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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
2016 Annual Convention Image for Section 2016 KBA Annual Convention Online Registration Now Open

Online registration is now available for members wishing to register for the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2016 Annual Convention to be held May 11-13, 2016, in Louisville. Click here to access the registration page.
2016 Annual Convention Image for Section 2016 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention Feature and Spotlight Speakers

The 2016 Annual Convention Planning Committee announced the following speakers scheduled for the May 11-13 convention at the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville. More information on additional speakers, presentations, and events can be found in the January 2016 issue of the Bench & Bar.

Feature Speakers
Wednesday, May 11th, Feature CLE Speaker
Howard Fineman - Global Editorial Director of AOL Huffington Post Media Group, former Newsweek Chief Political Correspondent and NBC News Analyst.

Thursday, May 12th, Feature CLE Speaker
Ray Kelly with moderator Renee Shaw - Kelly is the former Commissioner of NYPD, having served as Commissioner after 9/11. Shaw is the host of Connections with Renee Shaw.

Friday, May 13th, Feature CLE Speaker
Ari Shapiro - Host of NPR’s All Things Considered.

Spotlight Speakers
John Adams – Former President of the United States portrayed by George W. Baker.

Paulette Brown – American Bar Association President.

Robert M. Cary – Defense attorney for the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens.

Gregory Gordon – International criminal law and war crimes prosecution expert.

Judge Virginia Kendall – United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois and noted expert on child exploitation and human trafficking.

Tom Morris – Author and philosopher.

Dr. Samantha Nutt – Founder of the international humanitarian organization War Child.

Jonathan Tukel – Prosecutor of the "underwear bomber" case.
2016 Annual Convention Image for Section Thank You to Our 2016 KBA Annual Convention Sponsors! Sponsorship Opportunities are Still Available
Thanks to Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky and the National Insurance Agency, Inc., for serving as the 2016 KBA Annual Convention Platinum Sponsors!

Stoll Keenon Ogden, PLLC, has sponsored Howard Fineman, the Wednesday, May 11, feature speaker. Howard Fineman is the Global Editorial Director of AOL Huffington Post Media Group and former Newsweek Chief Political Correspondent and NBC News Analyst. Friday’s feature speaker, Ari Shapiro, host of NPR’s All Things Considered, has been sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division. Stites & Harbison, PLLC, has sponsored a Thursday spotlight speaker, Philosopher & Founder of The Morris Institute for Human Values, Tom Morris.

We appreciate the support of Middleton Reutlinger and Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett, PLC, who have graciously sponsored the Kickoff Event to be held at the Sports and Social Club from 4:45-6:45 p.m., on Wednesday, May 11. This event is complimentary with registration; preregistration is required.

Thanks, too, to Dinsmore & Shohl for their sponsorship of the Bench & Bar/Young Lawyers Division Joint Reception from 5 p.m.-6:15 p.m., Thursday, May 12, at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The event is complimentary with registration; preregistration is required.

An afternoon specialty break has been sponsored by Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP.

Other Annual Convention sponsors include the Supreme Court of Kentucky; the Administrative Office of the Courts; Duplicator Sales & Service; GEICO; KBA Committee on Child Protection and Domestic Violence; KBA Ethics Committee; Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP); the KBA Young Lawyers Division and the following KBA Sections: Alternative Dispute Resolution; Appellate Advocacy; Business Law; Civil Litigation; Criminal Law; Education Law; Elder Law; Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Law; Family Law; Immigration & Nationality Law; LGBT Law; Military Law; Probate & Trust Law; Public Interest Law; Real Property Law; Senior Lawyers; Small Firm Practice & Management and Workers Compensation Law.

Convention sponsorship opportunities are still available; for more information, contact KBA Director of Administration Melissa Blackwell at mblackwell@kybar.org.
Supreme Court of Kentucky
The Supreme Court of Kentucky is now accepting proposed amendments to the Family Court Rules until July 1, 2016. Please mail proposals to:

Supreme Court Clerk Susan S. Clary
State Capitol, Room 235
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601-3415

If you have any additional questions, please contact Ms. Clary at (502) 564-5444.
Administrative Hearings Under KRS Chapter 13B
A Training Course for Hearing Officers and Participants in Administrative Hearings
The Administrative Hearings Branch, Office of the Attorney General, will present a three hour training course for Hearing Officers and participants in Administrative Hearings on March 16, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Office of the Attorney General, 1024 Capital Center Drive (off Versailles Road in Jett), Frankfort, KY 40601. This seminar is open to everyone. Approval for 3.0 hours of continuing legal education is pending before the Kentucky Bar Association. Educational requirements for Hearing Officers is required by KRS 13B.030(4) and 40 KAR 5:010.

