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Monday, January 9, 2017
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The KBA’s next New Lawyer Program — scheduled for Jan. 18 & 19, 2017 — will be held at the Lexington Convention Center in downtown Lexington. Click here for more information on the program and how to register.

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 June. This is the first offering of the program for the 2017 calendar year. The program is offered free of charge for attorneys seeking to fulfill their New Lawyer Program requirements, pursuant to SCR 3.640.

Details on the January New Lawyer Program are posted on the KBA website under CLE — New Lawyer Program. For questions about the program or your completion deadline, contact Sonja Blackburn at (502) 564-3795, ext. 226 or sblackburn@kybar.org.
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Annual Convention June 21 through the 23, for bluegrass, barbeque and stellar CLE programming!
The 2017 Annual Convention Planning Committee is pleased to announce the following speakers scheduled for the June 21-23 convention at the Owensboro Convention Center in downtown Owensboro. More information on additional speakers, presentations, and events will be available in the March 2016 issue of the Bench & Bar. Please mark your calendars now to attend!

On Wednesday, June 21, Jerry Buting, one of the defense attorneys for Steven Avery in the Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” will hold “A Conversation on Justice.” Rabia Chaudry will join us thereafter. She is the public advocate for Adnan Syed, the wrongfully convicted man at the center of the most popular podcasts in history, ”Serial” and “Undisclosed.”

On Thursday, June 22, Mark Whitacre, who was the subject of the book and major motion picture (starring Matt Damon) “The Informant,” will speak. He was the whistleblower in the mid-1990’s Archer Daniels Midland price fixing conspiracy, wore a wire for the FBI for almost three years and spent time in federal prison.

On Friday, June 23, the programming will be packed with fun and interesting sessions, such as “Better NOT Call Saul: Professional Ethics Lessons from ‘Breaking Bad,’” “Hamilton, Not the Musical,” and “Fantasy Sports: The Challenging Legal Landscape.” Also in the lineup is Matt Jones, Kentucky attorney and host of “Hey Kentucky!” and “Kentucky Sports Radio,” who will join us to discuss compliance and legal issues in collegiate sports. Topping off Friday’s schedule will be the featured presentation; Amanda Knox will share her story. She is the American exchange student who spent almost 4 years in an Italian prison, following her conviction for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, a fellow exchange student who shared her apartment. In 2015, Knox was definitively acquitted.
2017 Annual Convention Speakers


Come join us in beautiful Owensboro in June 2017!
KBA Image for Section Second Kentucky Bar Association
Diversity and Inclusion Summit
Planned for April 7, 2017
The Kentucky Bar Association is pleased to announce that the second Diversity and Inclusion Summit will take place April 7, 2017, at the Hilton Lexington Downtown. This two-day event will begin with a pipeline project that will expose exceptional high school and college students from diverse backgrounds to a career in the law. The students will participate in mock law school classes and will interact with lawyers and judges.

The second day will feature six hours of continuing legal education focusing on diversity training, cultural competency and civility, and legal issues affecting diverse populations. We are pleased to have secured a lineup of speakers including Robert J. Grey, Jr. (former President of the American Bar Association and current President of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity), Judge Mark W. Bennett (U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa), Judge Denise Clayton (Kentucky Court of Appeals), Diversity & Inclusion Summit Logo
and Ericka Hines (national diversity expert).

The summit will provide practical resources and ideas for firms to implement their own diversity and inclusion programs. Additionally, information will be provided to assist management and other administrators with handling diversity issues. The program will also emphasize ways to empower attorneys from diverse backgrounds to work through these same issues to become successful contributors in their places of employment.

Please save the date and make plans to attend
this important event. Registration information
will be available soon.
Warning: Potential Email Phishing Scam Targeting Bar Associations’ Members
State bar associations nationwide are reporting that their members have been receiving false notifications indicating that a disciplinary action has been filed against them. The emails appear to have been sent from the association’s office of bar counsel or their local bar association.

ALL correspondence from the Kentucky Bar Association’s Office of Bar Counsel (OBC) regarding the commencing of a disciplinary action will come via the U.S. Post Office. The OBC never uses email to send notice to a member of a disciplinary proceeding.

We suggest that you delete suspicious emails IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT open these emails or click any links. Doing so could result in your computer or device being exposed to a virus. We ask that our members be careful and diligent in regards to this matter.

If you are unsure about an email or a website, please contact us at (502) 564-3795.
Important Information Regarding an Order Amending the Rules of the Supreme Court (SCR)
The Supreme Court of Kentucky has issued an Order amending the Rules of the Supreme Court (SCR).

Order 2016-09 Amending the Rules of the Supreme Court (SCR) became effective January 1, 2017.

To view a copy of this Order, visit: http://courts.ky.gov/courts/supreme/Pages/rulesprocedures.aspx.
Job Opportunity with the Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society has announced the posting of a staff attorney. To view the job description for this position, 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 laslou.org.
KYLAPImage for Section 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.
KBF Logo Kentucky Bar Foundation and Kentucky IOLTA Fund Announce New Executive Director
Guion L. Johnstone's ImageGuion L. Johnstone has been named the Executive Director of the Kentucky Bar Foundation and Kentucky IOLTA Fund. Johnstone is an attorney from Lexington. Raised in Paducah, Johnstone received her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Transylvania University, where she majored in Psychology and Spanish. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work. While in law school, she was the Executive Editor of the University of Louisville Law Review and served on the Executive Board of the Student Bar Foundation.

Prior to joining the Bar Foundation and IOLTA, Johnstone spent three years as the Program Director of the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. There, she provided low-cost legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees, conducted community outreach, wrote grants, and supervised staff, interns, and volunteers. Additionally, she served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she taught Immigration Law and supervised the Immigration Externship. Johnstone has also worked as a forensic social worker for New York County Defender Services in New York City and as a staff attorney for the Honorable Phillip J. Shepherd, Chief Judge of Franklin Circuit Court in Frankfort, Kentucky. During law school, she interned for Immigration Legal Services at Catholic Charities of Louisville, Legal Aid Society of Louisville, and the Federal Community Defenders in Philadelphia.

Johnstone succeeds prior Executive Director Amelia Martin Adams, who currently serves as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Tracey N. Wise, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
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Application Available for 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 Elder Law Section Quarterly Meeting, January 11
The Elder Law Section will meet from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11 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. 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. Please note the date for the Section's April quarterly meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 19. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Alvey at lalvey@kybar.org or (502) 564-3795.
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Louisville Legal Aid University CLE Seminar, February 24
Registration is now available for the KBA Young Lawyers Division 2017 Legal Aid University being held in Louisville on February 24! The CLE program will be held at the Legal Aid Society office located at 416 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard, Suite 300 in downtown Louisville. The program has 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. A seminar brochure with the complete agenda, driving directions and parking information is available online. To attend the 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. Registration for this program will close February 17, 2017 or when the program reaches attendance capacity. Space is limited, so please register early! Pre-registration is required as space and program materials cannot be guaranteed otherwise.
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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 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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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/.
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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