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Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Bowling Green Attorney Thomas N. Kerrick was Sworn-In
as President of the Kentucky Bar Association
KBA President Thomas N. Kerrick.Bowling Green attorney Thomas N. Kerrick will serve as president of the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) for a one-year term beginning today, Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Kerrick took his oath of office during a ceremony held on June 25th in Bowling Green. The oath of office was performed by Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr.

Kerrick is a shareholder with Kerrick Bachert Attorneys at Law in Bowling Green. Kerrick has a litigation practice and tries civil cases in the areas of personal injury, products liability, professional liability, construction law, and insurance litigation. Because he has tried cases from both sides of the courtroom, he is often asked to serve as a mediator by other attorneys.

The Kentucky Bar Association Board of Governors will hold their summer meeting in mid-July and during the meeting the remaining officers and new bar governors will take their oaths of office. Those to be sworn-in in mid-July include officers: President-Elect J.D. Meyer, Owensboro, Amy D. Cubbage, Louisville, vice-president; J. Stephen Smith, Ft. Mitchell, immediate past president and Miranda D. Click, Pikeville, Young Lawyers Division, as well as Bar Governors: James A. Sigler, Paducah, 1st district; Matthew P. Cook, Bowling Green, 2nd district; Douglas G. Benge, London, 3rd district bar governor; Susan D. Phillips, Louisville, 4th district bar governor; Amelia M. Adams, Lexington, 5th district bar governor; Jennifer M. Gatherwright, Crescent Springs, 6th district and William “Mitch” Hall, Jr., Ashland 7th district.

Terms for these officers and bar governors begin on July 1, 2020.
CLE Image for Section KBA Dues Required to be Paid Online

Kentucky Bar Association Membership Dues for 2020-2021 will be required to be paid online. Notifications by email will be sent in mid-July. Members can pay quickly and conveniently, with a debit or credit card and by ACH. A username and password will be required to access the payment system. An administrative fee will be assessed on the credit and debit cards. The KBA membership cycle runs July 1-June 30 of each year. Payments are due on or before September 1, 2020. 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
CLE Image for Section Supreme Court order gives attorneys
more time to complete continuing legal
education for 2019-2020 educational year

Click here for more information regarding additional time to complete continuing legal education for 2019-2020 educational year.
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Registration is available for the 2020 Kentucky Law Update
On Demand. Click here to register!
Pursuant to Order 2020-49 issued by the Kentucky Supreme Court on June 8, 2020, the Kentucky Bar Association’s annual Kentucky Law Update (KLU) is moving to on demand format for the 2020 program series. Registration for the 2020 Kentucky Law Update will open on July 1, 2020.

The program will be available to download from the KBA website at no charge to KBA members in good standing from September 1 through December 31, 2020. The program will be available to non-members and members not in good standing for a fee. Beginning January 1, 2021, the program will still be available to everyone for a fee. The program is accredited for 13.75 CLE credits, including up to 4 ethics.

These measures are being taken in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and to comply with all guidelines and orders aimed at preserving the health and welfare of Kentucky attorneys, other attendees of the KLU program series, KBA staff, facility and hotel staff, and other service providers who all work to bring the KLU series together each year.

Please direct all inquiries to KBA Program and Publications Coordinator, Ema Haines, at
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New Lawyer Program Offered Online
In light of the cancellation of the 2020 KBA Annual Convention, the June New Lawyer Program will be offered in an on demand virtual format. The deadline to complete the On Demand New Lawyer Program is Friday, July 10th. If you have any questions regarding the program or reporting credits, contact Sonja Blackburn at
2020 Judicial Nominating Commission
General Election Information
All in-state Kentucky Bar Association members should have received an email regarding the 2020 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 via email at To view the complete list of nominees, click here.
Kentucky Bar Association Diversity Study
of Attorneys and Judges
The Kentucky Bar Association Diversity Survey of Attorneys and Judges has been finalized and the Final Report and the Executive Summary are located on our Resources for Lawyers page.

