(A) Duties and Powers. The House of Delegates shall be the governing body of this Association; shall exercise overall jurisdiction over the affairs of this Association; shall determine and implement the policies and objectives of this Association; shall, consistent with these rules and the purposes of this Association, prepare, adopt, and amend bylaws for the government and operation of this Association, including the provisions for an annual meeting of this Association; and shall perform such other functions as are provided by these rules and the bylaws.
(B) Membership. The elective members of the House of Delegates shall consist of representatives elected from among the Active members of this Association residing in each of the Districts set forth below in this rule on the basis of one delegate for each 60 Active members of this Association, or major fraction thereof (50 percent or greater) residing in such District; provided, however, that each such District shall have at least one such elective delegate. For purposes of this section, the Districts are as follows, and each district is composed of the counties indicated:
District 1: Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, and Richardson;
District 2: Cass, Otoe, and Sarpy;
District 3: Lancaster;
District 4: Douglas;
District 5: Butler, Hamilton, Polk, Saunders, Seward, and York;
District 6: Burt, Dodge, and Washington;
District 7: Fillmore, Nuckolls, Saline, and Thayer;
District 8: Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, and Thurston;
District 9: Antelope, Cuming, Knox, Madison, Pierce, Stanton, and Wayne;
District 10: Adams, Clay, Franklin, Harlan, Kearney, Phelps, and Webster;
District 11: Hall and Howard;
District 12: Buffalo and Sherman;
District 13: Arthur, Dawson, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, and Thomas;
District 14: Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Perkins, and Red Willow;
District 15: Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, and Rock;
District 16: Box Butte, Dawes, Grant, Sheridan, and Sioux;
District 17: Garden, Morrill, and Scotts Bluff;
District 18: Gage and Jefferson;
District 19: Banner, Cheyenne, Deuel, and Kimball;
District 20: Blaine, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Loup, Valley, and Wheeler; and
District 21: Boone, Colfax, Merrick, Nance, and Platte.
(C) Nomination and Election. The elective members of the House of Delegates in each District shall be nominated and elected by the Active members of this Association residing in such District, and the bylaws shall provide the procedure for nominating and electing such members of the House, including provisions for out-of-state Active members to qualify as members for voting purposes within one of the Districts.
(D) Term of Office. Each elective member of the House of Delegates shall hold office for a term of 4 years and until his or her successor is elected and qualified. Elections shall be held in odd-numbered districts in the year 1971 and every 4 years thereafter, and in even-numbered districts in the year 1973 and every 4 years thereafter. Newly elected members shall take office at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting of this Association following their election.
(E) Vacancies. Any vacancy in the office of any elected delegate shall be filled, for the unexpired term thereof, by vote of the remaining members of the House of Delegates at its next annual or semiannual meeting.
(F) Voting. Only elected members of the House of Delegates shall be entitled to vote upon any matter submitted to such House of Delegates, provided any member appointed to fill a vacancy in the office of an elected member shall be qualified to vote while serving out such term.
(G) Officers. The officers of the House of Delegates shall be the Chair, the Chair-Elect, and the Secretary, whose nomination, election, term of office, and duties shall be provided in these rules and the bylaws. Unless the House of Delegates provides otherwise, the Secretary of this Association shall serve as the Secretary of the House of Delegates.
(H) Personnel and Publications. The House of Delegates shall have the power and the duty to fully administer this Article, including the power to employ necessary personnel and to establish the policies of this Association relating to official publications thereof.
(I) Referendum. A referendum of the membership of this Association on any action taken by the House of Delegates shall be conducted whenever the House of Delegates, by a vote of one-third of the elected members thereof, shall so direct by resolution, or whenever a petition signed by 10 percent of the Active members of this Association residing in each of three-fourths of the Districts shall be filed with the Secretary. The Secretary shall conduct such referendum under such rules as shall be prescribed by the bylaws.
(J) Ex Officio Members. The House of Delegates in the bylaws may provide for nonvoting ex officio members of the House of Delegates and may determine what members of this Association may speak and exercise the privileges of the floor other than the privilege of voting. Meetings of the House of Delegates shall be open to all Active members of this Association.
(K) ABA Delegates. The House of Delegates shall elect the delegates of this Association to the American Bar Association as may be provided and authorized in the bylaws of the American Bar Association.
Rule 5(A) amended March 19, 2003, effective November 1, 2003. Renumbered and codified as § 3-805, effective July 18, 2008.
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