The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on April 20, convened by KCBA President Kim Tran
Executive Director Andrew Prazuch directed the trustees’ attention to the materials and was pleased to report KCBA reached 5,560 members, the highest level in five years. He briefed the trustees on his ongoing discussion with the chairs of the Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee about publicly releasing ratings. Lastly, he reported that staff is developing the FY2017 Annual Plan and Budget, which was to be presented at the May meeting for an initial discussion.
Tran presented highlights from her recent opportunity to represent KCBA at the Q-Law dinner and plans for the speaker showcase held in May. Next, she turned the meeting over to First Vice President Kathryn Battuello to brief the trustees on the executive director’s evaluation process. Lastly, Tran thanked the trustees for their participation and attendance at the Breakfast with Champions event.
Treasurer Kinnon Williams reported that as of February 29 KCBA had received $2.6 million in revenue, with $2.2 million in expenses, for net income of $454,000. In addition the Association has $1.5 million in cash and cash equivalents and $959,000 in reserves. Williams noted that there was a slight spike in miscellaneous revenue due to a one-time refund of $20,000 for tax overpayments that KCBA paid on certain CLE programs.
YLD Chair Pete Talevich presented highlights from a recent event where YLD volunteers partnered with United Way to serve the homeless. He also briefed the Board on CLEs planned for May and June, and revealed the slate of trustees who were selected for the YLD Board for terms beginning July 1, as announced in the May issue of the Bar Bulletin.
The Board went into executive session to review the recommendations for the 2016 annual awards. After discussion, the Board approved by voice vote the following recipients: Lembhard Howell for the Outstanding Lawyer Award; Judge Ronald Kessler for the Outstanding Judge Award; Jorge Barón & Northwest Immigrant Rights Project for the Friend of the Legal Profession Award’ Taki Flevaris for the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award; and Michael Cherry for the Pro Bono Award. Articles profiling each of the award recipients appear in the KCBA Membership and Annual Awards section, beginning on page 13.
Second Vice President Andrew Maron presented background information regarding the Amicus Committee’s recommendation that KCBA file an amicus brief in the Narrows Real Estate case. After discussion, the Board approved KCBA’s participation as amicus curiae.
Finally, Prazuch led the board in the second of two strategic planning exercises to identify external organizational threats and opportunities facing the bar. The results will become part of ongoing discussions related to the creation of a new multi-year strategic plan later this year.