Section 951 Bylaws

Section 951. Vacancies.

(a) If a Zone Delegate without excuse approved under Rule 324(c) as to at least one meeting shall fail to register in person for two successive meetings of the House of Delegates, the Office of such Zone Delegate shall become vacant upon the expiration of the appeal period provided by Rule 324(c) following the second meeting at which he or she shall have failed to appear and register or upon later denial by the House of any timely appeal under the provision. If the office of any Zone Delegate shall become vacant as provided in the preceding sentence or otherwise, such office shall be filled for the unexpired term by an eligible Active Member (other than a person who, within the preceding year, has ceased to be a Zone Delegate by operation of this subsection) accredited to any county of the Zone, appointed by the Zone Governor (acting jointly with the Chair of the Young Lawyers' Division, in the case of a vacancy in the office of Young Lawyer Zone Delegate) from the Zone in which the vacancy occurs.

(b) If the office of Section Delegate shall become vacant, the council of the Section shall elect a successor for the unexpired term.

(c) If a Governor fails to attend two successive regular meetings of the Board without excuse, his or her office shall become vacant upon the expiration of the appeal period provided in 403(d) following the second regular meeting at which the Governor failed to appear.

(i) If the office of Zone Governor shall become vacant, such office shall be filled for the unexpired term by an Active Member accredited to any county of the Zone, appointed by the Board of Governors.

(ii) If the office of Unit County Governor serving from a county having 1500 or more Members shall become vacant, such office shall be filled for the unexpired term by an Active Member accredited to that county, appointed by that Local Bar Association's president. A person filling the vacancy shall not be subject to Article IX, Section 908(d) regarding term limits.

(iii) If the office of Unit County Governor serving from a county having less than 1500 Members becomes vacant, such office shall be filled for the unexpired term by an Active Member accredited to the Unit County from which the Member vacating the office was an accredited Member appointed by its Zone Governor, unless no such member is available to serve, in which case such office shall be filled by an Active Member accredited to an eligible Unit County within that Zone appointed by its Zone Governor. A person filling the vacancy shall not be subject to Article IX, Section 908(d) regarding term limits.

(iv) If the office of Minority Governor or Women Governor shall become vacant, such vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term by an appointment of the President as approved by the Board. A person filling the vacancy shall not be subject to Article IX, Section 907(f) regarding term limits.

(d) If any other office other than that of President, President Elect or Vice President shall become vacant, the office shall be filled by the Board for the unexpired term. A person filling the vacancy shall not be subject to Article V, Section 501(c) regarding term limits.

(e) If the office of President shall become vacant, the President-Elect shall thereupon become President for the unexpired term. Such service shall not affect such person continuing as President upon the adjournment of the next Annual Meeting of the House. If the office of President becomes vacant and the President-Elect declines to assume the office of President, the Board shall fill the office of President for the unexpired term. A person filling the vacancy in the office of President shall not be subject to Article IX, Section 911 regarding term limits.

(f) If the office of President-Elect shall become vacant, the Vice President shall thereupon become President-Elect for the unexpired term. If the office of President-Elect becomes vacant and the Vice President declines to assume the office of President-Elect, the Board shall fill the office of President-Elect for the unexpired term. A person filling the vacancy in the office of President-Elect shall not be subject to Article IX, Section 911 regarding term limits.

(g) If the office of Vice President shall become vacant, the Nominating Committee shall convene at the call of the Board and nominate a successor and the House shall elect a successor at its next meeting.

(h) Vacancies in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association shall be filled for the unexpired term by the President after considering the recommendations of the Board.

(i) In filling any vacancy herein, except as otherwise specified in these Bylaws, the Board shall convene the Nominating Committee for the purpose of recommending a candidate to fill such vacancy.