The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meetings held on October 15 and October 29, convened by KCBA President Steven Rovig.
King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg briefed the trustees on several current initiatives he is pursuing. Among the areas discussed was "Buyer Beware," a program designed to address the "demand" side of prostitution. Satterberg also reviewed the "180 Program," which diverts youth out of the criminal justice system. A third initiative under way is the "Certificate of Restoration Program," which would give qualified Washington residents with a criminal history the opportunity to demonstrate rehabilitation and overcome statutory disqualifications to available benefits and opportunities. Board members asked that the Public Policy Committee further explore this latter initiative.
Rovig began the meeting by giving an update on the monthly bench-bar liaison meeting, briefing the trustees on the recent KCBA judicial candidate forums and the Seattle University School of Law's Red Mass, and reminding trustees to forward names to him of potential Amicus Committee members.
Executive Director Andrew Prazuch then discussed the judicial election season, including recent press coverage, presented updates on plans for a communications audit and the Joint Law Fund Campaign for Civil Legal Aid, and briefed the trustees on his participation in recent statewide diversity discussions.
Treasurer Jennifer Payseno reported on the first two months of the current fiscal year. As of August 31, KCBA had received $1.2 million in revenue, with $500,000 in expenses, for net income of $754,000. In addition, the association has $1.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, and has $875,000 in reserves. She reported that KCBA will be conducting an independent financial audit this year. The Finance Committee was scheduled to review the initial results in late November and the Board will be briefed at its meeting in December.
Trustee Mary Anne Vance reported this year's membership renewal numbers are approximately 300 members behind last year. She explained that the Membership Committee is concerned with the situation and is asking committee and other bar leaders to assist with outreach efforts. She asked that fellow trustees assist by reaching out to colleagues they know on the non-renewed member list, which was circulated after the meeting.
Due to an existing client relationship with the Seattle Housing Authority, Rovig asked First Vice President Kim Tran to chair this portion of the meeting. Colleen Kinerk, Pro Bono Committee chair, presented a proposed resolution opposing SHA's planned "Stepping Forward" program, given the adverse impact SHA's policy would have on KCBA's pro bono clients by significantly increasing rents for many tenants. After discussion, the Board by voice vote tabled further consideration so that SHA might have an opportunity to respond to the Committee's proposed resolution. Rovig re-assumed the chair position.
Young Lawyers Division Chair Lori Hurl briefed trustees on YLD's recent trivia event (see page 18 for details), and planned CLEs and happy hour events.
Finally, the Board convened by conference call on October 29 to review a report from KCBA's Fair Campaign Practices Committee concerning a complaint filed against the Friends of Sarah Hayne judicial campaign. Committee Chair Kinnon Williams briefed the Board on the complaint. Hayne's counsel, Richard Hanson, then reviewed for board members the campaign's written response to the charges. Individual board members then asked several questions of the campaign, after which the candidate and her counsel were dismissed from the call.
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