaluating proposals to amend the Constitution.

If you are interested in participating in this US Constitution Study Committee, please complete the application form and submit electronically by September 18.

Applicants must:
  1. Submit a writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages)
  2. Submit a resume or CV
  3. Submit 2 references
Persons appointed to a LWVUS Education Committee must:
  1. Be members of the League
  2. Have League experience
  3. Be involved in their local or state League
  4. Represent the diversity of the League, as much as possible
  5. Provide two references and participate in a phone interview
  6. Have general understanding of American governmental history or governmental process issues and an understanding of the League program process
  7. Have research, writing and editing experience
  8. Have a proven ability to work within a team
Once appointed the following procedures apply:
  1. The Committee shall meet generally by phone and email
  2. The LWVUS chair of the Committee or her/his designee shall provide an agenda for each Committee meeting
  3. A record shall be kept of meetings of the Committee by the chair or her/his designee
  4. A timeline for the review shall be developed and reported to the Board and to the membership, as appropriate
  5. Written materials prepared by the Committee shall be reviewed for substance and accuracy by the Committee members, with final editing and formatting by national staff
  6. All communication regarding the Committee progress and process will be announced by the LWVUS Board
Individual members of the Committee shall be responsible for:
  1. Participating in all meetings (by phone and email) of the Committee unless excused
  2. Agreeing to the goals and timeline of the Committee
  3. Executing the Committee agreement as to control of any written material prepared by the Committee
  4. Meeting Committee deadlines for research and delivery of written material
  5. Ensuring the substantive accuracy of the text and all citations of written materials