July 2012 Bar Bulletin
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Court and Justice Center Elections Lead Discussions



The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held May 16 and convened by KCBA President Joseph Bringman.

Executive Director Andrew Prazuch reported that the judicial election filing period would end in mid-May and noted that there are six open seats at King County Superior Court due to retirements. (Please see article on page 23.) He also announced that KCBA member Kinnon Williams has agreed to chair the Fair Campaign Practices Committee for this election cycle. Prazuch gave highlights of recent Future of the Law Institute program including the completion of the internship interviews and the end of the year graduation program. In addition, he reported on the upcoming publication of the 2012 edition of the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, and encouraged trustees to make their reservations for the Annual Awards dinner, which was held June 19.

Bringman briefed the trustees on his and Prazuch's continued meetings with county officials regarding the plans for the proposed Children and Family Justice Center (please see page 23), including the hiring of a campaign manager, polling to determine voter perceptions, planned meetings with south King County elected officials, and development of fundraising strategies to support a voter education effort.

Prazuch gave an overview of the proposed FY2013 Annual Plan and Budget (please see page 3). He highlighted the goals and objectives from the proposed plan and addressed areas of importance regarding the proposed budget. In particular, Prazuch noted that: (1) the budget does not plan for deficit spending; (2) it contains an increase in the LRS fee share, but effects of the increase will not show for several years; (3) it anticipates new revenues from KCBA publications; (4) modest staff salary increases are being considered after no increases in the current year; and (5) the cost of doing business continues to rise, including an anticipated increase for our employer-paid healthcare premiums to maintain current coverage levels. Prazuch asked board members to review the plan and budget over the next few weeks and to contact him with any questions regarding either document. The Board was scheduled to adopt a final annual plan and budget by the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.

Bringman congratulated Steve Rovig on his election to the second vice president position (see page 6 for more information); reported on his attendance at the quarterly section chair meeting, past presidents' breakfast, and the two diversity committee meetings to determine this year's scholarship awards. He also encouraged trustees to attend at least one of the swearing-in ceremonies, which were held May 18 (please see page 19).

Secretary Michael Wrenn briefed the trustees on the revised dues proposal to develop a special dues category for government and public defense attorneys, and explained that the Membership Committee planned more analysis before bringing back any proposed adjustments to the Board regarding the income-based dues schedule. By voice vote, the Board approved a new dues category of $95 for government and public defense attorneys effective July 1.

Trustee Frederick Rivera briefed the Board on two proposals he was offering that would revise the KCBA's Judicial Endorsement Policy. The first proposal would amend the policy to only limit KCBA officers from endorsing candidates and the second would limit the endorsement restriction to only King County judicial offices. The Board was scheduled to take final action on the matter at its June meeting.

Finally, Treasurer Pamela Grinter referred trustees to the written financial reports, which showed $2.5 million in revenues and $2.1 million in expenses as of March 31. The reserve account contains approximately seven weeks of operating funds.

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