Application Information | Current Delegates
In 2018, the State Bar will consider the new appointment and/or
reappointment of six (6) State Bar delegates, and one or more alternates
to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates. Incumbents
who have served less than three consecutive terms may apply for
The House of Delegates is the policy-making body of the ABA and meets
twice a year, at the ABA Mid-Year and ABA Annual Meetings. The State
Bar appoints a total of 11 delegates, one of whom serves as the young
lawyer representative. The young lawyer delegate must be less than 35
years of age at the beginning of his or her term. The State Bar's
delegates are part of the California delegation, headed by the elected
State Delegate. Other delegates of the California delegation include
those appointed by local bar associations, ABA sections and divisions,
and former officers and ABA board members.
State Bar delegates:
In addition to the annual delegate appointments, the State Bar may
also select one or more alternates to serve in place of any appointed
delegate who is unable to attend the Mid-Year or Annual Meeting. State
Those applying for reappointment and new applicants are to submit the
current State Bar's 2018-2019 appointment application. In their
applications, applicants should include a description of their recent
ABA activities and contributions they have made to the organization.
Attendance and service are factors considered for reappointment.
The State Bar's Board of Trustees will consider the ABA appointments
at its March 2018 meeting. At its discretion, the designated
board committee may conduct interviews of the applicants.
For its appointments, the Board of Trustees strives to appoint members from its applicant pool meeting the following guidelines:
Unless authorized by the Board of Trustees, each member of the State
Bar's ABA delegation will be eligible for reappointment to no more than
three consecutive two-year appointments or a maximum of six consecutive
years of service with the delegation. Delegates who have completed such
service may apply in the future after a period of not less than two
years from the date of the expiration of the delegate's last term of
service with the State Bar.
All members will be encouraged to become broadly participant in ABA
activities in order to fully represent the interests of California
For additional information on the ABA House of Delegates, please visit the ABA website at www.americanbar.org.
Deadline for 2018 applications: Feb. 5, 2018
2018-19 terms begin: Conclusion of 2018 ABA Annual Meeting (Aug. 7, 2018)