Officer and Director Nominations
Deadline July 13 at 5 p.m. EDT
The NAPABA Nominating & Elections Committee is now accepting nominations for members who want to stand for election as Officers and Directors for the 2020-21 Board of Governors. NAPABA seeks outstanding individuals of high character and integrity with proven leadership and board governance skills and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to NAPABA.
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Officer and Director Positions Subject to Election
The President-Elect will serve for a one year term and thereafter succeed to the Presidency of NAPABA for a one year term. The President will serve on the Board of Governors for NAPABA for one year as Immediate Past-President after his/her term as President. The President-Elect will assist the President in the discharge of those duties as the President may direct and will perform such other duties as assigned to him/her by the President or the Board from time to time. In the absence of the President or in the event of his/her inability or refusal to act, the President-Elect will perform the duties of the President and when so acting, be subject to all the restrictions upon the President.
The President-Elect also appoints the members of the Nominations and Elections Committee, sits on the Board of the NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF), and chairs the Annual Convention.
The Treasurer will be the principal accounting and financial officer of NAPABA. He/she will (a) have charge of and be responsible for the maintenance of adequate books of account for NAPABA, (b) have charge and custody of all funds and securities of NAPABA, and be responsible therefor, and for the receipt and disbursement thereof, and (c) perform all the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President or by the Board.
The Treasurer will also oversee the NAPABA budget and presents financial reports for quarterly board meetings. The Treasurer will also serve as a member of the Board's Standing Finance Committee.
The Secretary will record the minutes of the meetings of the members and of the Board, see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of NAPABA's Bylaws or as required by law, be custodian of NAPABA records and of the seal of NAPABA, and perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary.
The Secretary also maintains, during his/her term, Bylaws and NAPABA records for permanent storage in the NAPABA office, and coordinates and distributes the agenda for Board meetings.
Director (4 positions)
The Director will serve on at least one of NAPABA’s three Standing Committees—Governance, Nominations, and Elections; Finance; and Programs, and will perform such other duties as may be assigned to him/her by the President or by the Board from time to time.
For a more complete description of the duties, please refer to the NAPABA Bylaws.
As a NAPABA officer, you will be expected to attend all NAPABA Board of Governors meetings during the year. The tentative Board meeting schedule for next year is as follows:
November 4, 2020
2020 NAPABA Convention
February 21, 2021 (Chicago, IL)
ABA Midyear Meeting
May 2021 (Washington, DC)
NAPABA Lobby Day &
August 7, 2021 (Toronto, ON)
ABA Annual Meeting
Additional duties are set forth in the Board of Governors Duties & Expectations, which must
be signed by all Board members.
Candidate Qualifications and Nomination Requirements
The qualifications for NAPABA office are listed in the NAPABA Nominating and Election Rules. In order to be nominated as a candidate for a NAPABA Officer or Director position, candidates are required to complete and submit the following forms and documents on or before 5 p.m. EDT on July 13, 2020:
- NAPABA Nomination Petition. (Download PDF)
- NAPABA Nomination Petition - Signature Page. (Download PDF)
- Personal Statement.
- Contact Email Address. Candidates should include an email address where the candidate may be reached by any NAPABA member.
The candidate may wish to create a specific email address for this purpose, although such is not required.
- Photo. Candidates should include a high resolution digital image that is at least 300 dpi.
- Biography. Candidate should submit a short biography (maximum 250 words).
- Code of Conduct. Candidates are required to review and sign. (Download PDF)
Late submissions will not be accepted. Submissions (personal statements and biographies) that exceed the word count may be published only in part and excess words may be eliminated without additional editing.
Excerpt from Nominating & Elections Rules
Qualifications for Candidates for NAPABA Officer and Director Positions
NAPABA seeks outstanding individuals of high character and integrity with proven leadership and board governance skills and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to NAPABA. The following personal traits, qualifications, experience and skills are desired in the candidates who run for NAPABA Officer and Director positions, and the Committee is responsible for assessing if and to what extent candidates satisfy these qualifications.
- Leadership. Candidates must have demonstrated proven leadership skills needed
on a governance board. Such leadership may be demonstrated in connection with serving (1) NAPABA (e.g. a committee/network/ad-hoc/task force chair, co-chair or significant contributing member), (2) as an officer for a NAPABA affiliate, and/or
(3) leadership on another board and/or in their other professional activities. Notwithstanding the foregoing, holding the title to an office is not enough. Leadership should be demonstrated to reflect the characteristics and skill set necessary
to be able to productively and positively lead and function on a governing board.
- Commitment. Candidates must have demonstrated a proven commitment to the
work of NAPABA. Such commitment may be demonstrated by prior service on the NAPABA Board or on a NAPABA Committee/Network/Taskforce, or by otherwise serving the national body or a NAPABA affiliate.
- Personal Character, Integrity and Trust. Candidates must have demonstrated in all
of their professional and personal activities the highest standards of personal character, integrity, and trust.
- Board Experience and Governance Skills. The NAPABA Board is the sole governing body
responsible for the proper oversight and governance of NAPABA. This fiduciary duty extends to each member of the Board. In order for the Board to optimally fulfill this fundamental obligation, it is highly desired that candidates for the Officer
and Director positions possess a number of the following qualifications, expertise, experience, and skills: board governance, corporate secretary, financial management, treasurer, internal audit, risk management, non-/not-for-profit management,
marketing, brand building, fundraising, program development, internal/external communications, public relations, government affairs, advocacy, policy development, and public speaking.
- Candidates for President-Elect. In addition to the foregoing requirements,
Candidates for President-Elect must demonstrate to the Committee that they: (1) meet the highest character and integrity standards; (2) have proven leadership and board governance skills for a governing board; (3) have a strong commitment to NAPABA;
(4) are able to work positively and collaboratively with fellow board members and staff members; (5) have substantial legal and life experiences to share; and, (6) have good faith intentions to always serve and act in the best interest of NAPABA.
- NAPABA Membership. Candidates must be current Individual Members in good standing
as of the date that the candidate petitions are submitted to NAPABA.
Submit a Nomination
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