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Friday, December 2, 2016
Convention Image for Section 2017 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention Feature and Spotlight Speakers Announced
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!

Wednesday, June 21

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Jerry Buting, one of the defense attorneys for Steven Avery in the Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” will hold “A Conversation on Justice.” He will discuss the Avery case, as well as the larger topic of the American criminal justice system.

Rabia Chaudry, is the public advocate of Adnan Syed, the wrongfully convicted man at the center of the most popular podcast in history, “Serial”, and is the co-producer and co-host of the podcast “Undisclosed”, with over 70 million downloads. She is the author of the book, The Search for Truth and Justice after “Serial” Adnan’s Story.

Talmage Boston – "Why Atticus Finch is Still Our Role Model – Even after Go Set a Watchman."

Thursday, June 22

Feature/Spotlight CLEs
Mark Whitacre is best known for his whistleblower role in the mid-1990’s at Archer Daniels Midland, where he exposed an international price fixing conspiracy for the FBI. He wore a wire for almost 3 years and spent time in federal prison for fraud and tax evasion. His undercover work for the FBI was the subject of the book and major motion picture (starring Matt Damon), “The Informant.”

The Heroin Epidemic – This panel presentation will include a NYU law professor, who frequently speaks on this subject, and several drug court judges.

U.S. Supreme Court Review: Ben Beaton of Washington, D.C. and Professor Justin Walker from U of L, will present an update and their projections regarding the U.S. Supreme Court.

Talmage Boston will present a second program “The Tie that Binds Presidents and Lawyers.”

James Bell, from Indiana CLE Forum, will present “Ethical Quandaries of Today’s Law Practice.”

Friday, June 23

Feature/Spotlight CLEs
Amanda Knox, 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. She has written a book, and is the subject of a Netflix documentary that was released in October 2016.

"Fantasy Sports: The Changing Landscape.” Presented by Jeffrey Standen from Chase.

Better NOT Call Saul: Professional Ethics Lessons from ‘Breaking Bad.’” Presented by Trevor Wells and Alex Scutchfield.

Kentucky Supreme Court Review,” presented by Jason Nemes, Guthrie True, Bill Garmer, Kenyon Meyer, and Lori Shelburne.
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KBA Image for Section 2017 Distinguished Service Awards
Call for Nominations
The Kentucky Bar Association is accepting nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Judge and Lawyer, Donated Legal Services and Bruce K. Davis Bar Service Awards. Nominations must be received by Dec. 30, 2016. If you are aware of a Kentucky judge or lawyer who has provided exceptional service in these areas, please call (502) 564-3795 to request a nominating form or download it from our website by clicking here.

Distinguished Judge Award and Distinguished Lawyer Award
Awards may be given to any judge or lawyer who has distinguished himself or herself through a contribution of outstanding service to the legal profession. The selection process places special emphasis upon community, civic and/or charitable service, which brings honor to the profession.

Donated Legal Services Award
Nominees for the Donated Legal Services Award must be members in good standing with the KBA and currently involved in pro bono work. The selection process places special emphasis on the nature of the legal services contributed and the amount of time involved in the provision of free legal services.

Bruce K. Davis Bar Service Award
Many lawyers take time from their practices to provide personal, professional and financial support to the KBA. This award expresses the appreciation and respect for such dedicated professional service. All members of the KBA are eligible in any given year except for current officers and members of the Board of Governors.
NLP Image for Section 2017 New Lawyer Program - Register Now

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
Save the Date for 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Summit
Chief Justice Minton Gives Update on Judicial Redistricting to Legislative Committee
Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. testified before the Interim Joint Committee on State Government in October, saying during his address that the “singular goal of redistricting is to ensure that Kentucky’s judicial resources are allocated appropriately.” To read his full remarks click here.
eFiling Training & Certification Now Available Online
Attorneys can now go online to become trained and certified to use eFiling in Kentucky state courts. The Administrative Office of the Courts is providing online certification for those who want to file court documents electronically in District Court and Circuit Court. While eFiling is not mandatory, attorneys must become certified before they are authorized to use eFiling. eFiling is available in all 120 Kentucky counties. The AOC is also offering in-person training sessions. The in-person sessions are free and have been approved by the Kentucky Bar Association for 2.0 CLE credit hours. Paralegals, secretaries and other support staff are welcome to register along with an attorney. To view training times and register, visit .
Volunteers Needed in 42 Counties to Review
Cases of Children in Foster Care

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

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 42 Kentucky 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 live in the counties to participate. The counties in need of volunteers are Barren, Boyle, Breathitt, Butler, Christian, Clay, Crittenden, Edmonson, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Grayson, Hardin, Harlan, Hart, Jefferson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Laurel, Lawrence, Leslie, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Lyon, Magoffin, Martin, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Oldham, Perry, Powell, Russell, Simpson, Taylor, Todd, Trigg, Warren, Wayne, Wolfe and Woodford.

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. 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, visit the CFCRB web 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 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?

At its heart, the Kentucky Bar Foundation is about attorneys and judges helping others. To celebrate the longstanding tradition of service among members of the Kentucky Bar, the Foundation’s “Kentucky Attorneys Doing Good” project proudly spotlights Kentucky attorneys who volunteer in their communities. For a chance to be featured “doing good” in a future issue of the Bench & Bar or on the Foundation’s Facebook page, please email pictures of you “in action” to KBF Executive Director Amelia Adams at, along with the names of those pictured and a description of your project.*
*Your submission of a photograph constitutes your permission for it to be used by the Kentucky Bar Foundation, as well as the Kentucky Bar Association, in their programs, publications, enewsletter, websites, social media pages, and any and all other print and online materials. By submitting, you acknowledge that you hold the rights to the photo for publication in all KBF or KBA materials.
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 or (502) 564-3795.
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Save the Dates! Legal Aid University CLE Seminars, Spring 2017
The Young Lawyers Division is sponsoring two Legal Aid University CLE seminars in Louisville and Lexington this spring. The first program will be held Friday, February 24, at the Legal Aid Society in Louisville. The second program will be held Tuesday, March 14, at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Details regarding speakers, topics, and registration will be available soon!
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Save the Date! Elder Law Section CLE Seminar, March 24
The KBA Elder Law Section's annual spring CLE seminar will be held Friday, March 24, at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. Stay tuned for more information regarding speakers, topics, and CLE accreditation!
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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
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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.
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 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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LawPay Logo LawPay is the preferred payment solution for attorneys. Backed by over 90 bar associations and designed specifically for the legal industry, LawPay offers a secure and convenient tool for receiving online credit card payments – the fastest way to get paid. One major benefit of LawPay is the ability to correctly separate earned and unearned payments. LawPay protects your firm from commingling client funds.

For over a decade, LawPay has provided knowledge, experience, and support to over 25,000 law firms. LawPay is proud to be recommended by the Kentucky Bar Association and offered as a benefit to their membership. If you’re interested in learning more, a LawPay representative is available to answer your questions at 866.376.0950 or visit
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SurePayroll Logo The Kentucky Bar Association is pleased to announce our partnership with SurePayroll, the online payroll leader. Members will benefit from being able to enroll with SurePayroll at a discounted member rate to eliminate the burden and inconvenience that often come with managing payroll and payroll taxes for each check day. KBA members can process payroll in two minutes or less, easily and securely online, with unlimited customer service available six days a week. The service also accurately files and pays all your Federal, State and Local payroll taxes, so you can avoid costly penalties; quarterly and annual reporting requirements included.

Get more information at
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