CWBA BOARD SERVICE NOMINATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Each year between August 1 and November 15, the CWBA President-Elect selects a Nominating Committee whose responsibility it is to select the slate of Board members. Applications and nominations are accepted electronically starting December 1 and are due by December 31. Board members serve for one year, starting at the Annual Convention typically held in May.
This year's Nominating Committee is coordinated byCWBA President-Elect Miranda Hawkins. The members of the nominating committee for the 2020-2021 CWBA Board of Directors are Judge Olympia Z. Fay and CWBA Past Presidents Sarah Chase-McRorie and Alison Zinn.
Board elections take place during our Annual Meeting and Passing The Gavel Celebration at the 43rd Annual Convention on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek in Avon, and board terms officially begin immediately upon election.
To submit your application or nominate someone else, please access the online nomination forms below and submit the form(s) to the CWBA no later than Tuesday, December 31, 2019.
This year we also held a Board Leadership Information Session on November 22, 2019 with CWBA President Sarah Parady and President Elect Miranda Hawkins. To listen to the audio playback of this session, please click here.
How does one become part of the CWBA’s Board of Directors?
The Nominating Committee evaluates the applications and nomination forms received to determine interest in the various available positions and evaluates the qualifications of each candidate. In its discretion, the Nominating Committee may conduct interviews, either by phone or in person, with interested candidates. Several Board positions are appointed by partner organizations, and candidates may wish to approach those groups to indicate interest in being appointed.
What is the Nominating Committee?
Pursuant to the current CWBA’s Bylaws, "at least three months prior to the Convention, the Board of Directors shall appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of at least three (3) active members, none of whom may be current officers. The Nominating Committee shall review the qualifications of those active members who are willing to serve in an official capacity, and shall present a slate of candidates to the Board of Directors at least one month prior to the annual meeting."
The following additional guidelines help form the Nominating Committee: (1) the Immediate Past President or other current officers have been allowed to serve on the Nominating Committee if those persons will not serve on the Board the following year;(2) one of the three voting members of the Nominating Committee should have expertise in diversity and inclusion, which may be evidenced by involvement with the CWBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee or past leadership experience with another Diversity Bar Association; and (3) at least one of the members of the Nominating Committee should have previously served on the CWBA Executive Committee.
The role of the Nominating Committee is to review the qualifications of individuals who are interested in serving on the Board as well as conduct interviews by phone and, for some positions, in person. Anyone who is a current active member is eligible to apply for a Board position. You may also nominate another active member. (An active member is an individual has paid her or his dues for the current fiscal year.)
What is required for CWBA Board service?
You, or the person you nominate, must be willing to attend monthly Board meetings, lead monthly committee meetings if applicable, and attend various events in support of the organization, the broader legal community, and fellow Board members throughout the year. As with any Board, there is a time and financial commitment required. Our attendance policy allows for no more than three missed meetings. Please reach out to any current Board member or to our Executive Director Kim Sporrer with specific questions.
What Board positions does the Nominating Committee appoint?
CBA Board of Governors Representative
Convention Committee Co-Chair
Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair
Judicial Committee Co-Chair
Legal Services Committee Co-Chair
Membership Committee Co-Chair
Mentorship Committee Co-Chair
Professional Advancement Committee Co-Chair
Programs Committee Co-Chair
Publications Committee Co-Chair
Public Policy Committee Co-Chair
President-Elect*(The Nominating Committee will interview candidates who are nominated or indicate interest in the President-Elect position on an Application.)
*Denotes Executive Committee positions
What Board positions are appointed by someone other than the Nominating Committee?
At-Large Representatives (appointed by CWBA President)
Asian-Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado Liaison
Center for Legal Inclusiveness Liaison
Chapter Liaison (Boulder, El Paso, Larimer, Mountain, Pueblo, Southwest, Weld)