About the Proposed Amendment to the ASBA Bylaws
The proposed amendment to Article V, Section 2(B) – Officers and Board of Directors and Executive Committee would create a seat on the ASBA Board of Directors so that Hispanic and Native American interests can be represented simultaneously on the board. Currently, there is one seat on the ASBA Board of Directors designated for a representative of the HNAIC and it alternates every two years between Hispanic representation and Native American representation, creating gaps in representation. By contrast, the Black Alliance has a seat on the ASBA Board of Directors, ensuring representation on the board at all times. This proposed bylaw change also provides the flexibility for the HNAIC to split into two distinct groups in the future if its members so choose and allows those groups to change their names and be recognized under the new names. This amendment is being sought by the Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus (HNAIC). The ASBA Board of Directors recommends a YES vote on the proposed amendment.