Assalam Alaikum from the CAMBA 2016 Elections Committee!
As stated in the September 7, 2016 email from the Board of Directors of CAMBA, the Board is getting ready to hold elections to elect three (3) Lawyer Members to the Board of Directors. To that end, as provided in the Bylaws, the Board has established the Elections Committee to determine the process for holding the elections. The 2016 Elections Committee has met and outlined the 2016 Elections Process below.
CAMBA 2016 Elections Process:
1. September 9, 2016 -- 2016 Elections Process Established
The Bylaws require that the elections process be set at least 60 days prior to the election. This email shall constitute notice of the final elections process for the 2016 elections to elect three (3) Lawyer Members to the Board of Directors. Please note that the 2016 Elections Process shall also be posted to the CAMBA website.
2. October 9, 2016 -- Deadline for Members to Submit Elections Materials
The Bylaws provide that the Board shall be an odd number not less than five (5) nor more than nine (9), and that Directors shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast.
The Bylaws provide that only "Lawyer Members" are eligible to vote and stand for board elections. Generally, a "Lawyer Member" is any person who satisfies the following requirements: (i) paid applicable membership dues; and (ii) lawyer admitted to practice who lives or works in the greater Washington area OR lawyer not admitted to practice but has a JD, LLM, LLB or a foreign law degree and lives or works in the greater Washington area. If you have any questions about whether you qualify to vote and/or stand for board elections, please feel free to contact the 2016 Elections Committee.
The 2016 elections shall be held to elect three (3) Lawyer Members to the Board. The three (3) available Board positions shall be filled by members not on the current Board and are elected for a term of two (2) years.
Any Lawyer Member that would like to stand for the 2016 board elections must submit the following materials to the 2016 Elections Committee (email address: CAMBA.Elections.Committee@gmail.com) by October 9, 2016:
a) Notice of intent to stand for the 2016 board elections; and
b) Submission of written responses to the following questions which shall be shared on CAMBA's website and by email via the listserv (please limit your responses to half a page):
2. Brief summary of your legal education, experience and background
3. Why do you want to be on the CAMBA Board?
4. What skills/qualifications will you bring to the CAMBA Board?
5. What are your goals for CAMBA?
6. Please share any additional information about yourself that you would like to add
7. Contact information
3. The Week of October 10 or October 17, 2016 -- Meet & Greet with Candidates
During the week of either October 10 or October 17, 2016, the 2016 Elections Committee shall call a CAMBA general body meeting to allow the candidates running for the 2016 board elections to introduce themselves and answer any questions that people have. All candidates running will be given approximately 3 minutes to present themselves to those in attendance and that timing will be monitored by the elections committee. The order of candidate presentations will be chosen at random. The time and location will be announced on CAMBA's website and by email via the listserv.
4. November 13, 2016 -- Deadline for Becoming an Eligible Voting Member
To vote in the 2016 board elections, you must be a "Lawyer Member" byNovember 13, 2016. Any person who becomes a Lawyer Member after November 13, 2016 shall not be eligible to vote in the 2016 board elections.
5. The Week of November 14, 2016 -- Voting
All eligible Lawyer Members shall receive an email invitation to vote during the week of November 14, 2016. Voting shall take place electronically and each Lawyer Member shall receive the email invitation to the email address CAMBA has for such Lawyer Member in its records as of November 13, 2016. Please note that each Lawyer Member may only submit their vote once and no changes/edits will be allowed.
The voting window shall open Monday, November 14, 2016 at 9am EST, and shall close Friday, November 18, 2016 at 5pm EST. The three (3) candidates with the most votes will join the Board of Directors. Should there be a tie among candidates for a position on the Board, a runoff will be held the following week.
6. The Week of November 21, 2016 -- Election Results Announced (Assuming No Runoff)
Election results shall be announced on CAMBA's website and by email via the list serv on Monday, November 21, 2016.
The 2016 Elections Committee shall call a CAMBA annual general meeting to formally introduce the new members of the CAMBA Board during the week ofNovember 21, 2016. The time and location will be announced on CAMBA's website and by email via the listserv.
Please feel free to contact the 2016 Elections Committee if you have any comments or questions relating to the 2016 Elections Process.
2016 Elections Committee: Kendall Niles, Serwat Perwaiz, Hasan Mansori, Rabehah Kamaluddin, Arslan Malik, Hussain Karim, Nadia Firozvi, Akbar Siddiqui