Nomination and Appointment of Members

Nomination/Appointment

  • Massachusetts Bar Association:  The MBA President shall appoint the members of the MBA so that there shall always be three MBA at-large members on the Committee.  All appointments made by the MBA President shall be submitted to the secretary of the MBA on or before June 1 of each year.  These appointments shall be submitted to the MBA House of Delegates for confirmation at the first meeting of the House after June 1 each year.
  • Boston Bar Association:  The BBA President shall appoint the members from the BBA so that there shall always be three BBA members on the Committee.  All appointments made by the BBA President shall be submitted to the secretary of the MBA on or before June 1 of each year. 
  • County Bar Associations:  The MBA shall maintain an up-to-date list of Committee membership and shall notify the county bar associations on or before March 1 in any year of the expiration of any terms and nominations due regarding a member from the associations.

The President of each county bar association shall, with the advice and consent of its executive board, submit the names of two nominees to the President of the MBA on or before May 1 in each year in which there is a vacancy to be filled from that association, or at the request of the MBA President.

 

The MBA President shall appoint one of the two nominees submitted by each county bar association, so that there shall always be one member of each county bar association on the Committee.

 

Non-County Affiliated Associations:  The MBA shall maintain an up-to-date list of Committee membership and shall notify the non-county affiliated associations on or before March 1 in any year of the expiration of any terms and nominations due regarding a member from the associations.

 

The non-county affiliated associations shall be represented by six members on the Committee.  The President of each non-county affiliated association shall, with the advice and consent of its executive board, submit the names of two nominees to the President of the MBA on or before May 1 in each year in which there is a vacancy to be filled from that association, or at the request of the MBA President.

 

The MBA President shall appoint one of the two nominees submitted by the non-county affiliated associations so that there shall always be six such members on the Committee.

 

Removal

 

As set forth below, deadlines for votes on nominations or potential nominations shall be established by the Chair.  There may be occasions in which more than one vote is to be taken on a given deadline.  If a member fails to vote on three (3) successive nominations or potential nominations where the voting deadlines occur on different days, the member shall be removed from the Committee.  The Committee Chair shall notify the member of his or removal by any appropriate means.  The member may appeal his or her removal to the full Committee within fourteen (14) days of receipt of notice.  No replacement shall be appointed during the pendency of an appeal.  The member shall be provided an opportunity to be heard and may be reinstated by a vote of a majority of the members of the Committee present by any means (in person or  telephonically) at that hearing.

 

Vacancies   

  • If a vacancy shall occur during the term of a member for any reason, the Committee Chair shall so notify the Presidents of the MBA and BBA.
  • If the vacancy occurs in the term of a BBA member, the BBA President shall forthwith appoint a new member to complete the unexpired term.
  • If the vacancy occurs in the term of an MBA at-large member, the MBA President shall forthwith appoint a new member to complete the unexpired term.
  • If the vacancy occurs in the terms of a non-county affiliated association member, the association shall submit a nominee within thirty days of notification, and the MBA President shall appoint the nominee to complete the unexpired term.
  • If any non-county affiliated association shall, at any time, fail to submit nominations when due, the MBA President shall appoint a member from that non-county affiliated association to fill the term.
  • If the vacancy occurs in the term of a county bar association member, the MBA President shall request the name of a nominee from that county bar association.  The association shall submit a nominee within thirty days of notification, and the MBA President shall appoint the nominee to complete the unexpired term.
  • If any county bar association shall, at any time, fail to submit nominations when due, the MBA President shall appoint a member from that county bar association to fill the term.

  
 

 

 

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