California Lawyers Association

Appointments of Delegates and Alternates to the American Bar Association, House of Delegates

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The President of the California Lawyers Association, after consultation with the Vice-President, the Chair of the Board of Representatives, the Executive Director, and the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives, has adopted a procedure to ensure the selection of the California Lawyers Association’s three delegates to the House of Delegates of the American Bar 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 the three delegate positions up for selection this year. She shall nominate a slate of three delegates, and three alternates, for approval by the California Lawyers Association Board of Directors. In nominating the delegates and alternates, she shall consult with the Chair of the Board of Representatives, the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives, and as appropriate the Executive Director and the Vice-President. The President shall also consult with the State Delegate for California to the American Bar House of Delegates.

The goal 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.

Prior leadership experience in the California Lawyers Association, the California Young Lawyers Association, or the American Bar Association is desirable. Prior experience in the American Bar Association House of Delegates is helpful, though not required.

If you are interested in being selected to be a delegate, or an alternate, please send 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 setting out your background and highlighting your experience with the California Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association, and a minimum of one letter of recommendation—which must be from a member of the American Bar Association—and a maximum three letters of recommendation, 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 American Bar Association membership number. Applications shall be postmarked, or emailed, no later than May 17, 2019.

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