with Gov. Brian Kelly
Brian J. Kelly was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2011. Both a lawyer and a certified public accountant, Kelly is prin- cipal in the law firm Hillier Scheibmeir Vey & Kelly P.S. His practice focus is business, tax, real property, probate, and municipal law, with an emphasis on business succession and estate
planning. Gov. Kelly serves as the WSBA treasurer and previously served on the Client Security Fund Board, Judicial Recommendation Committee, and the Limited Practice Board. He
earned both his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the
University of South Dakota. This is his third and final year
serving on the Board of Governors.
1Why did you want to serve on the WSBA Board of Governors?
I previously served on the Budget and Audit Committee for
six years. Just before I ran for the Board, then-President Steve
Toole identified certain financial and governance issues. I felt
my experience as a certified public accountant and lawyer
would be beneficial in addressing these matters.
2What is the most important lesson you have learned about WSBA members
since you’ve been on the Board?
Although members have different views of our
association, all care about our profession and
have the highest regard for the judicial branch
of government. We may vehemently disagree,
but we have formed lasting friendships. Lawyers are good people!
3What decision or accomplishment are you the most proud of from your service
on the Board?
My role in helping formulate the WSBA
2013–15 strategic goals. This year-long process is an organization priority. These goals
were developed in a changing marketplace
for the delivery of legal services and during a
budget constraint on our association. The strategic goals will support members’ improved
problem-solving skills, networking, inclusion,
community building, and career transitions.
These goals are the focus of WSBA programs
and are an example of WSBA’s commitment to
4What has been the most difficult decision you had to make as a governor
Being a minority voice against endorsement of
Referendum 74, which authorized same-sex marriage. Many
members of the Board of Governors were passionate in their
support for the referendum. I did not believe the Board should
take a position on it. It was too divisive and ultimately would
be decided by the voters.
5Can you share one thing we may not know about you?
My political heritage. My great uncle, Ed Kelly, was a four-term mayor of Chicago from 1933 to 1947. He teamed up
with Cook County Democratic Chairman Pat Nash to form
the “Kelly-Nash Machine.” Mayor Kelly was known as the
“Father of the Lakefront” parks, some of which are built on
debris from the Great Chicago Fire. Mayor Kelly was revered
by his five brothers, all of who were employed by the city as
department heads, except for “Corn Beef” Kelly, who was in
the meat-packing business. NWL
Take 5 lets you learn a little more about your Board of Governors.
If you have further questions for Gov. Kelly, he can be reached at
email@example.com or 360-748-3386.