November 2014 Bar Bulletin
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Board Adopts Amicus Policy

 

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

First Vice President Kim Tran presented a revised draft of a new amicus policy. An ad hoc committee developed the policy to support the creation of a pilot program under which requests would be submitted to the KCBA to participate as amicus curiae in pending appeals. The requests will be considered by a new Amicus Brief Committee, which will make recommendations to the Board and supervise the drafting of KCBA amicus briefs in approved cases. After discussion, the Board adopted the policy. A copy of the policy is online at www.kcba.org/amicus.

Rovig gave an update on the monthly bench-bar liaison meeting and briefed the trustees on his meetings with Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and Office of Civil Legal Aid Director Jim Bamberger. In addition, he thanked those who attended the open house and encouraged everyone to attend swearing-in ceremonies for newly admitted attorneys, which were held on September 29 (please see page 24).

Executive Director Andrew Prazuch encouraged the trustees to attend the judicial candidate forums and briefed the trustees on the Joint Law Fund Campaign for Civil Legal Aid which began on October 1.

Treasurer Jennifer Payseno reported that as of June 30, KCBA had received $3.4 million in revenue, with $3.2 million in expenses, for net income of $273,000. In addition, the association has $1.1 million in cash and cash equivalents and has $587,000 in reserves. She noted that the larger than expected net income for the end of the fiscal year is due largely to budget forecast changes implemented at the start of the fiscal year to reduce reliance on Lawyer Referral Service revenues.

University of Washington School of Law Dean Kellye Testy gave a presentation on the importance of board fiduciary responsibilities, including good board governance, how to add value to the association, and what differentiates good boards from great boards.

YLD Vice Chair Peter Talevich briefed the trustees regarding areas on which the new YLD Board will focus in the year ahead. In addition, Associate Executive Director Kathleen Jensen briefed the trustees on current membership trends and activities.

 

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