WSBA Board of Governors to Meet in Yakima June 8
The Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors will hold its next meeting on June 8 at the Yakima Convention Center. Fourth District Governor Leland Kerr, of Kennewick, will welcome the Board to Yakima. The public meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The highlight of each June meeting is the election by the Board of Governors of a new president-elect. The new president-elect will begin his term this September and take office as WSBA president in September 2013. The Board will also interview and select a new at-large governor representing the Washington Young Lawyers Division.
The Board will consider whether to take positions on two resolutions that will come before the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates at its annual meeting in August — one resolution regarding affirming and readopting the existing ABA policy regarding the prohibition of sharing legal fees with non-lawyers, and the other regarding support of training that enhances understanding of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. The WSBA has seven delegates to the ABA House of Delegates.
The chair of the Access to Justice (ATJ) Board Kirsten Barron, of Bellingham, will present the ATJ Board’s 2012 Annual Report. The ATJ Board was established by the Washington State Supreme Court in 1994 at the request of the WSBA Board of Governors, in response to a growing need to coordinate the access to justice efforts throughout the state and ensure continuity and focus. Its mandate is to ensure access to the civil justice system for low- and moderate-income Washington residents. The annual ATJ/Bar Leaders Conference will be held at the Yakima Convention Center Friday through Sunday. This year’s conference theme is “Our New Economic Reality: The Legal Profession’s Role.”
A Board committee has been examining ways to incorporate the new 10th District position into the Board of Governors. The Board will vote on the committee’s recommendation to split the 7th District into two sub-districts instead of the current three, presented by Leland Kerr, committee chair.
Fifth District Governor Nancy Isserlis, of Spokane, and Deputy Director for Administration and Professional Development/CFO Julie Mass will update the Board on the current year’s budget, and how recent Board decisions in response to the recent passage of a license-fee referendum to reduce annual licensing fees are shaping the draft of the FY 2013 budget.
The WSBA is part of the judicial branch, exercising a governmental function authorized by the Washington State Supreme Court to license the state’s 34,800 lawyers. The WSBA both regulates lawyers under the authority of the Court and serves its members as a professional association — all without public funding. As a regulatory agency, the WSBA administers the bar admission process, including the bar exam; provides record-keeping and licensing functions; and administers the lawyer-discipline system. As a professional association, the WSBA provides continuing legal education for attorneys, in addition to numerous other educational and member-service activities.
The Washington State Bar Association’s mission is to serve the public and the members of the Bar, ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice.
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