The State Bar election for 2018-2019 president-elect, Texas Young Lawyers Association president-elect, and State Bar and TYLA directors will be held April 2 to May 1. This year, candidates for State Bar president-elect are selected from metropolitan counties of the state (Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Tarrant, or Travis.) Excerpted Guidelines for Election of State Bar President-elect 2.01.03 Election. The president-elect shall be elected by vote of a majority of those members of the State Bar who voted in such election. Such election shall be held in April or May of each year. The person so elected shall assume the office of president-elect at the next annual meeting following the succession of the then president-elect to the office of president. 2.01.05 Nominations. At its regularly scheduled second quarterly meeting each year, the board, on recommendation by the subcommittee, shall nominate by a majority vote two or more members of the State Bar to be candidates and to stand for election to the office of president-elect for the next organizational year. Any other qualified member shall also be privileged to stand for election to that office as a candidate when a written petition, in a form prescribed by the board and signed by no less than 5 percent of the active members of the State Bar who are in good standing, is filed by or on behalf of such member with the executive director on or before March 1 preceding the election for the ensuing organizational year and such petition is certified by the executive director. The executive director shall either certify or reject such petition within five business days following receipt of the petition by the executive director. Any disputes arising from the executive director’s decision shall be resolved by the Nominations and Elections Subcommittee in accordance with Subsection 2.01.17 and the State Bar Rules. 2.01.06 Candidate Pools. The potential nominees for president-elect shall be selected from three different candidate pools that rotate on a three-year cycle. In the first year of that cycle, the potential nominees shall be selected from State Bar members whose principal office is in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Tarrant, or Travis counties. In the second year of the cycle, the potential nominees shall be selected from State Bar members whose principal office is outside the five metropolitan counties cited above. In the third or “open” year of the cycle, the potential nominees shall be selected from the candidate pool of all State Bar members, without regard for the county of their principal office. In any year of any three-year cycle, the board may nominate two or more nominees from the same county. 2.01.07 Selection of Candidates. The board shall select president-elect candidates as follows: (A) In August, preceding the second quarterly meeting at which the board selects candidates, the subcommittee chair(s) shall notify Texas bar associations representing the State Bar’s diverse membership and State Bar sections, divisions, and committees that the nominee selection process has begun. The chair(s) of the subcommittee shall request from those groups the names and background information of potential nominees, explaining the criteria for selection described in Subsection (C). (B) The subcommittee shall state its intent to solicit potential nominees by distributing notice on the State Bar website and by publishing notice in the September issues of the Texas Bar Journal , the Texas Lawyers’ Civil Digest, and the Texas Lawyers’ Criminal Digest. The publication shall contain the criteria for nominee selection described in Subsections 2.01.04, 2.01.06, and 2.01.07(C). Anyone submitting a name for consideration should first obtain that person’s written consent to have his or her name submitted. (F) The subcommittee shall submit to the board the names of two or more qualified nominees for president-elect. (B) The candidates nominated by the board should be notified at the same time. 2.01.09 Announcement of Nominations. As soon as reasonably practicable after the candidates for president-elect are selected by the board, the names of the candidates, the counties of their principal offices, and their biographical information, together with the procedure for additional nominations by petition under the State Bar Rules, shall be published on the State Bar website and in the Texas Bar Journal. 2.01.12 Distribution of Ballots. A combined ballot for the office of president-elect and for the office of director may be used in bar districts in which an election for director is to be conducted. On April 1, or on the first working day following April 1 if April 1 falls on a weekend, an official ballot listing the names of all candidates for president-elect and candidates for director shall be distributed to each member of the State Bar who is entitled to vote. Excerpted Guidelines for Election to the Board of Directors 1.03 Elected Directors 1.03.01 General. Elected directors shall be elected by a majority of the active and emeritus members of the State Bar who have their principal place of practice in the same bar district as the candidate. If no candidate receives a majority, a run-off election between the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be held at a time the board prescribes. The provisions of this policy manual concerning State Bar district director campaigns shall apply to the campaign activities of the director runoff candidates. 