NACBA Announces Resignation of Jim Haller & Election of John Colwell as President

NACBA’s Board of Directors announces that NACBA President, James J. “Jim” Haller, has tendered his resignation, as a member of NACBA’s Board of Directors and as its President. The Board has filled the vacancy in the office of President with the unanimous election of current Board member and Vice President John Colwell (San Diego, CA) as our new President.

The Board deeply appreciates Jim Haller’s tireless efforts on behalf of the organization over many years. His passion for advocacy, education, and litigation have been contagious, and his leadership has helped keep NACBA moving in a positive direction.

With John Colwell’s election as President, the Board also unanimously elected Board member Ed Boltz (Durham, NC) to fill the Vice President’s position. In addition, due to Board member Pam Stewart’s resignation as NACBA’s Secretary, the Board has unanimously elected Board member Eugene “Gene” Melchionne (Waterbury, CT) as our new Secretary. Pam will also continue to serve as a Board member.

NACBA’s bylaws (section 4.8) provide that vacancies on the Board may be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the then members of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors, as it considers filling the remainder of the term (expiring April 2018) for the Board seat vacated by Jim Haller, is now inviting letters of interest from NACBA Members who are interested in serving as a Director.

The board is responsible for establishing policies and standing rules of NACBA, and for overseeing the affairs and budget of the association. The board meets approximately 12 times per year via teleconference (90-120 mins) and two in-person meetings (Annual Convention and Board Retreat). Please submit a letter (no more than 350 words) of interest by email to by November 15, 2017. The Board will review the letters of interest and anticipates making its selection later this year.

For more information about serving on the NACBA Board, please contact sitting Board members. Email addresses can be found by visiting NACBA’s Find an Attorney.

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