The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on December 19 and convened by KCBA President Richard Mitchell.
Thomas Fitzpatrick, KCBA's ABA delegate, addressed the Board regarding opportunities, given the passage of Initiative 502, to continue KCBA advocacy with the ABA on marijuana regulation.
Dean Mark Niles of the Seattle University School of Law briefed the trustees on the latest discussions at the law school about a "low bono" incubator program. After discussion, the Board approved the following resolution by voice vote with one abstention:
The King County Bar Association endorses the Seattle University School of Law's Incubator Program and directs the Executive Committee to explore entering into a memorandum of understanding with the law school with a particular focus on lawyer referral service, training, and mentoring opportunities.
Guest Judy Endejan of Graham & Dunn presented an idea to establish an ad hoc committee to explore establishing a "Books at the Bar" program that would host events where authors could present their works and be available to answer questions. The Board agreed to consider the proposal at a future meeting.
The Board appointed the 2013 Nominations Committee: Joseph Bringman (chair), Beth Bloom, Peter Ehrlichman, Bruce Hilyer and Dan Kilpatric.
Shawn Larson-Bright, co-chair of KCBA's Judiciary & Litigation Committee, discussed the committee's memorandum offering proposed amendments to the King County Local Rules, including the following areas: (1) opt-in to a longer case schedule for complex matters; (2) ensuring that a case schedule is served before a party is defaulted; and (3) summary judgment reply briefing limits, and other miscellaneous amendments to Rules 4 and 7. The Board approved the proposed amendments by voice vote, which the committee was to present to the bench in January.
Nathan Hartman and Erika Allen from the independent audit firm of Peterson & Sullivan presented the audit of KCBA's financial statements for the year ending June 30, 2012. The audit applied analytical procedures to management's financial data and made inquiries of management. The KCBA received a "clean audit" and no material modifications needed to be made to the accompanying 2012 consolidated financial statements. A copy of the audit report was shared with all trustees in the meeting materials. Treasurer Pamela Grinter noted that the Finance Committee had met earlier with Hartman and KCBA staff to review the results in further detail.
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