The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meetings held on February 27 and March 20 and convened by KCBA President Richard Mitchell.
King County Bar Foundation President Harry Schneider briefed the trustees on the Foundation's work over the last 12 months. KCBF has continued to support diversity by providing funding for the minority law student scholarship program and the Future of the Law Institute. The King County Law Firm Campaign for Equal Justice was a success, raising $512,615, which is shared by LAW Fund and KCBF.
Treasurer Pamela Grinter provided an overview of the December 31, 2012 financial statements and noted that the association is halfway through its fiscal year, with revenues of $1.8 million and expenses of $1.3 million - 60% and 48%, respectively, of budget. The reserve fund is at $647,000. She noted, however, that revenue for CLE programs and the Lawyer Referral Service continues to be below projections.
Executive Director Andrew Prazuch then briefed the trustees on the short- and long-term budget challenges for CLE and LRS revenue. He projects a year-end shortfall of $148,000 for the two programs. Additional unbudgeted revenues and projected expense savings are available to offset this shortfall, especially by leaving vacant staff positions unfilled through the end of the fiscal year.
Prazuch also outlined several pending discussions by the CLE, LRS and membership committees that could provide longer term revenue solutions to these challenges. Those discussions include new e-commerce options for CLE program delivery and a new web-based LRS interface for the public. He expected to have more information from the committees by the April board meeting.
Secretary Kaustuv M. Das briefed the Board on recent meetings of the ad hoc judicial screening committee, which expected to present a final recommendation at the March meeting. Prazuch updated trustees on the ad hoc judicial survey committee's recent meeting and its plan to present a final recommendation at the April board meeting.
Second Vice President Steven Rovig reviewed recent news reports on the public defense restructuring proposal. He invited members of the board to an upcoming background briefing to learn more about the details of how the current public defense system operates.
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