HYLA Elections

It's that time of year! HYLA is preparing for annual elections for the 2018-2019 bar year and we want to provide our members with information on how to run for a position on the Board of Directors and the important dates and deadlines for candidates. Please help us spread the word!

ELECTED POSITIONS:

  • Eight elected Board of Director positions
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • President-Elect

Requirements: In order to run, a candidate must be a “Regular Member” in good standing (every person who is licensed to practice law in the U.S. who on June 1, 2017 either (a) is 36 years old or younger or (b) has been licensed for no more than 60 months is eligible to become a “Regular Member” upon paying dues and registering). Note that a candidate for Treasurer, Secretary or President-Elect must either currently serve as a director or an officer or within the past two years have served at least one full term in such office.

Term: Officers and directors are elected for a one year term beginning on June 1, 2018 and ending on May 31, 2019.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES AND DEADLINES:

  • Wednesday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. – Candidate petitions are due at the HYLA Annual Meeting (each candidate must gather 15 signatures of Regular Members in good standing).
  • Wednesday, March 21, 11:59 p.m. – Candidate bios and photographs due (used for balloting).
  • Monday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m. – Voting begins.
  • Wednesday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. – Voting ends.

ELECTION RULES AND GUIDELINES:

In addition, we will be hosting two election information sessions for potential candidates. Potential candidates should endeavor to attend one of two optional election information sessions, which are to be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., respectively, at the offices of Mayer Brown LLP in downtown Houston (700 Louisiana St., Suite 3400, Houston, Texas 77002). If you are unable to attend a session in person, you can attend by phone (Dial-in: +1-888-299-9913; Access Code: 2253439).

EXPECTATIONS, ESTIMATED TIME COMMITMENTS, & DUTIES:

Officers and directors serve for a one-year term, running from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. To kick-off the year, the Board attends an in-town retreat typically on a Saturday in June and then hosts a get together that evening to get to know each other better. For the regular monthly meetings, the Board meets typically on the third or fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. It is the duty and responsibility of each officer and director to attend all regular meetings of the Board. Attendance at all meetings is required in person, except that a Board member may attend up to one meeting per bar year by telephone. Any officer or director who accumulates a total of three (3) absences from any regular or special meetings during his or her term of office shall automatically be removed from office.

Board members are asked to contribute to a HYLA committee and to help spread the word about HYLA. In addition, HYLA Board members are strongly encouraged to attend other HYLA events and projects throughout the year.

QUESTIONS REGARDING ELECTIONS & BOARD SERVICE:

For more information regarding HYLA elections, please contact the HYLA President Elect, John D. Furlow.

Feel free to reach out to any of our current directors and officers if you have any questions regarding the responsibilities and time commitments of serving on the HYLA Board.