The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on January 21, convened by KCBA President Steven Rovig.
King County Bar Foundation President Derek Crick briefed the trustees on the Foundation's work over the last 12 months. He reported that the Foundation had adopted a new five-year strategic plan to focus on improved fundraising.
Crick reported that in May 2014 the Foundation granted $136,000 for minority law student scholarships to be split between the University of Washington and Seattle University law schools. He presented highlights from last fall's King County Law Firm Campaign, a fundraising effort that raised more than $500,000 in statewide funding for civil legal aid.
Lastly, he discussed Wes Moore's upcoming appearance as the keynote speaker for the Breakfast With Champions fundraiser in March and presented a video on Moore's background. All trustees were encouraged to be a table captain at the event. (Crick's guest column about the Breakfast appears on page 2; registration information appears on page 32.)
Rovig began the meeting with a special recognition for the entire KCBA staff, who joined the first part of the meeting. Next, he presented highlights of the recent MLK Luncheon, briefed the trustees on a draft proposal for a statewide judicial evaluation process that will be reviewed by the chairs of KCBA's judicial committees, and gave a status update on pending court technology rules.
Executive Director Andrew Prazuch reported that a request for proposals for a communications audit had been distributed and that he expected the Board would receive a presentation on the results at its March meeting.
On behalf of the treasurer, Prazuch reported that as of November 30 KCBA had received $2 million in revenue, with $1.2 million in expenses, for net income of $800,000. In addition, the Association has $1.7 million in cash and cash equivalents and $866,000 in reserves. He also noted that reserves now cover about eight weeks of operating expenses.
In information reports, YLD Chair Lori Hurl briefed the trustees on upcoming events, including a combined CLE event with the Federal Bar Association, the 2015 Winter Soiree (held on February 5, where the Mentor of the Year Award was presented - see page 24), and the spring Bridging the Gap seminar. ABA Delegate James Williams reported on the upcoming ABA midyear meeting and highlighted some issues that will be discussed, including a resolution for right to counsel for unaccompanied, undocumented immigrant children and repealing "stand your ground" laws.
Finally, the Board went into executive session for a briefing by Prazuch on employee compensation issues.
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