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Friday, December 1, 2017
KBA Image for Section Logo and Theme Selected for the 2018 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, June 13-15
The Kentucky Bar Association’s Annual Convention Planning Committee announced the 2018 theme, “More Than a Lawyer.” The logo for the event is also being debuted in this edition of eNews. Mark your calendars now for the KBA’s 2018 Annual Convention scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, June 13-15, at the Lexington Convention Center in downtown Lexington. The 2018 Annual Convention Planning Committee is chaired by Robert L. Elliott of Lexington, with Retired Judge Sheila Isaac of Lexington 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 2018 Distinguished Service Awards
Call for Nominations
The Kentucky Bar Association is accepting nominations for 2018 Distinguished Judge and Lawyer, Donated Legal Services and Bruce K. Davis Bar Service Awards. Nominations must be received by December 29, 2017. 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.

Distinguished Judge Award
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.
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Announcement
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is accepting applications for persons willing to serve as a chairperson of a Medical Review Panel pursuant to KRS 216C. Eligible applicants must be licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Chairpersons will be selected by the parties on a case by case basis. This is a great opportunity to hone your management and mediation skills. Reimbursement shall be in accordance with KRS 216C, Section 23(2).

To apply, please complete the application found at and submit to The Cabinet for Health and Family Services will maintain a list of all applicants by Supreme Court district for use pursuant to KRS 216C, Section 8(2).

By Mail:
275 East Main Street, 5W-A (MRP)
Frankfort, Kentucky 40621

Court of Appeals Staff Attorney Vacancy
The Kentucky Court of Appeals is looking for a staff attorney for an opening in Fayette County to work with Court of Appeals Judge Glenn Acree. For more information on the position and how to apply, click here.
Loan Repayment Assistance Program for University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Alumni in Public Service
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law is pleased to offer the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to ease the educational debt burden for its recent graduates who are engaged in full-time public service employment. In keeping with University of Louisville’s tradition of encouraging students to engage in community service to others needing legal guidance, LRAP allows the Law School to provide significant support to our alumni with high educational debt burdens to fulfill their aspirations for public interest careers. J.D. graduates of the University of Louisville between May 2014 and May 2016 may apply for LRAP benefits. Awardees can receive up to three years of awards within the five years after the first anniversary of their graduation.

Alumni seeking further information about eligibility, the application process, or contributing to the LRAP fund should contact Applications must be electronically submitted and received by January 17, 2018.
KYLAPImage for Section KYLAP Offers Mental Health Support Through EAP Program
The Kentucky Bar Association, through the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program, is excited to partner with an employee assistance program (EAP), Human Development Company, in Louisville, Ky., to offer an opportunity for mental health support to Kentucky’s lawyers and judges. All of the assistance remains COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL, pursuant to S.C.R. 3.990.

This new partnership will provide additional mental health support for Kentucky’s lawyers and judges. The employee assistance program will offer CONFIDENTIAL phone assistance during regular business hours, after hours, and on weekends. Simply call the KYLAP office anytime, night or day, on our NEW DIRECT PHONE NUMBER - no operators required - and after hours you will be directly connected to our employee assistance program. Our NEW DIRECT NUMBER IS (502) 226-9373. You may also continue to call through the main switchboard at the Kentucky Bar Association at (502) 564-3795, ext. 266. Someone will be available to answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Check out the November/December Bench & Bar for more details about this exciting service, or call KYLAP at (502) 226-9373.
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End of Year Charitable Contributions
The KYLAP Foundation asks you to consider making your end of year charitable contributions to the KYLAP Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit Kentucky foundation. Your gift will allow us the privilege of granting monetary assistance, by way of a forgivable loan program, to attorneys who are struggling with mental health issues and who are without the financial resources to obtain the help they need.

In the past year, donations have assisted individuals obtain inpatient treatment at long-term drug/alcohol rehabilitation facilities and outpatient treatment. Donations have subsidized the cost for attorneys to pay for therapy and doctor visits, and/or psychiatric medications necessary to maintain good mental health.

The KYLAP Foundation charges no administrative fees for these services. Every dollar donated by attorneys goes directly to assist attorneys. No staff member or Foundation Trustee receives a salary.

