Deadline to Run for TBA Office is Feb. 15

During 2021, the following officers, governors and delegates of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) will be elected as set forth in the association’s bylaws:

TBA Officers and Board of Governors

A vice president (from the West Tennessee Grand Division) will be elected by the association’s membership-at-large. The vice president automatically assumes the office of president-elect in 2022 and president in 2023.

District Governors

District Governors in the 3rd, 5th (position 2), 6th, and 8th districts will be elected to three-year terms. These governors are elected by the members in their respective district.

Those who currently hold those positions are: David McDowell (3rd), John Farringer (5th - Position 2), David Veile (6th), and Jim Barry (8th). John Farringer, David Veile, and Jim Barry are all eligible for reelection. David McDowell is ineligible for reelection because of term limits.

Grand Division Governors

TBA Grand Division governors are elected for one-year terms by the membership in each grand division.

  • Two East Tennessee governors from the 1st, 2nd or 3rd district.
  • Two Middle Tennessee governors from the 4th, 5th or 6th district.
  • Two West Tennessee governors from the 7th or 8th district.

To qualify, the petition must specify the particular seat the candidate is seeking in the denominated Grand Division (Position 1) or (Position 2).

Those who currently hold those positions are:

East Tennessee:   

Andy Roskind (Position 1)
Ben Jones (Position 2)

Middle Tennessee:

Aimee Luna (Position 1)        
Jamie Durrett (Position 2)

West Tennessee:

Judge Creed McGinley (Position 1)        
Trey Thacher (Position 2)

Andy Roskind, Ben Jones, Aimee Luna, Jamie Durett, and Judge Creed McGinley are eligible for reelection. Trey Thacher is ineligible for reelection because of term limits.

TBA Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates

Two members to represent the TBA in the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates will be elected for two-year terms by the TBA membership in 2021. The positions are designated positions 1 and 3.

The delegate in position 3 must be thirty-five (35) years of age or younger when the term begins at the close of the 2021 ABA Annual Meeting.

Those who currently hold these positions are Jonathan Cole (Position 1) and Judge Alex McVeagh (Position 3).

Qualifying, Balloting & Elections

The officers, governors and delegates to the ABA are elected by the membership as provided by election procedures with petitions due February 15, 2021.

To qualify for any of these offices, a candidate must file a nominating petition with the executive director of the TBA. The petition must contain the names of 25 members of the association in good standing. The petition must be received at the TBA office on or before February 15, 2021 via electronic mail at barED@tnbar.org, or via mail at 221 4th Avenue North, Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219. Because of limitations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, scanned signatures can be collected and submitted electronically.


Election Petition: Download a pdf version of the TBA election petition (updated September 2020)


The Board of Governors has authorized an electronic balloting system supervised by auditors selected by the Board. The Tennessee Bar Association elections will be primarily carried out electronically — using online balloting. Most members are familiar with this electronic method, but those who still prefer to cast paper ballots will be able to choose that method. Members will be able to opt out of electronic voting either through the TBA.org website or by providing written notice to TBA Executive Director Joycelyn Stevenson at 221 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219. This notice must be provided by February 1, 2021.

As in the past, TBA members voting electronically will receive an email with a link to the election site along with a password to use to cast their ballots. Tabulation of election results will continue to be carried out by an accounting firm selected by the board.

Candidates have until February 15, 2021 to qualify to run in the 2021 elections. Voting will take place between March 1 and April 1, 2021.

Electronic voting will close at 11:59 p.m. CDT  on April 1, 2021. If a mail ballot is requested, those ballots must be received by the deadline at the office of the TBA auditors on April 1, 2021. If there is only one duly-qualified candidate for an office by February 15, 2021, that candidate will automatically be declared elected.

TBA House of Delegates

Members of the TBA House of Delegates are elected in odd-numbered years. One member of the TBA House of Delegates from each Judicial District and one additional delegate from the 6th (Knox County), 11th (Hamilton County), 20th (Davidson County) and 30th (Shelby County) are to be elected in 2021. The following is a list of the current members of the House from each district whose terms expire this year:

1st District - Elizabeth Hutton        
2nd District - Andy Wampler       
3rd District - Aaron Chapman       
4th District - Eve Charlesworth       
5th District - Steve Ogle       
6th District - Spencer Fair and Andy Roskind       
7th District - Theresa-Vay Smith       
8th District - Melanie Lane       
9th District - Loren Plemmons       
10th District - Marcia McMurray       
11th District - Alicia Oliver and Arnold Stulce       
12th District - Graham Swafford       
13th District - Jane Powers       
14th District - John LaBar       
15th District - VACANT       
16th District - Ewing Sellers       
17th District - VACANT       
18th District - Tim Takacs       
19th District - Jamie Durrett       
20th District - Charlie High and Darlene Marsh       
21st District - Shauna Billingsley*       
22nd District - Michael Cox       
23rd District - Peggy Pulley       
24th District - Charlie Trotter       
24th District - VACANT seat due to the death of Ed Townsend, Jr. (seat expires in 2023)       
25th District - Kasey Culbreath       
26th District - Jonathan Steen       
27th District - Paul Hutcherson       
28th District - VACANT       
29th District - Karen Burns       
30th District - Randy Womack and Walt Schuler       
31st District - VACANT       
YLD East - Bryce McKenzie       
YLD Middle - Ross Smith       
YLD West - Will Gibbons       

*Pursuant to Section 31 of the Bylaws, the Officer’s shall serve two-year terms, even if their term expires as a Delegate in the interim.

TBA House of Delegates Qualifying, Balloting & Elections

To qualify as a candidate for the TBA House of Delegates a TBA member must file a declaration of candidacy that includes their name, principal place of law practice, district of interest, and contact information. This can be submitted with the executive director of the TBA via mail at 221 4th Avenue North, Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219 or email at barED@tnbar.org on or before February 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Questions?

This notice is in accordance with bylaws of the TBA §15 and 40 through 46.

For more information on running for any of these offices, visit the TBA’s website at https://www.tba.org/election-guidelines or call (615) 383-7421 for an election handbook.