The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on June 18, convened by KCBA President Anne Daly.
Daly welcomed guests and gave a wrap-up of recent activities including the KCBA-WSBA annual liaison meeting, section and committee chair appreciation luncheons, attendance at the Loren Miller Bar Association dinner, and her meeting with Superior Court representatives regarding court rule GR 33. In addition, she stated that she was honored recently to accept the Seattle Human Services Coalition's Stewardship Award on behalf of KCBA's pro bono programs.
Executive Director Andrew Prazuch reported that attendance at this year's annual dinner (held June 18) would set a new record at 456 guests, and that dinner revenue and sponsorships have exceeded the budget by 22 percent. He announced that King County Executive Dow Constantine named Trustee Sharon Armstrong to serve on the county's first ever Public Defense Advisory Board. He recognized Daly, First Vice President Steven Rovig and Treasurer Jennifer Payseno for their perfect attendance at board meetings this past year.
Prazuch directed the Board's attention to a revised version of the annual plan and budget, based on board member comments since the first review at the May board meeting. After discussion, the Board approved the FY2015 Annual Plan and Budget by voice vote.
Second Vice President Kim Tran presented the Board's ad hoc amicus committee's recommendation to create a pilot program to consider requests for KCBA participation as amicus curiae. Board members expressed conflicting opinions about the proposal. Further consideration was tabled for a future board meeting.
Rovig offered a summary of the results from the Board's recently completed self-assessment survey. While scores on most questions were very positive, a few areas could use improvement, most notably understanding of financial reports and opportunities for getting to know fellow board members outside of regular meetings. Rovig pledged to work with the Board in the year ahead on these issues.
Associate Executive Director Kathleen Jensen reported on plans to have the new office construction completed on August 15 and that the staff is making plans to move the office shortly thereafter. (KCBA moved to its new offices effective August 26.)
Daly thanked outgoing trustees David Huhs, Tamara Nelson, Jill Pugh and Michael Wrenn for their service to KCBA and the legal community, and presented each with a gift of appreciation. Rovig then thanked Daly for her leadership during this past year and presented her with a gift from her fellow officers and trustees.
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