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2017 KBA Annual Convention

6/21/2017 to 6/23/2017
When: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
8:00 AM
Where: Owensboro Convention Center
501 W 2nd St
Owensboro 42301
United States
Presenter: Kentucky Bar Association
Contact: (502) 564-3795

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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.



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 four 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.


Info + Pricing




Members will receive a confirmation via email once their registration has been processed. If an email is not provided, then a confirmation will be mailed to their official KBA roster address.

Special Requests

If you need special accommodations to fully participate in the event or are purchasing meal tickets and have dietary restrictions, please contact the Membership Department at (502) 564-3795.

Early Registration Discount

Register by MAY 15, 2017, and receive $100 off the on-site registration fee! This discount does not apply to the Law Student/Paralegal and One Day/Half Day attendance fees and is not valid with any other discount.

Optional Event Tickets

Advance reservations for all optional events are recommended.

Cancellation of Registration

Cancellation of your 2017 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention registration must be in writing and received by the Kentucky Bar Association by June 9, 2017, to receive a full refund. Cancellations received between June 10, 2017, and June 16, 2017, will be charged a $50 administrative fee. There will be no refunds on cancellations received after June 16, 2017. Event tickets will not be refunded after June 16, 2017.

Registration Center

Upon arrival, all registrants should check in at the KBA Registration Desk located in the Lobby at OCC (Owensboro Convention Center). The registration center will be open on Wednesday and Thursday, June 21st – June 22nd, 7:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday, June 23rd, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


Convention at a Glance (PDF)

Main Events (PDF)

CLE Sessions (PDF)

Hotel + Travel


The Kentucky Bar Association has reserved a block of rooms with special rates for convention attendees and guests at the hotels listed below.  To receive the special group rate, rooms must be booked directly with the hotel using the information below. After the provided cut off date, room reservations will be taken on a rate and space availability basis. There are a limited number of hotel rooms, so we encourage you to reserve your room early. Cancellations must be made directly with the hotel at least 24 hours before the reserved date. All reservations must be guaranteed by an individual credit card.

New Additional Hotel Block Secured

Comfort Inn & Suites in Rockport, IN

1355 N. Plaza Drive, Rockport, IN (15 minutes from Owensboro - no shuttle service)
Call (812) 649-2979 for a reservation

Room Block Dates:
Tuesday, June 20
Wednesday, June 21
Thursday, June 22

$97 for King
$110 for Double Queen Beds

Cut off date: June 5, 2017

Reference: Kentucky Bar Assn. Room Block


Hotels Next to Convention Center  (Limited Availability)

Hampton Inn & Suites, 401 W. 2nd Street, Owensboro

Single/Double $119 per night
Call (270) 685-2005 for a reservation or click here to reserve online.

Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront, 701 West First Street, Owensboro

Single/Double $119 per night
Call (270) 683-1111 or Holiday Inn Line (Central Reservations Office): 800-HOLIDAY Group Code: BAR or click here to reserve online.

Cut off date: May 18, 2017


Outlying Hotels (Limited Availability)

Shuttle service will be available from the outlying hotels (approx. 3 miles away) listed below. 

Comfort Suites, 230 Salem Drive, Owensboro

Single/Double $99 per night
Call (270) 926-7675 for a reservation

Fairfield Inn, 800 Salem Drive, Owensboro

Single/Double $99 per night
Call (270) 688-8887 for a reservation

Hampton Inn Owensboro-South, 615 Salem Drive, Owensboro

Single/Double $104 per night
Call (270) 683-1111 or click here to reserve online


Cut off date: May 18, 2017



FREE Shuttle Departing from Louisville-One Day Only!

The Kentucky Bar Association, thanks to the sponsorship by Kentuckiana Court Reporters, will provide a shuttle for one day only from the Louisville area. The shuttle will depart from Mall St. Matthews in Louisville on Wednesday, June 21st at 7:15 a.m., EDT. The shuttle will depart from the Owensboro Convention Center on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m., EDT, and return to Louisville. The shuttle will only run from Louisville on Wednesday, June 21st. This shuttle is equipped with Wi-Fi and restrooms. Convention attendees interested in riding this shuttle on June 21st, should indicate their participation on the registration form. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Melissa Blackwell at (502) 564-3795 or by email at

Public Service Project

Each year, the Kentucky Bar Association’s Annual Convention Planning Committee identifies a public service project aimed at improving the lives of Kentuckians, with an emphasis often placed on those living within the host city. The committee has selected the Owensboro’s COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES OF OHIO VALLEY (CASA) and the RESILIENCE INITIATIVE FOR STABILITY AND EMPOWERMENT (RISE), groups that assists children who have experienced trauma. Most often children who are removed from their homes are the ones experiencing this trauma, as they are relocated from their homes to a foster home.

CASA and RISE have partnered with several other local organizations in the hopes of raising awareness for this issue and the many other problems children face in the area. One of the ways CASA and RISE are trying to lighten the impact of these relocations is to give a piece of luggage to the children they work with. The luggage contains toiletries, books, stuffed animals, a journal (with community resources listed), clothes and many other age-specific items.

Please consider donating to this organization and the good work that they are doing on behalf of the children of Owensboro. CASA and RISE will also have an exhibitor table during the convention and will be accepting monetary donations, as well as donations of the items listed above. Take time to stop by during the event to hear more about what these organizations are doing.

We invite you to showcase your company’s products and services to an anticipated crowd of more than 1,000 lawyers, judges, paralegals and legal administrators at Kentucky’s largest legal convention.


Exhibiting at the KBA’s Annual Convention provides you with an opportunity to:

  • Enhance your brand
  • Increase sales
  • Educate customers
  • Gain valuable input and feedback
  • Generate leads
  • Forge new relationships and partnerships
  • Build trust and confidence

Exhibitor Registration

Packages & Pricing

Exhibit Area Floor Plan


Exhibitor Schedule and Information

Owensboro Convention Center Exhibitor Kit

Hotel Information



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