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No petitions were received by 4/10/15, therefore this slate is deemed elected. Congratulations to our newest board members!


The King County Bar Association’s Leadership Development & Nominations Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of KCBA members for open positions on the Board of Trustees, effective July 1.

Additional candidates may run for any of these offices through the petition process prescribed in the bylaws. If no petitions are received by April 10, the slate will be deemed elected.

For more information, contact KCBA Executive Director Andrew Prazuch by email (AndrewP@KCBA.org) or phone (206-267-7061). Further details are online at http://www.kcba.org/aboutkcba/board/elections.aspx.

With the addition of these nominees, the complete make-up of the 2015–2016 KCBA Board of 17 members will consist of eight women and nine men. Five of the board members will be diverse attorneys, including four who are past presidents of minority bar associations. Geographically, we will have six members who work in downtown Seattle, five in other parts of Seattle, five on the Eastside, and one in the south end.

In terms of practice size, the Board will have two large-firm attorneys, four solo/small-firm attorneys, two corporate in-house counsel, two nonprofit/government attorneys, and nine medium-size-firm practitioners. Finally, we will have a range of expertise, including business/commercial, personal injury, judicial/mediation, family law, bankruptcy, employment, real estate/land use, construction, municipal, and criminal defense law, to name just a few.

President
KIM TRAN

First Vice President
KATHRYN M. BATTUELLO

Second Vice President
ANDREW W. MARON

Treasurer
KINNON W. WILLIAMS

Trustee-Secretary
MICHAEL HEATH

Trustee-Central
CLAYTON GRAHAM
SHAWN LARSEN-BRIGHT

 
 

KIM TRAN
NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT
KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

My name is Kim Tran and I am honored to be on the slate for KCBA 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 first and 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.

KCBA continues to lead and address controversial and thought-provoking topics, including the death penalty, gun control, legalization of marijuana, judicial evaluations, initiative reform, effective CLEs 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 $19.1-million 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; KCBA Judicial Evaluations Committee chair; Statewide Diversity Conference co-founder (2009 WSBA Diversity Award); and WSBA Leadership Institute Fellow.


KATHRYN M. BATTUELLO
NOMINEE FOR FIRST VICE PRESIDENT
KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

It is an honor to be nominated by the King County Bar Association for the position of first vice president. During my 30 years as a Seattle attorney, I have benefited 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 to work on behalf of KCBA's membership over the next several years.


ANDREW W. MARON
NOMINEE FOR SECOND VICE PRESIDENT
KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

Change is all around us. Technology is driving major evolutions in communications, business, personal relationships and our culture - and that obviously includes the legal profession and the judicial system. We are all experiencing it, every day.

It is an exciting, challenging time to be a lawyer, and I believe our local bar association should continue to be a resource to assist us. Since its inception 125 years ago, KCBA has been serving lawyers, the judiciary and the public. It does so through many outstanding programs and activities. I have had the good fortune over the years to be involved with many of them. Thus, I would like to continue that service by serving as the KCBA second vice president.

I like working with lawyers. I find lawyers to be dedicated, slightly idealistic problem solvers who seek to make our society a better place, in their own practices and their community and professional activities. Those are some of the reasons that I have devoted a significant amount of my non-work time to KCBA activities.

I have enjoyed serving on many KCBA committees and boards during the past 30 years, starting with the Young Lawyers Division Board of Trustees. I have chaired five committees: Public Information, Judicial Evaluation, Awards, Judicial Conferencing, and Public Policy; and also served on the KCBA Board of Trustees in 2005–2008.

I have two primary goals for KCBA: (1) emphasizing membership services that directly benefit lawyers, including with the technological changes sweeping our world; and (2) supporting the judicial system during times of extraordinary state and local budget challenges.

My personal background is varied. I have been a commercial/civil litigator with Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC since 1978. Prior to that, I served as a U.S. Army infantry officer and criminal defense lawyer after graduating from West Point. I have also served on many local government boards and councils, both elected and appointed.

I appreciate the nomination as second vice president, and will enthusiastically serve KCBA members in the upcoming years. Contact me at any time with comments or concerns: amaron@scblaw.com.


KINNON W. WILLIAMS
CANDIDATE FOR TREASURER
KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

It is my honor to be nominated by the King County Bar Association for the position of treasurer. The KCBA is truly an asset to the legal community and to the communities served by its members. I have had the privilege of working with a number of outstanding lawyers and staff members at the KCBA and know our bar association to be a strong and effective organization.

An active attorney volunteer, I am dedicated to doing my utmost to support the KCBA and its members. I believe this commitment, together with nearly 30 years of experience as a practicing attorney, including over 20 years as owner and managing partner of a small law firm, give me a solid foundation from which to serve as your treasurer.

I am proud of our bar association. Among its many contributions, the KCBA serves as a model to our state for quality pro bono legal service, an outstanding attorney referral program, and excellent bench-bar relations. Work done by the KCBA to improve the judicial system and performance of judges benefits our court system, attorneys, clients and community at large.

My longstanding commitment to preserving the strength and integrity of the KCBA is borne out by active, volunteer participation in bar association committees, and support and promotion of legal education programs for both attorneys and lay persons.

