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April 2013 Bar Bulletin

Candidates for the 2013 KCBA Board of Trustees


Anne Daly / Candidate for President (uncontested) Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons

It has been a privilege and honor to serve as first vice president this past year. The King County Bar Association is a leader in the community in many areas such as judicial screening, moving the vision of a children and family justice center forward, service to others through its pro bono services and building community among the judiciary and practitioners. The strong, vital work being done by members in sections and committees, by volunteers in the many pro bono and diversity programs and by the board during these challenging economic times is inspirational.

For the past 23 years I have been fortunate to work at Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons, a private, nonprofit law firm that provides public defense services. Having spent my entire career in public sector law, access to justice is an issue near and dear to my heart. Assisting KCBA in advocating for appropriate levels of funding and access to justice issues will remain a primary goal during the next year.

I have been active in the KCBA having served on the Board of Trustees, as a member and co-chair of the Judicial Screening Committee, as a member of the Ethnic Diversity, Judicial Conferencing, and Public Policy committees, and as a member and chair of the Awards Committee. I remain committed to helping KCBA remain one of the most vital, active and responsive voluntary bar associations in the country and would greatly appreciate your consideration and support.

Steven Rovig / Candidate for First Vice President (uncontested) Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, PS

DIY - "Do it yourself." It's a catchy title for a television program about those weekend warriors who can remodel a bathroom with just a putty knife and a crescent wrench. But it is not what KCBA is all about. With our all-volunteer Association, the magic happens when we come together to address the important issues facing our profession and our community, and sometimes when we just gather to celebrate at events like our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. luncheon.

Members who participate in committee work make big things happen. Take for example our Public Policy Committee that hosted a sold-out forum to bring together some of the best thinking in the state on death penalty issues. Based on the work of the Committee, KCBA's Board of Trustees recently adopted a resolution supporting legislation to outlaw capital punishment. And what better example of what dedicated volunteers can do than KCBF's annual Breakfast with Champions? In just over a decade, this fundraiser has grown to be the largest gathering of lawyers in Washington. And it's a generous group with contributions providing critical support to the bar's pro bono and diversity programs.

While KCBA has been very successful, there is much more to be done. But it won't happen in a DIY way. We all need to make a meaningful contribution to the work of our Association. I would like to do my part by serving as KCBA's first vice president during the coming year. I would appreciate your support.

James Austin / Candidate for Second Vice President (vote for one) Karr Tuttle Campbell

Since its formation over 125 years ago, the KCBA has reflected the commitment of its members to the improvement of the legal profession and the administration of justice, and to the betterment of our community. I am grateful for the nomination to serve as your second vice president, and hope in the years ahead to build upon the strong foundation built by past and current leaders of our Association.

I've been a proud KCBA member for 37 years. During that period, the organization has greatly expanded the services it offers to members and the opportunities that it offers to its members for service. As a board member of the King County Bar Foundation, and as its president during a period of economic challenge, I've contributed to our efforts to make access to justice available to everyone, and to make participation in our profession accessible to members of diverse communities.

If I have the honor of your election, I commit my best effort to maintain and strengthen the educational, training and professional development opportunities KCBA offers to the profession, its pro bono civil legal aid programs, its diversity efforts, and its relationships with local courts, law schools, the WSBA and specialty bar associations, governmental bodies and the larger community, while at the same time maintaining its sound financial footing through expanded membership and the development of additional funding opportunities.

This is a common effort, and together we can continue to make our Association a model for others to emulate.

Kim Tran / Candidate for Second Vice President (vote for one) Microsoft Corporation

My name is Kim Tran and I am honored to be nominated to run for KCBA second vice president. I am committed to ensuring that KCBA remains a leader in public policy issues, pro bono services and inclusion practices. My prior KCBA service includes serving as secretary/trustee and on the Pro Bono, CLE, Membership, and Diversity committees.

Before joining Microsoft, I worked in private practice for more than 12 years at a mid-size Seattle law firm where I chaired the employment law group and served as hiring shareholder. I occasionally serve as a judge pro tem and previously worked at Seattle City Light.

In the next few years, KCBA will continue to lead and address controversial and thought-provoking topics including the death penalty, drug policy reform, judicial evaluations and court funding. I am committed to thoughtful discourse and meaningful action which requires that we draw on institutional wisdom and embrace new ideas. We must continue to help attorneys learn new technologies, stay abreast of changes in the law and be culturally competent practitioners. My leadership skills and passion will contribute to KCBA's success as we train lawyers, help those in legal need, and build a strong pipeline of future leaders.