This report was prepared pursuant to a grant from JustFund KY for the LGBT Section of the Kentucky Bar Association by Melanie D. Otis, PhD, Brautigam Professor of Criminal, Juvenile and Social Justice at the University of Kentucky, College of Social Work. No Kentucky Bar Association dues revenues were expended for this project.
Attorneys and Judges can take the Legal Training for
Dependency, Neglect and Abuse online starting July 30
The Legal Training for Dependency, Neglect and Abuse prepares attorneys to provide legal representation to dependent, abused or neglected children and their parents. The Administrative Office of the Courts is pleased to announce that it will be offering this important training online starting July 30, 2020. The Legal Training for DNA Cases is free for attorneys and judges and includes two tracks that will be available on multiple dates. You will be able to find more details here, and you can send questions to These programs will be submitted to the Kentucky Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Commission for accreditation.
Together Lawyers Can Virtual Housing Law CLE
Launching July 1
Kentucky is facing an unprecedented challenge. Over 15,000 Kentuckians have been infected with the coronavirus and thousands more have been directly impacted in the economic aftershock of the crisis. Kentucky's legal aid programs have launched Together Lawyers Can to address the anticipated rise in numbers and need for civil legal aid. Together Lawyers Can is a state-wide pro bono based program designed to connect Kentucky lawyers from across the Commonwealth with our neighbors in crisis due to the pandemic. For more information on the program, as well as the CLE series, click here.
LawPay Exclusive Offer for Kentucky Bar Association Members
With 15 years of experience supporting the legal community, LawPay is the industry standard in online payments. Their user-friendly solution makes it easy for lawyers to securely accept client credit card and eCheck payments online. Plus, LawPay was built with input from bar association partners and their ethics committees to ensure all payments are processed in compliance with attorney trust accounting rules. Right now, LawPay has an exclusive offer for KY Bar members: open a new LawPay account by July 31st and receive 3 months with no monthly fee + a $100 credit towards processing fees! Learn more.
KYLAPImage for Section Message from the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP)
During this difficult time, KYLAP is providing multiple resources through various platforms to assist you with the stress and anxiety of our current situation. For the safety of our participants, for the time being all in-person Lawyers in Recovery meetings are cancelled. They are replaced with virtual meetings using Zoom. These meetings will be held at the normal meeting times of the regional Lawyers in Recovery meetings. Lexington will meet at 7:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday mornings. Northern Kentucky will meet at 5:00pm EST Thursday evenings. There will also be a statewide KYLAP Lawyers in Recovery meeting that will be held each Monday evening at 5:00 pm EST. If you would like an invitation, please contact KYLAP by emailing or to receive login information. You may participate by video or by telephone -- both options will be in the invitation.

During this difficult time, we ask that you be sure to reach out to at least one person every day who may be struggling with mental health issues -- whether it's with the ability to stay sober, or with depression, or anxiety -- or both. Everyone is struggling right now. We all need connection. The telephone, Facetime, or a video chat is the next best thing to being there.

Finally, and most importantly, if you are someone who is in crisis, please reach out for help. The Crisis Helpline is open 24/7. 1-800-273-8255(TALK). Or text 741741. The KYLAP phone line is being answered 24/7. 1-502-226-9373. The KYLAP website provides many resources and ideas for assistance as well as ideas for improving your mental health and your family's through various activities. Multiple online recovery resources are listed.

Please don't think you're in this alone. We're all anxious and scared. Please follow us on Twitter @KYLAPtweets for ideas on staying mentally well. Please email us information you believe may be helpful to others. We're all in this together.
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KYLAP in the Bench & Bar
KYLAP Director Yvette Hourigan recently published an article in the May 2020 edition of the Bench & Bar. Take a moment to read the article on Lawyer Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
KBF Logo Kentucky Bar Foundation
Awards $250,000 in Grants
The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Bar Foundation (KBF) is pleased to announce that it awarded $250,000 in total grants this year. Thanks to the generosity of Kentucky attorneys, judges, and friends, the 2020 KBF grants will support 36 nonprofit programs as they work to provide access to justice and law-related education across the Commonwealth. To learn more about the grant recipients and their projects, click here.
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Below is a listing of jobs that are currently featured on the Kentucky Bar Association's Career Center page.

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    United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky Louisville, KY
  • Attorney
    Markesbery and Richardson Co., LPA Lexington, KY: Cincinnati, OH
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