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The Association’s Constitution at S 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 14, 2015 the Board of Elections certified the following persons to be State Delegates for three-year terms beginning with the adjournment of the 2016 Annual Meeting:

State: Nominee

Alabama: Jennifer “Ginger” Busby Alaska: Lori A. Colbert California: Laura V. Farber Florida: Edith G. Osman Hawaii: Lisa A. Bail Kansas: Linda S. Parks Kentucky: Palmer G. Vance II Massachusetts: Alice E. Richmond Missouri: Charles R. Baird New Mexico: Charles J. Vigil North Carolina: D. Clark Smith, Jr. North Dakota: James S. Hill Pennsylvania: Michael H. Reed Tennessee: Randall D. Noel Vermont: Peter F. Langrock Virginia: Allen C. Goolsby Wisconsin: Christina Plum

Only one person filed a petition for the 2015 State Delegate Vacancy Election in Connecticut. Accordingly, on December 14, 2015 the Board of Elections certified Daniel A. Schwartz of Connecticut to fill an unexpired term, effective immediately, and to expire at the adjournment of the 2017 Annual Meeting.

Hon. Stuart Rabner, Chair
N. Kay Bridger-Riley
L. Jonathan Ross


The ABA president will appoint one Goal III minority member-at-large and one Goal III woman member-at-large to the Nominating Committee for the term 2016-2019. These appointments will be broadly solicited nominations from the diversity commissions, sections, divisions and forums, state and local bar associations, and the membership at large. If you are interested in submitting a nomination, or if you have any questions, please contact Leticia Spencer ([email protected]; 312.988.5160) c/o Office of the Secretary.


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 held August 8-9, 2016, 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 2016 Annual Meeting, a proposed amendment must be received by the Division for Policy Administration at the American Bar Center on or before Friday, March 11, 2016. 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 2016 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.

Mary T. Torres
ABA Secretary

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