June 2014 Bar Bulletin
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Board Endorses Initiative Review Project

 

The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on April 16, convened by KCBA President Anne Daly.

KCBA past presidents John Cary and Dan Gottlieb, members of the Referendum and Initiative Project, a subcommittee of the Public Policy Committee, briefed the trustees on the initiative process and the adverse influence of money in the election process; explained how a citizen's initiative review process was established in Oregon to develop unbiased voting information to be published in the voter's pamphlet; and explained how a local pilot project has been developed to try this type of review for Washington initiatives in the next voting cycle. After discussion, the Board endorsed the pilot project to use the citizen's initiative review process as outlined to the Public Policy Committee.

Daly reported on her attendance at the Diversity Committee's meetings where she heard presentations from the law school deans regarding their efforts to increase diversity among the students and faculty. Final recommendations for dispersing the scholarship funds were to be presented to the KCBF Board of Trustees at its May meeting. In addition, she briefed the trustees on her presentation to the KCBF Board regarding KCBA yearly activities and encouraged the trustees to complete the executive director's annual performance review survey.

Executive Director Andrew Prazuch reported that KCBA continues to work on the RPC proposal with the Supreme Court. He also reported on efforts by KCBA and the Trial Court Coordinating Council to reinvigorate the council, which is a monthly gathering of presiding judges from trial courts across the county.

Carla Allbee of Allbee Romein, KCBA's architecture and interior design firm, gave a presentation on KCBA's planned move to new office space on the 7th floor of the IBM Building, including layout and designs of the new reception area and conference room space, and interior design selections for paint colors, furnishings, carpets and built-in furniture.

Trustee Mary Sakaguchi and Member Services Manager Christine Dreps briefed the trustees on the Membership Committee's recommendations to offer a one-year dues waiver for members who are unemployed or suffering a financial hardship; to expand the government dues rate category to include nonprofit legal aid organizations; and to increase the new admittee dues rate from $25 to $50. After discussion, the Board approved the three recommendations as presented by voice vote.

Second Vice President Kim Tran led a continued discussion on the Awards Committee recommendations for this year's annual awards. By voice vote, the Board approved the following recipients: Geoffrey Revelle, Outstanding Lawyer Award; Judge Thomas S. Zilly, William L. Dwyer Outstanding Jurist Award; Governor Jay Inslee, Friend of the Legal Profession Award; Binah B. Yeung, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award; Joseph Gaffney, Pro Bono Award; and Judge Gerard Shellan (Ret.), who will receive a special award for distinguished service. Please see the special pull-out section of this issue for more information on these award recipients.

In addition, Tran briefed the Board on the Executive Committee's recommendation that James Williams be appointed as the new ABA delegate, effective at the end of Thomas Fitzpatrick's term. By voice vote, the Board approved the appointment.


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