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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Convention Image for Section 2017 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention Events and Speakers
The 2017 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention is fast approaching! The Annual Convention Planning Committee, chaired by J.D. Meyer, has been working on an exciting lineup of events and activities for attendees to participate in at our upcoming event.

The Kentucky Bar Association will celebrate the lives and legacy of those KBA members who have passed since May 1, 2016, during its 26th annual Memorial Service at St. Stephen Cathedral, 610 Locust Street, Owensboro, on Tuesday, June 20. Members of the planning committee encourage members who are arriving in town just prior to the convention, and those who are situated locally, to participate in this beautiful, ecumenical service held in honor of our fellow Kentucky attorneys who have passed.

We have secured The Pier at the Owensboro Convention Center for our Kick-Off Event; where bluegrass and barbeque will make an appearance!

Make plans now to join us for the 2017 KBA Annual Banquet where you can dine on a delicious meal and enjoy the program as we celebrate the investiture of the KBA’s new Officers and Bar Governors and present the 2017 Distinguished Judge, Distinguished Lawyer and Chief Justice’s Special Service Award. Ms. Kentucky 2014, Ramsey Carpenter, will be performing during this year’s event. Carpenter is known for her bluegrass fiddle playing and is sure to put on a fantastic show.

We’ll also honor the recipients of the KBA’s Annual Bruce K. Davis Bar Service Award; Donated Legal Services Award; and Nathaniel R. Harper Award during the Membership Awards Luncheon hosted on the convention’s closing day. We’ll recognize past KBA presidents, present our annual Law Day Awards, and honor the 198 Senior Counselors who achieved this distinguished status in 2017.

As we recently announced, the 2017 KBA Annual Convention CLE Planning Committee chaired by Matt Cook has secured an outstanding lineup of speakers. For a detailed listing of our feature and spotlight speakers, as well as some of the other exciting programs scheduled, click here.

We look forward to seeing you in Owensboro, June 21-23, 2017!
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KBA Image for Section 2017 Kentucky Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Summit Scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2017
Diversity & Inclusion Summit LogoThe Kentucky Bar Association cordially invites you to participate in the second biennial Diversity and Inclusion Summit on Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Hilton Lexington Downtown.

We are fortunate to have attracted an outstanding lineup of distinguished and learned professionals to address the summit and we encourage your participation in this significant event. Those professionals include Ericka Hines from Every Level Leadership in Raleigh, N.C., and Former President of the American Bar Association, Robert J. Grey, Jr., as well as several judges and local attorneys. We look forward to working with attorneys across the state, as we explore the full meaning of diversity and its relationship to the rule of law.

We are also pleased to announce our sponsors for this event. Platinum Sponsors include Commonwealth of Kentucky Court of Justice; Frost Brown Todd, LLC; Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.; and Stites & Harbison, PLLC. Gold Sponsors include Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; and Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney PLLC. Our Silver Sponsors include Ackerson & Yann, PLLC; Fayette County Bar Association; O’Hara, Ruberg Taylor, Sloan & Sergent; and Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

Watch your mailboxes for the summit brochure and registration form, which should be arriving in late February! Registration will also be available on our website, kybar.org, soon.
U.S. Senate Confirms President’s Nomination of Chief Justice Minton to SJI Board of Directors
Chief Justice Minton PhotoThe U.S. Senate has confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. to the State Justice Institute’s (SJI) board of directors. The president nominated Chief Justice Minton in July and the Senate confirmed the nomination Dec. 10. His term on the board is through Sept. 17, 2019.

“I congratulate Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton on his confirmation to serve on the State Justice Institute Board of Directors,” said U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “Chief Justice Minton has served with distinction in Kentucky’s judiciary for over two decades, and I can think of no better candidate to help improve the quality of state courts nationwide. As president of the Conference of Chief Justices, he has earned the respect of his colleagues to spearhead innovation and best practices across the country. I believe that Chief Justice Minton will be an asset to SJI and continue to make Kentucky proud.”

Chief Justice Minton said he appreciates the Senate’s confirmation. “I’m eager to begin working with my fellow board members to award grants that benefit state courts,” he said. “SJI grants make it possible for many state court systems to engage in programs they might not otherwise be able to afford. With the SJI’s assistance, state courts have been able to educate judges about domestic abuse, address human trafficking, implement juvenile justice reforms and much more.”