Pursuant to Supreme Court Rules, KYLAP does not charge Kentucky lawyers for its services. Every donation goes directly to meet the treatment needs of the lawyers we serve. Your support makes a difference to every lawyer in Kentucky. By protecting our lawyers, we protect our community and we protect our clients. Your support will allow us to continue our work, helping more lawyers than we currently can. Please include the KYLAP Foundation in your year-end giving and help support our mission. You may donate safely online through the PayPal button on the KYLAP website at The KYLAP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation and donations are tax deductible consistent with existing tax laws.
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KYLAP Presentation at Kentucky Law Update 2017
The Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP) will be presenting with Court of Appeals Judge Debra Lambert at the Kentucky Law Updates this fall. The issue is suicide among lawyers. The topic is "Ask a Question, Save a Life - What Can I Do to Help or Get Help?" The purpose of the discussion is to empower you to recognize a potential suicide crisis and what to do if you encounter one. Please join us as we explore this important and timely topic. Click here for information on how to register for the Kentucky Law Update.
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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) 226-9373, or email
KBF Logo Kentucky Bar Foundation Seeks Grant Applications
The mission of the Kentucky Bar Foundation (KBF) is to further the public’s understanding of the judicial system and the legal profession through programs and philanthropic partnerships that help those in need. One of the ways that the KBF serves this mission is by awarding annual grants to law-related organizations and projects. Grant applications for the KBF’s 2017-2018 grant year will be available beginning January 5, 2018 with a submission deadline of March 15, 2018. To be considered for a grant, your program must meet the following requirements, among others:
  • Recipient must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • The program or project for which funding is requested must have a law-related purpose and provide services in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The Kentucky Bar Foundation will award its 2018 grants during its annual Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon on June 14, 2018. Please visit to request a grant application.
Section News Image for Section Animal Law Section Membership Conference Call, December 15
The Animal Law Section will be hosting a conference call for all interested members on Friday, December 15, 2017, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST. Additional details regarding the call and the conference dial-in number will be provided to all section members via email.
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Workers' Compensation Law Section 2018
Mid-Winter Meeting & CLE Seminar, January 25-27
The Workers' Compensation Law Section's 2018 Mid-Winter Meeting & CLE Seminar will be held the mornings of January 25-27, 2018 at the Majestic Mirage Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The CLE seminar is free for all Workers' Compensation Law Section members and $200 for all other attendees. A seminar brochure with additional details regarding the resort and trip reservations is available online. Details regarding the seminar agenda and CLE accreditation will be available in the coming weeks. Questions? Contact Lori Alvey at or (502) 564-3795.
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Elder Law Section 2018 Mid-Winter CLE Seminar, February 22-24
The Elder Law Section's 2018 Mid-Winter CLE Seminar will be held the mornings of February 22-24, 2018, at the Majestic Elegance Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The CLE seminar is free for all Elder Law Section members and $200 for all other attendees. A seminar brochure with additional details regarding the resort and trip reservations is available online. Details regarding the seminar agenda and CLE accreditation will be available in the coming weeks. Questions? Contact Lori Alvey at or (502) 564-3795.
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Save the Date! 2018 Animal Law Section CLE Seminar, March 2
The Animal Law Section will be sponsoring a full-day CLE seminar on Friday, March 2, 2018, at the University of Louisville's Shelby Campus. More details regarding the agenda, speakers, and CLE accreditation will be available on the event's webpage in the coming weeks. Questions? Contact Lori Alvey at or (502) 564-3795.
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Save the Date! Mediation Advocates' and Mediators' Negotiation Skills Workshop, April 13
Save the date! The KBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section will host a workshop, Mediation Advocates' and Mediators' Negotiation Skills, by the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Law School on Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Lexington Center. Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich, the Straus Institute's Associate Dean and former professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law, will be one of the workshop's presenters. The Straus Institute has been ranked the number one dispute resolution program eleven of the last twelve years by U.S. News & World Reports. The ADR Section will apply for 7.00 CLE credits in Kentucky for the program. The cost to attend is $100 per attendee, which includes written materials and lunch. Additional details and registration will be available on the event webpage in the coming weeks. Questions? Contact Lori Alvey at or (502) 564-3795.
KLU Logo Kentucky Law Update 2017:
Only One Location Remains!
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 is available online at,

December 12-13

Lexington Conv. Center
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CLE Image for Section 2018 New Lawyer Program- Online Registration Now Available
The KBA’s next New Lawyer Program - scheduled for Jan. 25 & 26, 2018 - will be held at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, which is located in downtown Louisville.

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 2018 calendar year. The program is offered free of charge for attorneys seeking to fulfill their New Lawyer Program requirements, pursuant to SCR 3.640.

For more information regarding online registration, hotel booking options and the agenda visit the KBA Website at and select the “CLE” tab then “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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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 2017, visit For questions or to register over the phone, please contact Kim at or (720) 879-4142.
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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 Kentucky Legal Directory
The 2017 Kentucky Legal Directory (digital version), published by Legal Directories Publishing Company, Inc., is now available online at no cost to members. In addition to attorney and firm listings, the publication contains addresses and telephone numbers for federal, state and local courts, state and federal officials, law schools, professional associations and more! If you have any questions, contact Andrea Gunderson at Legal Directories 1-800-447-5375 ext. 116.

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