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The Association’s Constitution at § 6.3(a) provides that if only one valid nominating petition is filed in a State Delegate election, the Board of Elections shall certify to the House of Delegates that the sole nominee is elected. Accordingly, on December 15, 2009 the Board of Elections certified the following persons to be State Delegates for three-year terms beginning with the adjournment of the 2010 Annual Meeting.

Alabama, Clark A. Cooper
California, John L. McDonnell Jr.
Florida, Hilarie F. Bass
Kansas, Christel E. Marquardt
Kentucky, Marcia Milby Ridings
Massachusetts, Kay H. Hodge
Missouri, Joe B. Whisler
New Mexico, Mary T. Torres
North Carolina, E. Fitzgerald Parnell III
North Dakota, Kermit E. Bye
Pennsylvania, Michael H. Reed
Tennessee, Randall D. Noel
Vermont, Frank H. Langrock
Virginia, Tracy A. Giles
Wisconsin, Richard J. Podell

Hon. Annice M. Wagner, Chair
Louise Michaux Gonzales
Jack B. Middleton


The following persons accredited to the states of Alaska and Hawaii have filed petitions making nominations for the office of State Delegate. The term is for three years commencing at the adjournment of the 2010 Annual Meeting. The name of each contested nominee and the names of 25 signers of his/her petition are published below in accordance with § 6.3(b) of the Constitution of the American Bar Association.

LYNN M. ALLINGHAM of Anchorage, AK. Nominated by: Krista Stearns, Maude Blair, George M. Cruickshank III, Richard L. Crabtree, Stephen E. Greer, Marcia Davis, Juliana Cobb, Matt Sihge, Howard S. Trickey, Randy Simpson, Kenneth Eggers, Parry E. Grover, Kim Dunn, Barbara A. Jones, Richard Rosston, Barbara Simpson Kraft, Joan Travostino, David W. Oesting, Michael Scott Broadwell, Joseph L. Reece, David Freeman, Robert L. Manley, Kimberly A. Colbo, Frederick J. Odson and James M. Gorski. MARYANN E. FOLEY of Anchorage, AK. Nominated by: Gayle J. Brown, Rhonda F. Butterfield, Marc June, Keith E. Brown, Sanford M. Gibbs, Robert C. Erwin, Allen M. Bailey, Marla N. Greenstein, Marilyn May, David Mannheimer, Lori A. Colbert, Deidre S. Ganopole, Lynda A. Limon, Jonathan A. Katcher, Jeannie Sato, Jennifer A. Wagner, Kenneth W. Legacki, Thom F. Janidlo, Dorothea G. Aguero, Mary-Ellen Meddleton, Krista Stearns, Ralph Duerre, Scott Bloom, Philip N. Nash and Elizabeth H. Leduc

JEFFREY S. PORTNOY of Honolulu, HI. Nominated by: Nathan T. Okubo, Martin E. Hsia, Marion Reyes-Burke, Catherine Fujisaki, Milton M. Yasunaga, Christopher Harrison, Taya Naruse, Caryn H. Okinaga, Grace Kido, Megan S. Johnson, Patricia McHenry, Marc Rousseau, Richard R. Clifton, Bernice Littman, Mark A. Hazlett, Larry T. Takumi, Ernest Nomura, Oriana F. Heck, Teri-Ann E. Nagata, Peter W. Olson, David Schulmeister, Paul M. Saito, Rhonda K. Griswold, Kelly LaPorte and William Keoni Shultz. MARGARET KURODA MASUNAGA of Kealakekua, HI. Nominated by: Colleen Hanabusa, Darolyn H. Lendio, Rai Saint Chu, Richard Turbin, Jay T. Kimura, Darl C. Gleed, Robert J. Crudele, Dean E. Ochiai, Richard J. Kowen, Susan M. Kim, Victoria L. Kalman, David B. Kaapu, Carol M. Jung, Jason R. Kwiat, Julie Kai Barreto, Jill Hasegawa, Peter Kashiwa, John R. Lacy, Alan S. Fujimoto, Claire Goldberg, Scott G. Morita, Janet Hunt, Charles H. Hite, Leslie A. Hayashi and Joy Miyasaki.

Hon. Annice M. Wagner, Chair
Louise Michaux Gonzales
Jack B. Middleton


The ABA President will appoint one minority member-at-large and one woman member-at-large to the Nominating Committee for the term 2010-2013. Nominations for these appointments are submitted to the President by the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and the Commission on Women in the Profession. For information, interested persons should contact the Commissions directly: Racial and Ethnic Diversity (312) 988-5638 or Women in the Profession (312) 988-5497.


Pursuant to § 6.3(e) of the ABA’s Constitution, the state of Ohio will elect a State Delegate to fill a vacancy due to the resignation of Kathleen B. Burke. The term commences immediately upon certification by the Board of Elections and expires at the conclusion of the 2012 Annual Meeting.


Nominating petitions must be filed with the Board of Elections at Association headquarters not later than Friday, February 19, 2010. 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 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 Ohio.

The candidate and all signers must be members of the Association whose membership is accredited to the state of Ohio. 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 and after the petition filing deadline, 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, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654, and must be filed before the close of business at 5:00 P.M., Friday, February 19, 2010.

Ballots will be sent to Association members in good standing, accredited to the state of Ohio, no later than Friday, March 5, 2010. In accordance with § 6.3(e) of the ABA 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.

Hon. Annice M. Wagner, Chair
Louise Michaux Gonzales
Jack B. Middleton


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 in San Francisco, California.

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 2010 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, 2010. 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 2010 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, 321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60654.

Hon. Bernice B. Donald

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