The California Lawyers Association (CLA) is soliciting applications to fill three Alternate Delegate roles for CLA’s Delegation to the ABA House of Delegates. The House of Delegates is the policy-making body of the American Bar Association (ABA).
Fulfilling the Position
Once appointed, the Alternate Delegate will serve for a 2-year term which will begin at the conclusion of the 2023 ABA Annual Meeting and will conclude at the close of the 2025 ABA Annual Meeting. Delegation members may serve up to three two-year terms and no person may serve for more than six consecutive years.
Alternate Delegates are invited to participate in all meetings among CLA’s Delegation and are encouraged to contribute to the work of CLA’s Delegation including but not limited to the preparation and review of resolutions. Unlike Delegates, Alternate Delegates are not certified with the ABA and only attend House of Delegates meetings when a certified CLA Delegate is not able to do so. Travel to House of Delegates meetings is not required for this position. Should an Alternate Delegate be asked to attend in place of a CLA Delegate, delegation members may request reimbursement for up to $1500.00 to cover travel expenses and the cost to register for ABA meetings.
Appointment Process & Requirements
The President of CLA shall review applications in nominating the alternates, the President shall consult with the Chair of the Board of Representatives, the C.E.O., the Chair of the California Delegation to the ABA House of Delegates and as appropriate the CLA Vice-President and the Chair of the New Lawyers Section.
The goal of this process is to select delegation members 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. Prior leadership experience in the California 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 applying for the position of Alternate Delegate, please send via email the three items outlined below to CLA Initiatives Manager, Lauren Oakley, no later than Thursday, April 6, 2023.
1. A cover letter which includes:
- An explanation of why you want to serve as an Alternate Delegate and can effectively represent the California Lawyers Association in the House;
- Your basic demographic information;
- Your California State Bar number; and
- Your American Bar Association membership number.
2. A resume highlighting your experience with the California Lawyers Association and/or the American Bar Association, and
3. Up to three letters of recommendation—of which one must be from a member of the American Bar Association, to:
Lauren Oakley, Initiatives Manager
California Lawyers Association
400 Capitol Mall, Suite 650
Sacramento, California 95814