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2017-2018 SABA North America
Executive Committee Elections

The Voting period is now closed. Results will be announced shortly.

It’s almost time to choose the SABA North America Executive Committee for 2017-2018. We are currently soliciting nominations for all positions except President and VP-National Conference. If you are interested in running for the Executive Committee and have questions about the position, please contact Vichal Kumar (president@sabanorthamerica.com) or Rishi Bagga (presidentelect@sabanorthamerica.com). If you have questions about the elections process, please contact Election Commissioner Aparna Dave (elections@sabanorthamerica.com).

In order to serve as an Officer of SABA,* you must be a current or former:

a. SABA North America Board Member;
b. Chapter President;
c. Chairperson of a SABA Committee;
d. Chairperson of SABA Convention; or
e. Chairperson of a Standing Subcommittee for a SABA Convention.
*The YLD Chair is exempt from this rule. The President-Elect must be a current or former member of the Executive Committee.

You will find the relevant portions of the SABA North America By-laws below. It includes the descriptions of each position, candidate qualifications, and the elections timeline.

2017 Schedule

April 1 – Election Commissioner appointed
April 10 – Nomination Deadline
April 21 – Special Nominations Deadline ends
April 15  April 23 – Ballots Distributed to Board – Voting Period Begins
April 25  May 3 – Voting Ends
April 30  May 8 – Results announced


ARTICLE V
OFFICERS

Section 1.

The Officers of the Association (each an “Officer” and, collectively, the “Officers”) shall be (i) the President; (ii) the President-Elect; (iii) the Secretary; (iv) the Treasurer; (v) the Vice President – Memberships, (vi) the Vice President – Public Relations; (vii) the Vice President – Affiliate Relations; (viii) the Vice President – Annual Conference; (ix) the Vice President – Community Outreach; (x) the Vice President – Development and (xi) Young Lawyers Division Chair. The Officers shall constitute the Executive Committee of the Association.

Section 2.  Term

Each Officer of the Association shall serve for a term of one (1) year, which term shall commence on the July 1st following the election of such Officers and shall terminate on June 30th of the following year. No individual may serve more than two (2) terms as President of the Association.

Section 3. Duties.

(a) The President. The President of the Association shall be the chief executive officer of the Association and shall, subject to the approval of the Board, have general supervision, direction and control of the business and Officers of the Association.  The President shall preside at the annual conference of the Association and at each meeting of the Board.  The President shall be deemed a member of each of the standing committees of the Association and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board or the Bylaws.
(b) President-Elect. The President-Elect of the Association appear on behalf of the Association whenever requested to do so by the President, and shall serve in place of the President whenever the President is unable to perform his or her duties or whenever the President requests that the President-Elect so act.  At the direction of the Board, the President-Elect shall also handle special projects for the Association.  The President-Elect, together with the VP-Annual Conference, shall be responsible for coordinating matters related to the planning of the annual conference of the Association. The President-Elect shall be the President of the Association for the term following his or her term as President-Elect.
(c) Secretary. The Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept, at the principal office or such other place as the Board may designate, a book of minutes for all of the meetings of Board, (a) stating the time and place at which such meeting was held; (b) stating whether such meeting was a regular meeting or a special meeting; (c) recording the names of those Directors’ present at such meetings and (d) summarizing the proceedings of such meetings.  The Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept, at the principal office of the Association, a membership register recording the name of each Chapter of the Association.  The Secretary shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the Board required by the Bylaws or by Law to be given.  He or she shall safeguard the seal of the Association and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board or the by these Bylaws.
(d) Treasurer. The Treasurer shall keep and maintain, or cause to be kept and maintained, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, adequate and correct accounts of the properties and business transactions of the Association, including accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, and losses.  The books of account shall at all reasonable times be open to inspection by any Director.  The Treasurer shall deposit all monies and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the Association with such depositories as may be designated by the Board.  He or she shall disburse the funds of the Association as may be ordered by the Board; shall render to the President and Directors, whenever they request it, an account of all of his or her transactions and of the financial condition of the Association; and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board or the Bylaws.
(e) Vice President – Membership. The Vice President – Membership shall be responsible, under the direction of the Board, (i) for communications with the Chapters of the Associations and prospective Chapters of the Association and (ii) for communications with the Members of the Association and prospective individual members of the Association.  The Vice President – Membership shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed by the Board or these Bylaws.
(f) Vice President-Public Relations. The Vice President – Public Relations shall be responsible, under the direction of the Board, for coordinating and producing the Association’s newsletter and coordinating the Association’s external relations with the media.  The Vice President – Public Relations shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed by the Board or these Bylaws.
(g) Vice President – Affiliate Relations. The Vice President – Affiliate Relations shall be responsible, under the direction of the Board, for coordinating the Association’s external relations with national and local bar associations sharing common interests and goals with the Association.  The Vice President – Affiliate Relations shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed by the Board or these Bylaws.
(h) Vice President-Annual Conference.
(1) Duties. The Vice President – Annual Conference, along with the President-Elect, shall be responsible for coordinating matters related to the planning of the annual conference of the Association.  The Vice President – Annual Conference shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed by the Board or the By-Laws.
(2) Selection. The Vice President – Annual Conference for any given term shall be nominated by the Chapter associated with the site of the Annual Conference, if one such exists, to take place in that term.  Such duly qualified local Chapter nominee shall be approved by the Board by simple majority vote.
(i) Vice President – Community Outreach. The Vice President – Community Outreach shall be responsible, under the direction of the Board for coordinating the Association’s external relations with national and local community-based organizations sharing common interests and goals with the Association.  The Vice President – Community Outreach shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed by the Board or these Bylaws.
(j) Vice President – Development. The Vice President–Development shall be responsible, under the direction of the Board, for coordinating the Association’s fundraising and revenue generation efforts separate from the Association’s Annual Conference. The Vice President –Development shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed by the Board or the Bylaws.
(k) Young Lawyers Division Chair. The Young Lawyers Division Chair (“YLD Chair”) shall be responsible, under the direction of the Board, for representing the Association and the Association’s Young Lawyers Division as a delegate to the Council and Assembly of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (“ABA-YLD”). The YLD Chair shall also preside over the meetings and activities of the Association’s Young Lawyers Division, including the selection of a Young Lawyers Division member to serve as the Association’s second representative to the ABA-YLD Assembly. The YLD Chair shall serve a two-year term, and shall be required to attend all scheduled meetings of the ABA-YLD to represent the Association’s interests.

