February, 2018 eNewsletter

February 2018
King County Bar Association
News & Events

Quadrennial Survey on Limited Jurisdiction Courts Released
KCBA released February 23 its quadrennial survey on judicial officers in King County district and municipal courts, including Seattle Municipal Court. Over 400 lawyers participated and rated judges on various criteria including legal decision-making, impartiality, and demeanor. A copy of the survey is now online at www.kcba.org/judicialsurvey.

Judicial Retirements and Openings
Several retirements from various levels of court have been announced in recent months, including Judges Cox and Trickey from the Court of Appeals, Judges Spearman, Ramsdell, and Halpert from Superior Court, Judge Jorgensen from Kent Municipal, and Judges Delaurenti, Meyer, and Garrow from King County District Court. Some will complete their terms while others will retire early with their positions subject to appointment. To keep on top of all judicial vacancies, please visit KCBA's new webpage on vacancies, which is found at www.kcba.org/judicialopenings.

KCBA 2018-2019 Board Nominees Announced
The Leadership Development & Nominations Committee has proposed a slate of KCBA members to fill upcoming vacancies on the Board of Trustees, effective July 1. The nominees are John McKay (Davis Wright Tremaine) for Second Vice President, Derek Crick (Ryan Swanson) for secretary-trustee, recently retired Judge Richard McDermott (JAMS) for trustee, and Tahmina Watson (Watson Immigration Law) for trustee. To learn more about the nominees and election process, visit www.kcba.org/board.

Ed McKenna New Presiding Judge
With the appointment of Karen Donohue to Superior Court, the bench for Seattle Municipal Court has elected a new presiding judge: Ed McKenna took over that leadership role on February 15. A copy of the press release is available at tinyurl.com/y8zbcpwd.

Bar Bulletin Preview
The March Bar Bulletin will be arriving in members' mailboxes later this week. Among the highlights are feature articles on the Insurance Fair Conduct Act, highlights from the December 2017 federal tax reform law, and a profile of attorney Christopher Marks. Look for the e-edition soon in addition to the hardcopy newsprint edition. More information at www.kcba.org/barbulletin.

YLD Board of Trustees Seeks Nominations
Nominations due March 12, 2018
Become a leader and get involved with the YLD Board of Trustees! The board is currently seeking nominations for 3 trustee positions (three year term) and 1 lay member position (two year term) to begin July 1, 2018. Nominees must be KCBA members and within their first five years of practice or under 36 as of December 31, 2018. Learn more at www.kcba.org/yldboardopenings or email annar@kcba.org for more information.

2018 Breakfast With Champions
March 20, 2018
Mark your calendars – the King County Bar Foundation’s 18th annual Breakfast With Champions will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at the downtown Seattle Westin. This is KCBF’s largest annual fundraiser and the single-largest gathering of the legal community in Washington. The Breakfast raises funds to support the King County Bar’s pro bono and minority law student scholarship programs. Purchase individual tickets and tables as well as learn about sponsorship opportunities at www.kcbf.org/bwc.

Save the Date: KCBA Golf Tournament
August 30, 2018
Save the date for the 2nd Annual KCBA Golf Tournament, slated for Thursday, August 30th at the Rainier Golf and Country Club. Come early for the pre-golf Ethics CLE program, and be sure to stick around for the post-golf wine tasting. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Chris Dreps at chrisd@kcba.org. Details at www.kcba.org/golftournament.

Attorneys Needed for the Following Lawyer Referral Panels:

  • Social Security Disability and Federal Social Security Appeals
  • Social Security Retirement Benefits
  • Pensions
  • Immigration
  • Indian Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Property-Timeshares
  • Workman’s Comp-Federal
  • Tribal-Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury-Federal Property
  • Flat Fee Services

Please contact lesah@kcba.org for more information or visit www.kcba.org/For-Lawyers/Lawyer-Referral-Service to get started.

Member Benefit of the Month: Coterie Worklounge
Enjoy a special KCBA Member rate of $99 a month, normally $229 a month. Located at 1414 4th Ave, this is a fantastic value. Coterie has a large list of member services—check them out at https://www.coterieworklounge.com/. Must identify yourself as a KCBA member and provide your KCBA member number. Please call Skye Gauzza, 206.693.4570, or stop in the Worklounge, to complete your special KCBA Membership at Coterie Worklounge.

Section Happenings
KCBA Section Spotlight: Guardianship & Elder Law
Each month we will highlight one of the thirteen active sections at KCBA. This month’s section is Guardianship & Elder Law, led by Section Chair Miriam Ayoub.

The Guardianship and Elder Law Section provides education, activities, and programs that enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. The section also co-sponsors the annual mandatory Guardian ad Litem (GAL) training in the spring.

The GELS meets at noon on the third Thursday of each month at KCBA offices and has 236 members. The next section meeting will be March 15 at 12:00pm at the KCBA offices. Bill Jaback and Roger S. Kohn will be presenting “Developing and Implementing Plans for the Administration of Small Trusts.”

All KCBA members are invited to attend one section meeting on a complimentary basis to experience the benefits of section membership. Afterward, section membership is required for attendance at the monthly section CLE meetings.

Continuing Legal Education
Upcoming Programs
Practical Tips for Drafting and Analyzing Powers of Attorney Under Washington’s Revised Uniform Power of Attorney Act
March 30, 2018
9:00-10:00am | 1.00 Law & Legal CLE Credit
King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle
Also available via webcast
To Register Visit: https://www.kcba.org/For-Lawyers/Continuing-Legal-Education

Equifax and the “Reasonable” Cybersecurity Standard
March 30, 2018
12:00-1:00pm | 1.00 Law & Legal CLE Credit
King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle
Also available via webcast
To Register Visit: https://www.kcba.org/For-Lawyers/Continuing-Legal-Education

Family Law Hot Topics: Topics That Can't Wait
April 26, 2018
8:55am-12:15pm | 3.00 Law & Legal CLE Credits
Washington State Convention Center, 7th & Pike, Seattle
To Register Visit: https://www.kcba.org/For-Lawyers/Continuing-Legal-Education

Title 11 Guardianship Guardian ad Litem Training
April 26 & 27, 2018 - Initial Certification
April 27, 2018 - Re-Certification
Washington State Convention Center, 7th & Pike, Seattle
To Register Visit: https://www.kcba.org/For-Lawyers/Continuing-Legal-Education

~Save the Dates!~
Estate Planning for the 99%
April 19, 2018
Washington State Convention Center
CLE Credits Pending

Settlement Guardian ad Litem Initial Certification Training
June 7, 2018
Washington State Convention Center
CLE Credits Pending
Qualifications: SGAL shall be an attorney with at least five years of pertinent legal experience and such other qualifications as the court may require.

Pro Bono Services
Volunteers Needed to Represent Survivors of Domestic Violence
The Family Law Mentor Program offers new attorneys or attorneys new to family law the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a domestic violence survivor by representing a client in a family law case. Attorneys are expected to take the case through completion, and are supported by a mentoring attorney and the managing attorney of the program as they take on direct representation of a client in a contested dissolution or parenting plan case. Please visit www.kcba.org/pbs to learn more about the program and sign up.

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