The registration fee is $75.00 per person. The registration form is available on the Office of the Attorney General website at ag.ky.gov under the Civil tab and then Administrative Hearings. Payment by check (made payable to Kentucky State Treasurer) should be mailed to the address above or State Government Inter-account only. Registrations with inter-accounting can be faxed to Daphne Criscillis at (502) 573-1009, or emailed to daphne.criscillis@ky.gov. Confirmations will be mailed. For more information, call (502) 696-5442 or email the above address.
Jefferson County Annual Attorney Survey
Each year the Jefferson County Office of the Circuit Court Clerk (OCCC) surveys attorneys who practice in Jefferson County through our Annual Attorney Survey. As justice partners and core “customers” of the OCCC, attorneys provide a valuable source of insight into the efficiency and effectiveness of our office. Through the Attorney Survey, our office has been able to gather information to help us manage our business in accordance with our mission, vision and values statements.

We invite attorneys who practice in Jefferson County to please take a moment and participate in our 2015 Annual Attorney Survey. Your feedback into the efficiencies and effectiveness our office is instrumental as we strive to provide the highest quality of service to the citizens of Jefferson County. The survey can be accessed by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015OCCCAttorneySurvey.

We sincerely thank you for your participation and value your feedback. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at (502) 595-3055.
Legal Aid Society Announces Next Executive Director
Neva-Marie Polley to replace Jeff Been
After a five-month national search, the Legal Aid Society recently announced that Neva-Marie Polley had been selected by the Board of Directors as the Legal Aid Society’s next Executive Director. Polley began work at Legal Aid in 2005 as a staff attorney in the Family Law Unit, where she served as an advocate for low-income domestic violence victims. Polley developed and launched the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program, a partnership with numerous social service organizations that helps victims of domestic violence obtain protective orders and seek safety through the court system. The program now provides free legal representation to about 800 clients annually.

In 2013 Polley was named the Legal Aid Society Director of Volunteer Services and Community Engagement which places cases with volunteer attorneys in the private bar. Polley revitalized the program and engaged private attorneys through innovative projects such as Project H.E.L.P. (Homeless Experience Legal Protection), Volunteer Lawyers for Veterans, the Pro Bono Guardian Ad Litem Program, and the Economic Development Program.

Polley began her career as an advocate for the poor at the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office in 1999. She received her J.D. from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. She also holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in justice administration from the University of Louisville. Polley is the recipient of numerous professional awards including the 2014 Judge Richard Revell Award presented to the Family Law Practitioner of the Year by the Louisville Bar Association; 2010 Member of the Year presented by the Women Lawyer’s Association of Jefferson County; 2010 Marshall Eldred Award for Excellence in Advocacy presented by the Legal Aid Society; 2000 and 2005 Excellence in Advocacy Award presented by the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy; and the 2003 R.P. McMurphy Award presented by the Louisville Metro Public Defender.

To read the full press release, visit www.laslou.org.
Job Opportunity with the Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society has announced the posting of a Managing Attorney of Volunteer Services and Community Engagement. To view the job description for the Managing Attorney of Volunteer Services and Community Engagement, click here. For more information on this position, please contact Meagen Peden Agnew with the Legal Aid Society at (502) 614-3110 or by email at magnew@laslou.org. For more information on the Legal Aid Society of Louisville please visit www.laslou.org.
Serve a Kentucky Veteran
Pro bono legal services are a critical component in the pursuit of justice for low-income Kentuckians in need of civil legal assistance. The Volunteer Lawyers for Veteran Program exists so that those who have served our country have equal access to the legal system in their time of need. To volunteer at a legal clinic or take on a veteran’s case pro bono, contact veterans@laslou.org or call Sean Dennis at (502) 614-3133 for more information.
New Attorney Advertising Rules
Became Effective Jan. 1, 2016
The Kentucky Supreme Court approved changes to the Supreme Court Rules regarding attorney advertising. The Rule amendments alter several substantive Attorney Advertising Rules. The Rules no longer require submission of all advertisements, but still provide for Advisory Opinions upon request. The new Rules, that became effective on Jan. 1, 2016, were printed in their entirety in the November issue of the Bench & Bar. Members may also view the updated Rules, which can be found on our website, by clicking here. Please contact Mary Ellen Hardy, at mhardy@kybar.org, with any questions.
KYLAP Image for Section LMICK and KYLAP Team Up Once Again to Offer Free Seminars at Two Kentucky Locations on May 25 & 26, 2016
Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky (LMICK) and the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP) are offering two free lunch and learn programs in May. On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the presentation will be offered at the Maysville Country Club, Maysville, Ky. On Thursday, May 26, 2016, the seminar will be repeated in Hopkinsville, Ky., at the James E. Bruce Convention Center. At each location the program is scheduled to run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with lunch provided. The program and lunch are free, and will be held on a first come-first served basis. Registration will open shortly.

