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2016 Annual Convention Image for Section Register Now for 2016 KBA Annual Convention

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

For more information regarding annual convention events, including the Public Service Project, the Annual Memorial Service or the Kick-Off Event, as well as the featured CLE speakers and other CLE programming, please click here.
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 Kick-Off 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.

The Wednesday specialty break has been sponsored by GilsbarPro. An additional afternoon specialty break has been sponsored by Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP.

The 2016 KBA Annual Convention app has been sponsored by Casemaker. More information on the app will be available in the convention onsite guide.

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, the Kentucky Office of the Secretary of State 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
2016 Annual Convention Image for Section Annual Convention Programming for Federal Practitioners

This year's annual convention CLE programming offers something for just about everyone, including federal practitioners. Those attorneys practicing in the federal courts will want to check out the two programs that are geared specifically for them. “Emerging Topics in Federal Criminal Practice,” featuring Judge Robert E. Wier, Judge David J. Hale, J. Kent Wicker and Marisa J. Ford will be held on Wednesday, May 11th and “The Just, Speedy, and Inexpensive Determination of Every Action: Federal Efforts to Improve Civil Litigation,” featuring Judge Amul Thapar and Judge Jeff Sutton will take place on Thursday, May 12th. Be sure to mark your calendar and join us for these and other interesting programs at the 2016 Annual Convention.
2016 Annual Convention Image for Section 2016 Kentucky Bar Association Outstanding Award Recipients

The Kentucky Bar Association is excited to announce the 2016 Outstanding Award Recipients. These awards will be presented during different events throughout our three-day convention. Make plans now to attend and support the outstanding members of our Bar Association.

The President’s Special Service Award will be presented to Dean Susan Duncan from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law on May 11 at 6:30 p.m. during the Annual Brandeis School of Law Alumni Reception to be held at Stites and Harbison.

The Thomas B. Spain Award will be presented to Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Denise Clayton, Louisville, on Thursday, May 12, just prior to the Feature CLE Speaker, Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

The following awards will be presented at our Annual Banquet on Thursday evening, May 12, at the Louisville Marriott Downtown:

Distinguished Judge Awards: Judge Benjamin L. Dickinson, Circuit Court Judge, Retired, Glasgow; and Judge Benjamin F. Shobe, posthumously, Circuit Court Judge, Retired, Louisville.

Distinguished Lawyer Award: William E. Johnson with Johnson Bearse, LLP, in Frankfort.

Chief Justice’s Special Service Award: Judge Stephen George, Family Court Judge, Retired, Louisville.

The following awards will be presented on Friday, May 13, at our Membership Luncheon at the Louisville Marriott Downton:

Bruce K. Davis Bar Service Award: Bonnie M. Brown with BMB Family Law in Louisville and Jennifer L. Frazier, the State Law Librarian, Frankfort.

Donated Legal Services Award: Glenda J. Harrison with Legal Aid of the Bluegrass in Covington and Michael A. Taylor with the Appalachian Research & Defense Fund of Kentucky, Middlesboro.
KBA Image for Section Legal Services Corporation Notice
of Availability of Grant Funds for
Calendar Year 2017

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announces the availability of grant funds to provide civil legal services to eligible clients during calendar year 2017. A Request for Proposals (RFP) and other information pertaining to the LSC grants process will be available from during the week of April 11, 2016. In accordance with LSC’s multiyear funding policy, grants are available for only specified service areas. To review the service areas for which grants are available, by state, go to and click on the name of the state. Applicants must file a Notice of Intent to Compete (NIC) through the online application system in order to participate in the grants process. Information about the LSC grants process including eligibility and how to file a NIC is available at Complete instructions will be available in the RFP Narrative Instruction. The RFP will be published during the week of April 11, 2016. Please refer to for filing dates and submission requirements. Please email inquiries pertaining to the LSC grants process to
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 Law Judge Examination
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is announcing it will open the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Examination to interested applicants in the near future by posting a job announcement on USAJOBS (

