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Board. Gov. Furlong argued that LPO
and LLLT members don’t require representatives on the Board because they
already have their separate governing
bodies and aren’t directly involved in
the Bar. He also opposed other non-attorneys from being added to the Board,
contending that governance of lawyers
should be restricted to those who practice law. Gov. Mario Cava said that while
he might support an LPO or LLLT member, he also opposed adding other non-attorney members.
However, Gov. Ken Masters countered that since the Bar is involved in
regulating LPO and LLLT activities,
members of those groups should be allowed representation on the Board. He
and others also expressed support for
adding other non-attorney members,
arguing that they bring alternative perspectives to issues. President Anthony
Gipe stated that the WSBA is the only
regulated professional group in Washington that does not have general-public
members on its governing body. He
maintained that the appointees’ individual qualifications, rather than their
particular professions, would determine
their value to the Board. For example,
an expert on technology could provide
insight into technology’s effects on the
practice of law that lawyers wouldn’t
possess, he said.
Because of the differing opinions, the
Board took no official position on the
issue. However, it could reconsider the
question before issuing its final report
on the recommendations.
The Board also took up a related issue involving composition of the Board.
To accommodate the proposed three
non-attorney members, the Governance
Task Force recommended reducing the
number of member-elected governors
from 11 to 9 (which would include the
president, under the proposed voting-president model). The three current at-large positions (for a young/new lawyer
and two WSBA members from traditionally under-represented groups) would
be retained under the proposal.
Current Board members solidly
voiced opposition to this proposal, preferring to retain the number and system
for member-elected positions, which is
based geographically on Congressional
districts but would need to be modified
if only nine positions were elected.
WSBA BOARD OF
March 19, 2015, Olympia
The Board of Governors further refined its draft response to a set of rec- ommendations for possibly
overhauling the governance structure
and procedures of the WSBA as the
Board met March 19, 2015, in Olympia.
The governors again addressed issues
discussed at the January Board meet-
ing and debated additional questions
regarding WSBA governance.
The recommendations were proposed last year by an independent
Governance Task Force. The Board will
continue discussion of the recommendations through summer and expects to