February 2014 Bar Bulletin
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Larsen-Bright Appointed to Board


The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees' meeting held on December 18, convened by KCBA President Anne Daly.

Daly began the meeting by congratulating Trustee John Chun on his appointment to the King County Superior Court bench. Chun submitted his resignation from the Board.

Daly explained that the Board is authorized under the bylaws to appoint a new trustee to serve the remainder of Chun's term. The Board appointed Shawn Larsen-Bright, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney and current co-chair of the Association's Judiciary & Litigation Committee, to fill the position.

Daly also briefed the trustees on the proposed Leadership Development & Nominations Committee. She explained that the main change from prior board discussions was that the Committee will first perform the nominations function and then would concentrate on developing an ongoing workplan for recruiting and supporting current and future association leaders. The Board appointed the following members to the Committee: Steven Rovig (chair), Theo Angelis, Beth Barrett Bloom, Nicole Gaines and Pamela Grinter.

Executive Director Andrew Prazuch reported that the King County Council adopted the ordinance endorsed by KCBA concerning immigrant detainers. He also reported on a Diversity Committee survey now under way and the recent bar scholar and federal bar dinner events, and encouraged trustees to attend the MLK luncheon, which took place on January 17, and the Goldmark luncheon, being held on February 21.

Prazuch next noted that the Judicial Conferencing Committee has reconvened to provide interested judges with confidential performance feedback. Finally, he provided a status report on the now-released Judicial Officer Survey and updated the Board on a Legal Foundation of Washington grant-funded position that KCBA will host to support the newly established statewide Pro Bono Council.

Nathan Hartman and Erika Allen 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, 2013. The review applied analytical procedures to management's financial data, made inquiries of management and provided limited assurance that financials are free of mistakes. They noted there was a policy change regarding the presentation of "restricted and unrestricted support" and there was a small prior period adjustment related to how payroll liabilities were recorded. A more in-depth presentation and discussion of their report was provided in November with the Finance Committee.

First Vice President Steven Rovig, on behalf of Treasurer Jennifer Payseno, briefed the trustees on the proposed Operating Reserve & General Fund Policy. He discussed the need to update the policy to reflect current association practices and explained that the proposed policy had been vetted by the Finance Committee and auditors. The policy states that the Association will maintain an Operating Reserve Fund and that KCBA's goal is to maintain a balance equal to three months of expenses. The Board approved the resolution.

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