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Turning 18 is an exciting time in the life of a young adult and usually coincides with graduation from high school and new freedoms. With increased freedom and rights, of course, comes a higher level of personal responsibility. The goal of the KBA Young Lawyers Division “U@18” program is to prepare Kentucky’s 18-year olds for the transition to adulthood.

What is “U@18”?

From television and movies, most young adults know that potential criminal responsibility becomes more serious as an adult. However, many are woefully unaware of their basic rights and responsibilities as renters, consumers, property owners, voters, spouses, and employees. Through the “U@18” program, the Young Lawyers Division hopes to educate Kentucky’s youngest adults on these issues and to encourage informed citizenship.

The program involves a one-hour presentation by a young lawyer in a high school classroom, usually with seniors who are 17 and 18 years old. Through the use of the U@18 video, the attorney touches on various legal issues that face young adults. The U@18 video is a professional produced set of ten vignettes, each depicting a young adult encountering an everyday problem that involves their legal rights and responsibilities. After each vignette is viewed by the group, the attorney leads the students in a group discussion of the issues presented.


By bringing a young attorney into a high school classroom, we hope to engage the students in thoughtful dialogue about the law, society and their role as a citizen. Moreover, by having only YLD members make classroom presentations, we provide a positive role model to young adults considering a career in the law.

How You Can Participate?
Every year, high schools across the state request a U@18 presentation for their seniors. We typically schedule these presentations for the spring, as the seniors are preparing to graduate and head out into the world. We invite all YLD members to consider donating a few hours of their time by making such a visit this spring. Thorough and complete presentation materials are provided to make preparation simple and easy. We are especially happy when a YLD member is willing to make a visit to his or her alma mater! Also, this activity has been approved by the KBA for two hours of public speaking CLE credit. To volunteer, please email Brandon Johnson at brandon@rrlaw.net. Include your name, and the county or high school in which you’d like to make a presentation.

For High School Teachers and Administrators

The U@18 program is an easy and engaging way to educate your graduating seniors about some of the legal issues they may encounter as adults, and to help them understand their rights and responsibilities as adults. For an overview of the topics covered in the presentation, please view the U@18 booklet here. Although we no longer distribute the U@18 booklet directly to the students, we do make the booklet available for the teacher’s use and preparation prior to the presentation date.

The U@18 classroom presentation is geared towards students who are 17 or 18 years old. Presenting attorneys are provided extensive preparation materials to ensure a very smooth and engaging experience for your students. The video used during the presentation is professionally produced and entertaining for your students. A short clip of the video can be viewed here.

We are able to accommodate any size group. While small, classroom size presentations work best in order to facilitate group discussions, we are able to accommodate larger, assembly presentations.

To request a presentation at your school or to volunteer as a presenter, contact Brandon Johnson at U@18@kybar.org or (502) 423-1600.
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