Nick Casey, Charleston lawyer and political activist, has been elected treasurer-elect of the American Bar Association.
The association's 650-person House of Delegates elected Casey on Sunday during the ABA's Midyear Meeting in Dallas, Texas.
The ABA has 392,434 members. It is one of the world's largest voluntary professional membership organizations. It serves as the national voice of the legal profession.
In a phone interview Thursday from Washington, D.C., Casey said that beginning in August he will serve one year as treasurer-elect, working with the ABA's current treasurer. Then he will serve a three-year term.
The ABA has a $203 million annual budget and $324 million in assets. It is headquartered in Chicago and has offices in Washington, D.C.
"It's an interesting job and I am looking forward to it," Casey said. "It is a substantial undertaking. I'm pleased that a smaller-town person in West Virginia would be able to get the position from my colleagues at the ABA.
"My name will appear on the bottom of all of the ABA's checks, from payroll checks to rent checks and even checks used to buy law books that the ABA is sending to former socialist republics."
While the ABA's full-time staff will be running day-to-day operations, Casey will be the lead person in developing the annual budget and formulating long-term budget plans. Casey said one of the planks he ran on was more long-range planning.
He also will chair several ABA committees, including the investment and pension committees.
"Working with the current treasurer, he tells me this is about a two-day-a-week activity," Casey said. "But I'll have seven days to work with. That's because the ABA often has meetings that begin, say, on Friday and end on Saturday. So that would take one workweek day."
Casey continues to practice with the Charleston law firm Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins. He is a certified public accountant.
Even though the ABA frequently uses technology like Skype for meetings, Casey figures he is going to accumulate a lot of frequent-flyer miles.