Wednesday, June 1, 2005

WSBA Board of Governors to discuss tort & med mal initiatives

[EVENT] Should the Washington State Bar Association take a position on Initiative 330? That's a question the Board of Governors will address this week when it meets on Thursday and Friday. According to a press release, the Board will meet at the Bellevue DoubleTree Inn Thursday, June 2, 2-5, and Friday, June 3, 9-12 and 1:30-4:30.

Thursday's session will be devoted to the tort initiatives and medical malpractice issues that will be on the November ballot. The Board will discuss whether to take a position on Initiative 330, which proposes amendments "relating to health care liability reform." Seattle attorney Mark Johnson, WSBA governor from the 7th-West District, will give the Board a summary of I-330. Others addressing the Board will be John Connelly, president-elect of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association; Thomas J. Curry, CEO of the Washington Medical Association; Barbara Flye, former executive director of Washington Citizen Action; Jeff Frank, president of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers; and Mike Kreidler, Washington state insurance commissioner.

A highlight of Friday's meeting will be the election of the new WSBA president-elect. This individual will serve as president-elect beginning in September, and will assume the presidency of the WSBA in September 2006.
The meetings are open to the public and the press.

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