1.03.02 Term. Each person elected as a director shall serve a three-year term. 1.03.03 Nominations. An active member’s name may be placed in nomination for the office of elected director by a written petition in the form prescribed by the board. (A) The petition shall be signed by the lesser of 5 percent of the active members whose principal place of practice is within the district to be represented by the nominee if elected or 100 of such members. (B) The petition must be received in the office of the executive director on or before March 1 of the year of election. (C) The executive director shall promptly review the petition to verify the eligibility of the nominee. (D) If from the petition it appears the nominee is eligible, the executive director shall certify such eligibility, and that nominee’s name shall be listed on the ballot. If from the petition the executive director finds the nominee to be ineligible, that fact shall immediately be communicated to the nominee. (E) Any nominee desiring to appeal the findings of the executive director shall forthwith notify the executive director, who shall forthwith convene the Executive Committee to hear and determine the matter. (F) The Executive Committee shall have final authority to determine questions of the eligibility and certification of the nominee and the validity of the nominating petition and shall do so within 10 days of the notice to the executive director. (G) The petitions may be in counterparts, and signatures on counterparts are permissible. (H) If no valid petition nominating an eligible person in a district in the year in which such district is to elect a director has been received by the executive director by March 1, or if all persons who have been nominated shall have died or become disqualified from serving at any time before the election ballot is printed, then the president, with the advice of the person then serving as elected director or directors from that district, shall name a qualified person to stand for election as director from that district. 1.03.04 Candidate Certification Form. Candidates for elected director shall be required to sign a candidate certification form, which must be received in the office of the executive director at the same time as the petition. The certification form shall set forth the eligibility requirements and shall contain the following: As a candidate for the office of director, I, ___, certify that I understand the following criteria as contained in the State Bar Rules, Article IV, § 5, relating to serving as a director of the State Bar of Texas, and that after reviewing the criteria, I am eligible to serve as a director. I further certify that I have read and agree to be bound by the provisions of the State Bar Board of Directors Policy Manual regarding the rules and restrictions relating to campaigns for the office of director and regarding the role of the Nominations and Elections Subcommittee in such campaigns. Signature: ___ Date: ___ 1.03.06 Failure to Qualify. If an elected director fails to qualify, the elected director shall be deemed to have vacated the position. 1.03.07 Sample Petition Form. Petition for Election We, the undersigned, being at least 5 percent of the members of the State Bar whose principal place of practice is in the __ bar district, or 100 of such members, whichever is less, do hereby nominate ____ of ___ as a candidate for director of the State Bar of Texas from that district and request that his or her name be placed on the official ballot for (year), pursuant to Article IV, § 7, of the State Bar Rules. The proposed candidate meets the requirements for director as stipulated in Article IV—Administration, § 5, Qualifications of Officers and Directors of the State Bar Rules. Signature: ___ Printed Name: ____ Bar Card Number: _____ BOARD OF DIRECTORS SAMPLE NOMINATING PETITION The petition form below is suggested for the convenience of persons who want to nominate a member for the State Bar Board of Directors. The election will be held in April. The excerpted guidelines for election of president-elect and directors are printed in this Texas Bar Journal. If you wish to become a candidate for president-elect or director and need additional information, contact Chielsey Barber, Officer/Director Services, State Bar of Texas, P.O. Box 12487, Austin, TX, 78711-2487; call (512) 427-1416 or (800) 204-2222, ext. 1416; or fax (512) 427-4319. Pursuant to the rules governing the State Bar of Texas, nominating petitions must be received no later than March 1, 2018. Names on the petition should be legible and the bar card number of each individual should be provided. Completed petitions should be mailed to Office of Executive Director, Attn: Chielsey Barber, State Bar of Texas, P.O. Box 12487, Austin, TX, 78711-2487. We, the undersigned, being at least 5 percent of the members of the State Bar whose principal place of business is in the bar district, or 100 of such members, whichever is less, do hereby nominate of as a candidate for director of the State Bar of Texas from that district and request that his or her name be placed on the official ballot for 2018, pursuant to Article IV, Section 7, of the State Bar Rules. The proposed candidate meets the requirements for director as stipulated in Article IV — Administration, Section 5, Qualifications of Officers and Directors of the State Bar Rules. 2018 STATE BAR OF TEXAS DIRECTOR ELECTION BIOGRAPHY INFORMATION Complete and return this form along with a 200-word bio that you want included with the ballot and two photos (one individual and a couples photo if applicable) to email@example.com.
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