The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on January 20, convened by KCBA President Kim Tran.
King County Bar Foundation President Donald Scaramastra briefed the Board on the Foundation’s work over the last year. He thanked the trustees for their individual and firm contributions to KCBF, noted that we raised $22,500 for minority scholarships at the MLK Luncheon, and reported the Foundation is taking a deep dive with strategic planning for future fundraising. He presented highlights from the fall 2015 King County Law Firm Campaign — a fundraising effort by KCBF and Legal Aid for Washington that raised more than $530,000 in statewide funding for civil legal aid.
First Vice President Kathryn Battuello presented a recap of the discussion from the last meeting and informed the trustees that the Referendum & Initiative Project is not looking for board action at this time. After subcommittee discussions with members of the Legislature, the subcommittee is now looking for feedback on its report (see Page 22) as it does not expect any movement in this area during the 2016 legislative session.
Executive Director Andrew Prazuch informed the trustees that an MLK Luncheon survey had been disseminated; he was to report on its findings at the February meeting. He also briefed the Board on the Public Policy Committee’s meeting with lawyer-legislators from King County and the status of the Superior Court Judicial Officer Survey (see Pages 1, 16 and 17), and explained that KCBA is busy completing judicial candidate evaluation ratings for District Court openings under consideration for appointment by the County Council.
Treasurer Kinnon Williams reported that as of November 30, five months into the fiscal year, KCBA has received $2 million in revenue, with $1.3 million in expenses, for net income of $753,000. In addition, the Association has $1.8 million in cash and cash equivalents, and has $959,000 in reserves. Lastly, he reported that CLE is off to a strong start financially, and that all expense areas are within a few percentage points of normal for this point in the fiscal year.
YLD Chair Pete Talevich highlighted upcoming events including the Winter Soirée (held on February 11), the Bridging the Gap CLE (set for March 11), and a new mentoring program with the sections. Finally, he told the Board of KCBA’s participation with the ABA YLD on an event with the ABA president in Seattle in February.
Tran began the meeting with a special recognition for the entire KCBA staff, who joined the first part of the meeting. Next, she briefed the Board on her recent meeting with WSBA’s president and executive director, and presented highlights of the MLK Luncheon. Lastly, she thanked the trustees for their attendance at the luncheon and for helping obtain sponsorships.
Finally, Trustee Nicole McGrath briefed the Board on King County’s recent history in the area of juvenile justice reform and current concerns under discussion by advocates.