The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees’ meeting held on December 21, convened by KCBA President Kathryn Battuello
Executive Director Andrew Prazuch updated the trustees on the work of the Leadership Development & Nominations Committee, which will bring a slate of candidates to the February meeting. He also reported that the King County Bar Foundation-Legal Foundation of Washington Joint Law Firm Campaign had raised more than $535,000 to be shared by both organizations for civil legal aid programs. In addition, he explained that the RFP for the website project had been sent out and responses were expected to be in by early January.
On behalf of the treasurer, Prazuch provided the monthly financial report, which showed that as of October 31 KCBA had revenues of $2 million and expenses of $1.1 million, for net income of $898,000. The Association has $2 million in cash and cash equivalents and the reserve fund is at $946,000.
Battuello began the meeting by reporting on her participation at Superior Court’s National Adoption Day celebration. YLD Chair Stephanie Lakinski also briefed the trustees on the recent Bridging the Gap CLE, a community care kit project, and a new “Breakfast at the Bar” event, which was well attended.
Nathan Hartman from the independent audit firm of Peterson & Sullivan presented the firm’s audit of the Association’s financial statements for the year ending June 30, 2016. The audit applied analytical procedures to management’s financial data and made inquiries of management and the treasurer. The Association received a “clean audit” and no material modifications needed to be made to the accompanying 2016 consolidated financial statements. He also briefed the trustees on trends and ratios for the past five years. A more in-depth presentation and discussion of the report was made to the Finance Committee in November.
Neal Black, chair of the Public Policy Committee, briefed the trustees on the Washington State Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee’s proposal to fund the Civil Justice Reinvestment Plan through a dedicated tax on legal services purchased by consumers. Rather than a new tax on consumers, the Public Policy Committee’s recommendation to the Board is that KCBA accept the findings of the 2015 Civil Legal Needs Study, but seek increased funding through other means. After discussion, the resolution as amended was approved by voice vote; a copy is online at www.kcba.org/publicpolicy.
The Board then went into executive session to continue its discussion of a complaint against the Catherine Moore for Superior Court campaign. By voice vote, the trustees agreed to refer this matter to the appropriate state authority for a comprehensive review of the bar’s concerns.
Finally, Prazuch briefed the trustees on the results of the KCBA communications audit results from April 2015. He explained the scope of the audit, research tools utilized, member preferences for communications and the limited use of social media by attorneys. The audit recommendations included refreshing of the website design, switching KCBA’s social media focus to LinkedIn, and developing a formal strategic communications plan.