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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – Wyoming State Bar Board, Judicial Nominating Commission, ABA Delegate
Wyoming State Bar Officers
The four officers of the Wyoming State Bar comprise the executive committee. Weston T. Graham of Sheridan will succeed Robert C. Jarosh as president after the 2018 Annual Meeting. The president-elect, vice president, and treasurer are elected for one-year terms. Any active, resident member of the Wyoming State Bar may be nominated as a candidate for these three offices. The nominations must be signed by at least two active, resident members in good standing. Nominations must be filed with the Wyoming State Bar by 5:00 p.m., July 1, 2018. The president and president-elect cannot reside in the same judicial district; therefore, members from the Fourth Judicial District are ineligible to run for President-Elect.
Wyoming State Bar Board of Commissioners
Commissioners for the Third and Eighth Judicial Districts will be elected for three-year terms. Nominations for commissioners must be signed by at least two active members who reside or maintain a practice within the applicable judicial districts. Nominations must be received by the Wyoming State Bar by 5:00 p.m., July 1, 2018.
The Bylaws of the Wyoming State Bar provide that the Board of Officers and Commissioners shall have general charge of the activities of the Wyoming State Bar. The Board shall make appropriations, authorize disbursements, and/or periodically monitor and ratify proper disbursements reviewed, approved and authorized by the executive director from the funds of the Wyoming State Bar in payment of the necessary expenses of the Wyoming State Bar, its officers, commissioners and committees; engage and define the duties of salaried employees and fix their compensation; receive, consider and take action on reports and recommendations submitted by committees and the assembly of members of the Wyoming State Bar at any annual or special meeting; and adopt policies and procedures consistent with the by-laws for the orderly administration of the Wyoming State Bar’s affairs and activities. Each commissioner shall annually hold a State Bar district meeting within sixty (60) days prior to the date of the annual meeting and shall regularly inform constituents regarding Wyoming State Bar matters. This list of duties is a partial list. For a full list, please refer to Article III, Section 4 of the Bylaws of the Wyoming State Bar.
Judicial Nominating Commission
Article 5, Section 4(c), of the Wyoming Constitution provides the following:
The commission shall consist of seven members, one of whom shall be the chief justice, or a justice of the supreme court designated by the chief justice to act for him, who shall be chairman thereof. In addition to the chief justice, or his designee, three resident members of the bar engaged in active practice shall be elected by the Wyoming state bar and three electors of the state not admitted to practice law shall be appointed by the governor to serve on said commission for such staggered terms as shall be prescribed by law. No more than two members of said commission who are residents of the same judicial district may qualify to serve any term or part of a term on the commission. In the case of courts having less than statewide authority, each judicial district not otherwise represented by a member on the commission, and each county, should the provisions hereof be extended by law to courts of lesser jurisdiction than district courts, shall be represented by two nonvoting advisors to the commission when an appointment to a court in such unrepresented district, or county, is pending; both of such advisors shall be residents of the district, or county, and one shall be a member of the bar appointed by the governing body of the Wyoming state bar and one shall be a nonattorney advisor appointed by the governor.
Richard H. Honaker’s term on the Commission will expire in February 2019. Nominations for this upcoming vacancy are being solicited. Voting will take place this summer, and the four-year term will begin March 1, 2019.
In accordance with Article 5, Section 4, and with Article VI of The Bylaws of the Wyoming State Bar:
- Any active member who is a resident of Wyoming and maintains an office for the practice of law in this state and is otherwise qualified pursuant to Wyo. Const. Art. 5, § 4 and W.S. 5-1-102 may serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission.
- The term of office of each member of the Judicial Nominating Commission shall be four (4) years.
- No more than two members of the Judicial Nominating Commission who are residents of the same judicial district may qualify to serve any term or part of a term on the commission. CLICK HERE to see the current make-up of the Commission.
- No member of the Judicial Nominating Commission excepting the chairman shall hold any federal, state or county public office or any political party office, and after serving a full term or part of a term shall not be eligible for re-election or reappointment to any judicial office while they are a member of the commission nor for a period of one year after the expiration of their term for which they are elected or appointed.
Nominations for the Judicial Nominating Commission must be signed by at least two active, resident members of the Wyoming State Bar and received no later than 5:00 p.m. July 1, 2018, by the Wyoming State Bar, P.O. Box 109, Cheyenne, WY 82003. Please contact Sharon Wilkinson at (307) 432-2102 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Wyoming State Bar Delegate to the ABA
The Wyoming State Bar is currently accepting nominations for the Bar’s delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA). The term is two years and will begin in August 2018 at the conclusion of the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting.
Article V of the Bylaws of the Wyoming State Bar states:
Any active member who is a resident of Wyoming, maintains an office for the practice of law in this state and is a member of the American Bar Association may serve as delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. The term of office of such delegate shall be two (2) years, and shall begin and end at the adjournment of the ABA annual meeting in August. Nominations shall be taken and elections shall be conducted as provided in Article VII.
The ABA Delegate represents Wyoming attorneys in the House of Delegates and is expected to attend the ABA Mid-Year Meeting (February) as well as the ABA Annual Meeting (August). This person also reports to the Wyoming State Bar members at the Bar’s Annual Business Meeting held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference.
Nominations must be signed by at least two active, resident members and submitted to the Bar by July 1, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. There is no specific nomination form. A letter signed by two members will suffice; two separate letters will also work. Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot during the August election of Bar leadership.
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