Bar Convention Committee Annual Report
2014 TPCBA Convention Committee Report
By Stephanie Bloomfield, 2014 Convention Committee Chair
We had 118 registrants (107 paid, 10 unpaid presenters and 1 free for Lincoln Day drawing winner), 99 spouse/guests/kids and a total of 242 in attendance for the dinner on Saturday night. 100 rooms were also booked.
Overall the goal is to break even. Our expenses were $51,931 (budget $50,000) and income was $61,850 (budget $55,000) so we came out $10,000 ahead. Our goal was to break even, but the Suncadia food costs were extremely high and we raised the registration slightly to cover this. Had we known that we would be $10,000 to the good with our sponsors, we could likely have reduced the registration fee or had more expensive food at the meals. There were some negative comments about the lower end food at higher end prices. Overall, the food was good just very expensive. The weather was fantastic and the venue received many rave reviews. That said, the need to obtain sponsorships to underwrite the cost of the meals and social hours is important. The committee should prioritize sponsorships and get these secured as early on as possible.
VENDOR SPONSORSHIPS: CK Financial Services/Chris Kimball, STOP, Naegeli Depositon & Trial, Moranco & Associates, and Findlaw (a Thomson Reuters Business).
LAW FIRM SPONSORSHIPS:
McKinley Irvin Friday – CLE tracks
Rush Hannula Harkins and Kyler – Friday Night Cocktail Hour
NO SPONSOR – Friday Dinner
Gordon Thomas Honeywell – Friday Night post dinner hospitality suite
Messina Bulzomi Christensen – Saturday Breakfast
McKinley Irvin – Saturday CLE tracks
NO SPONSOR – Saturday Lunch
Troup Christnacht, Ladenburg, McKasy, Durkin & Speir – Saturday golf tournament.
Palace Law – Saturday First Cocktail Hour
Bergman Draper Ladenburg Hart – Saturday Second Cocktail Hour
The Connelly Law Offices – Saturday Night dinner
Law Office of Virginia DeCosta – Saturday Night Costume contest
Pfau Cochran Vertetis and Amala – Saturday Entertainment – Mechanical Bull
Davies Pearson – Saturday Night DeeJay/Music
OTHER LAW FIRM FINANCIAL SUPPORT:
Johnson Graffe Keay Moniz & Wick, Law Office of Robin H. Balsam, Vail Cross-Euteneier & Associates, Candoo Law, Law Office of Ben Barcus, Daryl Graves Law, Hester Law Group, Farr Law Group, and the Law Office of Lynn Johnson
We also had the Young Lawyer’s Liquor Lasso Saturday night where guests tossed bracelets to win wine.
Friday night CLEs
Clay Dickinson and Janine Cavalier of the Pierce County Clerk’s Office technology and LINX Judge Maggie Ross and Judge Frank Cuthbertson – District and Superior Court updates
Combined into one track for family law, criminal and civil practitioners. Trials –addressing issues faced in civil, criminal and family law settings. Appeals — with a panel of appellate experts. Technology in the Courtroom — using pretrial motions and trial testimony to highlight the use of technology. The Saturday CLE track concluded with Justice Steven Gonzí¡lez discussing civility in the practice of law and in the courtroom.
Coffee discussion regarding the proposed UW law school in Tacoma, followed by a panel ethics discussion, a CLE on responding to a bar complaint and general ethics CLE taught by WSBA Counsel.
Convention Planning Committee: Mark Arend, Ken Blanford, Lindsay Camandona, Clayton Dickinson, Brent Hyer, Deborah Josephson, Tim Lewis, Julie Lindstrom, Judith Maier, Lindsay Noel, Erika Nohavec, Jason Ruyf, Amanda Searle, Judge Susan Serko, Heather Swann, Robert Taub, Cheryl Williams, Wendy Zicht and Kit Kasner.
Also – Virginia DeCosta and Mike McKasy of the CLE committee worked closely with us to develop the CLE programs and the planning committee should include the co-chairs of the CLE committee (or appropriate designees from the committee) in future years to streamline planning.