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The Board of Governors will hold a special meeting to discuss aligning the WSBA resources with current budgetary constraints and to consider suggested amendments from the Supreme Court to the proposed Limited License Legal Technician Rule.

May 22, 2012
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WSBA Offices, 6th Floor
1325 Fourth Avenue, Seattle

Prior to this meeting, the Budget & Audit Committee will meet on May 16 to review and analyze various programming options based on WSBA's strategic priorities. Executive session begins at 8:30 a.m., with the public session starting at 9 a.m.

For more information, contact Margaret Shane at margarets@wsba.org or 206-727-8244.


green squareBOG Takes Action on Budget and Audit Recommendations


On Saturday, April 28, the BOG acted on some of the Budget & Audit Committee’s recommendations that were proposed as a first step in the process of making the WSBA a more effective and efficient bar and closing the $3.6 million annual budget gap.

Procedurally, the BOG first decided to re-order the agenda and defer its decision making on the recommendations until after the mission-focus discussion.

Next, it decided to table three of the recommendations until a special meeting, now scheduled for May 22. The three items are:

  1. Eliminate funding for positions on WSBA standing committees, boards, and task forces.
  2. Transition the WYLD to an unfunded WSBA standing committee. 
  3. Eliminate funding for the WSBA Leadership Institute.  

The BOG took comments from interested parties who wished to speak on any of B&A’s recommendations. It then participated in a facilitated discussion about mission followed by taking up the B&A recommendations. The following motions were passed:

  • To reaffirm the WSBA’s mission, guiding principles and strategic goals.
  • To use $1 million from reserves to offset expenses in FY2013.
  • To reduce BOG expenses by at least $100,000 in 2013, and to direct B&A to identify a menu of proposed BOG expenses which will be presented at the May meeting.
  • To eliminate the annual Access to Justice/Bar Leaders Conference as a WSBA event.  
  • To reduce $200,000 in staff-related expenses without compromising the ability to retain necessary staff.  
  • To modify the policy on support of sections administration costs so that the section per-member charge covers 100% of the cost.  
  • To impose a hiring freeze except for mission-critical positions, as determined by the Executive Director.

With these decisions, approximately $1.4 million of the $3.6 million gap has been identified, leaving $2.2 million yet to be determined.

The BOG did not get to every B & A recommendation, and will take up the rest at its special meeting on May 22.

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