Community service includes: Nonprofit board president when it completed a $19.1-million capital campaign (ACRS); National Asian Pacific American Bar Foundation, secretary/board member; Asian Bar Association of Washington, president; ID Legal Clinic coordinator; Judicial Evaluations Committee chair; Statewide Diversity Conference co-founder (2009 WSBA Diversity Award); WSBA Leadership Institute Fellow; volunteer naturalization teacher.

Jennifer Payseno / Candidate for Treasurer (vote for one) McKinley Irvin, PLLC

I would be honored to serve as treasurer for the KCBA. If elected, my goal will be to help find alternative ways to improve the services we provide to the public and to our members in the face of budgetary constraints.

For the past 20 years, I have dedicated my practice to family law. I have seen firsthand our community's need for legal services, particularly in the area of family law where many parties cannot afford an attorney. I helped develop the legal clinic in Federal Way, which has served thousands of individuals in South King County. While legal clinics are an important public service, there is more to be done.

I have had the privilege of working on various committees for the KCBA (member and chair of Judicial Screening Committee, member of Judicial Conferencing Committee), serving as trustee of the KCBA, and serving as president of the South King County Bar Association. I am grateful to be a part of our noble profession and of an association as wonderful as the KCBA, where so many members volunteer their time to improve the practice of law. I welcome the opportunity to continue serving our members.

As a partner in a law firm, I understand how difficult it is to manage a private practice, both logistically and financially. My private practice experience, combined with my public service history, makes me uniquely qualified to address the challenges facing our profession. I ask for your support.

Donald Scaramastra / Candidate for Treasurer (vote for one) Garvey Schubert Barer

I first became active in the King County Bar Association in 2002 and I haven't been able to shake the Association since. I began as a trustee, then chair of the Young Lawyers Division. Later I moved to the King County Bar Foundation, where I've served as a trustee since 2008. Now I've accepted a nomination for KCBA treasurer.

What does this tell you about me, other than I have trouble saying no? That the KCBA and its mission have been a good "fit" for me. I work at Garvey Schubert Barer, with its deep commitment to pro bono legal services. There I've had the opportunity to work on pro bono projects large and small - from class actions to compel reforms to the state's foster care system and Grant County's public defense system to winning citizenship for someone seeking asylum.

If you're reading this, you probably already know about the KCBA's good work. Closest to my own heart are the millions of dollars of pro bono legal services offered to thousands of clients each year. I've witnessed firsthand the high caliber and hard work of the paid staff and volunteers who serve the mission. They need all our support. So when asked to run for treasurer, I said yes.

Other things you might want to know about me as you vote: Board member/president, Children's Alliance; ACLU of Washington Civil Libertarian Award; Puget Sound Business Journal "Forty Under 40"; Children's Alliance Champion for Children Award; GSB's Dallaire Public Service Award.

Robert J. Wayne / Candidate for Trustee-Secretary (uncontested) Attorney at Law

It is an honor to be nominated to be secretary. I believe that KCBA should serve as the voice of the bar in dealing with significant social change and issues touching on the administration of justice. For the past four years, I have been KCBA's representative on the Superior Court's Local Rules Committee, where I was able to convince the judges to cede back to trial counsel some limited control over discovery deadlines. See LCR 4(d)(1)-(2.) I have served as co-chair of the Judiciary & Litigation Committee (2008-12) and the Judicial Conferencing Committee (2011-13), and have either been a speaker or moderator at three of the last four Bench-Bar Conferences.

I am an experienced full-time trial lawyer, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, and have taught advocacy skills for 36 years. I was the Northwest program director for NITA, and continue to teach in programs across the country. I taught Trial Advocacy at the UW Law School for 30 years (part-time). Earlier, I chaired YLD committees and other state and national bar organizations.

I believe that, while, for the most part, the interests of the bench and bar are in line, there are times when that is not the case. In those circumstances, KCBA must step forward to see that the experience of the members of the bar is taken into account in formulating the rules that govern us. I believe that my years of experience in practice, teaching and bar leadership qualify me to help lead KCBA.

Sharon Armstrong / Candidate for Trustee-Central (vote for three) King County Superior Court (ret.)

