2013 NACDL Election Procedures and Timeline

In 2013, NACDL members will elect 13 members of the Board of Directors, as well as President-Elect, First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Secretary. Effective in 2012, and pursuant to Article V, Section (3) (c) of the bylaws, the Treasurer will serve a term of two years and during that term shall be ineligible for any other Officer or Director position. The current Treasurer was elected in 2012 and will serve a term lasting until the 2014 Annual Meeting. 

Candidates are requested to read and follow NACDL’s Standing Policy on Elections.

Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 1, “Any member qualified to vote may be nominated as a candidate for any Officer or Director position. A member may be nominated by one of three means:

  1. By the Nominating Committee, as set forth in Article VII, Section 5 (a);
  2. Any Member of the Association qualified to vote may nominate by petition any other Member qualified to hold office; or
  3. Any Member qualified to vote may nominate by petition himself or herself.

The Nomination Process

The NACDL Nominating Committee will nominate candidates for the 2013 election for all Officer positions (except President, which office is automatically filled by the President-Elect, and the Treasurer, whose current term lasts until the 2014 Annual Meeting) and 13 Board of Director positions.

The Nominating Committee seeks candidates with leadership potential who have demonstrated commitment to the Association and the profession. The Nominating Committee will attempt to attain geographical, professional, minority, and gender diversity. Financial assistance is available to those officers and directors who cannot afford the cost of transportation and lodging for Board meetings.

To be considered for nomination by the Nominating Committee, each candidate must provide the committee with a submission by 5:00 pm Eastern Time, Monday, January 28, 2013. In addition to a resume, candidates shall include a statement of qualifications of up to 600 words which should include a statement of service to NACDL and may also include NACDL meetings attended, member recruitment efforts, and committee work and service to the legal profession (including work on behalf of criminal justice issues and for other professional associations), a description of the member’s practice (including areas of concentration and percentage of time devoted to criminal defense and pro bono work) and other relevant community serivce. Candidates must also submit a photo, and a designation of the position(s) for which the member would like to be considered and why, as well as a statement that they are members in good standing of their respective bar and must disclose if they are under indictment or information for any felony or crime involving moral turpitude. An opportunity to present before the Nominating Committee in support of applicants’ candidacy will be announced in the coming months. Such presentation is optional and no negative inference will be drawn if a candidate does not present. Candidates are responsible for confirming that their materials have been received.

The Nominating Committee must report its nominations to the Executive Director by Friday, February 22, 2013. The Nominating Committee will notify the membership of its proposed nominees by Monday, February 25, 2013, via posting on the NACDL website and subsequently in The Champion.

The Petition Process

Alternatively, candidates may seek nomination via petition pursuant to Article VIII, Sections 1 and 2. Petitions are available on the NACDL website. They will also be available at all NACDL Meetings and seminars commencing in January, or by contacting Daniel Weir at dweir@nacdl.org. Petitioners are advised to comply with the requirements of Article VIII, Section 2 in order to insure the submission of an adequate number of valid signatories. Petitions may be submitted before or after the nomination process has concluded. The deadline to submit a petition, along with a statement of qualifications, a photo, and a statement that the petitioner is a member in good standing with his or her respective bar is Monday, April 1, 2013, by 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Petitioners must disclose if they are under indictment or information for any felony or crime including moral turpitude. Candidates are responsible for confirming that their materials have been received. All signatures and distributed petition forms must be submitted to Election Registrar Daniel Weir in one transmittal.

The Election

Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 3 (b), if no petitions are received, the Nominating Committee slate of candidates will be declared elected by acclamation at the Annual Membership Meeting in San Francisco.

In the event of a contested election for any position, ballots will be cast electronically at www.nacdl.org/elections or upon request by paper ballot. Information on candidates will be made available in The Champion in the Spring. Only members whose dues are current receive The Champion or may vote. Please direct questions concerning any aspect of NACDL election procedure to Daniel Weir at dweir@nacdl.org or (202) 465-7640.

The deadline for submissions of candidacy to the Nominating Committee is 5:00 PM, Eastern Time on Monday, January 28, 2013.

Candidates should send their submissions to:

Lisa Monet Wayne 
Chair, Nominating Committee 
1775 Sherman St., Suite 1650
Denver Financial Building, Denver, CO 80203
(303) 860-1661, Fax: (303) 832-4552


Daniel Weir 
NACDL Elections Registrar 
1660 L St., NW, 12th Fl., 
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 465-7640, Fax: (202) 872-8690

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