The YLD elections will take place during the YLD Assembly at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago on Saturday, August 1, 2015. You must be registered for the meeting and certified as a delegate to vote. Registration information will be available soon. Please visit the Assembly website for delegate certification details.
Running for Office
Am I eligible? No person is eligible for candidacy unless he or she (1) has been a member of the Division since the preceding annual meeting; (2) registered for and attended the preceding annual or midyear meeting or at least one national conference since the preceding annual meeting; and (3) attends the election, unless excused.
Officers. No person is eligible as an officer unless he or she can and does continue as a Division member throughout his or her term (including, in the case of the Chair-Elect, the ensuing term of the Chair).
Constitutional Representatives. No person shall be eligible as a constitutional representative unless he or she is a Division member when his or her term begins, or otherwise satisfies the constitutional qualifications. For the ABA Board of Governors, the term does not begin until the annual meeting after the Division "elects" its nominee.
Am I a member of the Division? Membership is open to American Bar Association members under 36 years old or admitted to practice for five years or less.
What are the rules? The Division Bylaws govern elections; the provisions that relate to the eligibility for office, candidacy, and elections appear in articles VI-VIII. The Division has also adopted election guidelines and procedures for contested elections.
What experience do I need? The candidates for the "entry-level" positions—Secretary, Treasurer, Assembly Clerk, ABA Board, ABA Nominating Committee, and Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates—have typically held one or more nationally elected positions or several senior appointments at the national level, before seeking election. However, these customs are merely customs, not rules, and any eligible person can run for any available position.
Who do I contact with questions? Contact the Staff Director.