The California Lawyers Association (“CLA”), has adopted a procedure to ensure the selection of the California Lawyers Association’s three new delegates to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association plus one new delegate from the California Young Lawyers Association. The House of Delegates is the policy-making body of the ABA. Members serve two-year terms and no person may serve as a delegate of the State Bar for more than six consecutive years.
Under this procedure, the President of the California Lawyers Association shall review applications for four new delegate positions up for selection this year plus one delegate position for a member of the California Young Lawyers Association. The President shall nominate a slate of four delegates, and four alternates, plus one delegate and one alternate from the California Young Lawyers Association, for approval by the California Lawyers Association Board of Directors. In nominating the delegates and alternates, the President shall consult with the Chair of the Board of Representatives, the C.E.O., the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives, the State Delegate for California to the American Bar House of Delegates and as appropriate the Vice-President and the Chair of the California Young Lawyers Association.
The goal of this process is to select delegates and alternates from diverse backgrounds, firms, geographic areas, and practice areas so that the delegates and alternates will be reflective of the membership of the California Lawyers Association. Delegates and alternates must be members of both the California Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association. As far as the one delegate and alternate for the California Young Lawyers Association are concerned, they must be members of the California Young Lawyers Association.
Prior leadership experience in the California Lawyers Association (or as appropriate the California Young Lawyers Association) and/or the American Bar Association is required . Prior experience in the American Bar Association House of Delegates is helpful, though not required. Membership in the California Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association is required.
If you are interested in being selected to be a delegate, or an alternate, please send via email a cover letter explaining why you want to serve as a delegate or an alternate and can effectively represent the California Lawyers Association in the House, a resume highlighting your experience with the California Lawyers Association (or as appropriate the California Young Lawyers Association) and/or the American Bar Association, and up to three letters of recommendation—of which one must be from a member of the American Bar Association, to:
Ellen Miller, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives
California Lawyers Association
400 Capitol Mall, Suite 650
Sacramento, California 95814
The cover letter shall also include your basic demographic information and your American Bar Association membership number. Applications shall be emailed, no later than May 1, 2020