See SJI’s confirmation announcement about Chief Justice Minton.
Public Prosecutors, Defenders May Qualify for Student Loan Forgiveness
Public prosecutors and public defenders in Kentucky may qualify for student loan forgiveness through the John R. Justice Grant program, administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

Applications must be postmarked or received by Feb. 10. The estimated award is $785 per year. Awards are paid directly to the lender. Eligible attorneys include prosecutors and public defenders who are full-time employees of the Commonwealth or a local government. Attorneys who supervise, educate or train prosecutors and defenders are also eligible.

Funding is available for loan forgiveness for 48 attorneys for the 2017–2018 fiscal year. Three prosecutors and three public defenders will be chosen from each of the seven state Supreme Court districts, and three prosecutors and three public defenders with statewide responsibilities will be chosen.

Recipients are chosen based on their loan-to-income ratio and total student loan debt. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Justice. KHEAA has received a grant for this fiscal year. Continued funding of the program is contingent upon the availability of federal dollars.

Applicants must sign three-year service agreements and have annual salaries of less than $55,000. Prior-year recipients must reapply but do not have to sign another service agreement if selected. For complete information or to apply, visit kheaa.com and click on the John R. Justice Loan Repayment link in the left column.

For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7214.
Reminder from the Department of Workers’ Claims
Reminder from the Department of Workers’ Claims, per 803 KAR 25:010 § 3(1)(b), effective July 1, 2017, The Department of Workers’ Claims will no longer accept paper filings.
Jefferson County OCCC Annual Attorney Survey
The Jefferson County Office of Circuit Court Clerk (OCCC) invites attorneys who practice law in Jefferson County to please take a moment and participate in the OCCC 2016 Annual Attorney Survey. The survey can be accessed by visiting surveymonkey.com/r/2016OCCCattorneysurvey. The OCCC sincerely thanks you for your participation and values your feedback.
KYLAPImage for Section KYLAP and the KBA’s Family Law Section To Co-Sponsor Annual Convention Program
Jeena Cho PhotoThe Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP) and the Kentucky Bar Association’s (KBA) Family Law Section will be co-sponsoring Jeena Cho at the upcoming 2017 KBA Annual Convention in Owensboro. Ms. Cho will be speaking on the subject of mindfulness. Ms. Cho is the author of a new book, “The Anxious Lawyer,” and will be doing a book signing at the convention.

Ms. Cho will also be leading a guided mindfulness meditation session on Wednesday evening, June 21, during the convention. More information about her session, as well as the meditation session, will be in the preconvention brochure located inside the March issue of the Bench & Bar.
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KYLAP Hosts Lawyers in Recovery Meetings in Northern Kentucky and Lexington
The Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program offers weekly open recovery meetings for lawyers, law students and judges in Northern Kentucky and Lexington. The Northern Kentucky Lawyers in Recovery meeting is held at 5:00 p.m., on Tuesdays at 510 Washington Avenue, Newport, KY 41071. Please bring your own coffee. The Lexington Kentucky Lawyers in Recovery meeting is held at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Alano Club downtown, 370 East Second Street, Lexington, KY 40508.

All meetings are open to law students, lawyers and judges who are already involved or who are interested in a 12-step program of recovery, including but not limited to Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous and Al-Anon. Come meet other attorneys and network. All meetings and contacts are confidential. SCR 3.990. For additional information, please visit kylap.org, call (502) 564-3795, ext. 266, or email abeitz@kylap.org.
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Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program Foundation, Inc., (Forgivable) Loan Program
The KYLAP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Kentucky Corporation created and approved pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 3.910(8) to promote the mission of the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP). KYLAP's mission is to assist Kentucky's lawyers, law students and judges who suffer from impairments including drug, alcohol, or other addictions, depression, and other mental health disorders.

The Foundation helps Kentucky's lawyers, law students and judges seek medical and professional treatment for impairment issues when no other financial resources for treatment exist. The Foundation is premised on the same principle as the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program -- Lawyers Helping Lawyers.

Your tax-deductible contribution provides direct help for suffering lawyers through the extension of (forgivable) loans for treatment (paid directly to the medical providers).

KYLAPF New LogoAll money given by lawyers goes directly to the treatment of lawyers.

