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2018 NAPALSA ELECTION INFORMATION

The NAPALSA Board of Directors is an incredible opportunity to be a part of the largest (and only) student movement of APA law students. Not only do students on the Board of Directors get a chance to engage in national issues affecting the APA legal community, they do so while acquiring unmatched organizational leadership experience. For more detailed information on rules and procedure, please see the NAPALSA Election Bylaws. Please read the brief job descriptions and duties below to obtain more information regarding the NAPALSA Board of Directors. Complete Job Duties can be found in Addendum B of the NAPALSA Constitution. See http://www.napalsa.com, under Constitution & Bylaws for more details.If you have any further questions or need clarification, please feel free to email president.napalsa@gmail.com.

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

To be eligible for candidacy, you must be:

  • A current active member of NAPALSA (either through a dues-paying Affiliate or individual membership);
  • Maintain status as current law student in good standing;
  • Plan on attending the NAPALSA conference in Chicago, IL in November 2018
  • Review and agree to adhere to the NAPALSA Constitution and Election Bylaws; and
  • Able to commit to your position throughout the full 14-month term, beginning on the date of installation (November 9) through January 31, 2020.

Candidate qualifications considered are:

  • Ability to demonstrate leadership experience and excellent communication skills;
  • Capability to handle multiple projects and deadlines; and
  • Commitment to bettering the Asian Pacific American legal community.

Application Process
The NAPALSA Election Committee will oversee the elections process. In order to facilitate this process, all candidates must submit the following information and materials to secretary.napalsa@gmail.com. These materials will then be disseminated to the voting members of NAPALSA:
  • Cover Sheet that includes: Name, Position Desired, Law School, Anticipated Graduation Date, Mailing Address, Telephone Contact Number, and Email Address.
  • Contact name and email address for your local APALSA Affiliate OR verification of your individual membership status with NAPALSA.
  • Brief Candidate Personal Statement (12-pt font, double-spaced, 2-page max. -- this does not mean you need to write 2 pages!)
  • One-Page Resume
  • Letter of Commitment (signed and dated)
  • Photo (optional)

Campaigning
In the past, some candidates have distributed campaign materials before and during the Annual Conference. To ensure fairness to all candidates, there will be a $25 cap on the amount a candidate may spend on campaign materials. ALL MATERIALS must first be approved by the Election Committee before distribution to the Voting Members. Please email secretary.napalsa@gmail.com to obtain approval. Campaigning is not necessarily recommended or required for successful candidacy; it is simply an option. Accepted candidates should be prepared to give a 3 to 4 minute speech on the day of the election at the NAPALSA conference.

ELECTION TIMELINE

The applications will be released in the fall of 2018

Applications are due by THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018 at 5pm!

Elections and a Transition Meeting will take place at the NAPALSA Conference on November 9 and 10.

General Membership & Election Meeting
The General Membership & Election Meeting is currently being scheduled. Please check the room number of the meeting when you arrive at the conference site. All candidates will be given an opportunity to make a Candidate Statement (between three (3) to four (4) minutes long) and answer questions from the Membership and outgoing Board of Directors. Candidate application materials will be available at the Meeting, therefore candidates should consider their statements a chance to connect with Voting Members and highlight their qualifications. After all candidates have had the opportunity to make statements, ballots will be passed out to each Voting Member. Ballots will then be collected and confidentially tallied by the Election Committee.

Election Results
The election results will be announced later that same day. Winning candidates will be required to attend a transition meeting with the outgoing Board of Directors on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., and will be formally inducted into their positions at the NAPABA Gala Dinner, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2016. Attendance at both events is strictly required, barring extenuating circumstances. If you are unable to attend either the transition meeting or the Gala, please notify the Secretary immediately.

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