The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Nominating Committee invites members to apply for the following positions, which will be open in May 2020. Various positions have specific criteria, 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, each for an original two-year term, for the following counties: Essex, Hudson and Mercer. One seat, each for a two-year term, (all current trustees in these positions are eligible for reappointment): Bergen, Burlington, Cumberland, Gloucester, Morris, Passaic, Salem and Warren. 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, 1]
- At-Large Trustees: Three 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 VI, 4(d)] This year, two seats are specifically designated as follows: One for an Hispanic member and one for an Asian-American member. One additional seat is for a general At-Large member. The At-Large designated seats are open to members who are in any of the following under-represented groups: African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, LGBT, age over 70, women, and attorneys with disabilities. Of the three open seats, trustees in the seats designated for an Asian-American attorney and in the At-Large seat are eligible for reappointment to a new, two-year term. The seat designated for a Hispanic member is open for original appointment.
- Section/Committee Trustees: Three seats, each for a two-year term (one current trustee is eligible for reappointment). Section/committee trustees are elected from among the membership of NJSBA sections and committees. Candidates for Section/Committee Trustee must submit a completed sponsorship form from 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. Sections and Committees are prohibited from sponsoring more than one candidate for Section/Committee Trustee during any nomination cycle and are prohibited from having more than one sponsored Section/Committee Trustee serve on the Board of Trustees at any one time. [Article VI, 4(c), Article VIII, 3(d)] Sections and committees already represented on the board, which are precluded this year from sponsoring a candidate, include: Women in the Profession Section, Equity Jurisprudence Committee, Solo and Small-Firm Section, Health Law Section, Labor and Employment Law Section, and Child Welfare 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 VI, 4(a)]
- ABA House of Delegates: Two seats, each for a full, two-year term, which begins at the conclusion of the American Bar Association Annual Meeting, to be held in Aug. 2020 in Chicago. Both incumbent delegates are eligible for reappointment.
- Nominating Committee: One seat, for a two-year term. Any general member from any county is eligible, other than members from Bergen, as that county is already represented on the committee in this category. [Article VIII, 2(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 VIII, 3(a)]:
- Ability to fulfill the duties of the position, including regular attendance at Board of Trustees, Nominating Committee or ABA meetings.
- Adherence to the highest standards of fairness, professional responsibility, civility and professionalism;
- The quality of prior service to the organized bar;
- Prior or present leadership positions and degree of effectiveness in these positions;
- Dedication, capacity for hard work, and ability to fulfill all relevant duties;
- Awareness of the NJSBA’s internal structure, in particular the duties for the position sought;
- Demonstrated ability to synthesize and understand extensive information;
- Demonstrated common sense, good judgment and the ability to articulate positions intelligently;
- Prior service to the New Jersey State Bar Association and its constituent parts;
- Prior service to county and specialty bar associations;
- Extent of practice in the state of New Jersey;
- Geographical balance of the NJSBA leadership,
- Especially for officer positions, demonstrated administrative capability and experience, and recognition and understanding of the essential issues facing the organized bar, the profession, and capacity to lead in a 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 should be submitted as indicated below. After receipt of a letter of intention, a questionnaire will be forwarded to the prospective candidate by email. Completed questionnaires must be received by the committee no later than 12 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20. To facilitate a response, candidates should include an email address in letters of intention. Letters may be emailed to Angela Scheck, executive director, as follows: [email protected], or faxed to 732-828-0024. All letters should be directed to:
Luis J. Diaz, 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
Please also direct any questions regarding procedure to Ms. Scheck by email or phone at 732-937-7500.