With over 1 million people waiting on a hearing decision, the Social Security Administration faces an unprecedented service crisis—one that can only be resolved with a corps of dedicated public servants who are committed to helping the American people. SSA Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) work in hearing offices throughout the country conducting impartial de novo hearings and issuing decisions to claimants seeking SSA benefits. As one of the Top Ten Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, SSA offers generous benefits and leave policies, flexible schedules, and many special programs that promote a healthy work/life balance for our employees. If you or someone you know is a licensed attorney with seven years of experience and you want to make a difference in the lives of Americans and their families across the nation, please visit the OPM website to learn more about joining SSA’s team.

All interested individuals are encouraged to monitor OPM’s website and USAJOBS to watch for opening of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Examination.

Link to OPM Press Release Regarding ALJ Exam
OPM Memo
Link to ALJ Recruitment Video
Judicial Nominating Commission General Election
Pursuant to SCR 7 General Elections for all attorney members of the Judicial Nominating Commission will take place in 2016. Members are to vote in the Circuit and/or District in which they reside. In preparation for these elections we ask that log onto and verify your county of residence so that you may receive the correct ballots for voting purposes.  The current timeline for the 2016 Judicial Nominating Commission process can be found on our website under the, “Members,” tab, by selecting, “Member Information.”
KBA Image for Section Kentucky Bar Association’s
2016 Law Day Awards

Presidents of local bar associations across the Commonwealth will be receiving their entry form for the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2016 Law Day Awards. This year's Law Day theme is “Miranda: More than Words.”

We encourage each local bar association to participate in the Kentucky Bar Association’s Annual Law Day Awards Competition. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 4. The KBA Law Day Committee will award $300 to the first place winner in each of the three – Large, Medium and Small – bar categories. Additionally, representatives from the winning bar associations will be honored at the KBA Annual Convention during the Membership Luncheon scheduled for Friday, May 13, in Salon 6-10 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville.

Entries should be emailed to Shannon Roberts at the Kentucky Bar Association. For an entry form and any additional information on the competition, please contact Roberts in the KBA Communications Department at (502) 564.3795 ext. 224 or at

Law Day 2016 falls on Sunday, May 1. For more information on Law Day, visit
KBA Image for Section KBA Career Center:
CV/Resume Critique Service

Kentucky Bar Association is excited to announce a new service to job seekers: CV/Resume Critique!

As a job seeker, you now have the option to request a free, confidential CV/resume evaluation from an expert and writer.

You can participate in this feature when uploading a CV/resume to the KBA Career Center and through the CV/Resume Management section of your job seeker account. Within 48 hours of opt-in, an email will be sent to you outlining your strengths, weaknesses and suggestions to ensure you have the best chance of getting interviewed! To get started now, please click here.
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KYLAPImage for Section LMICK & KYLAP Partner to Offer FREE Seminars at Two Kentucky Locations
on May 25 & 26, 2016

3.5 CLE Ethics Credit Hours!

Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky (LMICK) and the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP) are offering two free lunch and learn programs in May. The program has been approved for 3.5 CLE ethics credit hours. On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the presentation will be offered at the Maysville Country Club, 1099 US Highway 68, Maysville, Ky. On Thursday, May 26, 2016, the seminar will be repeated in Hopkinsville, Ky., at the James E. Bruce Convention Center. Each program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m., local time, with lunch provided

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 between lawyer impairment and ethical violations. A ground-breaking study focused exclusively on lawyer impairment has just been released by the Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs and Hazelden/BettyFord Foundation, 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 Kentucky Supreme Court and the local judiciary will be present to discuss how these issues impact the courts.

