2014 Election Notice for YLD Offices

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 4 of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Bylaws, notice is hereby given of the following elections. Candidates who wish to stand for election must file with the TBA YLD Secretary a nominating petition that includes the candidate’s name, contact information and signature as well as the position sought no later than April 1 at 11:59 p.m. Central.

The 2014 petition may be downloaded here and faxed or emailed to YLD Secretary Troy Weston at (865) 544-2015 or tweston@eblaw.us. Questions about the election should be directed to Weston at (865) 544-2010.

Candidates unopposed for a position are deemed elected on April 1. Contested elections will be decided by secret ballot at the division’s 2014 Annual Meeting, set for Friday, June 13, in Gatlinburg. A successful candidate must receive a plurality (the greatest number) of votes. In the event of a tie vote of the membership, the YLD Board elects the candidate. In the event of a tie vote of the board, the YLD president breaks the tie.

If no qualified candidate files, the president-elect appoints a committee to nominate a candidate or candidates to fill the position. Such nominations must be submitted to the secretary no later than May 1. The nominated individual or individuals then are subject to the vote of the general membership at the annual meeting.

For each of the following offices, candidates must be under age 36 or within their first five years of practice at the time they would take office.

YLD Vice President
Length of Term: 1 year
Position automatically ascends to the office of president-elect after one year and then to the office of president in the third year. This year, candidates must reside in the Eastern Grand Division to run for vice president.

East Tennessee Governor
Length of Term: 1 year
Additional Qualification: Candidates must maintain residency in the Eastern Grand Division.

Middle Tennessee Governor
Length of Term: 1 year
Additional Qualification: Candidates must maintain residency in the Middle Grand Division.

West Tennessee Governor
Length of Term: 1 year
Additional Qualification: Candidates must maintain residency in the Western Grand Division.

Secretary
Length of Term: 1 year

Treasurer
Length of Term: 1 year

District Representatives from Even-Numbered Districts
Length of Term: 2 years
Additional Qualification: Candidates must reside or maintain a principal office in the district they seek to represent.
District 2: Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Fentress, Grainger, Jefferson, Scott, Sevier, Union counties
District 4: Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane counties
District 6: Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Van Buren, Warren, White counties
District 8: Macon, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Wilson counties
District 10: Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart counties
District 12: Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, Weakley counties
District 14: Shelby County

Visit the YLD’s election guidelines webpage for additional details about length of terms and qualifications for offices.