Nathaniel Wylie Remembered
The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on January 18, convened by KCBA President Kathryn Battuello.
Battuello began the meeting by briefing the trustees on the unexpected passing of fellow trustee Nathaniel Wylie and led a moment of silence in his memory.
Executive Director Andrew Prazuch updated the trustees on the website redesign project. On behalf of Treasurer Kinnon Williams, he also provided the financial report. At the end of five months of the fiscal year, as of November 30, KCBA had revenues of $2.1 million and expenses of $1.4 million, for net income of $772,000. The Association has $1.9 million in cash and cash equivalents, and the reserve fund is at $946,000. Prazuch noted that at this point of the fiscal year overall revenue and expenses should be at roughly 42 percent of the approved budget and both are performing ahead of expectations.
Young Lawyers Division Chair Stephanie Lakinski briefed trustees on upcoming CLEs and new activities including a monthly “Breakfast at the Bar” for lawyers who did not go to law school in the area. In addition, she reported the Mentor of the Year Award winner, whose name was revealed at the Winter Soirée on February 9 (see page 22) and invited the trustees to attend the event.
University of Washington School of Law Dean Kellye Testy thanked KCBA for its partnerships with the law school, briefed the trustees on the challenges the school is facing, and explained new developments in faculty engagement. In addition, she presented an overview of the school’s J.D. and nine LL.M. programs.
Trustee Mary Sakaguchi briefed the trustees on the Diversity Committee’s recommendation that the bar award stipends to diverse undergraduate students with financial need to prepare for and take the LSAT. After discussion, the Board by voice vote approved the program as outlined in the materials.
KCBF President Kathleen Petrich updated the trustees on the Foundation’s work over the past year. She thanked the trustees for their individual and firm contributions, and noted that the Foundation had just completed a county-wide, joint law firm campaign with the Legal Foundation of Washington, raising more than $500,000 for civil legal aid. She also explained major donor cultivation work being done by foundation trustees and encouraged the trustees to be table captains at the Breakfast with Champions event on March 30.
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