Asa P. “Pete” Gullett, III, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of LMICK and Yvette Hourigan, Director of KYLAP, will address the relationship and causal connection of lawyer impairment to ethical violations. A ground-breaking study focused exclusively on lawyer impairment has just been released by Hazelden/BettyFord, which addresses impairment rates in the legal community, and how we, as practitioners, are peculiarly susceptible to the issues of mental health disorders including depression and addiction. Historically, impairment issues are one of the primary causes of and best indicators for potential ethical violations among practitioners. This program will focus on ways to identify impairment and potential ethical violations in yourself and others, and how to avoid those pitfalls. In addition to this discussion, guest speakers from the judiciary, both state and local, will be present to discuss how these issues impact the courts.

More information about the programming and pending continuing legal education credits (including ethics) will be in next month’s eNews and the March issue of the Bench & Bar. Information will also be coming soon to the KYLAP and LMICK websites.
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KYLAP and the Central Kentucky American Inns of Court Continue their Yoga Sampler in February 2016
Due to the overwhelming success of last month’s classes, the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP), in partnership with the Central Kentucky American Inns of Court, is pleased to offer another five-week wellness experience entitled “Beginner Yoga for Lawyers.” The program will be held at The Massage Center at Historic Dudley Square, 380 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40508 at 6:45 p.m. on consecutive Thursday evenings beginning February 11, 2016. Five separate 75-minute sessions will be held. You may purchase the five-week package, or purchase classes individually. The sessions are for all levels of experience and are suitable for those lawyers brand new to yoga, as well as those with an existing yoga practice. The personal nature of yoga practice accommodates all levels of personal physical activity. The cost for all five classes with pre-registration is $50. The drop-in or single rate is $13 per class. If you missed January’s events, now is your chance to start your new year off with a commitment to wellness, and begin with this sampler of yoga for a healthier body and mind in 2016.

For more information or to enroll, call The Massage Center at (859) 231-1782 and be sure to tell them you’re calling about “Lawyer Yoga”! Registration information will also be available soon on the KYLAP website at kylap.org or by calling the KYLAP office at (502) 564-3795, ext. 266.
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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 7:30 a.m., on Tuesdays at Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, Lakeside Park. The church is located off I-75 exit 186 for Kentucky 371/ Buttermilk Pike. The facility will open at 7:15 a.m. 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.
KBF Logo Application Available for
Kentucky Bar Foundation 2016 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 Bar Foundation serves this mission is by awarding annual grants to law-related organizations and projects. The application period for the Bar Foundation’s 2016 grants is open from January 7, 2016 through March 15, 2016. To be eligible for grant consideration, applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Apply for a grant on or before March 15, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. (EDT)
  • 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
The Kentucky Bar Foundation will award its 2016 grants during its annual Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon on May 12, 2016. 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 Elder Law Section CLE Seminar, March 4
Registration is now available for the Elder Law Section's 2016 CLE seminar "Spring into Elder Law." The program will be held Friday, March 4 at the Lexington Country Club and has been accredited in Kentucky for 6.50 CLE credits, including 1.00 Ethics credit. Registration is $200 for all Elder Law Section members, $225 for all other attorneys including non-KBA members, and $75 for paralegals. A seminar brochure with the complete agenda and driving directions is available at kybar.org/2016elderseminar. To attend the program, you must register online at kybar.org/2016elderseminar and pay by credit card. After completing the online registration information form, be sure to click the yellow "Save & Finalize Registration" button at the bottom of the page or your registration will not be recorded. If you cannot log-in to the KBA website, please contact Machell Smith at msmith@kybar.org or (502) 564-3795 ext. 291. 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 this program will close on February 25.
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26th Annual Issues for Corporate House Counsel CLE Seminar, March 10
Registration is now available for the 26th Annual Issues for Corporate House Counsel CLE seminar. The program will be held Thursday, March 10 in the Founders Union Building at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 7.00 CLE credits, including 2.00 Ethics credits. Registration is $99 for all attendees and includes continental breakfast and lunch. A seminar brochure with the complete agenda and driving directions is available at kybar.org/26thCHCSeminar. To attend the program, you must register online at kybar.org/26thCHCSeminar and pay by credit card. After completing the online registration information form, be sure to click the yellow "Save & Finalize Registration" button at the bottom of the page or your registration will not be recorded. If you cannot log-in to the KBA website, please contact Machell Smith at msmith@kybar.org or (502) 564-3795 ext. 291. 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 this program will close on March 3.
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13th Biennial Consumer Bankruptcy Law Conference,
March 24 & 25
The University of Kentucky College of Law, Office of Continuing Legal Education and the KBA Bankruptcy Law Section are co-sponsoring the 13th Biennial Consumer Bankruptcy Law Conference on Thursday & Friday, March 24 & 25, at the Campbell House in Lexington. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 11.25 CLE credits, including 1.00 ethics credit. For additional information, call UK/CLE at (859) 257-2921, or download the full conference brochure at ukcle.com.

CLE Image for Section Find a Mentor and Take Charge of Your Future!
It pays to have a helping hand when you’re just starting out in the practice of law. 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 www.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 kybar.org/580
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 2015, visit http://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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