The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held February 1, and convened by KCBA President Joseph Bringman. The meeting was originally scheduled for January 18, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.
Bringman reported on the very successful Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon held January 13, thanking the committee members and chairs Judge Richard Jones and Karen Murray. He also reviewed a recent meeting between the KCBA and Washington State Bar Association presidents and executive directors.
Executive Director Andrew Prazuch briefed the trustees about the significant growth in attendance that the MLK luncheon has experienced over the past three years; encouraged the trustees to participate in the membership ambassador program and to reach out to prospective members; reported on the Judicial Screening Committee's anticipated busy workload this spring; and updated the Board on the judicial evaluation survey currently under way for King County Superior Court judges.
Judge Michael Spearman, chair of KCBA's Diversity Committee, briefed the trustees on the new committee's recent work. The committee has been exploring a definition of what success in diversity might look like, how KCBA should promote diversity within KCBA and the legal profession, and KCBA's relationship with the minority bar associations. The committee's activities are focused on four areas: pipeline programs, career development, business development and community relations.
Judge Mary Yu, Ellen Dial, Patrick Palace and Mark Johnson gave a presentation on an upcoming Washington State Bar Association member referendum to roll back the WSBA licensing fee from $450 to $325 for the 2013 dues year. The group asked for KCBA to oppose the referendum since the proposed reduction in fees would eliminate most of the discretionary functions of the state bar. After discussion, by voice vote the trustees agreed to oppose the referendum and to encourage KCBA members to vote "No" when they receive their ballots. Bringman and Prazuch have prepared a statement for KCBA members. (Please see pages 3 and 15 for more information on the WSBA referendum.)
King County Bar Foundation President Jim Austin gave a presentation on the Foundation's history as an integral part of the Association; reviewed the programs that the Foundation funds; reported on the Foundation's progress to raise funds and obtain grants to reach this year's revenue goals; and encouraged all of the trustees to support the March 22 Breakfast With Champions event by participating as a table captain. (Reservation information for the Breakfast With Champions is available on page 10.)
Treasurer Pamela Grinter directed the Board's attention to the November 30, 2011 financial statements included in the meeting materials. She noted that KCBA has $1.89 million in revenues, and $1.22 million in expenses for a net gain of $670,000. Total cash, equivalents, and intra-company transfers are $1.4 million with $127,000 in liabilities. CLE revenue continues to exceed budget goals, while overall expenses and other KCBA revenues are at expected levels for this period in the fiscal year. Reserve funds represent seven weeks of operating expenses.
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