NOTICE BY THE SECRETARY: NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
The Nominating Committee will meet during the 2017 Annual Meeting in New York City on Sunday, Aug. 13, beginning with the business session at 9 a.m. in the Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor, at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel. Immediately following that session, the Nominating Committee will hear from candidates seeking nomination at the 2018 Midyear Meeting. This portion of the meeting is open to Association members. If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please contact Leticia Spencer at 312-988-5160 or [email protected].
Mary T. Torres, ABA Secretary
NOTICE BY THE SECRETARY: MEETING OF THE MEMBERSHIP
This is to notify members of the American Bar Association that the meeting of the membership will be held in conjunction with the Nominating Committee Business Session and Coffee with the Candidate Forum, Sunday, Aug. 13, at 9 a.m. in the Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor, at the New York Hilton Midtown, New York City.
Mary T. Torres, ABA Secretary
ABE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS
The Annual Meeting of the Members of the American Bar Endowment will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 8:45 a.m. at the New York Hilton Midtown, Ballroom Level, in the Grand Ballroom. In addition to the election of Board members, ABE members will be asked to vote on amendments to the ABE bylaws. Two proposed alternatives will be before the members. One set of amendments is being proposed by the ABE Board of Directors and the other set is being proposed by some individual members of the ABE.
ABE Proposal: The proposed bylaws amendments if adopted would (i) permit the ABE to more easily communicate and provide notice to its members by allowing the ABE to post meeting notices on the ABE website and deliver them by email, (ii) increase the size of the Board of Directors to fourteen (14) to allow for representation by two (2) members appointed by the President of the ABA and two (2) members appointed by the Board of Governors of the ABA, (iii) continue the role of the members of ABE in the election process for Board members who are not the two appointed by the ABA President and the two appointed by the Board of Governors and in filling any mid-term vacancies, (iv) retain the authority of the ABE Board to appoint its officers, and (v) retain the requirement that amendments to the Bylaws be approved by the ABE members.
Proposal by Certain ABE Members: The proposed bylaws amendments, if adopted, will (i) permit the ABE to more easily communicate and provide notice to its members by allowing the ABE to post meeting notices on the ABE website and deliver them by email; (ii) reduce the size of the ABE Board of Directors to nine (9); and (iii) give the ABA Board of Governors or its designee the right to (a) elect the members of the ABE Board of Directors; (b) elect ABE’s officers from amongst the members of the ABE Board; (c) fill vacancies on the ABE Board; and (d) amend the ABE Bylaws, thereby removing the right of the ABE members to elect ABE Board members and approve an amendment to the ABE Bylaws.
The two nominees for election as Directors of the American Bar Endowment are Jonathan Cole, of Baker Donelson, Nashville, Tennessee, and Palmer Gene Vance II of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, Lexington, Kentucky, each being nominated to serve for a second term.
See abendowment.org for the full text of the notice of ABE Members Annual Meeting, slate of nominees for the elected Board member positions, and the full text of the bylaws amendments proposals.
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION, BYLAWS AND HOUSE RULES OF PROCEDURE
Proposed amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws and House Rules of Procedure of the American Bar Association summarized below have been duly filed with the Secretary of the Association by the indicated sponsoring members of the Association for consideration by the House of Delegates at the 2017 Annual Meeting in New York, New York. Copies of the full text of these proposals will be published in the E-book of Resolutions to the House of Delegates and are also available on the ABA’s Website on the House of Delegates Leadership Page at:
http://www.americanbar.org/groups/leadership/house_of_delegates/2017-newyork-annual-meeting.html (click on Summary of Resolutions). These proposals are also available to any member upon request to the Policy and Planning Division at the American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654; 312/988-5230.
Notice is hereby given that Edward Haskins Jacobs proposes to amend §1.2 of the Association’s Constitution to include the following language as one of the purposes of the Association: “to defend the right to life of all innocent human beings, including all those conceived but not yet born.”
Notice is hereby given that ABA members Mark Groves and Michael Glasser (Principal Sponsors), propose to amend §6.8 of the Association’s Constitution to provide for representation of the National Creditors Bar Association as an affiliated organization in the House of Delegates.
Notice is hereby given that Carlos A. Rodriguez-Vidal (Principal Sponsor), Hon. John Preston Bailey, Sidney Butcher, M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr., Janet Green-Marbley, Eileen M. Letts, Ethan Tidmore, Mary L. Smith and Mary T. Torres, propose to amend §6.5(a) of the Association’s Constitution to indicate that if six or fewer nominating petitions are filed for Delegates-at-Large, and no two are from the same state, no election shall be conducted and the Secretary shall certify to the Chair of the House that the nominees are elected. In addition, if a vacancy occurs and only one nominating petition is filed to fill the vacancy, no election shall be conducted and the Secretary shall certify to the Chair of the House that the nominee is elected.
Notice is hereby given that Carlos A. Rodriguez-Vidal (Principal Sponsor), Hon. John Preston Bailey, Sidney Butcher, M. Joe Crosthwait, Jr., Janet Green-Marbley, Eileen M. Letts, Ethan Tidmore, Mary L. Smith and Mary T. Torres, propose to amend §44.1(a) of the House Rules of Procedure to include a “commission” as having the privileges of the floor of the House of Delegates.
Mary T. Torres, Secretary