January 2014 Bar Bulletin
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Rule Changes Afoot


The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees' meeting held on November 20, convened by KCBA President Anne Daly.

ABA Delegate Thomas Fitzpatrick updated the Board on the status of KCBA's proposed amendments to RPC 8.4, as well as a new RPC 8.6, including the ad hoc committee's proposed next steps. He informed the trustees of the Supreme Court's decision directing WSBA to review the proposal and submit comments to the Court by January 31.

Trustee Robert Wayne also announced that Board-supported changes to GR 30 dealing with electronic service were approved for comment by the Washington Supreme Court Rules Committee.

Daly began the meeting reporting on her attendance at the Asian Bar Association of Washington's Annual Dinner, KCBA's Pro Bono Volunteer and Donor Recognition Event, and a luncheon with the Washington State Bar Association president and executive director to discuss ways KCBA and WSBA can work together.

Executive Director Andrew Prazuch reported on additional recent events and encouraged trustees to view the event photo galleries posted on the KCBA website. He mentioned that the annual Bench Bar Conference on November 11 was successful and sold out again; updated trustees on the Public Policy Committee's discussions on gun safety initiatives; reported on the Diversity Committee's preparation of a survey for the membership, which has now been sent out; and distributed copies of the King County Bar Foundation's Annual Report.

First Vice President Steven Rovig briefed the trustees on recent activities related to the office move/lease renewal process, previewing finalist properties and draft floor plan designs. All properties have rental list prices above the Association's current lease terms, but the bar's commercial real estate broker advises that lease negotiations will bring the ultimate increase in costs lower than the list prices. A new lease should be executed by January for July 1 occupancy.

Prazuch briefed the Board on the schedule for the District Court and Municipal Court Judicial Officer Survey. The new 23-member committee, chaired by past Trustee Carl Forsberg, has made some revisions to the survey, which was subsequently released on November 12 to more than 3,700 attorneys who had appeared in those courts according to court records. The survey was open through early December. The committee is now reviewing the data, and the results will be released in January.

Member Services Manager Christine Dreps reported that 2013's membership renewal numbers came in ahead of the prior year. Members of the Membership Committee are reaching out to pillar firms that have not renewed their memberships to determine if the lapse was intentional. Efforts continue to focus on attrition of newly admitted members, development of a recruitment campaign for the Seattle City Attorney's Office, and the yearly half-price membership campaign that begins in January.

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