I currently serve as chair of the KCBA's Campaign Fairness Committee and co-chair of the Judicial Conferencing Committee. I have previously served as co-chair of the KCBA Judicial Evaluation Screening Committee and was membership chair of the Washington State Bar Association Solo and Small Practice Executive Board.

Because I believe legal education and outreach are vital, I frequently serve as a CLE lecturer and program chair, as well as a speaker and facilitator of legal workshops for government and private sector groups. I have also been a contributing author to the Washington State Bar Association Real Property Deskbook, having written the chapter on "Eminent Domain."

As a community volunteer, I am the current vice-chair of Evergreen Healthcare Foundation Board and a member of the Alumni Advisory Board of The Washington Center, an independent, nonprofit in Washington, D.C., providing exceptional civic education and internships to students worldwide.

Finally, a sincere "thank you" to my peers and colleagues who have invited me to serve once again on behalf of our legal community. I look forward to serving you as treasurer of our King County Bar Association.


MICHAEL HEATH
CANDIDATE FOR TRUSTEE-SECRETARY
KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

I am honored to be nominated for the position of secretary of the King County Bar Association.

I'm a member of the in-house legal team at Expedia, Inc., based in Bellevue. I support global contracting for our strategic hotel chain partners as well as the technology, supply and financial operations teams that run our lodging business. Prior to Expedia, I practiced with firms in Seattle and D.C., including Cairncross & Hempelmann, Dorsey, and Cooley (fka Dow Lohnes).

I've served in a volunteer capacity for a variety of community organizations, including as board president of QLaw: the GLBT Bar Association of Washington, and Rain City Soccer Club, and as a member of the National Leadership Council of Lambda Legal. I co-founded Washington's Statewide Diversity Conference (recipient of the 2009 WSBA Diversity Award) and am a graduate of the WSBA Leadership Institute.

I'm excited for the opportunity to play a part in helping the King County Bar Association maintain and build upon its excellent work improving the justice system, expanding access to justice and collaborating with the King County Bar Foundation.

Thank you for your support, and thank you for your participation in KCBA.


GLAYTON GRAHAM
CANDIDATE FOR TRUSTEE-CENTRAL
KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

I welcome the opportunity to continue my service to the King County Bar Association on its Board of Trustees. I started and built my practice at the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where I am a partner in the firm's Real Estate and Land Use Department. My daily work involves helping private and public clients with the broad range of issues that arise in the acquisition, development, use and sale of real property.

I have stayed involved in KCBA activities throughout my career, as I firmly believe that service to the bar - along with pro bono work, service to the community, and client work - is a cornerstone of a healthy private practice. My recent KCBA involvement includes several years serving as an officer to the Environmental & Land Use Law Section, where I am currently serving as immediate past chair; editorial work on KCBA's Washington Lawyers' Practice Manual; and providing pro bono representation through KCBA's Housing Justice Project.

I currently serve on the board of the King County Municipal League Foundation, which is an organization focused on good governance at the local level, and I have experience serving on other community boards as well. I have found these activities to be very rewarding, and I believe a KCBA trustee position would be a natural extension of this work, as well as an exciting opportunity to serve KCBA in a different capacity.

Over the past few years, KCBA has been successfully engaging on a number of important issues affecting our daily practice, including bar publications, continuing legal education, judicial ratings, I-502 dispensaries, as well as general member support. As a trustee, I am eager to help KCBA stay nimble and relevant, and - most importantly - continue providing value to its members in this ever-changing landscape.


SHAWN LARSEN-BRIGHT
CANDIDATE FOR TRUSTEE-CENTRAL
KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

I am very honored to be nominated to continue serving as KCBA trustee. I have held leadership roles with the KCBA for years and am excited to continue my work for the KCBA and its members.

I have served as trustee since late 2013 when I was selected to fill the partial term left vacant when the Honorable John Chun was appointed to our Superior Court. From 2008–2014, I served as co-chair of the KCBA Judiciary & Litigation Committee (formerly Judiciary & Courts). Our projects included the KCBA's efforts to improve our local court rules and interactions with the bench. My other KCBA service has included serving as KCBA liaison to the Trial Court Coordination Council from 2009–2014, moderator for panels of practitioners and court personnel at the KCBA's Bench-Bar Conference from 2009–2011, and taking a lead on the KCBA's ongoing project to encourage early mediation of disputes. I also served on the WSBA's Court Rules and Procedures Committee and recently served as chair of its Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Subcommittee.

As KCBA trustee, I will continue to focus on the needs of our members and on promoting a collaborative relationship between the bench and the KCBA.

I am a partner at Dorsey & Whitney and am currently head of its Seattle Trial Group. My practice focuses on complex corporate, securities and business litigation. I am also our office pro bono coordinator. This past year, our office proudly donated more than 3,000 hours to pro bono matters, including through legal aid to small, local nonprofits and litigation matters involving the defense of constitutional rights and civil liberties, among other matters. I am also board chair for Kids Co., a local childcare nonprofit serving underprivileged families.

It is a privilege to have been nominated to continue serving the KCBA as trustee and I very much look forward to continuing the good work of this organization.


 

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