Posted Mar 01, 2004 07:56 am CST
Pursuant to § 6.5 of the ABA Constitution, six Delegates-at-Large to the House of Delegates will be elected at the 2004 Annual Meeting for three-year terms beginning with the adjournment of that meeting and ending with the adjournment of the 2007 Annual Meeting. Candidates for election as Delegate-at-Large are to be nominated by written petition. The deadline for filing nominating petitions for the 2004 election in Atlanta, Georgia, is Friday, May 14, 2004.
Under the Constitution, no more than one nominee from a particular state, territory or possession may be elected in the annual election. If more than one member accredited to the same state, territory or possession submits nominating petitions, each will be notified within ten days of the fact that there is more than one nominee.
Voting will take place in the registration area of the Georgia World Congress Center. The polls will be open during the same hours as registration, except on the last day the polls will close at 11:00 a.m. The votes will then be tallied and the six nominees with the highest number of votes (taking into account that no more than one may be elected from the same state, territory or possession) will be declared elected as Delegates-at-Large. In the event of a tie vote, I, as the Secretary, will determine the winner by lot. Rules that restrict campaigning for the position of Delegate-at-Large will be mailed to all nominees upon receipt of their petitions.
Nominating petitions may be obtained from the Office of the Secretary, Carri L. Kerber, American Bar Center, 750 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611. The petition must be signed by twenty-five (25) members of the American Bar Association. The signing by any member of one petition will not disqualify him/her as the signer of other petitions. Each petition must be filed with my office at the above address by the close of business at 5:00 p.m. (CT), Friday, May 14, 2004. The filing must include the written consent of the nominee and a biographical sketch approved by the nominee consisting of not more than seventy-five (75) words. All biographical sketches will be printed and available to Association members as they register or collect their credentials at the registration desk at the Annual Meeting.
Any questions regarding the foregoing should be sent promptly to the Office of the Secretary at the Bar Center in care of Carri L. Kerber
Ellen F. Rosenblum
According to § 6.3(a) of the American Bar Association Constitution, if only one valid nominating petition has been filed in a state where a State Delegate Election is being held, the Board of Elections shall certify to the House of Delegates that the sole nominee is elected. The Board certified the results in the uncontested states on December 17, 2003. The following State Delegates will serve three-year terms commencing at the adjournment of the 2004 Annual Meeting.
Alabama, Ernestine S. Sapp
New Mexico, Mary T. Torres
Alaska, Donna C. Willard-Jones
North Carolina, Larry S. McDevitt
Florida, Benjamin H. Hill, III
North Dakota, Kermit E. Bye
Hawaii, Alan Van Etten
Pennsylvania, H. Robert Fiebach
Kansas, Thomas A. Hamill
Tennessee, Howard H. Vogel
Kentucky, Charles E. English, Sr.
Vermont, Peter F. Langrock
Massachusetts, Kay H. Hodge
Virginia, Roderick B. Mathews
Board of Elections
Justice Robert P. Young, Jr.
Hon. Ann C. Williams Laurie Webb Daniel
The Constitution and Bylaws of the American Bar Association may be amended only at the ABA Annual Meeting upon action of the House of Delegates. The next Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates will be August 9-10, 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia. Proposals to amend either the Constitution or Bylaws may be submitted by any ABA member. It is preferable that proposals be submitted in the form of a memorandum that details the purpose and effect of the proposal.
In order to be considered at the 2004 Annual Meeting, a proposed amendment must be received by the Division for Policy Administration at the American Bar Center on or before Friday, March 12, 2004. This deadline is essential in order to allow time for proposed amendments to be considered by the Standing Committee on Constitution and Bylaws.
Exact language will be drafted by the Standing Committee on Constitution and Bylaws and submitted to the sponsors for approval. This procedure will ensure that all amendments that are approved conform to style required by the rules.
Articles 12 and 13 of the Constitution require that notice of proposed amendments must be given to all ABA members at least 30 days in advance of the meeting at which the amendments are to be considered. Therefore, proposed amendments will be published in the July 2004 issue of the ABA Journal. The proponent or his or her designee must be in attendance to present the amendment for debate by the House of Delegates at the meeting at which the proposal will be considered.
Copies of Article 12, concerning amendment of the Bylaws, and Article 13, concerning amendment of the Constitution, will be provided to any member upon request to the Division for Policy Administration at the American Bar Center, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611.
Ellen F. Rosenblum
For more information, contact the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221 or service @abanet.org, or visit www.abanet.org/cle.