The house of delegates of the Oregon State Bar is created. The house consists of elected and ex officio voting delegates. All delegates must be active members of the state bar except for the public members of the board of governors and the public members appointed by the board pursuant to ORS 9.145 (Public members).
The members of the board of governors of the Oregon State Bar are ex officio voting delegates.
The chairperson of each Oregon State Bar section is an ex officio voting delegate.
The elected president of each county bar association is an ex officio voting delegate. Not more than one county bar association from each county may be represented by a delegate under this subsection.
Elected delegates shall be elected from the regions established by ORS 9.025 (Board of governors). Only active members of the bar may vote for delegates. A member may vote for delegates from the region in which the member maintains the member’s principal office.
Each region shall elect at least five delegates. If more than 550 active members maintain their principal offices in the region, the members shall elect delegates as follows:
The members shall elect one delegate for each 100 members who maintain their principal offices in the region.
The members shall elect one additional delegate if more than 50 members who maintain their principal offices in the region are not accounted for after the allocation provided for in paragraph (a) of this subsection.
Elected delegates shall serve for terms of three years. A vacancy in the office of an elected delegate shall be filled for the remainder of the term by a delegate appointed by the board of governors.
An elected delegate may not serve as a member of the board of governors, as a section chairperson or as a county bar association president during the delegate’s term.
For the purposes of this section, “county bar association” means a general purpose bar association established by the lawyers of one or more counties for the purpose of maintaining good professional relations between members of the bench and of the bar in the county or counties, and for the purpose of improving the administration of justice in the county or counties. [1995 c.302 §7; 2001 c.297 §2; 2015 c.122 §2]