Leadership Opportunities - President

PRESIDENT

NALP’s President serves as the chief volunteer and the leader of the Board of Directors of the organization. The position of President involves a three year commitment. During the first year the person serves as President-Elect; during the second year as President; and during the third year as Immediate Past President. Candidates for President make a commitment to the association to serve as described below:

President-Elect 2019-2020

Governance

  • With the President, Vice-President for Member Services and Education, and Vice-President for Finance, serves as an officer of the association.
  • In the event that the President is unable to fulfill her/his responsibilities, assumes the responsibilities of the President during any remaining months of the President-Elect year.

Volunteer Leadership

  • Formulates the appropriate business and financial plans for the association with the support of the Executive Director, President, and Immediate Past President.  Identifies and develops timely task forces as necessary for her/his presidential year.
  • Participates as an active member of special task forces or other committees as requested by the President.
  • Identifies volunteers for leadership positions, appoints liaisons, chairs and vice-chairs for all Sections, Committees, Groups, and Task Forces during her/his presidential year, with the support of the Vice-President for Member Services and Education, ensuring balance based on school and employer members, diversity, and national and regional interests.
  • Prepares Section, Committee, Group, and Task Force chairs for meetings and facilitates their orientation leading up to and at the Annual Education Conference.

Fiscal and Administrative

  • Consults with the officers regarding the proposed annual budget.
  • Serves on Investment Oversight Committee.

Communications and Public Relations

  • At her/his discretion, has the opportunity to represent NALP to internal and external audiences, including writing articles and speaking at conferences and meetings, with the approval of the President.

President 2020-2021

Governance and Planning

  • With the Vice-Presidents and President-Elect serves as an officer of the association.
  • In conjunction with other officers, plans and coordinates orientation activities for the incoming Board of Directors.
  • Directs and coordinates activities of the Board of Directors.
  • Plans agendas for and conducts Board of Directors' meetings and the business meetings of the association.
  • Implements short- and long-range plans for the association.
  • Initiates policy review and revision.

Volunteer Leadership and Conferences

  • Selects and appoints members to fill chair and vice-chair vacancies on Sections, Committees, Groups, and Task Forces, and positions as liaison to other organizations with the support of the Vice-President for Member Services and Education.
  • Supervises and provides direction for Sections, Committees, Groups, and Task Forces.
  • Convenes and, with the Vice-President, serves on the Annual Education Conference Committee.

Fiscal and Administrative

  • Supervises and provides direction for the Executive Director and the Administrative Office.
  • With the Executive Director, participates actively in making business decisions and in the initiation and/or maintenance of business relationships with vendors and joint venture partners.
  • Consults with the officers in the preparation of the annual budget and monitors the budget process.

Communications and Public Relations

  • Speaks as a representative of NALP at conferences, bar associations, and other professional meetings.
  • Represents NALP and serves, with the Executive Director, as liaison to the Association of American Law Schools, the Law School Admissions Council, and the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.  Serves as primary contact for NALP liaisons to other affiliate organizations.
  • Writes a regular column for the NALP Bulletin and articles for other newsletters.
  • Serves, with the Executive Director, as spokesperson for NALP for media inquiries.

Immediate Past President 2021-2022

Serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board of Directors.

  • Serves as Board liaison to the NALP Nominating Committee.
  • Performs special projects as requested by the President and the Board of Directors.
  • Represents NALP to internal and external audiences as designated by the President, including writing articles and speaking at conferences and meetings.

Time Commitment — President-Elect/President/Immediate Past President

In addition to the time required to complete the tasks described above:

  • Attends all meetings of the Board of Directors during her/his term of office (Board meetings are generally held in May, July, November, February, and immediately prior to the Annual Education Conference).  Currently scheduled Board meetings during this term: April 8-9, 2019 (San Diego); May 9-11, 2019 (Washington, DC); July 17-19, 2019 (Woodinville, WA); November 7-9, 2019, (Scottsdale, AZ); February 27-29, 2020 (Savannah, GA); April 27-28, 2020 (Montreal); April 26-27, 2021 (Scottsdale, AZ); and April 4-5, 2022.
  • Attends the Annual Education Conference immediately prior to the term of office and the three Conferences during the terms of office as President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President: April 9-12, 2019 (San Diego); April 28-May 1, 2020 (Montreal); April 27-30, 2021 (Scottsdale, AZ): and April 5-8, 2022.
  • Travel nights (nights away on NALP business): President-Elect year: approximately 20-22 required nights and his/her assigned share of  approximately 24 recommended or optional nights for attending external events; President year: approximately 30-32 required nights and his/her selected share of approximately 24 recommended or optional nights for attending external events; Immediate Past President year: approximately 15-17 required nights and his/her assigned share of approximately 24 nights of attending external events.
  • The President-Elect/President position typically requires the most significant time commitment between November of the President-Elect year and July of the President year.

Resources and Support Available to the President

The President’s employer is entitled to reimbursement of up to $30,000 over the term of office for resources expended and expenses incurred in supporting the President in the duties as President and President-Elect of NALP. The President will have discretion to budget the funds as will best support the duties to NALP. No more than one half of the total amount can be used in the President-Elect year.

  • The President’s registration fee to attend NALP’s Annual Education Conference is waived in perpetuity.
  • The President may call upon the NALP staff for support in carrying out the duties of the NALP President as needed - from administrative assistance to support in developing the business plan.
  • The President is encouraged to call upon other officers and Board members for assistance in completing the tasks of the NALP President (e.g., attending external and internal events, writing for publication, identifying and managing volunteers, and special projects).
  • The President is eligible for reimbursable travel expenses associated with NALP Board meetings and any additional NALP-related required travel.
  • The President is eligible for reimbursable dependent care expenses (up to $1,000 per year) above regularly anticipated cost of such expenses incurred as a result of Board activities.
  • The President has the opportunity to attend an association leadership training conference with the Executive Director.

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