2017 LACBA Board and Officer Election Reopens

NOTE:  Declarations of Intent to seek nomination were due no later than Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5 p.m.  This declaration period is now closed.

LACBA has reopened the process for selecting candidates for LACBA officer and trustee positions, which 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.

Qualified LACBA members seeking nomination by the Nominating Committee (Committee) for LACBA officer and at-large trustee positions for terms that begin on July 1, 2017 are required to submit a declaration of intent to seek such nomination - a written letter or e-mail of interest and an attached resume or bio – no later than Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5 p.m.

If a member had previously submitted materials to be considered for the position of an officer or trustee to the Nominating Committee this past February for the 2017-18 bar year, the member need not resubmit materials, however the candidate must affirm in writing his or her intent to be considered for a position by the reconvened Committee. This can be done by sending an email by May 11, 2017, 5 p.m., to Jennifer Schuster, executive administrator, at JSchuster@lacba.org.

If a member had not previously submitted materials but wishes to be considered by the reconvened Committee, the declaration of intent and any additional materials must be submitted May 11, 2017, 5 p.m., to Jennifer Schuster, executive administrator. at JSchuster@lacba.org or they can be mailed to her at: LACBA, P.O. Box 55020, Los Angeles, CA 90055-2020.

Applications not timely received will not be considered.

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 that section or that affiliated bar association, respectively, at all times during their terms on the LACBA Board, if selected.

The Nominating Committee. 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.

The Committee is expected to complete its work by May 19, 2017.

LACBA’s Board of Trustees decided at its April 26, 2017 meeting, to re-conduct the 2017 Nominating Committee process used to select its recommended Officers and new Board of Trustees members for the 2017-2018 bar year. It found that that the nomination process had been compromised by breaches of confidentiality and decided to re-conduct the Nominating Committee process for 2017.

The Board noted that this decision is in no way critical of the slate that was produced by the Nominating Committee, nor any potential candidate individually – whether recommended by the Nominating Committee or not. The decision was solely based on the compromised confidentiality of the process and was necessary to uphold the integrity of LACBA’s nomination and election process.

Read the Full Statement

Nominating Committee II Election Dates