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Call for Nominations for the 2022-2023 Board of Governors is Now Closed

The D.C. Bar Board of Governors is a select group of volunteer leaders whose expertise, diverse perspectives, and spheres of influence help advance our position as the nation’s preeminent bar.

As of February 4, 2022, the call for nominations for the 2022-2023 Board of Governors is now closed.

Please contact Crystal White, Board and Committee Liaison, at [email protected] with any questions.

Why Volunteer

The D.C. Bar is the nation’s largest unified bar, with more than 111,000 members in all 50 states and over 80 countries and territories. It is the preeminent thought leader on the practice of law in the District of Columbia.

But its reach and influence transcend borders.

We are the nation’s bar. Our membership – past, present, and future – includes the brightest and most influential legal talent in the world.

We are a community of legal professionals that has made history over the past 50 years, and will continue to do so for the next 50. What will the Bar look like then?

It’s up to you – get involved!

Lend your talent and voice to help the Bar:

  • Maintain the highest ethical standards, absolute integrity, and an unwavering commitment to service
  • Pursue organizational excellence with fervor, drive continuous improvement, and set the highest standards of conduct in the legal system – in our backyard and around the world
  • Drive systemic change in the legal system and increase access to justice
  • Empower lawyers to achieve individual excellence
  • Foster collegiality among the brightest and most capable lawyers on the planet.

Board of Governors Testimonials

Hear what current and past D.C. Bar Board of Governors members have to say about their Board service, how it has impacted them, and their advice for prospective nominees.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the D.C. Bar Board of Governors?

The Board of Governors (BOG) provides strategic oversight and general charge of the affairs and activities of the Bar. The Board is composed of the following members:

  • President
  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Immediate Past President – ex officio member
  • Fifteen (15) Lawyer Members
  • Three (3) Non-Lawyer Members (non-voting)

All officers and voting members also serve as the Board of Directors (BOD) of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center and are elected by active Bar members. Non-lawyer members are recommended by the Nominations Committee and approved by the Board of Governors.

What will be expected of me as an elected member of the Board of Governors?

The President-Elect’s term is 3 years (as President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President); the Secretary and Treasurer are elected to a 1-year term; and members are elected to a 3-year term, and if re-elected, may serve up to a total of 2 consecutive 3-year terms.

Members are expected to attend all D.C. Bar Board of Governors and D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Board of Directors meetings (up to 8 regular meetings per year), and serve on at least 1 Board committee.

In addition to the duties above, the Secretary drafts all meeting minutes and the Treasurer presents quarterly financial reports to the BOG and BOD.

I have a lot of work and personal commitments – what is the estimated time commitment for Board service?

While there is no fixed or minimum number of hours required for Board service, the monthly time commitment for a Member could range from 5-15 hours depending on the number of meetings, preparation time and necessary follow up. Regular Board meetings last approximately 2-3 hours each.  Board committee meetings are held 2-6 times per year, depending upon the committee.

The time commitment required for Officers is generally greater, as they typically sit on multiple committees and have additional responsibilities with regard to additional meetings, reviewing meeting materials, and coordinating with Bar staff.

I’ve never served on a board. Will this preclude me from running for or being elected to the Board?

No. The Bar welcomes all active members who are interested in serving the membership and the D.C. legal community and have a vision for the Bar’s future. Though prior leadership or relevant volunteer experience is highly desirable, past board experience is not required.

I don’t live or practice in the District of Columbia. Can I still serve on the Board?

Yes! All active D.C. Bar members are eligible to serve, even if they do not reside or practice in the District. Members will be able to attend Board meetings in person (conditions permitting) or virtually.

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FAQS About ABA House of Delegates Service

What is the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates?

The ABA House of Delegates (House) is the body charged with the control and administration of the ABA and it is the policy-making body of the association. It is comprised of approximately 600 members, two-thirds of whom represent state, local and special-focus bars. The House meets twice each year, at ABA Annual and Midyear Meetings. The D.C. Bar’s delegates are elected by its members to serve as liaisons between the Bar and the ABA.

How many ABA House of Delegates positions are open for nomination?

For the FY2022-23 nominations slate, there are a total of 3 open ABA House of Delegate positions.

What are the prerequisites for ABA House of Delegates Service?

  • Delegates must be active members of the D.C. Bar and a member of the ABA.
  • One delegate must be either: under the age of 36 at the beginning of his or her term or have been admitted to practice in his or her first bar within the past 5 years (elected every other year).

What are ABA Delegates’ roles and responsibilities?

Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates are expected to:

  • attend each meeting of the House, participate fully in its proceedings, and discharge the responsibilities of the House as described in Chapter 2, Powers and Functions, of the New Delegate Handbook;
  • review the New Delegate Handbook on the House of Delegates webpage on the ABA’s website;
  • review all of the House of Delegates meeting materials, including resolutions, before the meetings;
  • participate in a House Caucus or serve on a House Committee, if desired; and
  • draft, debate and vote on resolutions.

How long is the ABA House of Delegates term?

Delegates are elected to 2-year terms, with no limit on the number of terms served.
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