The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Board of Governors will hold its next meeting on Friday, March 9 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla. Fifth District Governor Nancy Isserlis, of Spokane, will welcome the Board to Walla Walla. The public meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. The Board will welcome members of the local bench and bar at lunch. Carol Jean Thompson, of Walla Walla, is president of the Walla Walla County Bar Association, and Michaela Murdock, of Walla Walla, is president of the Hells Canyon Bar Association.

On March 8, WSBA President-elect Michele Radosevich will speak to Whitman College students in Professor Jim Hanson’s Rhetoric and the Law class. Whitman College offers a major in Rhetoric Studies. The WSBA officers, President Stephen Crossland, of Cashmere; President-elect Michele Radosevich, of Seattle; Immediate Past President Steven Toole, of Bellevue; and Treasurer Nancy Isserlis, of Spokane, along with Governor Leland Kerr, of Kennewick; WSBA Executive Director Paula Littlewood; and Deputy Director for External Relations Steve Larsen, are looking forward to a reception later that afternoon, where they will talk with Whitman students about the legal profession.

Chair of the Board of Governors Diversity Committee Roger Leishman, of Seattle, will update the Board on diversity and inclusion matters, including leadership recruitment, the membership study, and the proposed charter for the re-formed Committee for Diversity.

The Board will vote on a proposal, presented by Washington State Bar Foundation President Sally Savage, of Pullman, to add a charitable donation check-off option to the annual WSBA licensing renewal form. The Washington State Bar Foundation’s role is to raise charitable donations for programs that promote diversity and help those in need obtain access to the legal system.

President of the Washington Young Lawyers Division (WYLD) Dainen Penta, of Seattle, will update the Board on the WYLD’s work to date this year. One of the WYLD’s most successful projects is its First Responder Will Clinic program, which has served more than 1,000 first responders and their spouses/state-registered domestic partners throughout the state by providing free estate-planning documents. Its most recent clinic was held February 25 in Shoreline.

Also on the agenda are Governors’ and Liaisons’ Forums, during which governors and others in attendance may bring non-agenda items to the attention of the Board.

After lunch, Board Legislative Committee Chair Leland Kerr, of Kennewick, and WSBA Legislative Liaison Kathryn Leathers will update the Board on legislative matters. They will also present the first reading of draft court rules regarding collaborative law.

Court Rules and Procedures Committee Chair Kenneth Masters, of Bainbridge Island, will present a recommended response to proposed amendments drafted by the Superior Court Judges’ Association to Criminal Rule (CrR) 4.6, Depositions.

The Board is scheduled to take action on an amicus brief request, Klem v. Quality Loan Service Corporation of Washington/Quality Loan Service Corporation, presented by Amicus Curiae Brief Committee member Katherine Knox, of Spokane.

A Board committee has been examining ways to incorporate the new 10th District position into the Board of Governors. Committee Chair Leland Kerr will present the first reading of the committee’s recommendation, which is to split the 7th District into two sub-districts, instead of the current three.



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