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March 2017 Bar Bulletin

2017–2018 KCBA Board of Trustees
Nominated Candidates

The King County Bar Association’s Leadership Development & Nominations Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of KCBA members for open positions on the Board of Trustees, effective July 1.

Additional candidates may run for any of these offices through the petition process prescribed in the KCBA bylaws. If no petitions are received by April 10, the slate will be deemed elected. For more information, contact KCBA Executive Director Andrew Prazuch by email (andrewp@kcba.org) or phone (206-267-7061). Further details are online at www.kcba.org/aboutkcba/board/elections.aspx.

With the addition of these nominees, the complete makeup of the 2017–2018 KCBA Board of Trustees will include four attorneys from large firms, four from solo/small firms, three from government service, two from in-house counsel offices, and three from medium-sized firms. We will have a range of practice experiences including litigation, family law, insurance defense, personal injury, real estate/land use, construction, municipal, and criminal defense law, to name just a few.

 

HARRY H. SCHNEIDER, JR. / Candidate for First Vice President Perkins Coie LLP

The King County Bar Association has noble origins and has provided support for our profession and the community in which we practice for almost 131 years.

Formed in 1886 by Seattle attorneys appalled that some of their fellow lawyers had participated in a vigilante effort to expel immigrant Chinese workers, some of the city’s leading attorneys organized themselves into a bar association, and quickly took action to censure or punish those attorneys responsible. Members of the association also acted as pro bono counsel for the immigrant workers who had been detained onboard an Asia-bound ship docked in Elliott Bay, resulting in a court-ordered release of the workers.

Over the years, the King County Bar Association has remained true to its original mission to promote justice. Today, the Association and its 5,500 members provide a resource that ensures access to legal representation for fellow citizens of limited means; encourages professionalism and civility in our judicial system; provides a vehicle for the bar’s collaborative interaction with the judiciary on matters of public policy; and serves as the public face of the organized bar.

I previously served nine years as a trustee of the KCBA’s sister organization, the King County Bar Foundation, as president of the Foundation for the 2012–13 term, and as co-chair of the Foundation’s 2011 endowment campaign that raised $1.1 million to support pro bono and diversity initiatives.

Last year I was asked if I would allow my name to be placed in nomination for consideration as a member of the KCBA Board of Trustees and now as first vice president of the organization. I said, “Yes,” because I believe the Association serves a vital purpose in our community and I am interested to make whatever small contribution I can to carry on the important work of those who precede me.

As a member of the Board, it would be my goal to help maintain our existing membership and continue to expand our ranks. I also would seek to prioritize the bar’s response to ever-increasing demands for pro bono services and public interest representation.


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