January 2015 Bar Bulletin
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Amicus Committee To File Brief in Pro Bono Case


The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on November 19, convened by KCBA President Steven Rovig.

Second Vice President Kathryn Battuello presented the Amicus Committee's recommendation that an amicus brief be filed by KCBA in Pham v. Corbett, a landlord-tenant case won by KCBA pro bono volunteers at the trial court level and pending before Division I. After discussion, the Board by voice vote approved the Committee's recommendation to file the brief, and directed that notice of the decision be disseminated to the membership.

Executive Director Andrew Prazuch reported on an improvement in membership renewals after board members assisted with retention outreach. He also briefed trustees on recent discussions at the Supreme Court on the Practice of Law Board, the Court's issuance of a new RPC comment related to advising clients about marijuana legalization, and a new e-service rule for Superior Court. He informed trustees about a delay in budget cuts to the King County Office of Public Defense and outlined ongoing conversations happening among bar leaders about statewide diversity coordination.

Treasurer Jennifer Payseno reported on the first three months of the current fiscal year. As of September 30, KCBA had received $1.4 million in revenue, with $796,000 in expenses, for net income of $672,000. In addition, the Association has $1.5 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $866,000 in reserves. She reported that the Board would be briefed on the independent auditor's findings at its December meeting.

Due to an existing client relationship with the Seattle Housing Authority, Rovig asked First Vice President Kim Tran to chair the next portion of the meeting. Tran introduced Anne Fiske Zuniga from the Seattle Housing Authority, who briefed the trustees on the SHA's planned "Stepping Forward" program, which seeks to move longtime residents from SHA programs over time in order to free space for new tenants.

The measure was initially discussed during the Board's October meeting. Zuniga explained that SHA was evaluating community input and answered trustees' questions about the proposal. Finally, Tran reminded trustees that further consideration of the Pro Bono Committee's recommendation to oppose the SHA program would be deferred to a future board meeting.

Young Lawyers Division Vice Chair Peter Talevich briefed trustees on YLD's experimental non-CLE programming including an upcoming seminar, "Job Search 411." Trustee K.M. Das reported that the Public Policy Committee heard a presentation on the Certificate of Restoration Proposal and is drafting a resolution in support for Board consideration.

Rovig briefed the trustees on his attendance as a KCBA representative at the Asian Bar and QLAW dinners, and gave an update on the monthly bench-bar liaison meeting. He presented highlights from KCBA's Annual Volunteer Recognition Event, the Bench-Bar Conference and the Bar Scholars Reception, and encouraged the trustees to attend the MLK Luncheon on January 16.


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