For more information on the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program Foundation, Inc., please contact KYLAP Director Yvette Hourigan at (502) 564-3795 or at yhourigan@kylap.org.

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The KYLAP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Kentucky Corporation created and approved pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 3.910(8) to promote the mission of the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP). KYLAP's mission is to assist Kentucky's lawyers, law students and judges who suffer from impairments including drug, alcohol, or other addictions, depression, and other mental health disorders.

Did you know that you can make your secure tax-deductible gift to the KYLAP Foundation, Inc., online, now? Just go to the KYLAP website at kylap.org, and click on the DONATE button located near the bottom of the page, or click on the “Foundation” tab and use that DONATE button. You may make a one-time gift or a recurring gift each month safely through PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account to make your donation. Every dollar donated by lawyers goes directly to help treat lawyers with mental health issues including depression and addiction to drugs or alcohol. To learn more about the KYLAP Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation, visit kylap.org/foundation/.

You can make a difference in a struggling lawyer’s life.
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Kentucky Bar Foundation 2017 Grants
The Kentucky Bar Foundation’s mission is to further the public’s understanding of the judicial system and the legal profession through programs and philanthropic partnerships that help those in need. One of the ways that the Foundation serves this mission is by awarding annual grants to law-related organizations and projects. The application period for the Foundation’s 2017 grants will be open from January 6, 2017 through March 15, 2017. To be eligible for grant consideration, applicants must meet the following requirements, among other things:
  • Apply for a grant on or before March 15, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. (ET)
  • Be a nonprofit organization under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3)
  • Request funding for a program or project that has a law-related purpose and provides services in Kentucky
The Kentucky Bar Foundation will award its 2017 grants during its annual Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon on June 22, 2017. To request a grant application, contact KBF Program Manager Gwen Smallenburg at gsmallenburg@kybar.org or (800) 874-6582 or visit kybarfoundation.org/grants.
Section News Image for Section LGBT Law Section Mid-Year Meeting, February 8
The LGBT Law Section will hold a mid-year meeting beginning at 12:00 PM EST on Wednesday, February 8 in the Boardroom at the Kentucky Bar Center in Frankfort. All Section members are invited to attend this brown bag lunch meeting for an update regarding the Section's CLE programming at the KBA Annual Convention and to make plans for the rest of the year. The Bar Center is located at 514 West Main Street in downtown Frankfort. If you would like to participate via conference call, the dial-in number is 877-746-4263. You will need to enter participant code 02 32 245# to be connected to the conference call.
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Legal Aid University CLE Seminars, February 24 & March 14
Registration is now available for the KBA Young Lawyers Division 2017 Legal Aid University being held in Louisville on February 24 and Lexington on March 14! The programs have each been accredited in Kentucky for 5.00 CLE credits. Registration is FREE for all attorneys who agree to take 2 pro bono Legal Aid cases. The registration fee is $21 for all other attendees. Additional information and links to online registration for each program is available on the KBA Community Calendar. To attend either program, you must register online and pay by credit card if necessary (VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover accepted). If you have problems logging into the KBA website, please contact the KBA Membership Department at (502) 564-3795. Other registration questions should be directed to Lori Alvey at lalvey@kybar.org or (502) 564-3795 ext. 253. Space is limited, so please register early! Pre-registration is required as space and program materials cannot be guaranteed otherwise. Registration for the Louisville program closes February 17. Registration for the Lexington program closes March 7.
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2017 Elder Law Spring CLE Seminar, March 24
Register now for the 2017 Elder Law Spring CLE seminar being held on Friday, March 24 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington! The program has been accredited for 7.00 CLE credits in Kentucky. Registration is $200 for all KBA Elder Law Section members, $225 for all other attorneys, $75 for paralegals, and free for law students. A seminar brochure with the complete agenda and driving directions is available online. To attend the program, you must register online and pay by credit card (VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover accepted). If you have problems logging into the KBA website, please contact the KBA Membership Department at (502) 564-3795. Other registration questions should be directed to Lori Alvey at lalvey@kybar.org or (502) 564-3795 ext. 253. Registration for this program will close March 17, 2017. Space is limited, so please register early! Pre-registration is required as space and program materials cannot be guaranteed otherwise.
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16th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, April 13-14
The Office of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Kentucky College of Law and the KBA Business Law Section are co-sponsoring the 16th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute on Thursday & Friday, April 13 & 14 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 10.50 CLE credits including 1.00 ethics credit. For additional information, contact UK/CLE at (859) 257-2921 or download the conference brochure at http://www.ukcle.com/.
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Business Law Section Annual Meeting, April 13
The Business Law Section's Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 13, in conjunction with the 16th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute in Lexington. Officers will be elected for the 2017-18 bar year and upcoming activities will be planned by the attending members. This meeting is free for all section members, and you do not have to be registered for the seminar to attend.
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2017 Real Estate Law & Practice Institute, April 20
The Office of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Kentucky College of Law and the KBA Real Property Law Section are co-sponsoring the 2017 Real Estate Law & Practice Institute on Thursday, April 20, at the Hyatt Regence Hotel in Lexington. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 7.00 CLE credits. For additional information, contact UK/CLE at (859) 257-2921 or download the conference brochure at ukcle.com/.
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2017 Environmental Law CLE Seminar, April 21
Save the date! The KBA Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section's 2017 Environmental Law CLE seminar will be held on Friday, April 21, at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. More information regarding the agenda and CLE accreditation will be available soon.
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32nd Annual National Conference on Equine Law, May 3 & 4
The Office of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Kentucky College of Law and the KBA Equine Law Section are co-sponsoring the 32nd Annual National Conference on Equine Law on Wednesday & Thursday, May 3 & 4 at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 12.75 CLE credits including 1.00 ethics credit. For additional information, contact UK/CLE at (859) 257-2921 or download the conference brochure at ukcle.com/.
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18th Biennial Judge Joe Lee Bankruptcy Institute, June 8-9
The Office of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Kentucky College of Law and the KBA Bankruptcy Law Section are co-sponsoring the 18th Biennial Judge Joe Lee Bankruptcy Institute on Thursday & Friday, June 8-9 at the Campbell House in Lexington. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 10.50 CLE credits, including 2.00 Ethics credits. For additional information, contact UK/CLE at (859) 257-2921 or download the conference brochure at ukcle.com/.
CLE Image for Section Great Place to Start Resource Center for New Attorneys in Kentucky
The KBA Find a Mentor program is designed to connect experienced attorneys with new attorneys who are seeking advice and guidance in balancing the personal and professional demands of the practice of law.

