March 2015 Bar Bulletin
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Checking in on Changes at KCBA



I try to keep KCBA members updated on every change that happens at the bar, and at least with big changes (e.g., our office move last year) it's pretty easy to share news with you. After all, we do publish a monthly newspaper.

Yet, all year long there are dozens of less visible changes that I've forgotten to mention. So this month's column is dedicated to three of those.

Dues Waivers and Installment Payments

For some of our current and potential members, KCBA annual dues can be a significant expense, especially when not paid by an employer. And when a member is in the midst of a job search when annual dues payments are invoiced, that attorney might be forced to not renew his or her membership. To address this KCBA has two recently added options for membership dues payments. First is the ability of members who pay by credit card to set up an installment payment plan, spreading dues payments over a four-month period.

The second recent option is a dues waiver. If a current member is experiencing a financial hardship when dues invoices are sent, he or she should alert Christine Dreps, KCBA's member services manager, who is able to arrange for a one-time waiver of dues. No documentation is required and Chris does not share the names of these individuals with anyone at KCBA, including me. This allows attorneys to remain an active member of the Association, often when they most need the networking and information resources of the bar.

Learn more about both of these options at

Online CLE Library

For many years now KCBA has streamed section meetings each month online so that attorneys who belong to our sections can participate in programs from the convenience of their offices. This has proven an especially well-received option for those attorneys outside downtown Seattle.

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