The 38-member Board of Governors has the authority to act and speak for the ABA, consistent with previous action of the House of Delegates, when the House is not in session. The Board usually meets four times a year. It oversees the general operation of the Association and develops specific plans of action.
The Board is composed of 38 members of the Association: 18 district representatives, 13 members-at-large as follows: two young lawyers; one judicial representative; six section representatives, two women members-at-large, two minority members-at-large; one non-voting law student member-at-large; and the following 6 officers who serve as ex officio: President, President-Elect, Chair of the House; Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President. Every three years there is a Secretary-Elect and a Treasurer-Elect bringing the total members of the Board to 40.