The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held February 15 and convened by KCBA President Joseph Bringman.
Bringman directed the trustees' attention KCBA's statement encouraging KCBA members to vote no on the WSBA dues referendum. The statement is available on the KCBA website. Voting continues through April 6.
Executive Director Andrew Prazuch gave an update on the status of the Nominations Committee's search for prospective board candidates (please see candidate statements on pages 16 and 17); announced that the Awards Committee will be chaired by Second Vice President Anne Daly and would begin meeting at the end of February to begin the annual selection process for this year's awards; and encouraged trustees to attend the Goldmark Luncheon held February 24 (please see article on page 25). In addition, Prazuch reported he would be attending the ABA's Bar Leadership Institute with Daly and First Vice President Richard Mitchell in mid-March.
Outgoing King County District Court Presiding Judge Barbara Linde gave a presentation on the court's operations, successes and challenges. The District Court is the largest court of limited jurisdiction in Washington and handles more than 250,000 cases, including traffic infractions, DUI, domestic violence, small claims and civil litigation matters up to $75,000. Over the past year, the court has retained or started several new programs, including mental health court, a new veterans' court, and a suspended-license program to keep offenders out of the criminal justice system.
Incoming Presiding Judge Corinna Harn told the trustees of the court's upcoming plans, including e-filing, partnerships with the cities, and finding better ways for members of the bar to access the court.
Robert Wayne, co-chair of the Judiciary & Litigation Committee, briefed the trustees on the new shorter civil trial schedule in King County Superior Court that began in January. He discussed the reasons the court adopted the change, including presumed cost savings and quicker times to trial, but he shared the committee's concern that the new schedule may be inadequate for very extensive and complex cases. The committee will continue to monitor the situation and will make suggestions for improvement through regularly scheduled meetings with the court.
Prazuch announced that KCBA membership passed 5,401 members, reaching the highest membership level in the past five years. He encouraged all of the trustees to continue their recruitment efforts to help KCBA reach this year's membership goal of 5,748 members.
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