OSB Board of Governors

Board of Governors Special Election

Due to a resignation, the Oregon State Bar is currently seeking candidates for a special election to the Board of Governors. Members interested in serving must maintain their principal office address in Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Tillamook, Washington, or Yamhill County and meet other eligibility requirements as summarized in the BOG election and position frequently asked questions.

The term for this position will begin on January 1, 2017, and end December 31, 2020.

The deadline for candidates to file is Friday, September 16 at 5:00 pm.  For more information and relevant forms go to http://www.osbar.org/_docs/leadership/elections/BOG.pdf. Contact Danielle Edwards, dedwards@osbar.org, (503) 620-0222 or toll-free (800) 452-8260, ext. 426, with questions.

Board of Governors 2016 Election Candidates

Candidates running in the Board of Governors election for terms beginning January 1, 2017 are:

Region 1   uncontested
Thomas C. Peachey

Region 3   uncontested
Eric R. Foster

Region 5   one vacancy
Peter R. Chamberlain
Liani Reeves

All active members with a principal office address listed in Region 5 (Multnomah County) will gain access to their ballot through the member dashboard beginning October 3.  Voting will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on October 17, 2016.

ORS 9.042 provides members of the bar the opportunity to challenge the eligibility of any Board of Governors candidate. The statutory procedure for challenging the eligibility of a candidate requires written notice to the Executive Director no later than June 9, 2016.

Oregon State Bar Board of Governors

The Board of Governors governs the bar, determines the general policies of the bar and approves its budget each year. The Executive Director, appointed by and acting under the supervision of the Board, implements, administers and supervises the bar's operation and program activities.

The Oregon State Bar is governed by a Board of Governors consisting of fifteen lawyers elected from eight regions, four public members appointed by the board, and the non-voting position of Immediate Past-President.

Pursuant to ORS 9.080(1), the board is charged with the executive functions of the state bar and "shall at all times direct its power to the advancement of the science of jurisprudence and the improvement of the administration of justice." The board has authority to "adopt, alter, amend and repeal bylaws and to adopt new bylaws containing provisions for the regulation and management of the affairs of the state bar not inconsistent with law."