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Board Calls for Immigrant Detainer Limits


The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on October 16, convened by KCBA President Anne Daly.

Sarah Armstrong, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section chair, and Donna Lurie, section secretary, gave a presentation on proposed changes to the section bylaws. Board members offered several suggestions to clarify the draft document. By voice vote, the Board granted authority to the KCBA Executive Committee to approve on behalf of the Board a revised draft of the section bylaws.

Tracy Williams, Environmental and Land Use Section chair, then briefed the trustees on proposed bylaw changes for that section. After discussion, the trustees by voice vote approved the updated section bylaws.

Jorge Baron, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, updated trustees on county practices regarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests. Baron asked the Board to support King County Ordinance 2013-0285, which would limit the types of detainer requests the county would honor. By voice vote, the Board agreed to support adoption of an ordinance that would limit recognition of ICE holds to individuals convicted of more serious offenses.

Daly reported on the KCBA swearing-in ceremonies held on October 8-9 for new admittees (see article below) and a meeting she had with Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen to discuss diversity issues. She also announced that Judge Patrick Oishi will be the next chair of KCBA's Diversity Committee.

Executive Director Andrew Prazuch reported that an ad hoc KCBA committee provided the Superior Court with input on pending openings for court commissioners. He then updated the Board on the status of proposals received for the upcoming Judicial Officer Survey. He also encouraged trustees to attend the Volunteer Recognition Event held on October 29. Finally he directed the Board's attention to KCBA program monthly performance reports.

Finally, past President Mark Fordham and YLD Board Member Peter Talevich reviewed a draft ethics opinion endorsed by their ad hoc committee. The opinion gives guidance to attorneys advising clients or otherwise engaging in activity permitted under Initiative 502, while KCBA proposals to amend the Rules of Professional Responsibility remain pending before the Washington State Supreme Court. After discussion, the Board voted 8-1, with two abstentions, to adopt the advisory opinion as presented. The advisory opinion was published in the November issue of the Bar Bulletin:


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