Please join LMICK and KYLAP at one of these informative events and get your lunch and 3.5 ethics credits free! Space is limited and you must pre-register. Free registration is on a first-come first-served basis. To RSVP, please email Ashley Beitz,, and provide your name, the date and location of the session you wish to attend, your bar address, and any dietary restrictions. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP)
Offerings at the 2016 KBA Annual Convention
KYLAP will be offering FREE yoga classes on Wednesday and Thursday evenings during the 2016 KBA Annual Convention being held May 11-13. KYLAP is also partnering with Hiking Lawyers to offer an "Urban Hike" to the Big Four Bridge. These opportunities are open to anyone interested in getting in a little movement and seeing a beautiful new landmark while in downtown Louisville. Stay tuned for more details!

KYLAP will once again offer open recovery meetings during the 2016 KBA Annual Convention in Louisville. 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, Gamblers Anonymous and Al-Anon.

Come meet other attorneys in recovery from around the state. All meetings and contacts are confidential. SCR 3.990. For additional information, please visit, call (502) 564-3795, ext. 266, or email
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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, call (502) 564-3795, ext. 266, or email
KBF Logo Kentucky Attorneys Doing Good
Do you and your firm or legal department enjoy volunteering in your community? Do you have a great action shot from a recent community service project? Beginning in the May/June issue of the Bench & Bar, the Kentucky Bar Foundation will be featuring "Kentucky Attorneys Doing Good" across the state. For a chance to be featured, please email pictures of you “in action” to KBF Executive Director Amelia Adams at We're excited to spotlight the good work that Kentucky attorneys do for their communities!*

*Your submission of a photograph to the Kentucky Bar Foundation’s “Kentucky Attorneys Doing Good” campaign constitutes your permission for that photograph to be used by the Kentucky Bar Foundation, as well as the Kentucky Bar Association, in their programs, publications, e-newsletter, websites, social media pages, and any and all other print and online materials. By submitting, you also acknowledge that you hold the rights to the photo for publication in all KBF or KBA materials.
Members Reporting 50 or More Hours of Pro Bono Work
Visit to view a complete listing of members who reported 50 or more pro bono hours on their 2015-2016 KBA dues statement.

Congratulations to these members!
The Celebration of a Century!!!!
The Kentucky Worker’s Compensation Act Centennial Committee is pleased to announce a dinner celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Act. Please join us for a night of fun and festivities. The dinner will feature remarks from practitioners and adjudicators from past to present.

The keynote speaker will be the Hon. David Langham, Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims for the Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims and Division of Administrative Hearings, and current President of the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators (SAWCA).

The event will be held on April 29, 2016, at Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY 40601. Cocktails - 6:00 p.m. (EDT), Dinner - 7:00 p.m. (EDT). The cost to attend dinner is $40.00 per person (cash bar).

If you wish to attend, please send payment to: KY Workers Compensation Act Centennial Committee, c/o Mark D. Knight, Attorney at Law, P.O. Box 49, Somerset, KY 42502.

Please contact Mike Alvey at; Landon Overfield at; or Wayne Daub at if you have any questions.

Seating is limited, so please purchase your tickets early.
Section News Image for Section Elder Law Section Quarterly Meeting, April 13
The Elder Law Section will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, April 13, at 12:00 P.M. Eastern time at the Law Offices of Stan Stims, located at 5226 Bardstown Road in Louisville. All Section members are invited to attend this brown bag lunch meeting to discuss and plan upcoming Section activities. 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 have any questions, please contact Lori Alvey at or (502) 564-3795.
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Annual Section Meetings, May 10-12
The agenda of annual section meetings being held in conjunction with the 2016 Annual Convention is now available online on the KBA Community Calendar. Section meetings held at the Annual Convention are for the purpose of conducting annual elections and other section business, and there is no CLE credit associated with these meetings. Registration is free, and you do not have to register for other Convention programming to attend. Pre-registration is required. Online registration and additional information is available on the Convention event webpage. Free section meeting only registration is also available if you will not be registering for any additional Convention programming or events. Questions regarding registration for the annual section meetings and the Annual Convention should be directed to the Accounting & Membership Department at (502) 564-3795.
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LGBT Law Section Networking Reception, May 12
Following its annual meeting, the LGBT Law Section will hold a networking reception for its members and student groups from the three Kentucky law schools beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, at The Marketplace Restaurant, located at 651 S. 4th Street. The reception is a quick two-block walk from the Louisville Marriott Downtown, where the section's annual meeting will be held. If you are planning to attend the reception, please RSVP to section Secretary Bruce Kleinschmidt at no later than Friday, May 6. Driving directions are available online under "Map this event."
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15th Biennial Employment Law Institute, June 9-10
The University of Kentucky College of Law, Office of Continuing Legal Education and the KBA Labor & Employment Law Section are co-sponsoring the 15th Biennial Employment Law Institute on Thursday & Friday, June 9-10, at the Campbell House in Lexington. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 12.00 CLE credits, including 2.00 ethics credits. For additional information, call UK/CLE at (859) 257-2921 or visit

