The 38-member ABA Board of Governors has the authority to act and speak for the ABA, consistent with previous action of the House of Delegates, when the House is not in session. The Board usually meets four times a year. It oversees the general operation of the ABA and develops specific plans of action.
Of those 38 members, only one is a law student: this position. Our Division’s Representative to the ABA Board of Governors is a critically important and visible role in the ABA. You represent the Law Student Division positions to the ABA Board of Governors and work for adoption of initiatives supported by the Division.
This position must appropriately and persuasively convey the views of the Division to the ABA Board of Governors, and in turn, report back to the Division leadership as a member of the Law Student Division Board. The Division Representative interacts closely with the high ranking officials in the ABA. Punctuality, dress appearance, appropriate conversation, and mature behavior are critical.
Time commitment: 15-20 hours weekly.
The Division Representative to the ABA Board of Governors is elected each year by the Law Student Division Board of Governors which consists of four officers, three delegates to the ABA House of Delegates and fifteen regional circuit governors. All nominations for this position are fully considered and interviewed by the Division’s Nominating Committee. Certified and approved candidates are notified in mid-February.
The successful candidate for this position serves as the Division’s Representative-Elect from March to August before assuming a one-year term of office (August of this year -August of the following year) at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting.
The Division Rep to the BOG:
- As directed by the Division leadership, promotes Law Student Division positions to the ABA Board of Governors.
- Works with the ABA Board of Governors on adoption of Division initiatives and initiatives directly affecting law students filed with the Board of Governors.
- Attending and representing the Division to the ABA House of Delegates sessions at the Midyear and Annual Meetings.
- Vote as a member of the ABA House of Delegates.
- Work with the Division Delegates to coordinate advocacy strategy on behalf of the Division in the House.
- Informs the Division Board of Governors of actions pending before the Board, as well as any action taken by the Board, at the conclusion of each of the ABA Board of Governors meetings.
- Seeks out and informs the Division Board of Governors of any pending resolutions before the Board that the Division may be interested in supporting.
- Serves on an ABA Board of Governors’ Committee designated by the Board, and at the Board’s request, and must prepare to participate in the duties involved therein.
- Works with the Division Chair and other officers to determine which issues to support.
- Assists in judging the Division’s National Awards.
- Serves on Division’s Executive Board. Participates on officer conference calls.
- Prepares and submits comprehensive reports on Association, Division, and ABA Board of Governors activity and action. (8 reports annually)
- 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 (as officer-elect)
- Section Officers Conference and Fall Board of Governors Meeting in September
- Fall Circuit Meeting(s) as needed (travel not reimbursable)
- ABA BOG Meeting in November
- ABA Midyear Meeting in February
- Spring Circuit Meeting(s) as needed (travel not reimbursable)
- Spring Board of Governors Training Meeting in March or April
- ABA BOG Meeting in June
- ABA Annual Meeting in August (as officer)
- Other travel as needed to fulfill commitments on committees as appointed throughout the year
- Most travel-related expenses are reimbursed by the Division subject to Division guidelines
To be certified as a candidate for Law Student Division Representative to the BOG, 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: BOG-[your last name]-Certification. Example: BOG-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: BOG-[your last name]-S&R. Example: BOG-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