The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on May 18, convened by KCBA President Kim Tran.
Tran reported the Bylaws Restatement was approved by a vote of the membership on May 5. She noted that 15 members are confirmed to participate on the new Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force, including trustees Armand Kornfeld and Clayton Graham. She presented highlights from her recent participation at the Northwest Indian Bar Association dinner, the KCBA/WSBA officer liaison meeting, and the annual KCBA Past Presidents Breakfast. Lastly, Tran thanked the trustees for their participation and attendance at the recent new admittee swearing-in ceremony and speaker showcase events.
Executive Director Andrew Prazuch briefed trustees on recent judicial election filings activity and WSBA’s interest in utilizing KCBA’s resolution on legal financial obligations as a model for their support with the American Bar Association. He also encouraged trustees to help obtain sponsorships and congratulatory announcements for the upcoming annual dinner.
Treasurer Kinnon Williams reported that as of March 31, KCBA has received $2.8 million in revenue, with $2.4 million in expenses, for a net income of $335,000. In addition, the Association has $1.3 million in cash and cash equivalents and has $959,000 in reserves. He noted at this time of year, revenue and expenses should be near 75 percent of the approved budget and the financials overall are very positive with revenues performing at 84 percent and expenses at 73 percent.
YLD Chair Pete Talevich announced that new officers and trustees have been named for the 2016–2017 year. He also briefed the trustees on an upcoming CLE planned for June and a joint WSBA-KCBA happy hour event.
Williams and Prazuch then reviewed the proposed FY2017 workplan and budget for the new governance year beginning July 1. Prazuch noted that the workplan described areas for special focus, but was not an exhaustive listing of all bar work. (A more in-depth look at the plan appears in this month’s From the Desk of the Executive Director column.) The initial budget proposal anticipates a balanced budget for the upcoming year with a new expense line to fund association reserves. Trustees were asked to review the materials during the next month so that the proposed plan and budget could be considered for adoption at the June meeting.
Neal Black, chair of the Public Policy Committee, and Beth Barrett Bloom, chair of the Referendum & Initiative Reform Subcommittee, presented a resolution in support of ballot initiative and referendum reform. After initial discussion, the proponents agreed to make further refinements to their proposal and resubmit it for the next board meeting.
Finally, the Board adjourned to executive session to conduct Prazuch’s annual performance evaluation.