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Pursuant to § 6.3(e) of the ABA’s Constitution, the state of Montana will elect a State Delegate to fill a vacancy due to the nomination of Robert M. Carlson as Chair of the House of Delegates. The term commences immediately upon certification by the Board of Elections and expires at the conclusion of the 2014 Annual Meeting.


Nominating petitions must be filed with the Board of Elections at Association headquarters not later than Friday, September 7, 2012. A minimum of twenty-five signatures of members of the Association is required.

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 included with the ballot. Only signatures of members of the Association will be counted. Each nominating petition must be accompanied by a typewritten list of names, ABA ID’s, and addresses of the signers in the order in which they appear on the petition. The petition must also be accompanied by a one-hundred-word biographical sketch of the nominee. Forms for this purpose will be provided. The biographical sketch and a list of twenty-five signers from the nominating petitions will be included in the ballot material sent to each Association member in the state of Montana.

The candidate and all signers must be members of the Association whose membership is accredited to the state of Montana. 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 Montana 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 up to fourteen days from receipt of the request until delivery of the list. In addition, ABA staff will send one email on behalf of each candidate to the ABA lawyer members in Montana.

Nominating petitions may be obtained from the Board of Elections at the headquarters office of the American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654, and must be filed before the close of business at 5:00 P.M., Friday, September 7, 2012.

Ballots will be sent to Association members in good standing, accredited to the state of Montana, no later than Friday, September 28, 2012.

In accordance with § 6.3(e) of the ABA Constitution, no ballots will be sent 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.

Hon. John D. Minton, Jr., Chair
Louise Michaux Gonzales
Harry L. Hathaway

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