OSB Board of Governors
Board of Governors Vacancies
Recent revisions to ORS 9.025 allow the Oregon State Bar to add a new member seat to the Board of Governors. This position will represent members practicing outside the state of Oregon. The term is four years and will begin on Jan. 1, 2016. Active OSB members interested in serving must maintain a principal office outside the state and should submit a candidate statement no later than August 10. Relevant forms and information are available here.
The election for this position will be held in conjunction with the 2015 Board of Governors Election as outlined below.
If you have questions, please refer to the list of FAQs, or contact Danielle Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org; 503-620-0222 or toll-free in Oregon at 800-452-8260, ext. 426.
Board of Governors 2015 Special Election
A special election will be held to fill a partial-term position for a Region 5 (Multnomah County) representative. The elected representative will serve from July 17, 2015, through December 31, 2017.
Candidates running in the special election are:
John L. Langslet
Michael D. Levelle
All active members with a principal office address listed in region 5 will gain access to their ballot through the member dashboard beginning July 7. Voting will end at 5:00 p.m. on July 16, 2015.
Board of Governors 2015 Election Candidates
Candidates running in the Board of Governors election for terms beginning January 1, 2016 are:
Region 5 two vacancies
Peter R. Chamberlain
Kate von Ter Stegge
Region 6 one vacancy
Alexander M. Jones
Julia C. Rice
All active members with a principal office address listed in region 5 or 6 will gain access to their ballot through the member dashboard beginning October 5. Voting will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on October 19, 2015.
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 that challenges be submitted to the Executive Director no later than June 11, 2015.
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 fourteen lawyers elected from seven regions and four public members appointed by the board.
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."