throughout the legal community.”
The proposed plan also incorpo-
rates information gathered in the 2012
WSBA membership study, which com-
piled detailed information regarding
membership demographics and trends.
A second reading, and perhaps action
to approve the proposal, is expected at
the May Board meeting.
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Gov. Phil Buri, who also serves as
WSBA treasurer, and WSBA Chief Operations Officer Ann Holmes updated
the Board on the WSBA’s finances.
They noted that the WSBA investment
stock portfolio has nearly recovered
from the 2008 financial crisis. When
the account was created in March 2007,
its value stood at $1.2 million. With
the mortgage and investment market
crash, the value dropped to $600,000
by February 2009. However, with the
gradual recovery of investment markets since then, the account’s value has
rebounded to $1,147,981, nearly returning it to its original value.
Meanwhile, Holmes projected that
with increased revenues and reduced
costs so far this year, the WSBA budget
will avoid a net loss for the fiscal year.
During the budget-making process last
fall, it had appeared that a shortfall was
likely, which would have necessitated
dipping into reserves.
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Juvenile Shackling Issue
The Board heard the first reading of a
proposed juvenile court rule amendment
that would create a strong presumption
against the mandatory shackling of juvenile respondents in the courtroom, a
practice followed in some counties. The
amendment was requested by the Council on Public Defense, which feels that
shackling is unduly punitive. Under the
proposal, judges would have the discretion to order the use of shackles only on
juvenile respondents specifically found
to present a risk of violence or escape.
Further consideration of the proposal,
and a possible vote, is expected at the
May Board meeting. NWL
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