The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees' meetings held November 16 and December 21, and convened by KCBA President Joseph Bringman.
Bringman reported on the recent Bench Bar Conference, described his experiences at three swearing-in ceremonies for new admittees in November, and congratulated King County Superior Court Judge Steven Gonzalez on his appointment to the Washington Supreme Court. He also updated trustees on the November Future of the Law Institute program, discussed his meeting with senior legal counsel from Microsoft about increased membership in KCBA, and briefed the trustees on a December meeting with several Superior Court judges regarding the upcoming judicial evaluation survey.
Executive Director Andrew Prazuch reminded trustees about a new telephone system that was scheduled to be installed at the KCBA offices. He noted a strong turnout by the bench at each of the three swearing-in ceremonies earlier in the month. He mentioned that the staff had taped several of the sessions at the Bench Bar Conference and planned to post the podcasts on the KCBA website as a free member benefit. He gave a brief update on his recent tour of the Juvenile Justice Center. In addition, he also updated the board on the continued discussions about an expedited civil calendar for Superior Court, the status of fundraising for the Voting for Judges website, and ongoing activities from the Diversity and Public Affairs committees. Prazuch then briefed the trustees on several upcoming activities including a past-trustees' breakfast planned for December.
He also noted that KCBF received a 5% reduction for the annual Legal Foundation of Washington grant due to decreasing revenue available to LFW. Finally, he informed trustees that NPR's Mara Liasson, chief political reporter, will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Breakfast With Champions event.
Nathan Hartman, from the independent audit firm of Peterson & Sullivan, presented the firm's review of the Association's financial statements for the year ending June 30, 2011. The review primarily applied analytical procedures to management's financial data and made inquiries of management. The Association received a "clean review" and no material modifications needed to be made to the accompanying 2011 consolidated financial statements. A copy of the review report was shared with all trustees in the meeting materials.
Second Vice President Anne Daly renewed a motion to adopt the YLD-approved resolution against juvenile life sentences without the possibility of parole. Daly shared additional feedback on the resolution from County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg and Gavin Thornton of Columbia Legal Services. After additional board discussion, the board adopted the resolution. A copy of the resolution is available online at www.kcba.org/publicpolicy.
Bringman proposed that the 2012 Nominations Committee be chaired by past President Mark Fordham and include members Beth Bloom, Jill Pugh, Benson Wong and Michael Wrenn. The board approved the committee roster.
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