CLE Image for Section CLE Courtesy Reminders Will be Emailed Earlier This Year
Due to the KBA Annual Convention taking place May 11-13, 2016, the KBA CLE Department will email Courtesy Reminders in mid to late April to all KBA members who need to complete and/or report additional CLE credits. These reminders are usually emailed in May, so be on the lookout for them a bit earlier this year. Please ensure that your email address on file with the KBA is correct, by logging in to the KBA website at and looking yourself up on Lawyer Locator. If you need to update the email address on file, click “Request for Address Change” at the bottom of the page. You may also check your CLE transcript and status at any time through the KBA website. After logging in, click on “CLE,” and then “My CLE Transcript.”
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Congratulations to the 2015 CLE Award and
CLE Renewal Award Recipients
The CLE Commission congratulates KBA members who have received the 2015 CLE Award by obtaining a minimum of 60 CLE credit hours within a three-year period, in accordance with SCR 3.690. Additionally, the commission congratulates those KBA members who have received the CLE Renewal Award by obtaining a minimum of 60 CLE credit hours within a three-year period, in accordance with SCR 3.690, and renewing the award by obtaining at least 20 hours in subsequent years. To see a list of CLE Award and CLE Renewal Award recipients, click here.

The CLE Commission applauds these KBA members for their efforts to improve the legal profession through continuing legal education!
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KLU Logo 2016 Kentucky Law Update Dates and Locations Announced
Mark your calendars! The dates and locations for the 2016 Kentucky Law Update (KLU) are confirmed. The KLU program series is an exceptional benefit of KBA membership and Kentucky is the only mandatory CLE state that provides its members a way of meeting the annual CLE requirement at no additional cost. Registration will be become available in June. In the meantime, please visit our website, for more information.
September 1-2

London Community Center

September 8-9

Bowling Green
Holiday Inn and Sloan Convention Center

September 22-23

Bellefonte Hospital
September 29-30

Northern Kentucky Convention Center

October 5-6

Kentucky Exposition Center

October 20-21

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
October 26-27

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

November 3-4

Owensboro Convention Center

December 1-2

Lexington Convention Center
GPS 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 and see what the program has to offer.
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Looking for Upcoming KBA Accredited CLE Events? Look No Further! Check out
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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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 2016, visit

For questions or to register over the phone, please contact Kim at or (720) 879-4142.
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KBA Online Programs
The KBA Online Catalog offers a great way to take CLE whenever and wherever you have access to the internet! Seminars featuring our highest rated speakers are delivered right to your desktop in streaming audio and video formats. New catalog additions in 2016 will include recorded programs from 2015 KBA Annual Convention and 2014 KBA KLU programs.

Click here for the latest program additions and ordering information. The catalog also includes audio programs you can download directly to your iPod/mp3 player, for playback at your convenience.

Note: Online video and downloaded audio seminars are technological programs, of which you are allowed up to 6.0 CLE credits per educational year.
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