Special Election

NACDL will fill vacant positions via a special election to be conducted by the board of directors.

NACDL Special Election Notice

NACDL’s Board of Directors will fill a board vacany by special election at the Board’s July 24 Annual Meeting. The vacant term will run until the 2023 Annual Meeting. The Board of Directors will elect candidates upon nomination by the Nominating Committee.

The Nominating Committee considered individuals from among the candidates who have submitted materials for candidacy in the 2021 general election. On April 19, 2021, the committee announced that it nominated Carmen Roe of Houston, TX, to serve the unexpired remainder of the vacant term.

Who May be Nominated

Any NACDL member who is qualified to vote may be nominated for the vacant Director positions. Members who are qualified to vote include Regular, Public Defender, Life, and any other member category identified in Article IV of NACDL’s bylaws.

How to be Nominated

A qualified member may be nominated in the following ways:

  1. The Nominating Committee may nominate any qualified member; or
  2. Any candidate who submitted materials to the Nominating Committee for the special election and was not nominated by apply for consideration directly to the Board of Directors using the petition proces.

Nomination by the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee will nominate one candidate for the vacant Board of Director position from among the candidates for the general election. 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. Limited financial assistance is available to those officers and directors who cannot afford the cost of transportation and lodging for Board meetings.

Submission Requirements

Nominating Committee submissions are due by at the same time as submissions for the general election, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 26, 2021. Submissions must include the following items:

  • A designation of the position(s) for which the member would like to be considered;
  • A statement of qualifications of up to 600 words, which may include  
    • A statement of service to NACDL,
    • NACDL meetings attended,
    • Member recruitment efforts,
    • Committee work,
    • 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), or
    • Other relevant community service;
  • A resume or curriculum vitae;
  • A statement that the candidate is a members in good standing of his or her respective bar; and
  • A profile or headshot photograph the candidate.

Candidates are responsible for confirming that their materials have been received. Candidates must disclose if they are under indictment or information for any felony or crime involving moral turpitude.

The Nominating Committee may announce an opportunity for candidates to present before the committee in support of their candidacy. Such presentation would be optional, and no negative inference will be drawn if a candidate does not present.

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The Nominating Committee will report its nominations to the Executive Director by April 16, 2021. Those candidates who applied for nomination by the Nominating Committee and were not nominated may apply for consideration directly to the Board of Directors, but must do so no later than 5:00 pm Eastern Time on July 21. 

Candidates should send their submissions to the NACDL Elections Registrar at elections@nacdl.org and to Nominating Committee chair Martin Sabelli at msabelli@sabellilaw.com.


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