May 2014 Bar Bulletin
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KCBA Membership Reaches Six-Year High

 

The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on March 19, convened by KCBA President Anne Daly.

Executive Director Andrew Prazuch announced that KCBA membership has reached the highest level in the past six years and noted that the numbers would continue to climb until March 31 when the Association begins its "15 for 12 month" membership campaign, which launched on April 1.

In addition, he noted that Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles Johnson advised him that KCBA's recommended changes to the RPCs have been sent back to the Supreme Court's Rules Committee for further discussion. He also reported that staff is working on the FY2015 annual plan and budget for consideration at the May board meeting.

Prazuch also noted that the Diversity Committee will meet with the law school deans in April to discuss the schools' efforts to further diversify their student bodies and faculties, and he reminded trustees that they are welcome to participate in these meetings. He alerted the Board that in July he will begin a one-year term as president of the Washington Society of Association Executives. Finally, he announced initial results from the Breakfast With Champions event held that morning: more than $300,000 in sponsorships, gifts and individual ticket sales.

Daly reported on her meeting with Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes to discuss issues related to the legalization of marijuana, reviewed her service as a judge in the final round of a YMCA High School Mock Trial Competition for King County, and briefed the trustees on the executive director's annual performance review process.

Judge Susan Craighead, the new presiding judge at King County Superior Court, briefed the trustees on the current status of activities at the court, including continued plans for reducing the civil trial schedule to 12 months. She gave an update on the new Children and Family Justice Center project, discussed proposed changes for the court at Harborview Medical Center, and lastly noted that Governor Jay Inslee has made excellent appointments to the bench to fill recent vacancies. (Please see Judge Craighead's column on page 30 for more details on recent judicial appointments.)

Public Policy Committee Chair Andrew Maron and Gun Safety Subcommittee Chair Neal Black briefed the trustees on the most recent changes to the proposed gun safety resolution. After discussion, by voice vote the Board approved the resolution. [A more complete review of this discussion appeared in the April Bar Bulletin.]

The Board then went into executive session to begin discussions regarding committee recommendations for the Association's annual awards. Discussions resumed at the April meeting, which resulted in the award announcements appearing in this issue.


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