YLD Election Guidelines

Download the 2014 nominating petition

Election of Officers

Filing Requirements: Candidates for positions other than president and president-elect must file with the TBA YLD Secretary a nominating petition that includes the name of the candidate, the position sought and the candidate’s signature no later than April 1 of the year in which the election is held.

Election Procedures: Candidates unopposed for a position are deemed to have been elected on April 1. Contested elections will be decided by secret ballot at the division’s annual meeting in June. 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 one of the candidates. In the event of a tie vote of the board, the YLD president breaks the tie.

Vacancy: If no qualified candidate files for a position, 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.

President
Length of Term: 1 year

Election Procedures: The President-Elect ascends automatically to the position of President at the completion of the term.

President-Elect
Length of Term: 1 year
Election Procedures: The Vice President ascends automatically to the position of President-Elect at the completion of the term.

Vice President
Length of Term: 1 year
Qualifications: Candidates must be under age 36 or practicing five years or less at the time they would assume office. Position rotates among the three grand divisions. To stand for election in 2014, candidates must reside in the Eastern Grand Division.

East Tennessee Governor
Length of Term: 1 year
Qualifications: Candidates must maintain residency in the Eastern Grand Division and be under age 36 or practicing five years or less at the time they would assume office.

Middle Tennessee Governor
Length of Term: 1 year
Qualifications: Candidates must maintain residency in the Middle Grand Division and be under age 36 or practicing five years or less at the time they would assume office.

West Tennessee Governor
Length of Term: 1 year
Qualifications: Candidates must maintain residency in the Western Grand Division and be under age 36 or practicing five years or less at the time they would assume office.

Secretary
Length of Term: 1 year
Qualifications: Candidates must be under age 36 or practicing five years or less at the time
they would assume office.

Treasurer
Length of Term: 1 year
Qualifications: Candidates must be under age 36 or practicing five years or less at the time they would assume office.


Election of District Representatives

Length of Term: 2 years

Qualifications: Candidates must reside or maintain a principal office in the district for which they run and be under age 36 or practicing five years or less at the time they would assume office. See the map of YLD districts

District lines are drawn as follows:
District 1: Carter, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties
District 2: Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Fentress, Grainger, Jefferson, Scott, Sevier and Union counties
District 3: Knox County
District 4: Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea and Roane counties
District 5: Hamilton County
District 6: Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Van Buren, Warren and White counties
District 7: Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rutherford and Sequatchie counties
District 8: Macon, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale and Wilson counties
District 9: Davidson County
District 10: Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson and Stewart counties
District 11: Bedford, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, Wayne and Williamson counties
District 12: Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion and Weakley counties
District 13: Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, McNairy, Madison and Tipton counties
District 14: Shelby County

Filing Requirements: Candidates must file with the TBA YLD Secretary a nominating petition that includes the name of the candidate, the position sought and the candidate’s signature no later than April 1 of the year in which the election is held.

Election Procedures: Odd numbered districts are elected in odd numbered years and even numbered districts are elected in even numbered years. Candidates unopposed for a position are deemed to have been elected on April 1. Contested elections will be decided by secret ballot at the division’s annual meeting in June. 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 one of the candidates. In the event of a tie vote of the board, the YLD president breaks the tie.


Election to Other Organizations

Young Lawyer Delegates to the Tennessee Bar Association House of Delegates

Positions:
East Tennessee Young Lawyer Delegate
Middle Tennessee Young Lawyer Delegate
West Tennessee Young Lawyer Delegate

Length of Term: 2 years (last elected in 2013)

Qualifications: Candidates must maintain residency in the grand division for which they are seeking to hold office, and be under age 36 or practicing five years or less at the time they would assume office.

Filing Requirements: Candidates must file a nominating petition with the TBA executive director no later than Feb. 15 of the year in which the election is held. The petition must include the signatures of 25 TBA members in good standing. Standard petition forms are available from the TBA.

Election Procedures: Candidates unopposed for a position are deemed to have been elected at the time of the filing deadline. A contested election within a grand division is put before the young lawyers of that grand division by ballot no later than April 1. All ballots must be returned no later than May 1. If no candidate files for delegate or if a vacancy occurs during the term of office, the YLD Board fills the vacancy.


Young Lawyer Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates

Length of Term: 2 years (last elected in 2013)

Qualifications: Candidates must be under age 35 at the time they would assume office.

Filing Requirements: Candidates must file a nominating petition with the TBA executive director no later than Feb. 15 of the year in which the election is held. The petition must include the signatures of 25 TBA members in good standing. Standard petition forms are available from the TBA.

Election Procedures: Candidates unopposed for a position are deemed to have been elected at the time of the filing deadline. A contested election is put before the members of the TBA by ballot no later than April 1. All ballots must be returned no later than May 1. If no candidate files for delegate or if a vacancy occurs during the term of office, the TBA Board of Governors fills the vacancy.

Updated March 2014

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