running for the GNOME Foundation Board

As I just announced on foundation-list, I’ll be running again for the Board this year. This will be an unusual candidacy. I will not be running to do various and sundry board tasks; I’ll be running to do exactly one thing:

  • legal work- a vote for me is a vote that says ‘Luis should be the coordinator of all GNOME-related legal issues.’

I also will volunteer for two other things, but if someone else wants to do them it won’t bother me:

  • secretarial services- I hate doing secretarial meeting bits, but this is often something organizations delegate to their lawyers, so I’d better get good at it.
  • occasional common sense- I stress occasional here because I don’t have the time or the energy to get into petty politics with anyone, so if that happens, I’ll pretty quickly retreat to lawyer-secretary.

I will not do:

  • anything non-legal that goes beyond common-sense advice giving.

Don’t vote for me if:

  • you think someone else should be the central coordinator for the board’s legal issues
  • you think board members should be jacks of all trades
  • you think it is crazy to hand legal issues over to a second-year law student (nb: you have to justify who should be doing it in that case :)

Do vote for me if:

  • You think issues like copyright, trademark, patents, legal status of web services, relationships with outside counsel and partners, etc., are important to GNOME’s future, and you’d like to see the board (led by me) be proactive in dealing with them.
  • you want someone on the board who is firmly committed to delegation and coordination.

I will almost certainly serve one term and only one term. I expect to have less time once I graduate from school, and the 18 month term will almost perfectly coincide with the rest of my time in law school. In addition, if I’m successful in reaching my goals, by the end of the term I’ll have built strong relationships with our outside counsel, and it will be less necessary to have a board member aggressively devoted to legal issues.

I’ll explain more of why I am doing this as we get closer to the election, but suffice to say that I think that the board could be much more proactive in dealing with these issues, and I’m putting my money where my mouth is by stepping up to do it myself.