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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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Last call to Register!!
The KBA’s next New Lawyer Program—scheduled for Jan. 21-22, 2016—will be held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Ky. All newly admitted members of the Kentucky Bar Association are required to complete the New Lawyer Program within 12 months of admission, unless they have practiced in another jurisdiction for a minimum of five years and apply for an exemption.

Note: The program is only offered twice a year, once in the winter and again in May, in conjunction with the KBA Annual Convention. The deadline to pre-register for the January program is Friday, January 15th. The program is offered free of charge for attorneys seeking to fulfill their New Lawyer Program requirements, pursuant to SCR 3.640.

For additional details on the January New Lawyer Program, as well as registration information, please visit kybar.org/2016nlp. For questions about the program or your completion deadline, contact Jennifer Keitz at (502) 564-3795, ext. 226 or jkeitz@kybar.org.
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Bench & Bar for Your Pre-Convention Brochure!

Check your mailboxes for the Kentucky Bar Association’s January issue of the Bench & Bar. Inside on page 22 you will find the 2016 Annual Convention brochure with details on registration, accommodations and descriptions of over 50 top-notch CLE programs planned with the varied interests of the KBA member in mind. Online registration will be available soon.

Under our convention theme of "Celebrating Kentucky’s Attorneys: Embodying the Ideals of the Profession," this year's event will be held Wednesday through Friday, May 11-13, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville. The convention has been approved for 19.0 CLE credits, including 7.0 in ethics.

The KBA looks forward to welcoming its members to Louisville! Please make plans now to attend.
2016 Annual Convention Image for Section 2016 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention Feature and Spotlight Speakers Recently Announced

The 2016 Annual Convention Planning Committee recently 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 - Former Commissioner of NYPD, having served as Commissioner after 9/11.

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.
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 the Ms. Clary at (502) 564-5444.
Justice Wright Formally Sworn In as a Supreme Court Justice
at State Capitol
Justice Samuel T. Wright, III, was formally sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky on Dec. 7, 2015, by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton, Jr. Justice Wright was joined by his wife, children, and great nephews and nieces at the investiture service. The event took place in the Supreme Court Courtroom at the state Capitol in Frankfort.

Justice Wright was elected in November 2015 to serve as the justice from the 7th Supreme Court District, which is comprised of 22 Eastern Kentucky counties. He is to fulfill the unexpired portion of Justice Will T. Scott’s term, which runs through 2020. Justice Wright was first sworn in as a justice by Chief Justice Minton in his hometown of Letcher County in November.
Justice Samuel T. Wright III
Justice Wright’s wife, Jennifer, holds the Bible for him as he is sworn in as a Supreme Court justice by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton, Jr., on Dec. 7, 2015, at the state Capitol. Photo credit: Kentucky Office of Creative Services
Justice Scott left the 7th Supreme Court District seat open when he resigned in January to run for governor. Justice David Allen Barber filled the vacancy from March until Justice Wright’s election in November.

