January 2017 Bar Bulletin
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Board Gets Preview of
Sales Tax Proposal for Legal Aid


The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on November 16, convened by KCBA President Kathryn Battuello.

The Board received a short preview from Trustee Erin Overbey of discussions under way with the Public Policy Committee over a sales tax proposal to provide additional state appropriations for civil legal aid. Board members were advised that the matter would likely come before them for full discussion at the December meeting.

As part of an ongoing series of briefings for trustees about major bar programs, Member Services Senior Manager Chris Dreps provided trustees with an overview of how the Lawyer Referral Service program began, the steps involved in potential client screening, panel requirements and fee share agreements, case auditing, marketing, and the role of the Board’s LRS Oversight Committee. She also highlighted current initiatives, including a pilot test for alternative dispute resolution cases.

Battuello began the meeting by noting that post-election, the bar’s work remains more important than ever. She then briefed the trustees on recent events at which she represented KCBA, including the King County Bar Foundation Bar Scholars reception and the annual Bench-Bar Conference.

Next, Executive Director Andrew Prazuch briefed the trustees on the judicial results from the November general election, latest membership renewal figures, and recent meetings of the Leadership Development and Diversity committees.

Treasurer Kinnon Williams provided the monthly financial update. He reported that at the end of three months of the fiscal year as of September 30, KCBA had revenues of $1.6 million and expenses of $853,000, for net income of $804,000. He reminded trustees that the independent audit firm would present its findings to the Finance Committee and then to the full Board in December.

In routine business, Young Lawyers Division Chair Stephanie Lakinski updated trustees on recent job-search panels, a trivia game night and plans for the annual “Bridging the Gap” seminar in December. The Board also approved requested technical amendments to the Environmental and Land Use Law Section’s bylaws.

Finally, the Board went into executive session to continue its discussion of a complaint against the Catherine Moore for Superior Court campaign. By voice vote, the trustees directed the Board’s Fair Campaign Practices Committee to review newly received data and recommend possible additional action by the Board.


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