Executive Director Leadership Change at King County Bar Association
Andrew Prazuch, Executive Director of the King County Bar Association (KCBA) for the past 13 years, has stepped down from that role, effective June 19, 2020.
"I have concluded that after thirteen years of successful leadership of the King County Bar Association, the time is right for the organization to begin planning its next chapter with a new executive director at the helm," Prazuch said.
“We are grateful to Andy Prazuch for his many years of service to both the KCBA and the King County Bar Foundation,” said Jennifer Payseno, KCBA President. “As our Executive Director, Andy led important initiatives supporting our mission, helping us to win new sources of funding and building support for our work in the legal community, including our courts.”
Under Prazuch’s leadership, the KCBA budget doubled in size. The KCBA strengthened and enlarged its member services, revitalized specialized practice sections and expanded its Continuing Legal Education offerings. At the same time, Prazuch developed new community, government, and corporate partnerships, including with the United Way, the Seattle Mariners, and Microsoft, which enabled the KCBA to broaden its pro bono legal programs and services to meet the profession’s commitment to legal services for individuals who might not otherwise be able to afford or have access to representation. The KCBA created new programs including a new Public Policy Committee and a Diversity Committee to develop social justice-related programming and positions. Prazuch has also supported the work of the King County Bar Foundation (KCBF), which expanded law school scholarships for minority students and legal services for underserved communities. Prazuch led a 125th anniversary celebration that added $1.2 million to the KCBF’s endowment fund. A signature annual event is the Martin Luther King, Jr. lunch, which has grown in recent years to become the largest annual gathering of the legal community in the state celebrating diversity.
Payseno noted that, in accepting Prazuch’s resignation, the KCBA Board of Trustees wishes him every success in his next endeavor.
Associate Executive Director Anne Daly will serve as interim Executive Director while a search is conducted for Prazuch’s replacement.