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Thursday, November 3, 2016
Convention Image for Section Logo and Theme Selected for the 2017 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, June 21-23
The Kentucky Bar Association’s Annual Convention Planning Committee announced the 2017 theme, “Our Evolving Profession and the Kentucky Lawyer.” The logo for the event is also being debuted in this edition of eNews. Mark your calendars now for the KBA’s 2017 Annual Convention scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, June 21-23, at the Owensboro Convention Center in downtown Owensboro. The 2017 Annual Convention Planning Committee is chaired by J.D. Meyer of Owensboro, with Matt Cook of Bowling Green serving as CLE Program chair. Details on featured speakers and annual events will be made available soon!
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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.
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The KBA Congratulates its Newest Members
New attorneys received their oaths of office on Monday, October 10, in the chamber of the Supreme Court of Kentucky in the state Capitol in Frankfort. The KBA continued its tradition of honoring its newest members, their families and friends with a reception in their honor throughout the day at the Kentucky Bar Center. A total of 229 new attorneys were recommended for admittance to the practice of law following the July 2016 bar examination. To view pictures from that day, click here.
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2016-2018 Kentucky Bar Association Strategic Plan
With the successful implementation of the Kentucky Bar Association's 2008 strategic plan, the leadership of the KBA initiated a new planning process in 2015. Leaders praised the previous plan as a useful roadmap for the KBA and an important way to connect with and focus on the needs of members, other partners in the justice system and the community-at-large. Leaders expressed the hope that this next plan would reprise that opportunity to connect with members and other stakeholders, and provide opportunities to think expansively and creatively about the KBA's challenges. The planning framework that emerged suggests that participants seized the opportunity to do just that.

To review the Executive Summary for a detailed report of the plan, as well as the Matrix, which outlines the goals of the 2016-2018 KBA Strategic Plan, visit
Save the Date for 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Summit
Proposed Amendments to the Joint Local Rules of Civil Practice and the Joint Local Rules of Criminal Practice



Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2071, Rule 83 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Rule 57 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky hereby give public notice of the following:

The Joint Local Rules Commission for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky has recommended, and the District Court has authorized for release for a period of public comment through December 30, 2016, the revision of certain Joint Local Rules of Civil Practice and Joint Local Rules of Criminal Practice. Unless otherwise indicated, as seen in this Notice, underlined text is added and struck text is deleted.

The proposed revisions can be accessed here for the Eastern District and here for the Western District.
Volunteers Needed to Review Cases of
Children in Foster Care in Fayette County

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

Fayette County Citizen Foster Care Review Boards 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 Fayette County 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. 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 here.
AOC to Offer Advanced Legal Training for Dependency, Neglect and Abuse Cases in One Location
The Administrative Office of the Courts will conduct an advanced legal training for dependency, neglect and abuse cases (formally titled GAL training) at the Center for Health, Education and Research at Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., on December 2, beginning at 8:30 a.m. An application for accreditation will be sent to the Kentucky Board of Social Work for 8 hours of CEUs. The Kentucky Bar Association has approved the program for 6.75 credit hours, inclusive of 1.0 ethics credit. Judges will receive 6.75 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 Retirement Systems' Request for Outside Counsel
Kentucky Retirement Systems has four request for proposals (RFPs) for outside counsel in the areas of: (i) general litigation, (ii) tax and fiduciary legal services, (iii) health insurance legal services, and (iv) investment legal counsel. Proposals shall be submitted to Kentucky Retirement Systems by the close of business, 4:30 p.m. EST, on Nov. 7, 2016. For more information, please click here.
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 Make a Difference by
Becoming a KBF Fellow
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 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.

By becoming a Fellow of the Kentucky Bar Foundation, you can join more than one thousand Kentucky lawyers who have demonstrated support for the KBF’s mission through their success in the practice of law and generosity in contributing to the KBF. Thanks to our Fellows and other supporters, the KBF awarded its highest-ever annual grants of $262,688 to 24 nonprofits across Kentucky in 2016, bringing the total to over $3 million awarded to more than 160 nonprofits since 1988. Learn more about the many worthy, law-related causes that KBF grants support by clicking here.

As a Kentucky Bar Association member in good standing, you may become a KBF Life Fellow through a one-time contribution of $1,250. Alternatively, you may become a KBF Fellow through an initial contribution of $300 and a pledge to contribute an additional $300 per year for the subsequent four years, at the end of which you will attain the status of Life Fellow. Special options are also available for young attorneys age 40 and under and attorneys employed by nonprofit or governmental agencies.

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 Fellow this year and show that the legal community is committed to making our Kentucky home a better place! Click here to read more about the Fellows program and submit your application today.
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
Find a Mentor and Take Charge of Your Future!

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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KLU Logo Mark Your Calendars!
Only two more opportunities to attend a Kentucky Law Update program. 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 at KLU!
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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2017 New Lawyer Program- Save the Date
The KBA’s next New Lawyer Program — scheduled for Jan. 18 & 19, 2017 — will be held at the Lexington Convention Center in downtown Lexington.

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
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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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