I am honored to be nominated by KCBA for the position of trustee. I am particularly interested in contributing in three areas. As the largest voluntary bar association in Washington, the KCBA has significant influence over critical public policy issues affecting the legal system. It has long taken positions of compassion, fairness and inclusion, such as its call for repeal of the death penalty, and revision of our repressive drug law. It would be a privilege to contribute to discussions of these and similar public policy issues.

The KCBA also has the flexibility to meet the needs of its members with affordable and accessible CLE, mentoring, leadership training, engaging social events and other services. I would welcome the opportunity to enhance these services and also to provide opportunities for legal education to the non-lawyer public. Finally, as a long-time judicial officer, I believe I could contribute to the close relationship between KCBA and the King County judiciary, for the benefit of both entities.

Background, Education, Activities: Neutral, Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, effective May 2013; Judge, King County Superior Court, 1985-2012; Shareholder, Associate, Garvey Schubert & Barer, 1979-1985; Attorney, Federal Trade Commission, 1974-1979. J.D., University of Washington Law School, 1974; B.A., Stanford University, 1969. Activities: Co-chair, Member, Washington Pattern Instructions Committee, 1995-2012; President, Secretary, American Judicature Society (WA Chapter), 2005-2009; Trustee, King County Bar Foundation, 2005-2007; President, Director, Evergreen Legal Services Board of Directors, 1981-1985; President, Washington Women Lawyers, 1980.

Alan Funk / Candidate for Trustee-Central (vote for three) Wechsler Becker LLP

Alan S. Funk is a partner at Wechsler Becker, LLP. A practicing attorney since 1993, Alan has found opportunities to improve the legal system throughout his career. He is an active member of the KCBA Judiciary & Litigation Committee and has been secretary, vice-chair and chair of the KCBA Family Law Section.

He was privileged to work with commissioners and judges on the Family Law Pattern Interrogatories and Personal Injury Pattern Interrogatories subcommittees and volunteers countless hours each year with programs such as the volunteer settlement conference program, as arbitrator for cases submitted to mandatory arbitration and volunteers as mentor to young attorneys through the KCBA mentor program. He has been appointed GAL to represent the interests of children and CASA volunteer in high-conflict cases. He was involved in the various phases of the Facilities Master Plan working with officials from the King County executive, legislative and judicial branches of government to develop courthouse facilities.

Alan would be pleased to accept the nomination to the King County Bar Association Board of Trustees and is committed to continue working on access to justice issues, the use of technology in the courts, case management and electronic filing systems, court rules, improved bench-bar communication and enhanced facilities.

Nicole A. Gaines / Candidate for Trustee-Central (vote for three) Office of Administrative Hearings

"Service to others is the debt we pay for our blessings." Greetings, my name is Nicole A. Gaines. It would be my privilege to repay my debt by serving as a Central District trustee for the King County Bar Association. My experiences include serving as president of the Loren Miller Bar Association for two years, practicing law in both the private and public sectors as well as providing thousands of community services hours to both legal and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, I serve as a mentor to many young attorneys and law students.

During my tenure as president of LMBA the organization served an integral part in the presentation of two unprecedented and historical presentations before the Washington Supreme Court addressing race and justice issues within the criminal justice system. We partnered with the ACLU and other community organizations in securing the Department of Justice's investigation into the SPD's use of force and biased policing. Our community focus included engaging in projects to help those in need, ranging from staffing and soliciting donations for the emergency food bank to presenting community forums on issues of housing, incarceration of juveniles, and preventing home foreclosures.

This is an extraordinary time for our profession. We are facing new challenges requiring innovative solutions. Since its inception, KCBA has served as a leader of change and innovation in our legal community. As a vessel of change, it would be my pleasure to lend my voice, unique prospective and experiences to this historic organization.

Armand J. Kornfeld / Candidate for Trustee-Central (vote for three) Bush Strout & Kornfeld LLP

Twenty-five years ago, I raised my right hand and was sworn into the Bar. Since then, being a member of the King County and Washington State bars has brought me great satisfaction, challenge and appreciation. After beginning my legal career at Culp, Dwyer, Guterson & Grader, I helped start Bush Strout & Kornfeld over 20 years ago. Since that time, my practice has focused primarily on representing financially troubled businesses and individuals.

Over the years, I have worked at the King County Debt Clinic, served as an officer of the King County Bar Association Creditor-Debtor Section, coached countless youth sports teams, and somehow grown a gray beard.

