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2014 Board Openings
Update 4/15/14: Since no petitions were filed in response to the announcement of nominees for KCBA board vacancies, the slate of candidates announced by the Leadership Development & Nominations Committee are deemed elected. Board members beginning terms July 1 are President Steve Rovig, First Vice President Kim Tran, Second Vice President Kathryn Battuello, Trustee-Secretary Alan Funk, Trustee-Central Nicole McGrath & Karen Orehoski, Southend Trustee Sara Wahl, and Eastside Trustee Mary Sakaguchi. Congratulations to KCBA's new board members.

Slate of Candidates Announced 2/28/14
Nominee statements and biographies appear in the April 2014 Bar Bulletin


First Vice President

Second Vice President







A speaker at this year's ABA sponsored Bar Leadership Institute urged aspiring bar leaders from across the country to ‘keep their eyes on the future with their feet planted in the present." That seems like uncommonly good advice as I gratefully accept KCBA's nomination to serve as its 2014-15 President.

Having completed service as KCBA's Treasurer, Second Vice President and First Vice President, I am confident that the ground beneath the feet of our Association is solid. Through the challenging years of the great recession and the continuing shake-up of our profession, the Board worked hard to ensure that KCBA's finances remained strong and that our member programs continued to be vibrant.

Maintaining that footing is an effort that relies on the energy and talent of our 5500 members. Just in the past year, a team of dedicated volunteers helped us grapple with the ethical issues thrown at us by the legalization of recreational marijuana while others studied and made recommendations concerning the gun safety initiatives soon to face Washington voters. Meanwhile the fundraising efforts of our King County Bar Foundation ensure that we continue to be leaders in diversity in the legal profession and in providing critical pro bono legal services to the most vulnerable of our community.

I look forward to working with you to build on KCBA's enviable position in the present while we keep our eyes on the challenges and opportunities that are undoubtedly the future of our Association. Thank you for your support.

Office Address:
Steven R. Rovig
Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S.
1221 Second Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98101
Year of Admission to Washington Bar: 1984
Law and Community Activities:
  • KCBA Treasurer, Second Vice President and First Vice President
  • KCBA Board of Trustees
  • KCBF Board of Trustees and President
  • KCBA Community Legal Services Committee Member and Chair
  • VAPWA Volunteer
  • Diversity Initiative Co-chair
  • Greater Seattle Business Association Board Member
  • Chicken Soup Brigade Board Member and President
  • AFS Volunteer


My name is Kim Tran and I am honored to be on the slate for KCBA First Vice-President. I am committed to ensuring that KCBA remains a leader in public policy issues, pro bono services and inclusion practices.

My prior KCBA service includes service as Second Vice-President, Secretary/ Board Trustee and on the following committees: Executive, Pro Bono, CLE, Membership, Diversity, Awards, and Amicus Ad-hoc.

Before joining Microsoft, I worked in private practice for more than 12 years at a mid-size Seattle law firm where I chaired the employment law group and served as hiring shareholder. I occasionally serve as a judge pro tem and previously worked at Seattle City Light.

In the next few years, KCBA will continue to lead and address controversial and thought-provoking topics including the death penalty, gun control, legalization of marijuana, judicial evaluations, and court funding. I am committed to thoughtful discourse and meaningful action. KCBA must draw on institutional wisdom and embrace new ideas.

We must continue to help attorneys learn new technologies, stay abreast of changes in the law and be culturally competent practitioners. My leadership skills and passion will contribute to KCBA’s success as we train lawyers, help those in legal need, and build a strong pipeline of future leaders.

My community service includes: Asian Counseling Referral Service Board President when it completed a $19.1M capital campaign and former volunteer naturalization teacher; National Asian Pacific American Bar Foundation Secretary/Board Member; Asian Bar Association of Washington President, ID Legal Clinic Coordinator, Judicial Evaluations Chair; Statewide Diversity Conference Co-founder (2009 WSBA Diversity Award); and WSBA Leadership Institute Fellow.


It is an honor to be nominated by the King County Bar Association for the position of Second Vice President. During my 30 years as a Seattle attorney I have benefitted from KCBA's work on behalf of its membership and the courts. I have also observed the many ways in which KCBA's dedication to equal and effective access to justice benefits our community. It would be a privilege to give back to KCBA – and our community – by serving in a leadership role on the KCBA Board of Trustees.

Having served as a King County Bar Foundation Trustee since 2006, and as its President in 2010-2011, preserving KCBA's commitment to civil legal aid and diversity is one of my core values as a Bar leader. Maintaining KCBA's role as an advocate for the courts and as a community leader on important civil and criminal policy issues is a second core value. Building a broader membership base is another.

I currently work as a public sector attorney in the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General's Office. However, during my career I have also practiced in the private sector, been an active member of the law school faculty at the University of Washington, and worked closely with colleagues who have ADR practices or act as in-house counsel. My range of professional experience positions me to assist KCBA in its efforts to build a broader membership base that addresses the needs of all practice perspectives.

I am committed to building upon KCBA's proud tradition of service on behalf of its members and our community, to enhancing its responsiveness to member needs and to strengthening partnerships with the courts, our law schools, the specialty bars and other professional organizations that share KCBA's mission. I am very appreciative of the Bar's nomination and will enthusiastically embrace the opportunity work on behalf of KCBA's membership over the next several years.


