NYSBA Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates
The Nominating Committee invites members of the Association
to submit recommendations of themselves or others for consideration in
developing its slate of nominees for Association offices beginning in 2015. It is suggested that anyone wishing to become
an officer or member of the NYSBA Executive Committee review Article VIII of
the Association’s Bylaws describing the Nominating Committee and nominations
for office (www.nysba.org/bylaws).
As part of the selection process, candidates for the
offices of President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer may be required to appear in
person before the Nominating Committee at its meeting on September 23, 2014, in New York City and at its
meeting on October 31, 2014, in Albany.
Candidates for the office of Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee
may be required to appear in person before the Nominating Committee at one
of the two meetings. No appearance
before the Nominating Committee is required for the positions of Vice
President, elected delegate (three for each judicial district), the one Member-at-Large
recommended by the Section Delegates Caucus, and the one Member-at-Large
recommended by the Young Lawyers Section.
Offices for nomination
The Nominating Committee is accepting and will be
interviewing candidates for the following:
the Executive Committee – Four (please indicate if you are seeking a regular
seat or diversity seat)
- at least one of these Members-at-Large is
selected to further ethnic and racial diversity in the Association and
must come from a judicial district other than the Thirteenth Judicial
District, since there currently is a Member-at-Large selected to further
diversity from that district; and
- at least one of these Members-at-Large is
selected from the First Judicial District, since there must be two
Members-at-Large from the First Judicial District and there currently is one
Member-at-Large from that district.
The Nominating Committee does not decide on the names of
the Vice-Presidents and the Elected Delegates that are presented to the House
of Delegates for election at the Annual Meeting. (See NYSBA Bylaws, Article VIII § 1(A)(3).) Similarly, the Nominating Committee does not
decide on the names of the one member chosen by the Section Delegates Caucus and
the one member chosen by the Young Lawyers Section to fill the positions of Executive
Committee Member-at-Large. Therefore,
candidates for these positions are not required to appear before the Nominating
Committee. (See NYSBA Bylaws, Article VIII §§ 1(A)(4) & 1(A)(5).) However, the Nominating Committee does
encourage anyone interested in these positions to contact the Vice-Presidents
of their respective judicial districts and/or the Chairs of the Section Delegates
Caucus and Young Lawyers Section to determine deadlines and such criteria as
may be established for consideration to fill the positions of Vice-President, Elected
Delegate, and Executive Committee Member-at-Large from the Section Delegates Caucus
and Young Lawyers Section. For relevant
contact information, please e-mail your request to NominatingChair@nysba.org.
Special eligibility criteria for
A candidate for President-Elect or Vice-President must have
served as a member of the House of Delegates, but he/she need not be a member
of the House at the time of nomination for office.
Candidates for the four Member-at-Large positions of the
Executive Committee referenced in Part (d) above must be current members of the
House or section chairpersons, or they must have served in either capacity within
three years of the time of selection.
Nature of service
The nature of service for Association offices is described in
the Association’s Bylaws (www.nysba.org/bylaws).
The President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, fourteen
Vice-Presidents, and eleven Members-at-Large serve on the Executive Committee
and in the House of Delegates, which manage the business and activities of the
Association and generally meet quarterly.
They also serve as liaisons to Association committees and sections.
The President-Elect chairs the House, assists the President,
and becomes President on June 1 of the following year. Persons serving as President and
President-Elect receive a stipend of $75,000 and $37,500, respectively.
The Secretary keeps a record of House of Delegates and
Executive Committee meetings. The
Secretary also chairs the Resolutions Committee and serves as a liaison to the
Section Delegates Caucus.
The Treasurer serves as an ex officio member (as does the
President-Elect) of the Finance Committee, which oversees the financial affairs
of the Association and meets approximately four times per year. The Treasurer presents the Association’s financial
report at each House meeting.
for submitting recommendations
Members who are seeking office may place their names before
the Nominating Committee by self-declaration or nomination.
Candidates for President-Elect must submit their
declarations of candidacy to the Secretary by no later than September 1, 2014.
Candidates seeking all other offices are strongly
encouraged to file a declaration of candidacy and submit all background
materials by September 1, 2014, to ensure adequate time for review by
the Nominating Committee.
In making nominations, members are encouraged to keep in
mind the Association’s diversity policy, which was adopted by the House of
Delegates in November 2003. The policy emphasizes
the commitment to achieving diversity in the “membership, officers, staff,
House of Delegates, Executive Committee, Sections and Committees and their
respective leaders. Diversity is an inclusive concept, encompassing gender,
race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age
Submissions must include a curriculum vitae or resume and a
maximum of five letters of recommendation.
Letters of recommendation should be received prior to the deadlines
stated previously. Please direct this
information to the following:
Vincent E. Doyle, III
Chair, Nominating Committee
New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
Fax: (518) 487-5564
Timetable for President-Elect
candidates' statements for publication
Each candidate for President-Elect
is invited to submit a 400-word statement for publication in State Bar News
1, 2014. For more
information, please contact Pat Sears Doherty at (518) 487-5536.