January 2023 Bar Bulletin
As I look forward to 2023, I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to reflect on the past. For the last two and a half years, the theme at KCBA has been “Change” — change in leadership, change in how we provide services to our members, change in our Pro Bono Programs and how we deliver service to our marginalized communities and change in the size of, and operations of, our Association.
A year or so before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and we were all forced to change and adapt in a world that was so full of uncertainty, I had read a little book about change that had really got me thinking about my life and how I dealt with change. That little book was “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson, MD. The #1 Bestseller on dealing with change in your work and in your life, a story about four characters who are faced with unexpected change and how they deal with it. My favorite quote from the book, “Adapt To Change Quickly: The Quicker You Let Go of Old Cheese, The Sooner You Can Enjoy the New Cheese” has truly helped guide me through the past two years of change at KCBA.
One of the first changes I want to present is one that I am very excited to see as it arrives in all of our mailboxes during the first week of the new year. With this January 2023 edition the Bar Bulletin has a new look, which up until now I have only seen in the planning stages and the press proofs as we worked through the publication cycle. In addition to updating the nameplate from “BAR BULLETIN” to “Bar Bulletin”, we are also updating the print method and improving the quality of the paper the Bar Bulletin is printed on. The outcome of these changes will be clearer printing and more vibrant color throughout, ensuring our ads’ colors and event photos ‘pop’ without any of the blurring or smearing that has occasionally occurred using our current printing process. Over the past few years, we have experienced more challenges with the printing process leading us to let go of the old way of printing (open web) and embrace a new heat print method that dries the ink prior to the folding and processing.
This is not the first time the paper has experienced changes since it was first published in August 1957. The paper’s first editors in chief were the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher and Louis H. Pepper and it began as an 8 ½” x 11” four-page publication which by June of 1982 had grown into a 16-page booklet/
magazine style publication. In September 1982, the Bar Bulletin changed to the current newspaper format and has grown to 28 pages. Along with the changes in printing format the publications switched from a white stock to newsprint in September 1988 and the nameplate changed in style and font. The paper went from being known as the Seattle Bar Bulletin in 1957 to officially becoming the King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin when Seattle was removed from the bar’s name in April 1993. The current nameplate and familiar format was established in February 2006, just before I arrived at the bar.
Although the look and feel of the paper may be different, I am proud that the excellent editorial content we have all come to expect is still present under the great guidance of our Editor, Christopher Young. If you are interested in reading more about the Bar Bulletin changes throughout the years, I encourage you to read, “KCBA Celebrates 60 years of the Bar Bulletin”, by Gene Barton, September 2017 Bar Bulletin, https://www.kcba.org/For-Lawyers/Bar-Bulletin/PostId/213.
So, gone is the newsprint and smeared black ink, back is the whiter and brighter paper to showcase our events and advertisers and an updated nameplate. Although the look and feel of the paper has again changed to meet the times, I hope you enjoy the change and “Savor The Adventure And Enjoy The Taste of New Cheese!”