A partner at Wechsler Becker, LLP, and a practicing attorney since 1993, I have sought opportunities to improve our legal system throughout my career. I am an active member of the KCBA Courts and Judiciary Committee and have served as secretary, vice chair and chair of the KCBA Family Law Section. I was privileged to work with commissioners and judges on the Family Law Pattern Interrogatories and Personal Injury Pattern Interrogatories subcommittees, and I volunteer countless hours each year with programs such as the Volunteer Settlement Conference Program and Family Law Facilitators, and as an arbitrator in cases submitted to mandatory arbitration.

I also have volunteered as a mentor to young attorneys through the KCBA mentor program, and I have been appointed as a GAL to represent the interests of children and have served as a CASA volunteer in high-conflict custody disputes. I was involved in the various phases of the Facilities Master Plan working with officials from the King County executive, legislative and judicial branches to develop courthouse facilities.

I am pleased to accept the nomination to the King County Bar Association Board of Trustees and I am committed to continue working on access-to-justice issues, the use of technology in the courts, case management and electronic filing systems, local rules, improved bench-bar communications and enhanced facilities.


I am a staff attorney for TeamChild where I advocate for youth experiencing civil legal aid barriers in their lives. My legal work ranges from education law (special education and school discipline), accessing mental health and medical services, and housing issues. My previous work affiliations include the Lawrence & Versnel law firm and The Defender Association (including the juvenile, felonies and dependencies units).

My community service contributions include service on the WSBA Court Rules and Procedures Committee and volunteering at King County YMCA Mock Trial competitions. I also am a past-president for the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW), a nonprofit representing matters affecting Latino attorneys, judicial officers and the community. My LBAW service also includes volunteering on the LBAW judicial evaluations committee.

I have coordinated panels regarding juvenile justice at past sessions of the Minority Bar Associations Statewide Diversity Conference. I also am a co-contributor of the TeamChild-WA Appleseed report "Reclaiming Students: The educational and economic costs of exclusionary discipline in Washington State." In 2013, I was certified as a trainer of the Juvenile Training Immersion Program by the National Juvenile Defender Center.

I graduated from Saint Mary's College, in Notre Dame, Indiana, with a degree in mass communications and earned my J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law. I am a fierce Notre Dame and Gonzaga fan (and sometimes suffer conflicted loyalty during March Madness).


My work with the KCBA over the past nine years has been rewarding and I look forward to continuing that work on the KCBA Board of Trustees. I began working with KCBA on the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Services Committee in 2005.

I moved on to working on the YLD Board of Trustees where I served for three years. I then began working on the Membership Committee where I have worked since 2010. All of my work with KCBA has been rewarding and has allowed me to become a more active member of our legal community in which I work. KCBA has introduced me to many colleagues and lifelong friends.

I am excited to continue working with an organization that is an important part of ensuring that we lawyers provide important services to the communities we work and live in, as well as ensuring that KCBA provides services to our members that allow our profession to be the best it can be. As a voluntary bar association, KCBA must prove its value to its members every day. That value comes through the relationships we form with other lawyers, the satisfaction of volunteering with the Neighborhood Legal Clinics, and participating in the Lawyer Referral Service and other benefits KCBA provides to its members. As a trustee I will work to make sure all of our members are realizing the full value of their KCBA memberships.


I am honored to again be nominated as a trustee candidate representing the Eastside District. I am a partner in a small Bellevue firm, focusing my practice on family, real estate and business law. I live in the eastside and am passionate about access to justice and promoting solo/small firms and new attorneys.

For over a decade, I served the public through various volunteer opportunities, working with victims of domestic violence and low-income clients. I am an active volunteer with ELAP and annually support the KCBF by attending the Breakfast with Champions, and ELAP through its annual breakfast event.

I am active in our legal community as well, as a current trustee of KCBA (finishing Hon. Susan Amini's term), past co-chair of the KCBA Collaborative Law Section, member of the KCBA Membership Committee, and the KCBA and WSBA family law and ADR sections.

I am proud to be a member of KCBA where "public service" is the cornerstone of its mission. As a current trustee, I am inspired and excited by the steps KCBA is taking to fill the increasing gaps in public legal services. As a member of the Membership Committee, I know our KCBA leaders are constantly looking for ways to meet our members' needs and be the critical piece in our profession by promoting our practice and supporting new attorneys and solo/small firms. I invite you to share your ideas - let's talk about how this bar association can be a critical piece in your practice.


I am honored to be nominated by the KCBA for the position of trustee. I consider it a great privilege to be an attorney and working with the KCBA is yet another opportunity to use this gift to be of service in the public community as well as within the legal community. Working with the KCBA has been a high point of my career as an attorney; our local bar association supports public service and individualism; inclusion vs. exclusion.

I am grateful for the many opportunities I have had to serve the legal community throughout my career as an attorney. I am past-president of the South King County Bar Association and currently volunteer with the KCBA Neighborhood Legal Clinics. I also serve as the chair of the KCBA Collaborative Law Section. I present free CLEs to KCBA members and have used my law degree in countless other volunteer capacities during my years in practice.

When I walk in the door at the KCBA, it feels comfortable and accessible to me. This is what makes the KCBA unique. It truly feels like an organization that is here to serve and support us. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the KCBA Board of Trustees to help generate new ideas to further support our legal community and the community at large.


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