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Monday, August 1, 2016
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Join us in Owensboro next summer (June 21-23) for the 2017 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, where attendees will enjoy three days of informative CLE sessions, networking opportunities and professional advancement.
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KBA Dues Mailed in July
Kentucky Bar Association Membership Dues for 2016-2017 were mailed in July and members will be able to pay online, quickly and conveniently, with a debit or credit card. A username and password will be required to access the payment system. An administrative fee will be assessed. The KBA membership cycle runs July 1-June 30 of each year. Payments are due on or before September 1, 2016. After that date, an additional late fee payment of $50 will be assessed. A notice of delinquency will be mailed after October 15th with an additional cost of $50 if dues are still unpaid. For more information, please contact the KBA Membership Department at (502) 564-3795.
President Obama Nominates Chief Justice Minton to
Board of State Justice Institute
President Barack Obama has nominated Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. to serve on the board of directors of the State Justice Institute (SJI).

Chief Justice John D. MintonSJI is a federal non-profit corporation that awards grants to improve the quality of justice in state courts and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts. Some areas SJI is focusing on with grants this year are language access in state courts, technology, self-represented litigants and juvenile justice. SJI is governed by an 11-member board of directors appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“I am honored to be appointed to the SJI board and, if confirmed by the Senate, look forward to working with my future SJI board colleagues to award grants that will have impact at the national, state and local levels,” Chief Justice Minton said.

Chief Justice Minton must next be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

The SJI board is comprised of six state court judges, one state court administrator and four members of the public (must be two from each major political party).
Chief Justice Minton First Kentuckian in Nearly
25 Years to Head Conference of His Peers
Took over last week as head of national Conference of Chief Justices, board chair of National Center for State Courts

Kentucky now has a representative who can help shape the work of the country’s chief justices and the board that provides support to state courts across the country. Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. has been elected by his fellow chief justices to serve a one-year term as president of the Conference of Chief Justices and chair of the National Center for State Courts Board of Directors.

The election took place last week during the annual meeting of the CCJ and the NCSC Board of Directors in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Chief Justice Minton is the first chief justice from Kentucky to hold this post in nearly 25 years. The only other chief justice from Kentucky to be CCJ president was the late Robert F. Stephens, who served from 1992-1993.

The CCJ is comprised of the top judicial officers of each state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The group promotes the interests of state judicial systems by developing policies and educational programs designed to improve court operations. The CCJ also acts as the primary representative of the state courts before Congress and federal executive agencies.

“People across the country depend on a fair and independent judiciary,” Chief Justice Minton said. “The opportunity to work with my fellow chief justices to positively change our state courts is an honor and one of the highlights of my career. I want to spend the next year looking at how we can address access to justice for people who can’t afford an attorney, how the practice of law can adapt to changes in society and how we can work with our communities on the issues that erode trust in the justice system.”

As a long-standing member of the CCJ, Chief Justice Minton has served on the joint Court Management and Problem-Solving Courts committees of the CCJ/Conference of State Court Administrators.

The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts. Founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, the NCSC provides education, training, technology, management and research services to the nation’s state courts.
Supreme Court Justice Mary C. Noble Receives Liberty Bell Award for Service to Commonwealth and State Court System
Deputy Chief Justice Mary C. Noble recently received the Liberty Bell Award from Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. for her service to the commonwealth and the Kentucky Court of Justice.

Justice Noble serves the Supreme Court’s 5th District, which is comprised of Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Scott and Woodford counties.

The chief justice presented the award to Justice Noble at the Supreme Court of Kentucky’s Law Day celebration April 28 at the state Capitol, for which Justice Noble was the keynote speaker. The Liberty Bell Award recognizes individuals for performing outstanding community service, promoting better understanding of the rule of law, encouraging greater respect for the law and the courts, stimulating a sense of civic responsibility and contributing to good government in the community.

Chief Justice John D. Minton presented Deputy Chief Justice Noble with Liberty Bell Award “Justice Noble’s contributions to the commonwealth and our state court system are significant and she is certainly deserving of this award,” Chief Justice Minton said. “From her work in helping to start Kentucky Drug Court to her leadership in making uniform rules for attorneys and judges to use in family law cases statewide, her efforts have touched the lives of countless Kentuckians. I am proud to have her as deputy chief justice and for the opportunity to recognize her with the Liberty Bell Award.”

After serving 15 years as a Fayette Circuit Court judge, Justice Noble was elected to the Supreme Court from the 5th Supreme Court District in 2006. She was re-elected to the Supreme Court unopposed in 2008. In 2010, Chief Justice Minton appointed her deputy chief justice. In 2011, she became the first woman to preside at the Kentucky Supreme Court in a case in which the chief justice was recused.
Judge Joy A. Kramer Sworn in as Chief Judge
of Kentucky Court of Appeals
Judge Joy A. Kramer of Northern Kentucky was sworn in as chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals for a term beginning July 1. Judge Kramer was sworn in by then-Chief Judge Glenn E. Acree in the courtroom of the Court of Appeals building in Frankfort.

