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Board Authorizes New Office Lease


The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees' meeting held on January 15, convened by KCBA President Anne Daly.

First Vice President Steven Rovig reported that after many months of market research and vigorous negotiations with several landlords, the Move Committee recommends that KCBA accept the lease terms offered by Unico Properties to remain in the IBM Building in a new office space located on the seventh floor. The currently empty space will be built out to KCBA's specifications at the landlord's expense and will include more efficiently designed conference room space for the many section and committee meetings that occur each month.

The new lease would be effective July 1 and be in effect for 10 years. After discussion, the Board authorized Executive Director Andrew Prazuch and Daly to negotiate and enter into a final lease agreement on behalf of the Association consistent with the terms presented to the Board, and with legal counsel review.

The Association staff was invited to join the Board at the start of the meeting. Daly, Rovig, Second Vice President Kim Tran, Treasurer Jennifer Payseno and Trustee-Secretary Robert Wayne reviewed for board members the responsibilities of staff teams, and staff then introduced themselves to the Board. The Board offered its thanks to the staff for their service to the Association.

Next, Daly shared highlights from the Public Policy Committee's recent meeting, which featured state legislators who reported on the important issues they see on the horizon. She then reported that KCBA just received a copy of the WSBA's Committee on Professional Ethics report about KCBA's RPC proposal and that more information will be forthcoming for the Board. Finally, she noted that the Executive Committee is working with the Appellate Law Section members to form a working group to address the amicus policy proposal discussed at the December meeting.

Prazuch encouraged trustees to attend the MLK Luncheon (held on January 17) and the Goldmark Luncheon (held on February 21), where KCBA Trustee Nicole Gaines was among those honored. He noted that the KCBA nominations and awards processes are under way. Lastly, Prazuch passed out copies of the bar's new Diversity Programs brochure.

King County Bar Foundation President Mary Jo Newhouse briefed the trustees on the Foundation's work over the last 12 months. She presented highlights from the King County Law Firm Campaign, which raised $561,000 in statewide funding for civil legal aid, and noted that the Endowment Campaign is wrapping up and thanked everyone who had donated.

Judicial Officer Survey Committee Chairman Carl Forsberg briefed the trustees on the Judicial Officer Survey Report for courts of limited jurisdiction, which was released at the end of January. (Survey results were reported in the February issue of the Bar Bulletin.) Significant improvements were made to the survey process, including the creation of an oversight committee with representation from all areas of the bar; a change of vendor responsible for survey administration; an increased survey period; and release of the report earlier in the election filing process. Forsberg also explained that advance copies of the report, including individual results and comments, were to be distributed to the judges before the public release. Finally, he noted that the committee would reconvene to review feedback from the bench, bar and media in preparation of future surveys.

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