Adopting Special Election Procedures

The following procedures were adopted to govern a special election at the 2020 annual board meeting.

 

 WHEREAS the President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) will have declared two vacancies on the Board of Directors (Board) at the Board’s August 15, 2020 meeting; and 

WHEREAS; the Board will fill those vacancies with a special election at its 2020 Fall Board Meeting; and 

WHEREAS pursuant to NACDL’s bylaws, at the time of the special election the vacancy will have been announced publicly and applications will be sought for the vacant position(s); and 

WHEREAS the vacant terms last until the 2021 annual meeting; and 

WHEREAS the Board anticipates that at least two qualified timely applications will be submitted; and 

WHEREAS Article VI, Section 6(b) of NACDL’s bylaws provides that the elections rules and procedures for a special election be adopted by the Board preceding the election; therefore 

BE IT RESOLVED that the following procedures shall govern the special election to be held at the 2020 Fall Board Meeting: 

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  •  Candidates for election will be nominated by the Nominating Committee; 
  •  The Nominating Committee shall recruit and nominate candidates with leadership potential who have demonstrated commitment to the Association and the profession, and in its efforts shall attempt to recruit candidates that add geographical, professional, minority, and gender diversity to the Board of Directors; 
  •  The Nominating Committee shall only nominate candidates who are aware of, understand, and are reasonably likely to discharge the duties of the of an officer or director; 
  •  The Nominating Committee shall nominate no more candidates than there are vacancies; 
  •  Candidates not nominated by the Nominating Committee may subsequently seek election by direct application to the Board; 
  •  Upon consultation with the Elections Committee, NACDL’s Executive Director shall ensure that election deadlines and procedures are posted and circulated to give sufficient effect to this resolution; and 
  •  In any round of voting at the special election, if the number of candidates who receive a majority vote of the present members of the Board of Directors equals the number of unfilled positions, those candidates will have been elected 

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