Elections: Self-Qualifying Underway, Continues Through Oct. 16


Leadership positions are open on the Board of Governors, LSBA House of Delegates, Nominating Committee, Young Lawyers Division and American Bar Association House of Delegates.

Deadline for return of nominations by petition and self-qualification forms is Monday, Oct. 16. First election ballots will be available to members on Monday, Nov. 13. Deadline for electronically casting votes is Monday, Dec. 11. Balloting will be conducted electronically only, as approved by the LSBA Board of Governors. No paper ballots will be provided.

Robert A. Kutcher of Metairie and Shayna L. Sonnier of Lake Charles have been nominated for 2018-19 LSBA president-elect and 2018-20 LSBA treasurer, respectively. The LSBA’s Nominating Committee formulated these recommendations on Aug. 25 and presented its report to the Board of Governors on Aug. 26. The president-elect will automatically assume the presidency in 2019-20.

According to the president-elect rotation, the nominee must have his/her preferred mailing address in Nominating Committee District 2 (parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana).

According to the treasurer rotation, the nominee must have his/her preferred mailing address in Nominating Committee District 3 (parishes of Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Cameron, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Carroll, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Iberia, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Tensas, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll and Winn).

Also, the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Council nominated Scott L. Sternberg of New Orleans and Carrie L. Jones of Baton Rouge for 2018-19 YLD chair-elect and secretary, respectively.

Other Positions Open

Other positions to be filled in the 2017-18 elections are:

Board of Governors (three-year terms beginning at the adjournment of the 2018 LSBA Annual Meeting and ending at the adjournment of the 2021 LSBA Annual Meeting) — one member each from the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth districts.

LSBA House of Delegates (two-year terms beginning at the commencement of the 2018 LSBA Annual Meeting and ending at the commencement of the 2020 LSBA Annual Meeting) — one delegate from each of the First through Nineteenth Judicial Districts, plus one additional delegate for every additional district judge in each district.

Nominating Committee (15 members, one-year terms beginning at the adjournment of the 2018 LSBA Annual Meeting and ending at the adjournment of the 2019 LSBA Annual Meeting) — District 1A, Orleans Parish, four members; District 1B, parishes of Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany, one member; District 2A, East Baton Rouge Parish, two members; District 2B, Jefferson Parish, two members; District 2C, parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Lafourche, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana, one member; District 3A, Lafayette Parish, one member; District 3B, parishes of Acadia, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion, one member; District 3C, parishes of Allen, Avoyelles, Evangeline, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, St. Landry and Vernon, one member; District 3D, parishes of Bossier and Caddo, one member; and District 3E, parishes of Bienville, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Tensas, Union, Webster, West Carroll and Winn, one member.

Young Lawyers Division. Chair-elect (2018-19 term), nominee shall be a resident of or actively practicing law in any parish in Louisiana, based on preferred mailing address. Secretary (2018-19 term), nominee shall not be a resident of or actively practicing law in the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard or Plaquemines, based on preferred mailing address. Petitions for nomination must be signed by 15 members of the Young Lawyers Division. Also to be elected, one representative each from the First, Second, Third, Fifth and Seventh districts (two-year terms).

American Bar Association House of Delegates (must be members of the American Bar Association) — two delegates from the membership at large and one delegate from that portion of the membership not having reached their 35th birthday by Aug. 7, 2018 (young lawyer delegate). All LSBA members may vote for both sets of candidates. The delegates will serve two-year terms, beginning with the adjournment of the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting and expiring at the adjournment of the 2020 ABA Annual Meeting, as provided in Paragraph 6.4(e) of the ABA Constitution.

For more information on the election procedures and the schedule, go to: www.lsba.org/goto/elections.


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