September 2015 Bar Bulletin
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2015–16 Budget Approved; Bylaws Discussion Continues


The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on June 17, convened by KCBA President Steven Rovig.

Rovig presented updates from the monthly bench-bar liaison meeting with Superior Court, briefed the trustees on discussions from the annual WSBA liaison meeting, reported that more than 400 attorneys were registered for the then-upcoming Annual Awards Dinner, and announced that the Legal Foundation of Washington had approved funding for an expansion of KCBA's Kinship Care Program to address unaccompanied minor immigrant children.

Treasurer Jennifer Payseno and Executive Director Andrew Prazuch directed the Board's attention to the annual plan and budget in the materials, which were first reviewed at the May meeting. The draft as presented was amended by voice vote to include an item calling for continued review of association governance issues. The Board then approved the revised FY2016 annual plan and budget by voice vote.

Rovig led a discussion on the bylaws restatement effort, focusing on several miscellaneous items that had raised questions for some board members. A motion to appoint an ad hoc committee to further study the bylaws and report back to the Board was defeated by a vote 10–2. The Board agreed to return to further consideration of the restated bylaws at its August meeting.

Prazuch reported that he and Judicial Officer Survey Committee Chair Carl Forsberg had recently attended an "all judges" meeting of the Superior Court bench to discuss the upcoming judicial evaluation survey. He recognized Trustee Nicole Gaines Phelps and incoming President Kim Tran for their perfect attendance at board meetings this past year. He also thanked the Board for its work on his annual performance evaluation and asked board members to complete a self-evaluation survey. Finally, he expressed appreciation to Tran and incoming First Vice President Kathryn Battuello for attending with him a leadership training program on board governance.

Payseno reported that as of April 30, the end of 10 months of the fiscal year, KCBA had received $3.1 million in revenue, with $2.5 million in expenses, for net income of $643,000. In addition, the Association has $1.4 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $866,000 in reserves. She stated that management projects a year-end surplus of $150,000.

YLD Chair Lori Hurl reported that the YLD was wrapping up its year of activities with a Seattle Works volunteer project and a CLE/Happy Hour hosted by K&L Gates.

Rovig thanked Payseno, whose term as treasurer ended, and outgoing trustees Kaustuv Das and Mary Anne Vance for their service to KCBA and the legal community, and presented each with a gift of appreciation. Tran then thanked Rovig for his leadership this past year and presented him with a gift from his fellow officers and trustees.


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