New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

For Immediate Release

12/03/12

Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director of Communications

732-937-7548

Notice to the Bar

NJSBA Nominating Committee
Seeks Candidates for Leadership Positions


The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Nominating Committee invites members to apply for the following positions, which will be open in May 2013. Specific criteria apply for various positions, as indicated below.

NJSBA Officers: One-year terms for positions of President-Elect, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.

NJSBA Board of Trustees:  The following trustee positions:

  • County Trustees: One seat each: Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset, Sussex and Union (each for a two-year term).  For purposes of being eligible to be a county trustee, at the time of election trustees shall meet one of the following criteria: (1) the county trustee's home is located in the county; (2) the county trustee's office is located in the county; or (3) the county is the county trustee's primary county of practice and he or she is a member of the county bar association.  Article III, 8(d)
  • At-Large Trustees: Five seats (each for a two-year term). At-Large Trustees shall represent segments of the membership not adequately represented on the Board of Trustees. Article III, 8(f). This year two seats are open to members of the following under-represented groups, as designated by the Board: African-American, Age Over 70, Asian-American, GLBT, Hispanic, Women. Three of the seats are specifically designated for members from the following three under-represented groups (one seat each): African-American, GLBT and Women.
  • Section/Committee Trustees:  Six seats (each for a two-year term). Section/Committee Trustees are elected from among the membership of NJSBA Sections and Committees. Candidates for Section/Committee Trustee must submit an endorsement of at least one sponsoring section or committee, which may have been voted on by the entire section or committee, or by the section or committee’s governing body. A section or committee may sponsor only one candidate during any nominating cycle, and no more than one Section/Committee Trustee sponsored by any one section or committee may sit on the Board at any one time. Article III, 8(e), Article IV, 2(b) Sections and committees already represented on the Board, who are precluded this year from sponsoring a candidate, include:  the Amicus Committee, the Civil Trial Bar Section and the Criminal Law Section.
  • Young Lawyers Division Trustee: One seat (for a two-year term). The Young Lawyers Division Trustee must be a member of the Young Lawyers Division.  Article III, 8(c)
  • ABA House of Delegates: Three seats (each for a two-year term, one of which is designated for a member of the Young Lawyer Division). The selection of Delegates must be consistent with the constitution, bylaws and rules of the American Bar Association.  Article III, 16. Delegates must be available to participate in the Annual and Mid-Year Meetings of the ABA. 
  • Nominating Committee: Two seats (one of which is an At-Large seat specifically designated for a member for a member of one of the following underrepresented groups: African-American, Age Over 70, Asian-American, GLBT, Hispanic, Women).  Article IV, 1 (g) (i)

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Criteria:

Candidates will be evaluated by the Nominating Committee for any of the available positions based on the following criteria (Article IV, 3):

  1. Adherence to the highest standards of fairness, professional responsibility, civility and professionalism;
  2. The quality of prior service to the organized Bar;
  3. Prior or present leadership positions and degree of effectiveness in these positions;
  4. Dedication, capacity for hard work, and ability to fulfill all relevant duties;
  5. Awareness of the NJSBA’s internal structure, in particular the duties for the position sought;
  6. Demonstrated ability to synthesize and understand extensive information;
  7. Demonstrated common sense, good judgment and the ability to articulate positions intelligently;
  8. Prior service to the New Jersey State Bar Association and its constituent parts;
  9. Prior service to county and specialty bar associations;
  10. Extent of practice in the State of New Jersey;
  11. Geographical balance of the NJSBA leadership,
  12. Especially for officer positions, demonstrated administrative capability and experience, and recognition and understanding of the essential issues facing the organized Bar, the profession, and capacity to lead in a creative, responsible fashion.

Filing Deadline: In order for each candidate to qualify for consideration by the Nominating Committee, his or her letter of intention for the elective position sought should be received by the Committee no later than 12:00 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2012. To facilitate a response, we ask that candidates include an email address in letters of intent. All letters should be directed to:

 

John C. Eastlack, Esq., Chair, Nominating Committee
New Jersey State Bar Association
New Jersey Law Center
One Constitution Square
New Brunswick, NJ  08901-1520
Attn:  Angela C. Scheck, Executive Director

 

Deadline for Candidate Questionnaire: Please note that the Nominating Committee has established 12:00 p.m., on Friday, January 4, 2013 as the deadline for submission of the candidate questionnaire (which will be distributed to all candidates following receipt of letter of intention). 

Please direct any questions to Angela Scheck, Executive Director, at 732-937-7500, ascheck@njsba.com.