NJSBA Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for Leadership Positions

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For Immediate Release

Kate Coscarelli
Sr. Managing Director, Communications

The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Nominating Committee invites members to apply for the following positions, which will be open in May 2015. Specific criteria apply for various positions, as indicated below.

NJSBA Officers: One-year terms for positions of president-elect, first vice president, second vice president, treasurer and secretary

NJSBA Board of Trustees:  The following trustee positions:

 County Trustees: One seat (for a two-year term) representing one of the following counties: Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset, Sussex, Union. For purposes of being eligible to be a county trustee, at the time of election trustees shall meet one of the following criteria: (1) the county trustee's home is located in the county; (2) the county trustee's office is located in the county; or (3) the county is the county trustee's primary county of practice and he or she is a member of the county bar association. Article III, 8(d)
 At-Large Trustees: Five seats (each for a two-year term). At-large trustees shall represent segments of the membership not adequately represented on the Board of Trustees. Article III, 8(f). This year five seats are open to members of under-represented groups. Three seats (one seat for each) are specifically designated for members from the following under-represented groups: African-American, LGBT, women. Two seats are open to members of any of the following under-represented groups: African-American, Asian American, Hispanic, LGBT, senior lawyer over 70, women.
 Section/Committee Trustees: Six seats (each for a two-year term). Section/committee trustees are elected from among the membership of NJSBA sections and committees. Candidates for section/committee trustee must submit an endorsement of at least one sponsoring section or committee, which may have been voted on by the entire section or committee, or by the section or committee’s governing body. A section or committee may sponsor only one candidate during any nominating cycle, and no more than one section/committee trustee sponsored by any one section or committee may sit on the board as a section/committee trustee at any one time. Article III, 8(e), Article IV, 2(b). Sections and committees already represented on the board, which are precluded this year from sponsoring a candidate, include: the Civil Trial Bar Section, the Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section and the Taxation Law Section.
 Young Lawyers Division Trustee: One seat (for a two-year term). The Young Lawyers Division trustee must be a member of the Young Lawyers Division. Article III, 8(c).
 ABA House of Delegates: Three seats (each for a two-year term, including one for a young lawyer under 35). The selection of delegates must be consistent with the constitution, bylaws and rules of the American Bar Association (ABA). Article III, 16. Delegates must be available to participate in the Annual and Mid-Year Meetings of the ABA.
 Nominating Committee: Two seats (each for a two-year term) from the general membership. One of the two seats is designated for a member of any one of the following under-represented groups: African-American Asian American, Hispanic, LGBT, senior lawyer over 70, women. Article IV, 1(i).

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Candidates will be evaluated by the Nominating Committee for any of the available positions based on the following criteria (Article IV, 3):

1.   Adherence to the highest standards of fairness, professional responsibility, civility and professionalism;

2.   The quality of prior service to the organized bar;

3.   Prior or present leadership positions and degree of effectiveness in these positions;

4.   Dedication, capacity for hard work, and ability to fulfill all relevant duties;

5.   Awareness of the NJSBA’s internal structure, in particular the duties for the position sought;

6.   Demonstrated ability to synthesize and understand extensive information;

7.   Demonstrated common sense, good judgment and the ability to articulate positions intelligently;

8.   Prior service to the New Jersey State Bar Association and its constituent parts;

9.   Prior service to county and specialty bar associations;

10. Extent of practice in the state of New Jersey;

11. Geographical balance of the NJSBA leadership,

12. Especially for officer positions, demonstrated administrative capability and experience, recognition and understanding of the essential issues facing the organized bar and the profession, and capacity to lead in a creative, responsible fashion.

Filing Deadline: In order for each candidate to qualify for consideration by the Nominating Committee, a letter of intention for the elective position sought must be received by the committee no later than noon, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. To facilitate a response, candidates should include an email address in letters of intent, if available. All letters should be directed to:

John F. DeBartolo, Esq., Chair, Nominating Committee
New Jersey State Bar Association
New Jersey Law Center
One Constitution Square
New Brunswick, NJ  08901-1520
Attn: Angela C. Scheck, Executive Director

Deadline for Candidate Questionnaire: Please note that the Nominating Committee has established noon, on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, as the deadline for submission of the candidate questionnaire (which will be distributed to all candidates following receipt of letter of intention).  

Please direct any questions to Angela Scheck, executive director, at 732-937-7500, [email protected]