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Krima D. Shah is an Assistant Editor of The Affiliate and in private practice in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey.
By Krima D. Shah
The ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) will elect its 2010–2011 officers and other representatives at the ABA Annual Meeting on August 7, 2010, in San Francisco, California. The officers and representatives being elected include the Chair-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, Assembly Speaker, Assembly Clerk, two delegates to the ABA House of Delegates, and the Division’s nominee for the Young Lawyer Member-at-Large position on the ABA Board of Governors.
Uncontested candidates for office include:
Chair—David B. Wolfe, Livingston, New Jersey
Chair-Elect—Michael G. Bergmann, Chicago, Illinois
Secretary-Treasurer—Christopher A. Rogers, Dallas, Texas
Assembly Speaker—Carlos A. Escurel, Detroit, Michigan
Assembly Clerk—Latanishia D. Watters, Birmingham, Alabama
House of Delegates Representatives—Kelly-Ann Clarke, Galveston, Texas, and Ethan Tidmore, Birmingham, Alabama
Board of Governors Representative (Nominee for the Young Lawyer Member-at-Largeposition)—Michael Pellicciotti, Seattle, Washington
Each summer the ABA YLD elects its officers and other representatives for the coming bar year at the ABA Annual Meeting. Eligible individuals must submit their candidacy by written notice to the Secretary-Treasurer, with a copy to the Assembly Speaker and to the Deputy Staff Director, by the Assembly’s adjournment at the ABA Midyear Meeting. The written notice must specify a single position sought. There is no special form. It is suggested that it simply identify the candidate (by name, address, and telephone number) and say, “Please accept this letter as my written notice of candidacy for [title].”
The ABA YLD Assembly elects four officers (Chair-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, Assembly Speaker, and Assembly Clerk), seven constitutional representatives (four delegates to the ABA House of Delegates, one representative to the ABA Nominating Committee, and two Young Lawyer Member-at-Large Representatives to the ABA Board of Governors).
|Officer||Chair-Elect||One year, then one year as Chair||2011||Michael G. Bergmann|
|Officer||Secretary-Treasurer||One year||2011||Christopher A. Rogers|
|Officer||Assembly Speaker||One year||2011||Carlos A. Escurel|
|Officer||Assembly Clerk||One year||2011||Latanishia Watters|
|Constitutional Representative||ABA Board of Governors (2)||Three years, after year as nominee||2011||Jonathan W. Wolfe|
|Other||ABA Board of Governors Nominee (1)||One year, then three years on the Board||2012||Michael Pellicciotti|
|Constitutional Representative||ABA Nominating Committee||Three years||2011||Ryan C. Reed|
|Constitutional Representative||ABA House of Delegates (4)||Three years||2011||Justin Goldstein|
Eligibility for Office
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.
Tracks to Leadership
Please keep in mind that the Division Bylaws govern elections; the provisions that relate to the eligibility for office, candidacy, and elections appear in Articles VI–VIII. The Division also has adopted election guidelines. Candidates for the “entry-level” positions—Secretary-Treasurer, Assembly Clerk, ABA Board of Governors representative, ABA Nominating Committee member, 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. These customs, however, are merely customs, not rules, and any eligible person can run for any available position. Several positions customarily follow certain “tracks” within the ABA YLD leadership:
In addition to elected positions there are many other ways to get involved in the Division:
Please contact the ABA YLD Administrator Bill Stanton, William.Stanton@americanbar.org , with questions.