Section 4. Election of Officers.

The Officers of the Association shall be elected as follows:
(a) On April 1 of every year, the Board shall appoint an Election Commissioner (the “Commissioner”).
(b) The Commissioner shall form an Election Committee.  The Election Committee shall be responsible for seeking nominations, verifying qualifications of nominees and conducting the elections of the Association.
(c) The Commissioner shall seek nominations for all Offices of the Association (except the Office of the “President” and the Office of “Vice President of Annual Conference”). Nominations for YLD Chair shall be sought every other year. Such nominations must be received by the Commissioner no later than April 10. Such nominations must be received by the Commissioner no later than April 10.
(1) In order to be eligible to serve as President or President-Elect of the Association, a nominee must be, in addition to the requirements set forth below in Article V, Section 4(c)(2) and limitations set forth in Article V, a current or former Officer of the Association for at least one term.
(2) In order to be eligible to serve as an officer of the Association, a nominee must be (i) a current or past member of the Board of the Association; (ii) a current or past president of a Chapter; (iii) a current or past chairperson of a standing committee of the Association; (iv) a current or past chairperson of a standing section of the Association; (v) a current or past co-chairperson of the Association’s annual conference; or (vi) a current or past chairperson of standing subcommittee formed in connection with the Association’s annual conference.
(3) In order to be eligible to serve as YLD Chair, a nominee (i) must be either a current member of the Association, current member of a Chapter, or meet the qualifications set forth in Article V, Section 4(c)(2) above; (ii) must, at the time of nomination, be thirty-eight (38) years of age or less, or be a licensed attorney for eight (8) years or less; and (iii) must commit to attending eight meetings of the ABA YLD (e.g. Midyear Meeting, Spring Conference, ABA Annual Meeting, and Fall Conference) over the course of the YLD Chair’s two year term.
(d) On April 15, the Commissioner shall list all the nominees for each Office, and shall circulate an election ballot to the Board. An individual may only run for one (1) Office on any given election ballot. In the event that an individual has been nominated for more than one (1) Officer position, the Commission shall inform such individual and such individual shall elect the Office for which such individual shall be a nominee.
(e) Each member of the Board shall be eligible to cast one vote for each of the Officer positions of the Association. The ballots must be returned to the Commissioner on or before April 25.
(f) On April 30, the Commissioner shall circulate the results of the election to the Board.

Section 5. Removal of Officers.

Any Officer of the Association may be removed from office prior to the expiration of such Officer’s term by a vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the Directors of the Association or by a vote of the majority of the Chapters of the Association.

Section 6. Resignation of Officers.

In the event that any Officer of the Association shall resign, the Executive Committee shall inform all eligible candidates for such Office of such vacancy, and such eligible candidates shall have three (3) business days to submit themselves as a nominee for such Office. The Board shall then select, by simple majority vote, an individual from amongst such nominees to serve in such Office for the duration of the then current term of the Executive Committee.