Posted Apr 01, 2011 05:50 am CDT
The nominating committee of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates announced its candidates for ABA president-elect and 10 seats on the Board of Governors in February.
The House of Delegates will vote on the nominees in August when it convenes at the 2011 ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto. The Nominating Committee’s selections are virtually assured of being elected by the House.
Under the ABA Constitution, the association’s presidents are not actually elected to that office. Rather, the House elects a candidate–invariably, the choice of the Nominating Committee–to the office of president-elect. After a year, the president-elect automatically becomes ABA president.
Accordingly, Laurel G. Bellows will serve as president-elect after she is formally elected by the House in August. She will then serve a one-year term as president starting in August 2012 at the close of that year’s annual meeting in her hometown of Chicago.
The nominees to the 40-member Board of Governors will serve three-year terms starting in August. Five of the nominees will represent regional districts. Two nominees will represent sections. One of the nominees will serve as a minority member-at-large, one will serve as a woman member-at-large, and one will be a young lawyer member-at-large.
WHO SHE IS: Principal in the Bellows Law Group in Chicago. Chaired ABA House of Delegates in 2006-08 and served on the Board of Governors in that capacity after serving an earlier term in 2001-04. Chaired the Board’s Finance Committee in 2003-04 and currently serves on the Board’s Strategic Planning Action Committee. Member of House of Delegates since 1997. Serves on advisory committee to the chair of the House. Vice-chair of Standing Committee on Membership. Council member for Section of International Law and co-chair of ABA Resource Committee in Section of Litigation. Member of Board of Directors for American Bar Foundation. Chaired Commission on Women in the Profession in 1994-97. Recipient of Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award in 2001 from women’s commission. President of Chicago Bar Association in 1992-93 and National Conference of Bar Presidents in 2000. Received JD in 1974 from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
WHO HE IS: Managing partner at Zimmerman, Roszkowski & Brenner in Woonsocket, R.I. Member of ABA House of Delegates since 2004; currently chairs executive committee of Conference of State Delegates. Serves on Nominating Committee as state delegate from Rhode Island. Previously served on Board of Governors in 2001-04. Chairs Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel. President of Rhode Island Bar Association in 1985. Received JD in 1964 from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. (District 1 encompasses Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.)
WHO SHE IS: Executive director of Citizens for Affordable Housing in Newton Development Organization, a nonprofit housing developer for low- and moderate-income individuals, based in West Newton, Mass. Member of ABA House of Delegates in 1993-2003 and again since 2006 (currently represents Massachusetts Bar Association). Chairs Commission on Homelessness and Poverty. Past member of Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service (2005-08). Received JD in 1987 from Boston College Law School in Newton. (District 2 encompasses Connecticut, Massachusetts and Michigan.)
WHO HE IS: Partner in the business practice group at Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Va. Member of practice committees in ABA Section of Business Law. President of the Virginia Bar Association in 1991. Received LLB in 1968 from University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville. (District 4 encompasses the District of Columbia and Virginia.)
WHO HE IS: Partner and co-chair of the litigation department at Arnall Golden Gregory in Atlanta. Chaired ABA Section of Litigation in 2008-09. Member of Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. Past member of Working Group on Civil Right to Counsel (2009-10), steering committee for Death Penalty Representation Project (2004-08), Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems (2001-04). Received JD in 1982 from the Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee. (District 6 encompasses Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee.)
WHO HE IS: Of counsel at Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace and Bauer in Overland Park, Kan. Member of ABA House of Delegates in 1993-2010. Served on Nominating Committee in 1999-2010 as state delegate from Kansas. Chaired Conference of State Delegates in 2006-08. Member of Commission on Homelessness and Poverty in 2002-05. Past president of Kansas Bar Association (1991) and Johnson County Bar Association (1982). Received JD in 1967 from the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence. (District 12 encompasses Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and New Mexico.)
WHO HE IS: Partner emeritus at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles. Chaired the ABA Senior Lawyers Division in 2008-09. Past council member for Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. Past president of American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Received LLB in 1955 from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass.
WHO SHE IS: Principal at Young Mayden, a boutique legal search and consulting firm in Nashville, Tenn. Member of ABA House of Delegates in 1986-2004 and again since 2006 (currently represents Section of Business Law). Serves on Nominating Committee as a woman member-at-large. Chaired House Committee on Rules and Calendar in 1996-98. Previously served on Board of Governors in 1991-94 and chaired Operations Committee in 1993-94. Chaired Presidential Appointments Committee four times, most recently in 2008-09. Member of Standing Committee on Constitution and Bylaws. Chaired Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel in 1995-97. Original member of Commission on Women in the Profession, serving in 1987-91. Chaired Section of Business Law in 2004-05 and Young Lawyers Division in 1985-86. Received JD in 1976 from University of Georgia School of Law in Athens.
WHO HE IS: Shareholder in Southfield, Mich., office of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss and a member of the firm’s litigation practice group. Member of ABA House of Delegates since 2007. Member of Board of Governors, currently representing District 2. Member of Program, Evaluation and Planning Committee. Chaired ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice in 2004-07. Member of Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services in 2000-04. President of National Bar Association in 1999-2000. Received JD in 1980 from Duke University School of Law in Durham, N.C.
WHO SHE IS: Partner at SNR Denton in San Francisco, and heads up firm’s labor and employment practice in California. Member of Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fundraising Committee for ABA Board of Governors. Member of Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel. Member of Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness in 2006-10; served on Hurricane Katrina Task Force in 2005-06. Chaired Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section in 2005-06. Received JD in 1974 from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
WHO HE IS: Trial and appellate attorney in Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for King County, Wash., in Seattle. Member of ABA House of Delegates since 2004 (currently represents Washington State Bar Association). Vice-chair of House Tellers Committee. Member of Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. Chaired Law Student Division in 2003-04. Liaison to ABA Board of Governors from Young Lawyers Division. Received JD in 2004 from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Wash.