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Webinar Education to be Recorded at 2014 Midyear
Can't decide what sessions to attend at the upcoming 2014 Midyear Meeting, or aren't attending at all? ScholarLab will be on-site recording selected sessions for future webinar viewing:
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By David A. Blaner
Proposed Amendments to the NABE Bylaws
Next week at the NABE Midyear Meeting in Chicago from February 4-6, we will consider proposed amendments to the NABE bylaws during the business meeting. There are a number of proposed amendments as well as a number of minor language changes and renumbering to the bylaws. All of the proposed bylaws changes can be read here or are accessible via the NABE homepage under the Announcements Section.
The first proposed amendment is to Article V. Board of Directors: Section 2. Composition.
“The Board of Directors shall be composed of the President, the President-Elect, the Vice President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, two directors representing local bar associations, two directors representing state bar associations, and two directors elected at large. Each of the above members of the Board of Directors shall have one vote. The Chair-elect of each NABE section is an ex-officio, non-voting member.”
The proposed new language increases the size of the board by adding three (3) new members. Each NABE Section will have a seat on the board. The Chair-elect of each NABE Section will be invited to serve on the board as a result of their position as Chair-Elect of their respective Section. The seat is non-voting. The NABE Board of Directors discussed the need to become more inclusive of our Sections during the Board’s Planning Retreat in May of 2013. Through numerous discussions and meetings, the Board of Directors agreed that adding these three seats will increase participation on the board and generate valuable input, diversity of views and opinions.
Award Nominations Sought
The NABE Board is accepting nominations for three awards to be presented at the NABE Annual Meeting in Boston, August 5-7. The Bolton Award and the Peer Excellence Award are presented to individuals, while the NABE/LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Awards are presented to bar associations. To view the criteria for each award as well as nomination requirements, visit the NABE website. All submissions must be received by April 15. The NABE Board of Directors will consider nominations at its spring meeting, May 15-17. Nominees for the Bolton Award need not be executive directors and unsuccessful prior nominations for the Bolton Award submitted within the last two years also will be considered.
NABE Officer and Board Openings for the 2014-15 Year!
The following officer and board seats will be up for election in April:
The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2014. To read more on election criteria and rules, visit the elections page.
Bylaws Amendments – 2nd Notice
Several amendments have been proposed by the Board of Directors, NABE Bylaws Committee, and /or NABE Elections Committee to achieve the following:
See more on the amendments in President David Blaner’s column in this issue of NABE News. Voting will take place at the Midyear Meeting in Chicago, IL, at the Membership Business Meeting, on February 6, 2014. Announcement of these proposals and the scheduled vote were made previously on December 20, 2013, via distribution of NABE News to the NABE member listserv, meeting the notification requirements of the bylaws. See the proposed changes to the bylaws in redline.
Mary Loewenguth Finalist for Athena Award
Monroe County (NY) Bar Association Executive Director Mary Lowenguth was honored on January 16, 2014, as a finalist for the Athena Award presented by the Women’s Council of the Rochester Business Alliance. Mary was selected as one of 13 finalists based on her significant professional achievements, community service and leadership in the advancement of other professional women. Congratulations to Mary for receiving this recognition.
Passing of Cliff Brashier
NABE members lost a friend late last year with the passing of Cliff Brashier, executive director of the State Bar of Georgia. Cliff participated in many NABE annual and midyear meetings and was particularly supportive when NABE took its meetings to the city of Atlanta. Charles Ruffin, State Bar of Georgia President, said of Cliff, “By greater measure than most people know, Cliff Brashier led the Bar and in so doing elevated its role as an effective organization representing the best interests of the justice system and the legal profession.” Memorial contributions may be made to The Walker School https://www.thewalkerschool.org or to the State Bar of Georgia Foundation to support the bar’s LRE programs.