Election Information for Spring 2020

The Association’s recent adoption of the new Constitution has resulted in some important changes to how our leadership is elected.  The new Board of Trustees will be elected this spring.  Nominating petitions can be found below.  The Secretary and Treasurer for the 2020-2021 bar year will be elected from the floor of the House of Delegates at the 2020 Annual Meeting.  Any member interested in serving in either of these capacities should contact Karen K. Hutchins at 501-801-5663. Going forward, the election of the President-Elect Designee and Secretary will be included in the spring election cycle starting with the 2021-2022 cycle.

One of the two ABA Delegate positions is open for election for a two-year term. The Delegate from this Association to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association shall be nominated by petition signed by at least 75 Association members with at least 25 voting members from each of the three state bar districts. The nominating petitions must be filed with the Secretary at the Arkansas Bar Association, 2224 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR 72202, no later than March 31, 2020.  Contact Karen K. Hutchins at 501-801-5663 for more information or to receive a nominating petition.  

Nominating petitions for the Young Lawyers Section’s leadership can be found below.  Available positions include that of the Chair - Elect, Secretary/Treasurer,  and 3 District Representatives.

Board of Trustees 

The Association’s membership voted to approve the governance restructure proposal, part of which merges the existing Board of Governors and House of Delegates into a single governing body made up of 60 trustees. The body will consist of fifteen (15) Trustee Districts, with four (4) Trustees elected from each Trustee District.  Each of the initial positions are available for election.  Article IV of the newly adopted Constitution outlines the responsibilities of the Trustees. 

Trustees’ terms shall be staggered and at least one (1) Trustee shall be elected from each Trustee District each year. Members elected to the Board shall serve for a term of three (3) years and shall assume office at the end of the Association’s Annual Meeting held following their election. The term will end at the conclusion of the Association’s Annual Meeting three (3) years later. A member of the Association who serves six (6) years as a member of the Board of Trustees shall be given the status of Tenured Trustee. Tenured Trustees will be ex-officio members of the Board of Trustees with the right to participate in all proceedings but without the right to vote. 


The new Constitution’s Article III outlines the procedure for electing the Association’s Officers.  The President, President-Elect, President-Elect Designee and Secretary shall be elected by the membership of the Association and the Treasurer shall be elected by the Board of Trustees. The President shall appoint the Parliamentarian subject to ratification by the Board of Trustees.  

Any member interested in serving in either of these capacities should contact Karen K. Hutchins at 501-801-5663.

2020-2021 Board of Trustees Nomination Petition