Busy Year for Judicial Evaluation Committee
The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on August 20, convened by KCBA President Steven Rovig. (The Board did not have a business meeting in July, but instead conducted a retreat.)
Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee Co-chair Jesse Dubow briefed the trustees on the Committee's work this year, including an increased number of evaluations due to numerous appointments and several contested elections. He noted the new rules are working well and the Committee is continuing to recruit new members.
ABA Delegate Thomas Fitzpatrick reported on discussions held by the House of Delegates at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in August. Rovig thanked Fitzpatrick for his service as KCBA's ABA delegate for the past five years and presented him with a token of appreciation.
Rovig gave a brief summary of his take-aways from the July 16 board retreat. In addition, he noted reminders for board agenda items, announced that the new board discussion listserv is active, explained the implementation of the consent agenda format, reported on plans for finishing the bylaws project, and gave highlights from recent meetings he attended.
Executive Director Andrew Prazuch briefed the trustees on the upcoming judicial candidate forums. He encouraged trustees to attend the swearing-in ceremonies for new attorneys, which were held in September. He also asked the trustees to complete and turn in the conflict of interest and committee preference forms, and explained the plans for the office move and open house events, which took place on September 8.
Treasurer Jennifer Payseno reported that as of May 31 KCBA had received more than $3.2 million in revenue, with $2.8 million in expenses, for net income of $452,000. That is equal to 101 percent of KCBA's revenue budget and 87 percent of its expense budget at the 92 percent point in the year. Payseno noted that year-end numbers are anticipated to be positive and would be reported at the September meeting. In addition, the annual audit will be conducted in October.
The Board appointed Kathleen Petrich to the Finance/401k Advisory Committee, replacing Barbara Schafer, and adopted a resolution expressing the bar's continued support for its pro bono programs. YLD Chair Lori Hurl then gave a brief report on the YLD activities over the summer months and reported that YLD Vice Chair Pete Talevich will assume the chair position while she is away on maternity leave.
First Vice President Kim Tran reviewed a revised amicus draft policy and trustees offered initial comments. The proposal was scheduled to have a more detailed discussion and vote at the Board's September meeting.
In information reports, Associate Executive Director Kathleen Jensen gave an update on the membership renewal campaign, which indicates a slight lag behind last year's data due to recent changes in KCBA's accounting controls. Future weeks' reports should reflect improved renewal rates.
Finally, the Board went into executive session to finalize the proposed employment contract with Prazuch. Rovig was authorized to sign the agreement.
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