December 2014 Bar Bulletin
Annual Bench-Bar Conference Highlights
The 2014 Bench-Bar Conference was a great success with more than 130 attendees, including 25 judges. The conference was held at the University of Washington School of Law on November 11. Historically, KCBA schedules the annual conference on Veterans Day because the courts are closed for the holiday and judges can attend without affecting the court's docket.
This year our conference began with recognition of veterans in the audience who have honorably served our country, which was followed by an update on the Supreme Court by Chief Justice Barbara Madsen. Attorney General Bob Ferguson discussed the Military/Veterans Initiative, an opinion from his office regarding the right of cities and counties to ban marijuana businesses, and current civil rights cases handled by the Attorney General's Office.
Attendees were treated to a thought-provoking presentation, "Funding the Courts When the Math Doesn't Add Up," which focused on the current budget challenges that have contributed to King County's general fund shortage and the corresponding crisis for court funding. The conference ended with an interesting discussion on the McCleary decision, whether it has created a constitutional crisis, and how it fits into the recently passed Initiative 1351.
If you missed this year's conference, make sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend KCBA's 2015 Bench-Bar Conference on November 11, 2015.