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Annual Meeting February 27, 2018



MBAH is holding an annual meeting to elect or re-elect board members and officers on February 27, 2018 at 7pm at Fadi's Mediterranean Grill, 12360 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77077. This is a great opportunity to take a leadership role in the determining the role MBAH takes in the Houston legal community. There are 8 attorney board positions and 1 law student observer position on the ballot. To run for positions on the board or to vote, you must be an active member, which entails paying annual dues. Annual dues are $20 for attorneys and $10 for law students. Dues can be paid online at http://www.mbahouston.net/p/members.html

Candidates who wish to be on the ballot should pay their dues online and submit a short statement of interest by February 15, 2018 to elections@mbahouston.net (who you are, what you’re running for, and why - 150 words or less). Members who are not running for a position but wish to vote may pay their dues up to the beginning of the annual meeting.

An email with a list of candidates for the positions will be sent by February 20th. Votes will be tabulated at the annual meeting. The old board will hold a meeting immediately after the annual meeting and the the new board will go into effect March 1, 2018. 

There are 9 board positions available and they are listed below with a brief description of intended responsibilities:

President – The leader and face of MBAH. Responsible for calling and leading board meetings and general membership meetings, and generally promoting the interests of MBAH members.

Vice President – Performs the presidents duties if the president is absent or unavailable, supports the president in executing MBAH goals

Secretary – record votes and minutes of meetings, keep the bylaws, ensures compliance with by-laws and non-profit status 

Treasurer – Manages organization finances jointly with the President

External Liaison (for NAML/HBA, etc) – Develops contacts with outside bar associations and attends meetings MBAH is invited so, such as attending National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML) board and Houston Bar Association (HBA) Quarterly lunch meetings

Law student representative  - a liaison between law students and lawyers in the Houston community. Due to 501(c)(6) rules, this is an observer position

The following three board member positions are “at-large” but are delegated the following responsibilities:

Board Member (Communications) – Responsibilities include managing communication channels such as posting content on MBAH’s website, social media accounts, and email mailing lists.

Board Member (CLE)- Responsibilities include creating and managing CLE programs and events, including inviting speakers, submitting paperwork to the State Bar, and tracking attendance and reporting hours. 

Board Member (Community Service)– Responsibilities include coordinating pro bono and community service activities that MBAH may sponsor or co-sponsor with other organizations.

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Friday, February 3rd at 6:30pm at ISGH River Oaks
https://www.facebook.com/events/1841727812752243/

Saturday, February 4th at 7:45pm at ISGH Bear Creek (Masjid Al-Mustafa)
https://www.facebook.com/events/440618852936752/

Friday, February 10th at 7:45pm at ISGH Champions (Masjid As-Salam)
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