Shaping a New WSBA - April 24 Update
As a result of the passage of the member referendum lowering license fees to $325, the Board of Governors and staff leadership have already begun addressing the necessity of reducing WSBA’s 2013 budget by $3.6 million — or, 28%. The process involves reviewing everything we do and how we do it, with one end goal in mind: Build a more effective and efficient bar that WSBA members value and the public trusts.
We received lots of feedback before, during, and since the referendum – compliments, questions, criticisms, and ideas. Understanding what we heard is the first key to responding. Here are some key themes that emerged from the input:
We still need your input!
Please keep those ideas coming at email@example.com. This is your Bar and we’re listening.
The Budget and Audit Committee has approved, and will submit a series of budget reduction measures recommended by senior leadership that can be decided, and acted upon swiftly to begin reducing the Bar’s footprint – and impact. These recommendations will be voted on at the April BOG meeting, and include: spending down $1 million in unrestricted reserves in each of 2013 and 2014; cutting approximately $1.3 million in annual, non-mission-critical expenses; and evaluating new revenue streams. Read the memo from the Budget and Audit Committee.
Before the Bar Association can implement long-term change, the Board of Governors must weigh in on the pressing policy question: In light of the referendum, Will WSBA adhere to its mission or will it revise its mission and no longer support certain principles and programming?
The Board of Governors will take up this question at its April meeting. Meeting materials are always posted online, usually one week before the meeting.
With policy guidance from the BOG, the Executive Director will then lead a thorough evaluation of all functions against mission, values, industry standards and best practices. During this phase, we’ll be making difficult choices, cutting programs, and re-aligning staff resources around the Bar’s newly refined priorities. We stand committed to doing this with integrity, compassion, and the best interests of the public, our members, and our staff. We’ll post updates as they become available.
Send us your feedback. Questions, criticisms, ideas — we want to hear it!
Didn't make it to the live chat? Read the transcripts.
June 25, 2012 — with Steve Crossland and Paula Littlewood
May 21, 2012 — with Steve Crossland
April 25, 2012 — with Steve Crossland
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