Law Student Division’s Delegate of Diversity’s role is twofold:
1) Promote diversity and inclusion in the ABA.
Ensuring law students of all backgrounds are represented and included is not just essential to the Division and the ABA – it’s essential to the legal profession. This delegate’s role on the Law Student Division Council is to bring those diverse viewpoints to the forefront. If you’re an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, consider running for this delegate role.
2) Serve as a voting member of the ABA House of Delegates.
The House of Delegates is the policy-making body of the association. The House meets twice each year, at ABA Annual and Midyear Meetings. There are three Law Student Division Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates who are responsible for attending and participating in each meeting, where they represent the interests of the Division.
This is one of the most important and prestigious positions a law student can hold in the ABA. You will interact closely with high ranking officials in the ABA. Punctuality, dress appearance, appropriate conversation, and mature behavior are critical. An interest in policy is a must.
- Time commitment: 10-15 hours weekly.
- Election Method: Three Division Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates are elected by the Law Student Division Assembly in August.
- Term: The successful candidates serve a one-year term of office as Division Delegates beginning at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting through adjournment of the following Annual Meeting.
- Membership Level: Must be a Premium Law Student Division member.*
Law Student Division Delegate of Diversity’s responsibilities include:
- promote full and equal participation in the Division for a membership inclusive of lawyers of varying gender, national origin, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender identity, and of lawyers with disabilities;
- chair the Division’s Diversity Committee;
- promote and oversee the Grant Fund;
- consult with and assist the officers of the Division in the work of the Division in the manner and to the extent requested;
- represent the Division in the Association House of Delegates;
- inform the Division Council of actions taken by senior bar entities;
- work with the Chair to execute the Division’s legislative agenda;
- oversee and communicate regularly with the Council, liaisons to ABA entities, and Assembly;
- solicit the opinion of the Division Council and Assembly on matters subject to vote in the House of Delegates and abide by instructions of the Assembly regarding such matters;
- keep the Assembly informed of votes and activities on behalf of the Division;
- keep the membership of the Division informed of matters of the Association pertaining to law students; and
- perform such other duties and acts as usually pertain to the office or as may be designated by the Assembly;
- follow and understand the current Law Student Division Bylaws.
- Section Officers Conference (SOC)/Fall Board of Governors Meeting in September
- ABA Midyear Meeting in February
- ABA Annual Meeting in August
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 Delegate, 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 Premium Law Student Division member*
- 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.
Application Deadline: Sunday, June 4, 2017, 11:59pm. Full application instructions are on the first page of the electronic application form.