The State Bar Board of Directors is soliciting candidates for the 2012 president-elect race. State Bar Rules stipulate that the 2012 president-elect nominees shall come from metropolitan counties of the state (Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Tarrant and Travis).

The Board of Directors Policy Manual describes the criteria for selecting nominees. The Board will consider potential nominees’ involvement in State Bar committee work, knowledge of State Bar operations, participation in local and specialty bar associations and other activities demonstrating leadership ability. Although prior membership on the State Bar Board of Directors is not a prerequisite for nomination, it is important in determining whether a lawyer is a qualified nominee. Nominees should submit a resume and a statement of views of the key issues facing the Bar, the role they would play in dealing with those issues, and what they would seek to accomplish during their tenure as President, all within the overall strategic plan of the State Bar.

Over a period of years, the office of State Bar president should include men and women, ethnic and racial minorities, lawyers from large and small firms and solo practitioners, and those from urban and rural areas of the state. The Board is working toward that end in the selection process.

The Board’s Nominations and Elections Subcommittee is accepting names and background information of potential candidates. Please write the subcommittee to recommend potential candidates, c/o Terry Tottenham and Pablo Almaguer, Nominations & Elections Subcommittee Co-Chairs, P. O. Box 12487, Austin 78711-2487. Anyone submitting a name for consideration should first obtain that person’s consent to have his/her name submitted. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2011.