April 2014 Bar Bulletin
 
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Board Reviews Gun Safety, Ethics Issues

 

The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees' meeting held on February 19, convened by KCBA President Anne Daly.

Public Policy Committee Chairman Andrew Maron briefed the trustees on the recent membership survey regarding the proposed gun safety resolution. Results from the survey showed that approximately 77 percent of the respondents supported the resolution and 20 percent were against taking a position. After discussion, the Board tabled the resolution until its March meeting to give the Public Policy Committee an opportunity to revise the resolution to reflect additional Board feedback.

Thomas Fitzpatrick briefed the trustees on WSBA's alternative proposal concerning I-502 as it relates to the Rules of Professional Conduct. He explained that the KCBA's ad hoc I-502 workgroup reviewed the WSBA proposal, but did not believe it sufficiently addressed KCBA's concerns. Fitzpatrick directed the trustees' attention to a copy of a letter that was sent from KCBA to the Supreme Court Rules Committee asking the Supreme Court to adopt KCBA's original proposal. Copies of I-502-related correspondence are online at www.kcba.org/502ethics.

Daly reported that the ad hoc Amicus Improvement Committee has met and it will be working on a revised proposal for Board consideration later this spring. She announced that the Annual Dinner has been confirmed for June 18 at the Sheraton Hotel, Seattle, and noted that the Awards Committee, under the leadership of Kim Tran, is working on selecting winners for this year's awards. She also shared highlights from the recent Latina/o Bar Association dinner, and encouraged trustees to attend the Goldmark Luncheon (held February 21), the Breakfast With Champions event (held March 19) and the investiture ceremony for past Trustee John Chun on February 21.

Executive Director Andrew Prazuch noted that membership renewals and CLE programs continue to be strong and are on target to reach their revenue goals. He updated trustees on the status of lease negotiations. He noted that the Diversity Committee will meet with the law school deans in April to discuss the schools' recent efforts in diversifying their student bodies and faculties. Lastly, he mentioned that the nominations process for Board elections was continuing and would be completed shortly. (See pages 1 and 16–17 for more information and the slate of candidates.)

Fitzpatrick also gave a summary of the recent ABA House of Delegates meeting held in Chicago, and reminded the trustees that his term as KCBA's ABA delegate will end in the fall. A new delegate will need to be appointed and an announcement has been sent out to KCBA members seeking applicants.

Colleen Kinerk, chair of the Pro Bono Services Committee, briefed the Board on recent committee activities. She noted that committee membership had increased. She highlighted the pro bono programs' work over the last 12 months, including the development of a survey about the Neighborhood Legal Clinics. She also addressed issues related to clinic transportation and logistics, discussed volunteer support, reviewed an effort to recruit experienced family law attorneys for mentoring more junior lawyers, and reported on the new pro bono volunteer orientation program.

In addition, a presentation on the newly developed Washington State Pro Bono Council - a new committee of the Access to Justice Board - was given by Council Manager Beth Leonard. She explained the advantages of having local pro bono programs, the challenges that local programs face, and the importance having a council to represent the individual programs and their activities within the ATJ community.


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