The 15 Circuit Governors are regionally elected leaders on the Law Student Division Board of Governors. Governors are the liaison between local ABA Representatives on campus and the Division; they are an intermediary for students to go to when they need help. Governors generally perform the functions and duties needed to effectively serve their Circuits’ constituencies. They also serve on the Division’s Board of Governors.
Time commitment: 30 hours monthly
Election Method: Elected by the Student Bar Association President and primary ABA Representative from each ABA-approved law school in the circuit where the candidate has been nominated for Governor. SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives who wish to participate in the election must be members in good standing of the ABA Law Student Division.
Term: The successful candidates for Governor serve a one-year term of office (March 2016-March 2017).
Applications are closed.
The Circuit Governors:
- Oversight of ABA Law Student Division regional activities at every ABA-approved law school within the circuit.
- Representing the interests and communicate the needs of law students attending the ABA-approved law schools in circuit.
- Communicating to circuit members information about Division programs, activities, leadership positions, and encouraging participation in the same.
- Developing a plan of action for the circuit to include public interest initiatives, programming, and membership outreach.
- Selecting a cabinet of lieutenant governors to implement the circuit’s plan of action. Positions may include lieutenant governors of: communications, diversity, membership, programs, public interest, resolutions, SBA Presidents, VITA.
- Communicating regularly with ABA Representatives, SBA Presidents, and liaisons at each law school in the circuit.
- Planning and developing programming, training, and social activities for the fall and spring circuit meeting.
- Managing the circuit’s list serve (electronic discussion groups) and facilitating communications among circuit members.
- Developing copy for the circuit’s web page located on Division’s website.
- Assisting in judging the Division’s national awards.
- Promoting the Division programs, activities, and competitions to circuit members.
- Conducting a circuit meeting at the ABA Annual Meeting.
- Serving on the Division’s Board of Governors. Attending meetings, writing/submitting reports and serving on 1-2 board committees.
- Follow and understand the current Law Student Division Bylaws.
This position is expected to attend the following. Most travel-related expenses are reimbursed by the Division subject to Division guidelines.
- Spring Board of Governors Training Meeting on March 31st – April 1st, 2016 (Mandatory)
- ABA Annual Meeting in August
- Fall Board of Governors Meeting in September
- Fall Circuit Meeting (travel not reimbursable)
- ABA Midyear Meeting in February
- Spring Circuit Meeting (travel not reimbursable)
To be certified as a candidate for Governor, an individual must be:
- A law student attending an ABA-approved law school;
- An ABA Law Student Division member for the current bar year by the filing deadline;
- A law student in good standing at law school (not on academic probation or suspension) during the academic year;
- A law student who has not received his/her first degree in law;
- A law student attending law school during the academic year subsequent to June 1, 2016;
- A law student who has received the approval of his/her law school dean to run for office. All nomination forms must be approved and signed by each candidate’s dean; and
- A law student who is in compliance with the submission deadlines and requirements.
Nomination Deadline: January 15, 2016
- Complete the electronic Nomination Form
The electronic Nomination Form, all required documents, and video statement link, must be submitted by 11:59 pm CST on January 15, 2016. These are “strict liability” deadlines and requirements. No exceptions.
- Include their Dean’s Certification Form (Download Now)
The Certification Form (download now) must be a PDF that follows this naming convention: GOV-[your last name]-Certification. Example: GOV-Doe-Certification.
The Certification Form must contain your Dean’s signature and be submitted electronically as part of your Nomination Form. Any dean at the law school at which you are registered may sign. Written or electronic signatures are acceptable.
- Include a statement and resume
The statement and resume must be a PDF that follows this naming convention: GOV-[your last name]-S&R. Example: GOV-Doe-S&R
Statement and resume combined must not exceed three single-sided, 8.5” x 11” pages. Anything in excess of the llimit will be truncated after the third page.
- OPTIONAL: Provide Video Statement Link
Video Statement Guidelines:
- All video statements should discuss candidate qualifications and platform.
- Only the candidate can appear in the video.
- The video statement content must be of a professional nature.
- No music is permitted.
- All video statements must adhere to copyright laws.
- The video content cannot violate any provisions of the Elections Code.
- The election committee will reject any video statements that violate these guidelines or the spirit of these guidelines.
- OPTIONAL: Candidate Headshot
- Must be .jpg or .png
- Must be less than 16MB
- Must be 300px x 300px or less