The New American College of Legal Medicine Appoints a New Interim Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Legal Medicine   

Let me begin this issue of Notes from the President by wishing you the best for holiday seasons.

Approximately a month ago, Michele Merkel resigned as the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the Journal of Legal Medicine (JLM).  The Southern Illinois University School of Law (SIU) was open to the appointment of a Fellow of the College to become an interim JLM EIC; and perhaps permanent JLM EIC if things work out after six months.  Accordingly, the leadership of the College quickly organized a search committee that identified a short list of candidates to become the interim JLM EIC. Specifically, this short list of candidates consisted of Cyrene Day, Alejandro Moreno, and Jack Conomy.  The search committee reviewed writing samples from the three candidates and found all three candidates to be excellent. However, in the best long-term interest of the College the search committee unanimously endorsed Dr. Conomy for EIC; and this endorsement was adopted and approved by the Executive Committee this week. Effective immediately, Dr. Conomy is the new JLM EIC. Congratulations Jack.

Next, the Nominations Committee has identified a slate of candidates to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting of the Fellows on February 28, 2015. The unanimous recommendations of the Nominations Committee are: for Secretary: Francois Blaudeau, MD JD FCLM FACHE; and for the three open Board seats: Weldon (Don) Havins MD JD FCLM; Eli Avila, MD JD MPH FCLM; and Kalu Ogbureke, DDS JD DMSc FDSRCS.  Should any Fellow of the College disagree with this slate of candidates, they have two options. First, any Fellow may add additional nominee(s) to this slate by petitioning the Secretary “no later than 45 days prior to the annual meeting of the Fellows.” Bylaws Section 2.7.2(b). This petition must include the name of the nominee(s) and “the printed names and signatures of 5 eligible voting members” that support the nominee(s). Id.  Alternatively, the College will accept nominees from the floor at the time of the Annual Meeting. Id. at (c).

Finally, we come to the proposed changed to the Bylaws. I want to thank everyone who used the comment period to provide the College with feedback on the proposed changes. The comments received were virtually all positive. The Bylaws Committee has reviewed all of these comments; and where appropriate it has revised the draft of the proposed Bylaws changes to create the FINAL Proposed Bylaws Changes.  The Final Proposed Bylaws Changes are currently available on the website for your review. (To be transparent, the existing Bylaws and the draft proposed Bylaws changes are also available for review). I encourage all Fellows of the College to review the Final Proposed Bylaws Changes before attending the Annual Meeting.

As always, I value your opinions. Anyone with feedback on anything in this message or anything related to the College should please feel free to contact me at [email protected]; or call me at 913.526.5526.


Tom McLean, MD, JD, FCLM, ESQ
President Elect & Acting President