April 2016 Bar Bulletin
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Board Adopts Resolution on Legal Financial Obligations


Deborah Ahrens, chair of the Legal Financial Obligations (LFO) Subcommittee of the Public Policy Committee, briefed the trustees on the problems inherent with LFOs and their impact on the indigent. She asked the Board to approve a draft resolution calling for LFO reform. After discussion, the Board approved an amended resolution, which is reprinted below and can also be viewed at www.kcba.org/publicpolicy.

At the outset of the meeting, Tran welcomed the guests and informed the trustees that Secretary-Trustee Michael Heath would return in March from paternity leave. Next, she briefed the trustees on her attendance at the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington dinner, and plans for a “Ted Talk” program later in the spring. Lastly, she encouraged trustees to submit nominations to her for the President’s Award to be presented at the Annual Dinner.

Executive Director Andrew Prazuch presented highlights from the recent MLK Luncheon survey and the Superior Court Survey briefings in Seattle and Kent. He directed the trustees to materials in the packet regarding candidates nominated for the 2016–2017 Board of Trustees and noted that part of an upcoming board meeting would be devoted to strategic planning.

Treasurer Kinnon Williams reported that as of December 31, halfway through our fiscal year, KCBA has received $2.1 million in revenue, with $1.6 million in expenses, for net income of $537,000. In addition the Association has $1.6 million in cash and cash equivalents and has $959,000 in reserves.

YLD Chair Pete Talevich presented highlights from the recent Winter Soirée, where Felix Luna and Elizabeth Hoffman were recognized as the YLD’s Mentors of the Year, and on the March 11 Bridging the Gap CLE. In addition, he briefed the trustees on the outcomes from a law school student leader meeting about KCBA’s support for the planned Children & Family Justice Center. Lastly, he invited trustees to participate in the annual 5K Fun Run and Walk, which was held March 12.

First Vice President Kathryn Battuello briefed the trustees on the Membership Committee’s proposal to increase dues for fiscal year 2017. The Committee proposes to increase regular dues from $235 to $255, which would keep KCBA dues within the national average for comparable bars. After discussion, the trustees asked the staff to provide additional detail on KCBA’s increased operational expenses and related financial analysis related to the proposal.

Trustee Nicole McGrath presented a draft summary of her recent overview for the Board on juvenile justice reform. Further board discussion will occur at a future meeting.

Finally, American Bar Association Delegate James Williams reported on the ABA 2016 midyear meeting and highlighted some issues that were discussed, including new approaches to the delivery of legal services and efforts to call on the U.S. Supreme Court to record and make available video recording of its oral arguments.

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