The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held September 19 and convened by KCBA President Richard Mitchell.
First Vice President Anne Daly introduced the three questions that remained from prior discussions regarding the judicial endorsement policy including: (1) the potential limitation of the scope to only local races; (2) the effect of judicial endorsements prior to the trustees taking office; and (3) trustees providing references for judicial candidates being screened by the Judicial Screening Committee. In addition, Daly presented a draft, revised endorsement policy that addresses these questions. The Board agreed to continue discussion at a future board meeting.
Secretary-Trustee Kaustuv Das reviewed the challenges experienced by the judicial screening process over the past several months, and identified six possible improvements for further consideration, including: (1) administrative processing issues; (2) committee member experience levels; (3) recusal of committee members with conflicts; (4) additional rating criteria definitions; (5) confidentiality enhancements; and (6) reference check practices. Discussions about possible improvements will continue at future board meetings.
Mitchell next briefed the trustees on his recent meetings with the representatives from the Seattle University School of Law who are continuing discussions about legal residency programs. Treasurer Pamela Grinter then reported that she has begun work on a bylaw revision project and requested the trustees read the distributed copy of the bylaws and forward any suggested changes to her for incorporation into the new document. Any proposed changes will need to be approved by the membership.
The Board approved a resolution recognizing the many contributions to the local legal community by past King County Bar Foundation President Fred Tausend.
In information reports, Grinter reviewed the fiscal year-end financial reports, which showed $3.053 million in revenues and $3.076 million in expenses for a net loss of $23,000. This loss was primarily due to lower-than-projected revenue from the Lawyer Referral Service.
Executive Director Andrew Prazuch briefed the trustees on issues related to proposed production changes for the Bar Bulletin. Associate Executive Director Kathleen Jensen gave an update on the current member recruitment and retention campaign; KCBA as of September had reached 4,311 members, with final reminder invoices being prepared.
Young Lawyers Division Chair David Keenan reported on the YLD's plans to develop a formal mentoring program and invited the trustees to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new YLD Walk-in Clinic at the King County Law Library, which took place on October 24.
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