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TO:         New and Prospective Trustees and Officers

FROM:    Andrew J. Prazuch, KCBA Executive Director

RE:         Job Descriptions

The following are the King County Bar Association’s expectations for each of the trustee and officer positions that have developed over many years.

Trustees are elected to three-year terms, beginning July 1 and ending June 30. The Treasurer serves a two-year term and Secretary/Trustee serves as Secretary only the first year of the three-year term. The Second Vice-President becomes First Vice-President the following year and President the year after that, as set out in the bylaws.

President

These requirements have developed over the years into the following expectations of the President:

  • serving as chief spokesperson for the Association, although the communication of Association positions can be delegated to others as appropriate;
  • attending Board meetings and Officers meetings, acting as chair for those meetings
  • developing agendas with the executive director for Board meetings;
  • attending Superior Court Bench/Bar Liaison Committee meetings monthly (occasionally delegated to another officer as appropriate)
  • preside or host other meetings or events of the Association, such as the Annual Awards Dinner, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Lunch;
  • writing a monthly article on topics of his/her choice for the Bar Bulletin;
  • responding to members’ inquiries as needed;
  • performing the usual duties of a Trustee.

First Vice-President

Typically a First Vice President has been expected to:

  • prepare him- or herself for future leadership and their role as President the following year;
  • attend and participate in Board and Officer meetings;
  • during term of First and Second Vice-President, attend nonprofit leadership training programs with executive director;
  • serve as member of the Membership Committee plus other committees of interest;
  • chair meetings in the absence of the President; and
  • perform the usual duties of a Trustee.

Second Vice President

  • prepare him- or herself for future leadership and their role as President two years hence;
  • attend and participate in Board and Officer meetings;
  • serve as member of the Pro Bono Committee plus other committees of interest;
  • during term of First and Second Vice-President, attend nonprofit leadership training programs with executive director;
  • chair meetings in the absence of the President and First Vice President; and
  • perform the usual duties of a Trustee

Secretary/Trustee

The trustee in this position serves as Secretary the first year of a three-year term and has only the regular duties of a trustee the second and third years of the term. KCBA staff prepare the meeting minutes. Typically we expect of a Secretary/Trustee:

  • attending and participating in Board and Officer (first year only) meetings; and
  • performing the usual duties of a trustee.

Treasurer

We have typically expected of the Treasurer that he or she:

  • present monthly financial reports to the Board;
  • advise the Board about the advisability of approving any requests for expenditures not authorized in the approved annual budget;
  • chair the Finance Committee to review staff-prepared financial reports;
  • with Finance Committee meet with auditor to review annual findings;
  • attend and participate in Board and Officer meetings; and
  • perform the usual duties of a trustee.

Trustee

Trustees are expected to:

  • Attend meetings of the Board of Trustees or contact the Executive Director in advance, requesting he/she be excused.
  • Be prepared to participate in Board meetings by reading the meeting materials sent with each meeting notice, and following up on tasks assigned at Board meetings;
  • Ensure the financial integrity of the Association through receiving regular monthly reports from the Treasurer and acting responsibly on fiscal matters;
  • Serve as an active member of at least one committee;
  • Serve on ad hoc committees and task forces as needed.
  • Support fundraising efforts by the bar foundation; and
  • Attend special bar events as much as possible.


IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR ALL BOARD MEMBERS
During your term of office, board members are asked to refrain from endorsing or financially supporting judicial candidates for election to the bench at the city, county, or statewide level.




 

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