The King County Bar Association provides support to its diverse membership; promotes a just, collegial and accessible
legal system and profession; works with the judiciary to achieve excellence in the administration of justice; strives
to benefit the community through its own efforts and those of its Foundation; and offers opportunities for public service
and input into matters of public policy.
Issues report about problems with state’s referendum & initiative system.
Approves resolution calling for abolition of the death penalty.
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Adopts resolution opposing racial profiling efforts against immigrants by AZ state.
First African American president of KCBA, James Andrus.
First Latino American president of KCBA, Dan Gandara.
Adopts resolution that marijuana should be regulated and taxed, with most criminal sanctions eliminated.
First Asian American president of KCBA, Gary Maehara.
Adopts resolution supporting same-sex civil marriage.
Establishes King County Bar Institute.
Issues report “Is it time to end the war on drugs?”
Issues report "Is it time to end the war on drugs?"
Delay Reduction Task Force reduces massive Superior Court backlogs.
Establishes King County Bar Foundation.
Young Lawyers Section establishes Neighborhood Legal Clinics program.
Association calls for President Nixon's impeachment.
Young Lawyers passes resolution urging special prosecutor in Watergate coverup.
Betty Fletcher becomes first female president of SKCBA.
Files amicus brief in reverse discrimination case at UW.
Meets with mayor on police attacks against war protesters at UW.
Passes resolution that no bar meetings could be held at Rainier, WAC, or College Club where "male-only"
rules were in force.
Produces KCTS television series with WSBA, first program "The Limits of Protest"
Establishes minority law student program.
Trustees oppose efforts that would permit state governors to veto anti-poverty programs.
Public Defender Corporation forms, jointly sponsored by City of Seattle, Seattle Model Cities Program,
Begins pilot program for public defender office.
King County Superior Court local rules go into effect.
YLS forms Law and Poverty Committee.
Young Lawyer Section forms high school liaison program.
Hires first executive director, Helen Geisness.
Opens Lawyer Referral Service, matching attorneys with paying clients.
Sponsors radio and television programs on KING regarding various aspects of the law.
Appoints committee to participate in Seattle World's Fair.
Seattle-King County Bar Bulletin begins regular publication.
Changes name from Seattle Bar Association to Seattle-King County Bar Association.
Turns over all collected funds to Legal Aid Bureau and incorporates it as a separate entity.
First volume of Seattle Bar Bulletin published and edited by Betty Fletcher & Louis Pepper.
Sections are formed for first time including Labor Relations Law and Family Law.
Passes resolution reminding public that lawyers' views cannot be inferred by who they represent.
Young Lawyers Committee formed by new admittees after the war.
Begins polling attorneys to rate candidates for Superior & Supreme Court.
Little organized opposition by SBA to treatment of Japanese.
First woman officer elected.
Passes resolution waiving dues of SBA members on active duty in the military.
Hears address by controversial Marxist economist.
Moves to have separate offices & personnel for SBA Legal Aid Bureau.
Opposes expenditure of public funds for legal aid bureaus.
Establishes Legal Aid Bureau.
Establishes committee to investigate providing free legal aid.
State bar is formed as "integrated" mandatory bar, sharing offices with SBA and Judicial Council.
Passes resolution that "class struggle" has no place in the courts.
Passes resolution that members should turn in alien enemies or Industrial Workers of the World.
117 members give up their practices to serve in WWI.
Committee formed to guide development of a law library for the new county courthouse.
Recommends the legislature increase judicial salaries.
Seattle Bar Association formed (while KCBA still existed).
Establishes the Seattle Law Library Association.
Founded in response to attorney involvement in mob effort to deport Chinese citizens.