February 2016 Bar Bulletin
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Board Completes Bylaws Review; Membership Vote Set for Spring

 

By voice vote, the Board adopted additional bylaws language proposed by First Vice President Kathryn Battuello and trustees Karen Orehoski and Robert Wayne, clarifying that no individual proposed by the Leadership Development and Nominations Committee shall be a nominee until the Board accepts the recommendation. Next, the Board rejected by a vote of 7-7 a motion by Wayne to change the deadline for petition candidacies. The Board then approved by voice vote a motion by Wayne to not limit under Article VII delegation of authority only to committees created by resolution.

After completing action on those remaining items, Battuello moved “that the restated bylaws as amended be presented to the membership for approval.” The motion was approved by voice vote. The bylaws will be presented to the membership in the spring for ratification.

Joseph Skocilich, a member of the Referendum and Initiative Project (“RIP”) Subcommittee of the Public Policy Committee, led continued board discussion on the RIP report that was first presented at the November board meeting. The Board’s discussion focused on four primary issues: (1) pre-certification public review and comment; (2) pre-certification expedited judicial review; (3) increased signature-gathering timeline; and (4) online and electronic signature gathering. (Please see President Tran’s column on Page 2 regarding this review.) The Board agreed to continue the RIP report discussion at a future meeting.

Executive Director Andrew Prazuch informed the trustees that the Superior Court survey data collection is complete and the Judicial Officer Survey Committee had begun reviewing the data. He also asked all trustees to review the list of non-renewed members included in an earlier email and encouraged trustees to reach out to any members they know.

Tran directed the trustees to her written remarks in the meeting materials detailing her activities on behalf of KCBA. She mentioned that the Federal Bar Association recognized KCBA for its recent service partnership with FBA. Tran also reported that she enjoyed meeting the Mariner Moose at the National Adoption Day ceremony at Superior Court.

Treasurer Kinnon Williams reported that as of October 31, four months into the new fiscal year, KCBA had received $1.9 million in revenue, with $1 million in expenses, for net income of $857,000. In addition, the Association has $1.9 million in cash and cash equivalents, and has $959,000 in reserves. Prazuch provided a brief overview of the relationship between KCBA and KCBF funds.

Nathan Hartman and Erika Allen from the independent audit firm of Peterson & Sullivan presented their firm’s review of the Association’s financial statements for the year ending June 30, 2015. They noted that no adjustments from the previous period were required, explained the generally accepted accounting principles for reporting escalating lease payments, and discussed trend ratios from the past five years. A more in-depth presentation and discussion of their report was provided in November to the Finance Committee.

Finally, YLD Chair Pete Talevich explained how the YLD became involved in addressing law student concerns regarding the Children Youth and Family Justice Center, and how the YLD is a portal for law student involvement in KCBA.

 

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