Judge Kramer was elected by her fellow Court of Appeals judges to serve as chief judge. The chief judge provides administrative oversight to the Court of Appeals and serves in the position for a four-year term under the Kentucky Constitution.

“Being elected by my colleagues to serve as chief judge is a tremendous honor,” Judge Kramer said. “While the honor is high, I will be influenced daily by the work ethic and principles ingrained in this farm girl from Menifee County whose parents sacrificed so very much to put the youngest of four children through college, a privilege that neither had. I have the freedom and opportunity of working with my brain and intellect because my parents worked with their backs and fortitude to put me through college, and that is a sacrifice that keeps me anchored in gratitude in all I do.

“It is with a sincere dedication and desire to work hard to serve and bring honor to the commonwealth, my family, my colleagues and our dedicated staff that will motivate and inspire me during this new journey.

“Chief Judge Acree has set the benchmark high and he leaves a well-worn and well-lit path of success and public service to guide the court over the coming years, as did former Chief Judges Jeff Taylor and Sara Combs,” she said. “Those of us honored to serve on this court know that the Court of Appeals is a team comprised of devoted public servants wearing black robes supported by an unparalleled staff who work diligently behind the scenes, all of whom work cooperatively and are dedicated to preserving the rule of law and due process principles, which weave through all of our interconnected lives in a free democracy.”

Chief Judge Acree said no one is better suited to lead the Court of Appeals than Judge Kramer. “She has a talent for administration and penchant for hard work,” he said. “Most importantly, she brings out the best in everyone around her.”

Joy A. Kramer was elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 2006 to serve Division 2 of the 6th Appellate District. She was appointed to the position of chief judge pro tem of the Court of Appeals in 2012.

The 6th Appellate District is comprised of 21 Northern Kentucky counties: Bath, Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Fleming, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble.

Judgr Joy A. Kramer Sworn in as Chief Judge of Kentucky Court of Appeals
Former Kentucky Court of Appeals Chief Judge Glenn E. Acree swore in new Chief Judge Joy A. Kramer as former Chief Judge Jeff S. Taylor held the Bible for her. Judge Kramer became the administrative head of the Court of Appeals on July 1.
AOC to Offer Advanced Legal Training for Dependency, Neglect and Abuse Cases in Two Locations
The Administrative Office of the Courts will conduct an advanced legal training for dependency, neglect and abuse cases (formally titled GAL training) at two locations each beginning at 8:30 a.m. A training will be offered on Friday, August 19, in the Student Center at Prestonsburg Community College, Prestonsburg, Ky. The final program will take place on Friday, December 2, at the Center for Health, Education, and Research at Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky. An application for accreditation will be sent to the Kentucky Board of Social Work for 6 hours of CEUs. The Kentucky Bar Association has approved the programs for 6.75 credit hours, inclusive of 1.0 ethics credit. Judges will receive 6.25 hours of CJE. The curriculum gives counsel for children an overview of Kentucky statutory and case law while also meeting the federal requirements set forth in CAPTA (Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act) and ASFA (Adoption and Safe Families Act). The cost is $75 for attorneys seeking CLE credit and licensed social workers in private practice. For more information, contact Legal Training at the Department of Family and Juvenile Services at (800) 928-2350 or at
Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims Litigation Management System (LMS) Training
The Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims (DWC) is pleased to announce the Litigation Management System (LMS) Training Schedule! The DWC will be hosting computer lab-based training seminars around the Commonwealth of Kentucky to provide an in-depth look into the LMS system for attorneys, law firms, and their staff. The training will occur in a classroom environment and include general discussion regarding the features of LMS. Please click the link below for the list of dates and locations of the scheduled trainings.

Note: Some of the locations below are listed as tentative. We will follow up as soon as these locations are confirmed, but want you to be aware of these training location options. In addition, class space is limited, so please RSVP to as quickly as possible for your location and date preference. Be sure to provide the location and date of the training in which you would like to attend. If you are reserving training for more than one person in your office, please let us know so we can reserve space accordingly. Thank you for your interest in Kentucky’s Litigation Management System and we look forward to working with you!

Click here to access that LMS training schedule.
2016 Judicial Nominating Commission
General Election Information
All in-state Kentucky Bar Association members should have received an email regarding the 2016 Judicial Nominating Commission General Election. Please read the email closely for specific information regarding the elections and the list of nominees. If you reside in Kentucky and did not receive an email regarding the Judicial Nominating Commission General Election, please contact the KBA Membership Department at (502) 564-3795.

According to SCR 7.030(4) Any other qualified member may file a written petition for candidacy for the commission for the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, signed by himself and not less than 10 other members residing in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, or may file a written petition for candidacy for the commission for a judicial circuit, signed by himself and not less than 2 other members residing in the circuit. In his petition the member shall state that he does not hold any other public office or any office in a political party or organization. All such petitions shall be filed with the director on or before August 15. If interested, make sure to have your petitions filed timely by the August 15th deadline.
Volunteers Needed to Review Cases of Children in
Foster Care in Eastern Kentucky

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards make recommendations
to courts on behalf of children

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in Bourbon, Clark, Estill, Fayette and Madison counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. The boards are in need of volunteers to review cases of children placed in foster care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

Volunteers are not required to reside in any of the five counties to participate.

