September 2016 Bar Bulletin
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Board Adopts Resolution on
Referendum/Initiative Reform


The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on June 15, convened by KCBA President Kim Tran.

Neal Black, chair of the Public Policy Committee, presented a revised resolution from the previous month that referenced KCBA support of specific recommendations from the report of the Referendum & Initiative Project subcommittee. During its discussion, the Board approved by a vote of 11–2 an amendment to call for “exploration” rather than “establishment” of online/electronic signature gathering, and related editorial changes. The Board next rejected by a vote of 9–4 a motion to delete a sentence explaining the goals of online signature gathering.

The Board then approved the amended resolution by a vote of 11–2. A copy of the resolution is online at

Black next provided on overview of the current difficulties related to the U.S. Senate’s lack of consideration of the nomination of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, and shared a proposed letter recommended by the Public Policy Committee calling on the Senate to take up the nomination. After discussion, the Board approved by voice vote sending the letter as proposed. A copy of the letter is online at

Executive Director Andrew Prazuch briefed trustees on the status of the membership renewal notices and reported that an amicus brief was filed in the Narrows Real Estate v. Attorney General case as previously approved by the Board.

Treasurer Kinnon Williams reported that as of April 30, the end of 10 months of the fiscal year, KCBA had received $3.1 million in revenue, with $2.7 million in expenses, for a net income of $439,000. In addition, the Association has $1.5 million in cash and cash equivalents, and has $959,000 in reserves. Williams noted that the final installment of our annual grant from KCBF was recorded in April and publications revenue will remain below budget until the June report when the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual was scheduled for publication.

Williams and Prazuch directed the Board’s attention to the annual plan and budget in the materials. Prazuch explained a revision to the proposed budget that reduced the estimate for FY2017 Lawyer Referral Service fee shares and authorized using a projected $50,000 FY2016 year-end surplus for one-time FY2017 communications work. The Board then approved the FY2016 Annual Plan and Budget by voice vote.

Tran reported that Trustee Nicole Gaines Phelps had resigned her position due to her desire to endorse fellow judicial candidates, which sitting trustees are prevented from doing under board policy. In addition, Tran noted her attendance at the Loren Miller Bar Association Dinner and the 2016 King County Washington Women Lawyers Judicial Appreciation Luncheon.

Tran thanked outgoing trustees Judge Sharon Armstrong (ret.), Jay Kornfeld, Marc Silverman and Bob Wayne for their service to KCBA and the legal community, and presented each with a gift of appreciation. Incoming President Kate Battuello then thanked Tran for her leadership this past year and presented her with a gift from her fellow officers and trustees.

Prazuch also recognized Tran and trustees Judge Armstrong, Shawn Larsen-Bright, Nicole McGrath and Karen Orehoski for their perfect attendance at board meetings this past year.

YLD Chair Pete Talevich reported the YLD Board had its last meeting in early June and all incoming and outgoing trustees were in attendance. In addition, he briefed the trustees on the recent joint WSBA-KCBA happy hour event, a volunteer park cleanup event, and a CLE planned for June.


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