Board of Governors Nominees
The nominating committee of the ABA House of Delegates chose candidates at the 2004 midyear meeting in San Antonio for president-elect, three other officers and nine seats on the Board of Governors. The House will vote on the nominees in August at the annual meeting in Atlanta.
If elected—and nomination is tantamount to election —the presidential nominee will serve one year as president-elect starting at the close of the 2004 annual meeting, then serve as president for a one-year term starting at the close of the 2005 annual meeting.
The nominees for the district and member-at-large seats on the Board of Governors will serve three-year terms, starting at the close of the 2004 annual meeting and running through the end of the 2007 annual meeting.
The Board is composed of the ABA’s eight elected officers, 18 district representatives and 13 at-large members—six elected from sections, one from the judiciary, two from the Young Lawyers Division, two minorities and two women.
MICHAEL S. GRECO, PRESIDENT-ELECT NOMINEE
WHO HE IS: Partner in the Boston office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, and a former 30-year partner of Hill & Barlow, also in Boston. He has served in the ABA House of Delegates since 1986, and since 1993 has served as state delegate from Massachusetts and member of the Nominating Committee. Greco has served as chair of the Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary and the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, among other entities. He has also served as president of the Massachusetts and New England bar associations.
STEPHEN N. ZACK, CHAIR-ELECT, ABA HOUSE OF DELEGATES
WHO HE IS: Partner in the Miami office of Boies Schiller & Flexner. He serves in the ABA House of Delegates, representing Florida. He is also the chair of the ABA’s Latin America Law Initiatives Council and the Select Committee of the House. He is director of the Iraq Initiative. Zack was on the Board of Governors from 1992 to’95. He is a former president of The Florida Bar, past chairman of the University of Florida Law Center Council and the state ethics commission. He is a member of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Southern District of Florida, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and the Cuban American Bar Association.
ARMANDO LASA-FERRER, SECRETARY-ELECT
WHO HE IS: A partner at Lasa, Monroig & Veve in Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. He has been on the Board since 2001. He was the Puerto Rico state delegate to the House of Delegates from 1990 to ’96. He chaired the Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems. He was on the ABA Journal Board of Editors.
TIMOTHY L. BERTSCHY, 7TH DISTRICT
WHO HE IS: A partner with Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen in Peoria, Ill. He serves in the House of Delegates. He is co-chair of the Business Torts Litigation Committee in the Section of Litigation. He is past president of the Illinois State Bar Association and former director of the Peoria County Bar Association. He served as president of the Illinois Township Attorneys Association for four years.
WM. T. ROBINSON III, TREASURER-ELECT
WHO HE IS: A managing member of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald in Covington, Ky. He was on the Board from 2000 to ’03. He has been the Kentucky state delegate to the House of Delegates and chair of the Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services and of the Standing Committee on Substance Abuse.
MICHAEL A. BEDKE, 8TH DISTRICT
WHO HE IS: A partner with Piper Rudnick in Tampa, Fla. he is a member of the House of Delegates, the Governance Commission and the council of the ABA Fund for Justice and Education. He is a former chair of the Young Lawyers Division, the Standing Committee on Membership and the Commission on Domestic Violence, and a former member of the Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children.
BEVIN B. BUMP, 10TH DISTRICT
WHO HE IS: A practitioner in Chadron, Neb. He was 2000-02 chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Solo and Small Firm Practitioners. Bump was a state delegate to the House of Delegates from 1992 to 2002. He is a former president of the West Nebraska Bar Association, the Nebraska State Bar Association and the Nebraska County Attorneys Association.
KEITH BROWN, 13TH DISTRICT
WHO HE IS: With Brown Waller & Gibbs in Anchorage, Alaska, and the state delegate to the House of Delegates from 1980 to ’89 and 1992 to 2001. Brown is also a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a former president of the Alaska Bar Association.
LOUISE MICHAUX GONZALES, 18TH DISTRICT
WHO SHE IS: A partner at hylton & gonzales in baltimore. She has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1997 and also served from 1985 to ’88 and 1990 to ’92. She has been the Maryland state delegate since 1997. She is a member of the Rules and Calendar Committee. Gonzales is a former chair of the Standing Committee on Constitution and Bylaws. She is a former president of the Maryland State Bar Association.
JAMES M. STURDIVANT, DISTRICT 11
WHO HE IS: Has been with Gable & Gotwals in Tulsa, Okla., since 1964. He has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1992 and the Oklahoma state delegate from 1995 to the present. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
MARK D. AGRAST, SECTION MEMBER-AT-LARGE
WHO HE IS: Senior vice president for domestic policy at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. He is immediate-past chair of the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. He is also a member of the board of directors of the ABA Center for Human Rights and the ABA Advisory Committee on Judicial Independence. Agrast practiced international law with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue from 1985 to ’91. He was a top aide to Rep. Gerry E. Studds, D-Mass., from 1992 to ’97 and counsel and legislative director to Rep. William D. Delahunt, D-Mass., from 1997 to 2003.
JAMES BAIRD, SECTION MEMBER-AT-LARGE
WHO HE IS: A partner at Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago. He is a former chair of the Section of State and Local Government Law. He has also chaired the section’s Committee on Public Employee Bargaining. Since 1997 Baird has served as a section delegate to the House of Delegates. He is a former chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section’s Committee on State and Local Government Bargaining (1976-79) and was chair of that section’s Committee on State Labor Law (1975-76). Baird is labor counsel for the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association and general counsel for the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association.
SHARON C. STEVENS, WOMAN MEMBER-AT-LARGE
WHO SHE IS: A partner with Callahan & Stevens in Keizer, Ore. Stevens was the first female officer and chair of the ABA’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section. Since 2000 she has been a delegate to the House of Delegates representing the section. Additionally, she is a member of the Standing Committee on Solo and Small Firm Practitioners. Stevens is also a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. She was the 1995 recipient of the Public Justice Award from the OTLA.