2017 LACBA Board and Officer Election Process Begins

The process for selecting candidates for LACBA officer and trustee positions begins with the submission of declarations of intent to seek nomination by potential candidates, and the selection of the Nominating Committee to consider the declarations and nominations; which has ended.

The Nominating Committee. In addition to considering declarations of intent and nominations by section chairs and affiliate bar presidents, members of the Nominating Committee may submit additional names of members for nomination to trustee positions. The Committee nominates one or more LACBA member(s) for each available trustee position for the term that begins on July 1, 2017. All trustees serve two-year terms. The Committee also nominates one or more trustees for each of the offices of president-elect, senior vice president, and vice president. Officers serve one-year terms. President-Elect Michael E. Meyer assumes the presidency on July 1, 2017.

The Nominating Committee consists of LACBA's immediate past president; current president; president-elect; nine members selected by lot from those who have served on the Board of Trustees during the previous four years as trustees at-large, and from sections or affiliates; and two members designated by the Barristers president. No member of the Committee may be nominated, either by the Committee or by a written nomination, for an elective office, including the position of trustee, during the year of service on the Committee.

Candidate requirements. Nominees for president-elect, senior vice president, and vice president must have served as a LACBA trustee for at least two years prior to July 1, 2017. Nominees for trustee positions 1) must be a LACBA member for at least three years prior to July 1, 2017, and 2) should have demonstrated service for LACBA through active membership on one or more LACBA sections, committees or in LACBA public service projects for at least two years. In addition, nominees by section chairs and affiliated bar presidents for trustee positions must continuously be a member of at least one section or one affiliated bar association, respectively, at all times during their terms on the LACBA Board, if selected.

The Committee is expected to complete its work by March 1, 2017. A member who meets the eligibility criteria stated above may also run for a trustee or officer position (except president or immediate past president) upon filing with Clark Brown, General Counsel, by March 22, 2017 a LACBA nomination form signed by at least 100 LACBA members.