We are all fortunate to be members of the King County Bar community. If elected a trustee of the King County Bar Association, I would simply like to make a contribution so that the KCBA can continue to provide the extensive services and support it provides the larger community in the Puget Sound region.

Thank you for considering me as trustee. If elected, it would be my privilege to serve.

Shawn Larsen-Bright / Candidate for Trustee-Central (vote for three) Dorsey & Whitney LLP

I have held leadership roles with the KCBA for years and am excited to be nominated for a trustee position. I am currently co-chair of the KCBA Judiciary & Litigation Committee (formerly Judiciary & Courts), and have actively served the Committee since 2006. Our projects include the KCBA's efforts to improve our local court rules and interactions with the bench.

My other KCBA service includes: KCBA liaison to the Trial Court Coordination Council since 2009; moderator for panels of practitioners and court personnel at the KCBA's Bench-Bar Conferences from 2009-11; and a lead on the KCBA's ongoing project to encourage early mediation of disputes. I also serve on the WSBA Court Rules and Procedures Committee and chair its Electronically Stored Information Subcommittee. If elected trustee, I would continue to focus on the needs of our members and to promote a collaborative relationship between the bench and the KCBA.

I am a partner at Dorsey & Whitney. My practice focuses on complex corporate, securities, and business litigation. I am also our office pro bono coordinator. This past year, our office donated 2,670 hours on pro bono matters, including through legal aid to small local nonprofits and litigation matters involving the defense of constitutional rights and civil liberties, among other matters. I am also board chair for Kids Co., a local childcare nonprofit serving underprivileged families.

It would be a privilege to continue serving the KCBA as a trustee and I would very much appreciate your support. Please call me with questions.

Mary S.W. Sakaguchi / Candidate for Trustee-Eastside (vote for one) Law Office of Mary S.W. Sakaguchi, PLLC

I live and work in the Eastside, and I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for trustee representing the Eastside. I established my practice two years ago after working for the respected Kirkland firm, Davidson, Czeisler & Kilpatric, for three years prior to that. During my last decade as an attorney, I served the public through various volunteer opportunities, for victims of domestic violence and low-income clients. I am an active volunteer with ELAP and the Bellevue Neighborhood Mediation Program and annually support the KCBF by attending the Breakfast with Champions, and ELAP through its annual breakfast event.

I am active in our legal community as well, as a past co-chair of the KCBA Collaborative Law Section, member of the KCBA Membership Committee, KCBA and WSBA Family Law and ADR sections, as well as MAMAS professional association. I am proud to be a member of KCBA, where I know I can make a difference and "public service" is the cornerstone of its mission.

With the budget crises at our state and local levels, we will increasingly look to our county bar to fill the gaps that follow. As a member of the Membership Committee, I know our KCBA leaders are constantly looking for ways to meet our members' needs and be the critical piece in our profession by filling those gaps. I invite you to share your ideas - let's talk about how this Bar Association can be a critical piece in your practice.

Marc L. Silverman / Candidate for Trustee-Eastside (vote for one) Attorney at Law

I'm running for this trustee position because, after 30 years in practice and many years of service to our profession, I think I have a good sense of what is important to our members and how the interests of our members may best be leveraged for the benefit of the lay public. Similarly, my many years of experience in service to our profession, working on all manner of boards, task forces, committees, work groups, etc., has given me insight into effective group-work dynamic and how that can be turned to greater overall achievement.

The history of my commitment and service to the legal profession and to the lawyers of Washington and King County include: KCBA member since 1982; King County Settlement Guardian ad Litem Registry since 2000; KCBA Court Rules Committee Task Force, which created pattern discovery for automobile collision cases in King County. State bar activities: WSBA Court Rules and Procedures Committee; WSBA Local Rules Task Force; WSBA Board of Governors; WSBA Legislative Committee; WSBA Governance Committee, WSBA Diversity Committee; WSBA Immigration Advisory Work Group; WSBA Rules of Professional Responsibility Review Committee; WSBA Judicial Review Committee. Washington State Association for Justice: WSAJ Board of Governors, WSAJ Court Rules and Procedures Committee; WSAJ Legislative Steering Committee.

Over the years, I have written numerous papers and spoken at many continuing legal education seminars on a variety of subjects including tort law, evidence, discovery, insurance law, litigation, civil procedure, bankruptcy and ethics.


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