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Run for the OBA YLD Board of Directors

If you are interested in becoming more involved in the OBA YLD, consider running for a position on the YLD Board of Directors. The YLD Board has monthly meetings that are typically held on Saturday mornings in Oklahoma City or other locations around the State, as well as the same locations and dates of the Solo-Small Firm Conference and OBA Annual Meeting.

Nominating and election begins towards the end of September and nominating petitions, as well as instructions,will be available then. Please refer back to this page for updates. Questions and information on the nominations and elections can be directed to YLD Immediate Past Chair, Bryon Will.

Officers:

Chairperson-Elect

Qualifications: Any member of the division having previously served for at least one year on the OBA YLD Board of Directors.

Term: One-year term. The chairperson-elect automatically becomes the chairperson of the division for 2017.

Treasurer

Qualifications: Any member of the OBA YLD board of directors may be elected by the membership of the division to serve in this office.

Term: One-year term.

Secretary

Qualifications: Any member of the OBA YLD board of directors may be elected by the membership of the division to serve in this office.

Term: One-year term.

Board of Directors

Qualifications: Any member of the OBA YLD who is located in a particular district (see below) may be elected as a board member of that respective district.  Location of the YLD member is determined by the address in which the member receives their Oklahoma Bar Journal. Seat of “At-Large” is not restricted to a particular district, but rather the member may be located in anywhere Statewide. At-Large Rural is Statewide but excludes Oklahoma County and Tulsa County. 

Board of Directors are each elected to two-year terms. Each District encompasses the same counties as each of the Supreme Court Districts. Counties of the Districts, number of seats per district, and the years in which seats are up for election (years the actual election takes place), are illustrated as follows:

District 1: Craig, Grant, Kay, Nowata, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Rogers, and Washington (One Seat Even Years)

District 2: Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Haskell, Johnston, Latimer, LeFlore, McCurtain, McIntosh, Marshall, Pittsburg, Pushmataha and Sequoyah (One Seat Odd Years)

District 3: Oklahoma (One Seat Even Years, Two Seats Odd Years)

District 4: Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Harper, Kingfisher, Major, Roger Mills, Texas, Washita, Woods and Woodward (One Seat Odd Years)

District 5: Carter, Cleveland, Garvin, Grady, Jefferson, Love, McClain, Murray, and Stephens (One Seat Even Years)

District 6: Tulsa (Two Seats Even Years, One Seat Odd Years)

District 7: Adair, Cherokee, Creek, Delaware, Mayes, Muskogee, Okmulgee, and Wagoner (One Seat Even Years)

District 8: Coal, Hughes, Lincoln, Logan, Noble, Okfuskee, Payne, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie and Seminole (One Seat Odd Years)

District 9: Caddo, Canadian, Comanche, Cotton, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, and Tillman (One Seat Even Years)

At-Large: Statewide (Two Seats Even Years, Two Seats Odd Years)

At-Large Rural: Statewide, excluding Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties (One Seat Even Years, One Seat Odd Years)

Nominating Procedure:

Article 5 of the YLD Bylaws requires that any eligible member wishing to run for office must submit a nominating petition to the Nominating Committee. The petition must be signed by at least 10 members of the OBA YLD (those who eligible to qualify as YLD). The original petition must be submitted by 5 p.m. of the Deadline date (of which will be determined at a later time). A person must be eligible for division membership for the entire term for which elected.

Eligibility:

All OBA members in good standing who were admitted to the practice of law 10 years ago or less are members of the OBA YLD. Membership to the YLD is automatic, there is nothing else you need to do on your part.

Election Procedure:

Article 5 of the YLD Bylaws governs the election procedure. In the October edition of the Oklahoma Bar Journal a list of all eligible candidates and their bios will be published. Voting will be done by means of electronic voting. This will occur after each YLD member receives an email including a link directing them to the website where the electronic voting will occur.  Deadlines for voting will be indicated in the emails as well as being published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal. All members of the YLD may vote for officers and at-large directorships. Only those members located within the respective district of which a seat is being voted on may vote for that respective seat. The members of the Nominating Committee shall only vote in the event of a tie. Please see OBA YLD Bylaws for additional information.

Further Information:

Please refer back to this page for additional information regarding this year’s election as well as deadlines on nominations and voting. Feel free to contact any member of the YLD Board of Directors or Officers for additional information regarding serving on the YLD Board and/or how to get involved otherwise.