the overall purpose of the recommendations was to maintain the integrity of
the profession, which would in turn increase the chances that it will be allowed
to remain primarily self-regulated rather
than being turned over to an entirely independent regulatory body, as is periodically proposed by legislators and others.
District 8 Governor Election
The Board elected Andrea Jarmon as
the new governor from the 8th District.
She begins a three-year term, replacing
outgoing Gov. Bill Viall. No candidates
filed for regular membership election
for the 8th District position this year.
Accordingly, as required by the WSBA
Bylaws, the Board solicited candidates
for election by the Board. Besides Ms.
Jarmon, WSBA members Jean Bouf-fard, Roberto Castro, Stephania Denton, and Nikolay Kvasnyuk applied and
were interviewed by the Board at the
April 25 meeting. Ms. Jarmon was then
elected by secret ballot.
A 2004 graduate of the University of
Washington School of Law, Ms. Jarmon
is a tenure track faculty member in the
paralegal program at Tacoma Community College. She has previously served
as an assistant attorney general for the
Washington State Attorney General’s
Office, an assistant city attorney for the
Seattle City Attorney’s Office, and city
prosecutor for the Auburn City Attorney’s Office.
Indigent Defense Standards
The Board voted to approve amendments
to the Standards for Indigent Defense,
which had been discussed at the March
7–8 Board meeting. The amendments
include clarification that attorney expe-
rience is a factor in the composition of
case types, but is not a factor in adjusting
the applicable numerical caseload limits.
They also provide that those with less
than six months of full-time criminal de-
fense experience as attorneys should not
be assigned more than two-thirds of the
applicable maximum numerical caseload
limit. The amendments further recognize
that first appearance, arraignment, or
routine review hearing calendars call for
a proportional reduction of an attorney’s
maximum caseload limits that take into
account attorney preparation for and ap-
pearance at such calendars, and establish
that this provision applies even if case
weighting is not used by the jurisdiction
involved. The amendments are subject to
approval by the Supreme Court.
Executive Director Evaluation
The Board approved a proposal to spend
up to $20,000 to hire the Waldron con-
sulting firm to design and carry out an
upgraded annual evaluation of the WSBA
executive director, a task that previously
had been performed by an in-house per-
sonnel committee. Continued evalua-
tions by the firm would require additional
authorization by the Board and likely
would cost less, as the initial fee includes
the cost of setting up the process. NWL
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