Justice Wright previously worked as a trial judge for more than 23 years in Letcher County, where he was born and raised. He was serving in his fourth term as Letcher County Circuit Court judge when he was elected to the Supreme Court. Justice Wright earned his juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington in 1981. He received an associate’s degree from Hazard Community College and his bachelor’s degree from UK.
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.
KBA Image for Section Viewing the KBA Website
If you are having trouble viewing the KBA website, you may need to update your web browser due to a recent website security update. According to the KBA’s software provider, an update was necessary because web browsers are boosting their security when it comes to what sites can be seen and accessed. Changes were made to the KBA website to keep up with the security level of the browsers so as to keep the information on the KBA website completely secure. In order for the website to load correctly, browsers (e.g., Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari) accessing the website, must support modern security methods. If your device (computer, tablet, laptop, etc.) does not load the KBA website correctly, please click here for more information on how to update your browser.
KBA Image for Section Membership List Policy Change
The KBA Board of Governors has approved a change in the Membership List Policy to start including members’ email addresses in the membership mailing list. The membership mailing list is provided, upon request, for one-time mailing purposes to an approved list of entities (e.g., communications from KBA Board of Governors, KBA Sections and Divisions, approved Kentucky CLE providers, and KBA-endorsed companies). Before the change goes into effect on Feb. 1, 2016, you have the option to opt out of including your email address in the membership mailing list. Click here to view more information regarding this policy change.
KBA Image for Section 2016 KBA Student Writing Competition
The Kentucky Bar Association invites and encourages students currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky College of Law, the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, and the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law to enter the 2016 KBA Student Writing Competition. This competition offers these Kentucky legal scholars the opportunity to earn recognition and a cash award. First, second, and third place awards will be given. Students may enter their previously unpublished articles. Articles entered should be of interest to Kentucky practitioners and follow the suggested guidelines and requirements found in the “General Format” section of the Bench & Bar Editorial Guidelines. Entries must be received by June 1, 2016.

For inquiries concerning the 2016 KBA Annual Student Writing Competition or to receive a copy of the Bench & Bar Editorial Guidelines, contact Shannon Roberts at sroberts@kybar.org or call (502) 564-3795 ext. 224.
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The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and the UK Law School to hold Symposium


On Jan. 27, 2016, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, in conjunction with the University of Kentucky College of Law, will host a law symposium in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act of 1966.

The one-day symposium will be held at the University of Kentucky College of Law, 620 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40506-0048 in the Law School Courtroom. The symposium will consist of a series of panels and speakers prominent in the civil rights arena, including honored guests Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton; Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., Kentucky Supreme Court; Attorney General Andy Beshear and KBA President Douglass Farnsley. The keynote speaker will be Patricia Timmons-Goodson, co-chair of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. The symposium, which will be in session from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. There will be a reception immediately following the symposium hosted by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. For more information and pre-registration, please click here to visit the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights website and follow the link to the UK College of Law website.

For general information, visit the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights website at kchr.ky.gov.
KYLAP Image for Section KYLAP and the Central Kentucky American Inns of Court Announce Yoga Sampler For January 2016
The Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP), in partnership with the Central Kentucky American Inns of Court is pleased to offer a wellness experience entitled “Yoga for Lawyers – a Three-Week Sampler.” The program will be held at The Massage Center at Historic Dudley Square, 380 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40508 at 7:00p.m. on consecutive Thursdays beginning Jan. 7, 2016 (remaining class dates are January 14 and January 21). Three separate 75-minute sessions will be held. You may purchase the three-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 three classes with pre-registration is $45. Individual classes are $20 per class with pre-registration, and the drop-in or single rate is $25 per class. Start your new year off with a commitment to wellness, and begin with this sampler of yoga for a more healthy body and serene mind in 2016. Click here for more information on the program and to enroll. Registration information will also be available 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 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.
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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.

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 will be open from Jan. 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
  • 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 LGBT Law Section Meeting, January 19
The LGBT Law Section will hold a mid-year meeting from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19 in the Boardroom at the Kentucky Bar Center in Frankfort. All Section members are invited to attend this brown bag lunch meeting to discuss and plan upcoming Section activities, including participation in the 2016 KBA Annual Convention. 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. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Lori Alvey at lalvey@kybar.org no later than Friday, January 15.
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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 Kentucky Law Update Sets Another Attendance Record
The Kentucky Bar Association recently concluded its popular Kentucky Law Update (KLU) program series for 2015 with attendance at an all-time high of 5,678 attendees. This record breaking attendance is evidence that the program is an exceptional benefit to KBA members at no additional cost. KLU’s success is made possible through the contributions of time, expertise, talent and funding by the individuals and organizations listed here. Program dates for the 2016 KLU program will be available beginning in February. For more information or questions about the KLU program, contact Caroline Carter at ccarter@kybar.org or (502) 564-3795, ext. 229.
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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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