Posted Nov 01, 2007 05:13 pm CDT
The following jurisdictions will elect a State Delegate for a three-year term beginning at the adjournment of the 2008 Annual Meeting:
District of Columbia
Nominating petitions for State Delegates to be elected in 2008 must be filed with the Board of Elections at Association headquarters not later than Friday, December 14, 2007. For each state in which more than one valid nominating petition is filed, the Board of Elections shall have the name of each nominee and the names of 25 signers of the nominating petition published in the February 2008 issue of the ABA Journal.
While it is desirable that more than the required minimum of twenty-five names of members of the Association appear on the nominating petitions, only twenty-five names of signers of any petition will be published as provided by § 6.3(b) of the Association’s Constitution. Only signatures of members of the Association will be counted. Each nominating petition must be accompanied by a typewritten list of names and addresses of the signers in the order in which they appear on the petition. A one-hundred-word biographical sketch of the nominee must also accompany the petitions. Forms for this purpose will be provided.
The biographical sketch will be included in the ballot material sent to each Association member in the state in which the nominee is a candidate for the office of State Delegate.
The candidate for nominee and all signers must be members of the Association whose membership is accredited to the state where the election is being held.
There is no limit to the number of candidates who may be nominated in any state, and the nominations are made only on the initiative of members themselves.
Each nominee for the office of State Delegate is entitled to receive one list of the names and addresses of the Association members in his/her state. The list is to be made available only after the proper filing of nominating petitions, after the filing deadline, and upon written request. The nominee should allow fourteen days from receipt of the request until delivery of the list.
Nominating petitions may be obtained from the Board of Elections at the headquarters office of the American Bar Association, Carri L. Kerber, 321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60610 and must be filed before the close of business at 5:00 P.M., Friday, December 14, 2007.
Ballots will be mailed to members in good standing, accredited to the state in which elections are to be held, no later than Friday, February 8, 2008, so they will be received by members at approximately the same time as the February issue of the ABA Journal containing the nominating petitions of the various candidates.
In accordance with § 6.3(e) of the constitution, no ballots will be mailed to members when a State Delegate election is uncontested. If only one valid nominating petition is filed, the Board of Elections will certify that the sole nominee is elected.
Honorable Gerry L. Alexander, Chair
Louise Michaux Gonzales
Jack B. Middleton
At the 2008 Midyear Meeting, the Nominating Committee will announce nominations for district and at-large positions on the ABA Board of Governors for terms beginning at the conclusion of the 2008 Annual Meeting and ending at the conclusion of the 2011 Annual Meeting. Pursuant to § 2.1 of the Association’s Constitution, the Committee will nominate individuals from the following states to represent the districts noted: New Hampshire (District 1), Michigan (District 2), District of Columbia (District 4), Tennessee (District 6), and New Mexico (District 12).
The Nominating Committee will also nominate members from the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division and the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section to serve as Section Members-at-Large on the Board, and a young lawyer member who is less than 36 years old at the beginning of the term to serve as a Young Lawyer Member-at-Large.
In addition, one member-at-large who is a minority and one member-at-large who is a woman shall be nominated pursuant to § 26.1(d) of the Association’s Constitution. The nominations will be made notwithstanding the fact that minority and woman members may be nominated for the district and at-large positions on the Board of Governors.
To be eligible for nomination as a member of the Board of Governors by the Nominating Committee, a person must file a petition signed by 25 Association members. Nominating petitions must be filed with the Secretary at Association headquarters not later than Friday, January 11, 2008. Nominees for district representative must be accredited to the state for which the nomination is being made and 25 Association members from the states within that district must sign the petition. While it is desirable that more than the required minimum of 25 names of members of the Association appear on the nominating petitions, only 25 names of signers of any petition will be included in the material provided to the Nominating Committee. Only signatures of members of the Association will be counted. Each nominating petition must be accompanied by a typewritten list of names and addresses of the signers in the order in which they appear on the petition. Petitions for nominations must specify which position the petitioner seeks; no person may petition for more than one position.
A 100-word biographical sketch of the nominee also must accompany the petition. Forms for this purpose will be provided. The biographical sketch and a list of 25 signers from the nominating petitions will be sent to the members of the Nominating Committee prior to their meeting in February.
Nominating petitions may be obtained from the Secretary at the headquarters office of the American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60610.