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Pursuant to § 6.5 of the ABA Constitution, six Delegates-at-Large to the House of Delegates will be elected at the 2016 Annual Meeting for three-year terms beginning with the adjournment of that meeting and ending with the adjournment of the 2019 Annual Meeting. Candidates for election as Delegate-at-Large are to be nominated by written petition. The deadline for filing nominating petitions for the 2016 election in San Francisco, California, is Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

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 adjacent to the 2016 Annual Meeting registration area at the conference headquarters hotel, the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, California. The polls will be open during the same hours as registration, except that the polls will close on Monday, August 8, 2016, at 5:00 p.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 petitions.

Nominating petitions may be obtained from the Office of the Secretary, Attn: Leticia Spencer, American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654. 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 electronically or by mail with my office at the above address by the close of business at 5:00 p.m. (CT), Tuesday, May 17, 2016. 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 2016 Annual Meeting.

Any questions regarding the foregoing should be sent promptly to the Office of the Secretary c/o Leticia Spencer at [email protected] or 312-988-5160.

Mary T. Torres
ABA Secretary


Pursuant to § 6.3(e) of the ABA’s Constitution, the state of Utah will elect a State Delegate to fill a vacancy due to the resignation of Lawrence E. Stevens of the House of Delegates. The term commences immediately upon certification by the Board of Elections and expires at the conclusion of the 2018 Annual Meeting.


Nominating petitions must be filed with the Board of Elections at Association headquarters not later than Monday, April 11, 2016. 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, addresses, and ABA member ID’s 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 and a signed Statement of Expectations must also accompany the petitions. 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 Utah.

The candidate and all signers must be members of the Association whose membership is accredited to the state of Utah. 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 Utah. 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. In addition, ABA staff will send one email on behalf of the candidates to the ABA lawyer members in Utah.

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., Monday, April 11, 2016.

Ballots will be sent to Association members in good standing, accredited to the state of Utah, no later than May 9, 2016.

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


In accordance with § 9.1 of the Association’s Constitution, the Nominating Committee of the House of Delegates, at its meeting on Sunday, February 7, 2016, nominated Hilarie Bass of Florida for President-Elect (2016-2017); Deborah Enix-Ross of New York for Chair of the House of Delegates (2016-2018); Mary L. Smith of Illinois for Secretary 2017-2020, to serve as Secretary-Elect (2016-2017); and Michelle A. Behnke of Wisconsin for Treasurer 2017-2020, to serve as Treasurer-Elect (2016-2017). 

The Nominating Committee also nominated the following individuals as members of the Board of Governors:


District 7: J. Timothy Eaton of Illinois
District 8: A. Joshua Markus of Florida
District 10: David S. Houghton of Nebraska
District 11: Hon. Leslie Miller of Arizona
District 13: Mary Ann Foley of Alaska
District 18: Paula E. Boggs of Washington

Goal III Woman Member-at-Large (2016-2019)
Lorelie S. Masters of District of Columbia

Goal III Disability Member-at-Large (2016-2019)
Scott C. LaBarre of Colorado


Criminal Justice Section (One-Year Term for 2016-2017):
William N. Shepherd of Florida

Section of Public Utility, Communication and Transportation Law (Two-Year Term for 2016-2018)
Linda L. Randell of Connecticut

Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law (2016-2019)
Kevin L. Shepherd of Maryland

Section of State and Local Government Law (2016-2019)
Benjamin E. Griffith of Mississippi

Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division: (2016-2019)
Darcee S. Siegel of Florida

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