December 2015 Bar Bulletin
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Board Continues Work on Bylaws Amendments


The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees’ meeting held on October 21, convened by KCBA President Kim Tran.

Tran led a discussion on the pending bylaws restatement. First, the Board agreed by voice vote to amend the proposed wording concerning communications by committees and sections (Section 4) from being “delegated” to being “granted.”

Second, Trustee Mary Sakaguchi proposed adding the following provision to Section 4: If the Board of Trustees declines to approve or disapprove the position and has not granted authority to a section or division to communicate public positions on the Board’s behalf, and unless the Board expressly directs otherwise, then the section or division may communicate the position as a position of the section or division but shall also include a prominent notice that the Association has declined to approve or disapprove, as the case may be, the position taken by the section or division.

Trustee Bob Wayne proposed adding “committees” to the Sakaguchi proposal; the motion failed by a vote of 5 in favor and 10 opposed. The Sakaguchi proposal was then approved by a vote of 9 in favor, 6 opposed, and 1 abstention.

Finally, the Board began a discussion of additional amendments offered by Wayne. By voice vote, the trustees tabled the discussion until the next meeting.

Tran directed the trustees to her written remarks in the meeting materials detailing her activities on behalf of KCBA. She explained that each of the officers was assigned to work with committee chairs to prepare workplans for presentation to the Board and encouraged trustees to complete their trustee goals for FY16. Lastly, she thanked trustees for attending the Volunteer Recognition Event.

Executive Director Andrew Prazuch reported that all staff vacancies are filled. He also announced that the Superior Court Judicial Officer Survey will be distributed in early November.

Treasurer Kinnon Williams reported final financial results for the year ending June 30. KCBA received $3.5 million in revenue, with $3.3 million in expenses, for net income of $200,000. In addition, the Association has $1.2 million in cash and cash equivalents, and has $866,000 in reserves. He noted that the independent auditor will review this data and report to the board in December. Williams also noted that the first financial report for the new fiscal year shows, as of August 31, revenues of $1.3 million, and expenses of $531,000, for net income of $797,000.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson briefed the trustees on current issues facing the Attorney General’s Office, including the establishment of a civil rights unit. He also presented KCBA with a $150,000 grant to assist with the bar’s Housing Justice Project work in preventing evictions and assisting with debt alleviation for indigent clients.

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