About the Process
The submission deadline for applications to the Board of Directors is December 15, 2020
. An appointment to the Board of Directors is for a three-year term and an individual may be reappointed for an additional three-year term for a total of six years. This appointment would officially take effect on July 1, 2021, with the new board member expected to attend his/her first board meeting in June 2021.
In addition to seeking individuals of high integrity who are supportive of AHLA’s mission to serve on the Board of Directors, the Nominating Committee considers the following:
- Consistently high level of service to AHLA in in more than one of the following areas (not in order of importance): Governance support, including Committees, Councils, and workgroups; networking support, such as list moderator or mentor; leadership in a Practice or Affinity Group, Task Force, or workgroup; involvement in program planning; speaking or writing for AHLA; or service as a dispute resolver.
- Recognized achievement in the field of health law.
- Support for AHLA’s educational commitment either as a writer, participant or contributor.
- Diversity in the context of AHLA’s Board in one or more of the following areas (not in order of importance): age, disability, gender, geography, health law specialty, national origin, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, Veterans’ status, or workplace setting (e.g. in-house, large firm, small firm, solo practice, and other non-traditional professional settings).
- Commitment to collegiality and professionalism through a history of contributing to the life and vitality of health law.
The Nominating Committee may consider certain issues to prevent nomination of a particular candidate even if the candidate satisfies all of the criteria listed above:
Working in the same firm or organization as an existing Board member;
Current service in a competing organization that would prevent a Board candidate from fulfilling his or her fiduciary obligation to the AHLA without recurrent conflicts of interest; or
Other criteria deemed relevant and appropriate by the Nominating Committee that relates to an individual’s suitability for service on the Board.
Due to a high level of interest in serving in a leadership position, a member is appointed to only one position at a time. Terms are often staggered for those serving to prevent everyone rotating off at the same time; as a result, there may be more or less openings available in any given year.