How it works: Qualified mentors sign up and volunteer to participate in the GPS mentor program. New attorneys looking for assistance (mentees) may locate a mentor through the GPS website by the mentor’s location or area of practice. The mentee can view detailed information about potential mentors and then initiate first contact. This self-initiated contact may involve a single issue, or entail a more lasting, formal mentor relationship. The limits of the relationship are determined by the preferences of the participants.

This service is available to new attorneys admitted to practice in Kentucky for five years or less. For more detailed information visit kbagps.org and see what the program has to offer.
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Looking for Upcoming KBA Accredited CLE Events?
Look No Further! Check out web.kybar.org/clesearch/listprograms.aspx
This easy to use search engine contains up to date information on CLE events that have been accredited by the Kentucky Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Commission. Users can search by program date, name or sponsor for information about future and past events. Program listings include sponsor contact information, approved CLE and ethics credits, and KBA activity codes for filling out the certificate of attendance (Form #3).

Programs are approved and added in the order in which they are received. It may take up to two weeks for processing of accreditation applications. If an upcoming or past event is not listed in the database, check with the program sponsor regarding the status of the accreditation application.
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Teleseminars
Don’t want to travel for “LIVE” CLE credits? The KBA provides you a weekly series of live teleseminars that are as nearby and as convenient as your office or home phone. For the full catalog of offerings in 2017, visit ky.webcredenza.com/.

For questions or to register over the phone, please contact Kim at kim@webcredenza.com or (720) 879-4142.
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2016 Kentucky Law Update Thank You!
Each year, many individuals and organizations help make it possible for the Kentucky Bar Association to bring CLE to areas across the state at no additional cost to members. Through the contributions of time, expertise, talent and funding of the many individuals and organizations, the 2016 Kentucky Law Update program was able to meet the CLE needs of over 5,000 Kentucky Bar Association members. Please accept our thanks for your support! To view the list of all individuals and organizations that helped to make the 2016 Kentucky Law Update a success, click here.
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