Updated: May 1, 2024

Animal Law Section Executive Committee Elections

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Every year, the Animal Law Section holds elections for open seats on its executive committee. On this page you will find information about the election process, how to run for an executive committee position, and other helpful info.

Election Information

Election Timeline

Instructions for Receiving Ballot

How to Apply

Executive Committee Roles


Election Information

Shape Your Section for the Future: Apply Today to Become a Section Leader

Application Deadline is 5 p.m. April 30, 2024.

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications. All terms begin Oct. 1, 2024, unless otherwise noted.

  • Chair-Elect: remainder of current term ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • Chair-Elect: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2024, and ending Sept. 30, 2026.
  • Secretary: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2024, and ending Sept. 30, 2026.
  • Treasurer: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2024, and ending Sept. 30, 2026.
  • At-Large Member: (four positions open) one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2024, and ending Sept. 30, 2025.

To learn more about roles and expectations for serving on the section executive committee, review this volunteer position description, which provides a general overview of section executive committee positions and may differ for each section.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be a current section member and eligible to vote in accordance with the section's bylaws.

Application Process: Go to the myWSBA Portal to complete the online application for open executive committee positions. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a resume and statement of interest. These documents must be uploaded with your online application (PDF format only). Please be advised that application materials may be posted on this website for public viewing during the election.

Note: If you are applying for more than one position on this or multiple sections' committees, you must complete and submit all applications at the same time, as you will not be allowed back into the portal at a later time. Please make sure you are completing the applications within the application window for all of the relevant sections.

Nominating Process: The chair shall solicit nominations from the Section membership and appoint a nominating committee of not less than three members of the Section. An effort should be made to include at least one person who is not a member of the current executive committee on the nominating committee. The nominating committee shall verify qualifications and willingness to serve of nominees and make additional nominations when appropriate. All applicants will apply through an electronic application process administered by the Bar. In selecting its nominees, it shall be the responsibility of the nominating committee to bear in mind the need for broad representation on the executive committee, based on geography, diversity of practice, special expertise, and other factors of diversity.

Alternate Nominating Process: A Section member may self-nominate.

Elections Process: All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email on June 3, 2024. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

For more information about the section, its executive committee roles, and elections process, please review the section's bylaws. You may also contact any member of the Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.


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How to Apply

Interested in applying for one of the open positions on your section's executive committee? Here's how to get started.

  • Head over to myWSBA.org and log in using your bar number and password.
  • On the left toolbar, under the "CONNECT & SERVE" heading, click "Section Executive Committee Application."

PLEASE NOTE: You must be a current section member to apply. If you have not joined a specific section or renewed your membership, that section's name will not display in the drop-down menu. If you are not a current member of any sections, you will see this message in the Step 1 box: You are not eligible to apply for a position on the section executive committee because the application deadline has passed or because you are not a voting member of the section.

  • Step 1
    • Select the section whose executive committee you'd like to apply for.
    • Select the position within the section you'd like apply for.
    • Click "Add."

PLEASE NOTE: You must add all positions you'd like to apply for in this step before continuing, and especially before you complete your application. You will not be able to apply for additional positions through the portal after submitting your application.

  • Step 2 — Upload the request documents.
  • Step 3 — Respond to any/all of the Voluntary Demographic Information questions (optional).
  • Click "Submit Application."

And you're all done!

If you have any questions, or issues with applying, please contact Noah Baetge, or the sections team at sections@wsba.org.

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Instructions to Ensure You Receive Your Ballot

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If you have asked SurveyMonkey in the past not to send you surveys, or if your email address has ever bounced a SurveyMonkey email, use SurveyMonkey's Unblock form to make sure you receive your ballot.

If you still do not receive a ballot, email sections@wsba.org. Paper ballots are available on request.

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Election Timeline

The election season for the FY 2025 term year has begun. This election will determine who will serve in executive committee positions opening as of Oct. 1, 2024 as well as some current vacancies. Please see the following timeline for important dates regarding your section's election timeline.

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Executive Committee Roles


The Animal Law Section's bylaws currently list the following required executive committee positions. Open positions are listed above in the Election Information section.

  • Chair
  • Chair-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Immediate Past Chair
  • Four At-Large Members

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