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 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:
Andy Roskind (Position 1)
Ben Jones (Position 2)
Aimee Luna (Position 1)
Jamie Durrett (Position 2)
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.
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.