All volunteers must complete a six-hour initial training session. Potential volunteers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible so they may be scheduled for training in their area.

The Kentucky General Assembly created the state CFCRB in 1982 as a way to decrease the time children spend in foster care. CFCRB volunteers review Cabinet for Health and Family Services files on children placed in out-of-home care and work with the cabinet and courts on behalf of the state’s foster children. The volunteer reviewers help ensure that children receive the necessary services while in foster care and are ultimately placed in permanent homes.

All volunteers must consent to a criminal record and Central Registry check. A recommendation is then made to the chief judge of the District Court or Family Court for appointment.

To get more information and apply to be a volunteer, click here to visit the CFCRB web page.
Bench & Bar Available Through NFB-Newsline KY®
The Kentucky Bar Association continues to present the Bench & Bar magazine in audio version as a featured publication on NFB-NEWSLINE KY®. The KY NFB-NEWSLINE audio information service is available to eligible subscribers by dialing a toll-free telephone or local call number on a touch-tone telephone; Newsline Mobile App on your i-Device; or on the web at Eligible individuals include those who cannot use conventional print because of a visual impairment; learning disability; physical impairment restricting the use of fingers, hands or arms; or other conditions causing limited access to print information.

For more information, visit our website at: and our Facebook page at:
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, call (502) 564-3795, ext. 266, or email
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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

KBF Logo Kentucky Attorneys Make a Difference by Being KBF Sustainers!
Kentucky lawyers have a long tradition of helping their neighbors. They provide advice and counsel, often at difficult times, and they keep giving back to their communities even when the work day is over. As the nonprofit, charitable arm of Kentucky's legal community, the Kentucky Bar Foundation celebrates this commitment to service and provides a way for Kentucky lawyers and judges to unite their collective resources to make a big difference across our Commonwealth.

On your KBA dues statement, you will have the option to unite with your colleagues to support the Kentucky Bar Foundation by making a $30 Sustainer Contribution. Last year, nearly 5,000 attorneys contributed and raised over $152,000 – the highest total ever! That generosity allowed the Foundation to award 2016 grants totaling $262,688 to 24 nonprofits across Kentucky, bringing the total awarded since 1988 to over $3 million. Click here to learn more about the many worthy, law-related causes that Foundation grants support.

With your help, the Kentucky Bar Foundation can make an even greater impact with its 2017 grants. We hope that you will support the Foundation as a KBF Sustainer this year and show that the legal community is committed to making our Kentucky home a better place!
Section News Image for Section Kentucky Health Law Institute, September 15 & 16
The Office of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Kentucky College of Law and the KBA Health Care Law Section are co-sponsoring the Kentucky Health Law Institute on Thursday & Friday, September 15 & 16 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 11.75 CLE credits including 1.00 ethics credit. For additional information, contact UK/CLE at (859) 257-2921 or download the conference brochure at
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Elder Law Section Quarterly Meeting, October 12
The Elder Law Section will meet from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12 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. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Alvey at or (502) 564-3795.
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Register Now for Making Mediators: A Strategy and Skills Workshop for Neutrals on October 21
Registration is now available for the KBA ADR Section's full-day CLE program on Friday, October 21! "Making Mediators: A Strategy and Skills Workshop for Neutrals" will be held at the Administrative Office of the Courts building, located at 1001 Vandalay Drive in Frankfort. The program will be presented by Professors Dwight Golann from Suffolk University Law School and Marjorie Corman Aaron from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. It has been accredited in Kentucky for 7.50 CLE credits. Registration is $78 and includes a hard copy of the seminar materials and lunch at the program. A seminar brochure with the complete agenda, speaker biographies, and driving directions is available at 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 or (502) 564-3795 ext. 253. Registration for this program will close October 14, 2016. Space is limited, so please register early! Pre-registration is required as space and program materials cannot be guaranteed otherwise.
CLE Image for Section Don’t Forget-CLE Deadline to Report is August 10th!
The deadline to report your CLE credits timely earned is August 10, 2016 for the 2015-16 educational year. Check your CLE record online at
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KLU Logo Mark Your Calendars!
The annual Kentucky Law Update (KLU) is just around the corner. 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. Click here to register. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!
September 1-2

London Community Center

September 8-9

Bowling Green
Holiday Inn and Sloan Conv. Center

September 22-23

Bellefonte Hospital
September 29-30

Northern Kentucky Conv. Center

October 5-6

Kentucky Exposition Center

October 20-21

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
October 26-27

KY Dam Village State Resort Park

November 3-4

Owensboro Conv. Center

December 1-2

Lexington Conv. Center
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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.
Member Service Spotlight Image for Section Use of a KBA Meeting Room
If your work takes you to Frankfort, KBA members are welcome to use one of the Bar Center’s meeting rooms for depositions or to meet with clients. There is no charge to members; simply call ahead -- (502) 564-3795 -- to make arrangements with the KBA receptionist.

The Kentucky Bar Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., ET, and is located at 514 W. Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601-1812.
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