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Friday, June 2, 2017
Convention Image for Section 2017 KBA Annual Convention Online Registration Open
Online registration is available for members wishing to register for the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Convention to be held June 21-23, at the Owensboro Convention Center. Click here to access the registration page.

For more information regarding annual convention events, including the annual memorial service and the kick-off event, as well as the featured CLE speakers and other CLE programming, please click here.
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Convention Image for Section New Lawyer Program Offered at 2017 KBA Annual Convention
The KBA’s next New Lawyer Program — scheduled for June 21 & 22, 2017 — will be held at the Owensboro Convention Center.

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 second 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.

Click here for more details on the June 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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Free Shuttle to 2017 KBA Annual Convention Departing From Louisville-One Day Only!
The Kentucky Bar Association, thanks to the sponsorship by Kentuckiana Court Reporters, will provide a shuttle for ONE DAY ONLY from the Louisville area to the 2017 KBA Convention in Owensboro. The shuttle will depart from Mall St. Matthews in Louisville on Wednesday, June 21 at 7:15 a.m., EDT. The shuttle will depart from the Owensboro Convention Center on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m., EDT, and return to Louisville. The shuttle will only run from Louisville on Wednesday, June 21. This shuttle is equipped with Wi-Fi and restrooms.

CONVENTION ATTENDEES INTERESTED IN RIDING THIS SHUTTLE ON JUNE 21, SHOULD INDICATE THEIR PARTICIPATION ON THEIR ANNUAL CONVENTION REGISTRATION FORM. To register visit For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Melissa Blackwell at (502) 564-3795 or by email at
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KBA Memorial Service to be Held Tuesday, June 20th
The Kentucky Bar Association will celebrate the lives and legacies of those KBA members who have passed since May 1, 2016, during its 26th annual Memorial Service planned for 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 20, at St. Stephen Cathedral, 610 Locust Street, Owensboro. A list of members to be remembered can be accessed by clicking here.
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Kentucky Bar Association to Swear-In New Officers and Bar Governors at Annual Convention
The Kentucky Bar Association will swear-in their new officers during the 2017 KBA Annual Convention. The new officers include William R. Garmer, Lexington as president; President-Elect Douglas C. Ballantine, Louisville; Vice President J. Stephen Smith, Ft. Mitchell; R. Michael Sullivan as immediate past president; and Young Lawyers Division Chairman Eric M. Weihe, Louisville.

Bar Governors receiving the oath of office are Van F. Sims, Paducah, 1st Supreme Court District (SCD); John David Meyer, Owensboro, 2nd SCD; Howard O. Mann, Corbin, 3rd SCD; Amy D. Cubbage, Louisville, 4th SCD; Mindy Barfield, Lexington, 5th SCD; Todd V. McMurtry, Ft. Mitchell, 6th SCD; and Rhonda J. Blackburn, Pikeville, 7th SCD.

Other Kentucky Bar Governors who will be recognized for their continuing service will be W. Fletcher Schrock, Paducah, 1st Supreme Court District (SCD); Thomas N. Kerrick, Bowling Green, 2nd SCD; Melinda Gillum Dalton, Somerset, 3rd SCD; Bobby Simpson, Louisville; 4th SCD; Eileen M. O’Brien, Lexington; 5th SCD; and Gary J. Sergent, Covington, 6th SCD; and John F. Vincent of Ashland, 7th SCD.
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Convention Image for Section Barnes & Noble Bookstore at KBA Annual Convention
We invite you to shop the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at the KBA Annual Convention, where you will find several publications from our featured presenters as well as wide range of topics of interest to the legal community. The bookstore is located in the exhibit area at Booths 11 & 12.

Several speakers will be signing books this year, so make sure to check the sign inside the exhibit area for up to date information regarding the book signings.
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2017 KBA Annual Convention Sponsors
Click here to view a list of the 2017 KBA Annual Convention sponsors. We appreciate the support that we have received from these law firms, organizations, businesses, and KBA sections, including our Platinum Sponsors, Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky and National Insurance Agency, Inc.
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Exhibitors Scheduled to Participate in the
2017 KBA Annual Convention
Click here for a list of exhibitors who are scheduled to participate in the 2017 KBA Annual Convention. We appreciate their support of our event and encourage you to stop by the exhibit area during the meeting to see their products and review their services.
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2017 Kentucky Bar Association Outstanding Award Recipients
The Kentucky Bar Association is excited to announce the 2017 Outstanding Award Recipients. These awards will be presented during different events throughout our three-day convention. Make plans now to attend and support these outstanding members of our Bar Association. To view a complete list of award winners, click here.
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2017 KBA Annual Convention Program Materials Will Be Available June 16th
Attendees for the upcoming convention who selected PDF Download for their annual convention materials choice will be able to access these materials on our website at on June 16th. Please download the materials prior to the meeting, as we are expecting a large crowd and internet connection could be slow.

Members who download the 2017 Convention App will also be able to select materials there and view them during presentations.

Registrants selecting printed materials can secure those copies outside each CLE session. Please remember, the printed materials are limited to members choosing this option on their registration form.
Supreme Court Rules Hearing at KBA Convention
The proposed amendments to the Supreme Court Rules (SCR) and the proposed amendments to the Family Court Rules of Procedure and Practice (FCRPP) will be considered in an open session of the Supreme Court of Kentucky with Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. presiding, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The hearing will be conducted in Exhibit Hall 2 at the Owensboro Convention Center in Owensboro. Click here to access the proposed amendments.
Judge Robert G. Johnson was Formally Sworn In as Court of Appeals Judge May 8 in Lexington
Judge Robert G. Johnson of Georgetown was formally Judge Johnson sworn in as a Kentucky Court of Appeals judge on Monday, May 8, at an investiture ceremony in Lexington.

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Joy A. Kramer presided over the investiture and Justice Laurance B. VanMeter, who Judge Johnson succeeds on the Court of Appeals, performed the ceremonial swearing-in.

Judge Johnson officially took the oath of office in March after being appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin to fill the vacancy in Division 1 of the 5th Appellate District that resulted from Justice VanMeter being elected to the Supreme Court of Kentucky. The 5th Appellate District is made up of Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Scott and Woodford counties.
May 2017 Swearing-In
A swearing-in ceremony for 107 new attorneys was held Monday, May 1, as part of the Supreme Court of Kentucky’s Law Day ceremony in the House of Representatives chamber of the state Capitol in Frankfort. Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. opened a special court session followed by a keynote address from University of Kentucky Professor Allison Connelly. Following Connelly’s remarks Susan Stokley Clary, clerk of the Supreme Court, administered the constitutional oath to the new attorneys, and KBA President R. Michael Sullivan of Owensboro introduced each attorney individually as they received their certificates of admission from Chief Justice Minton. A reception sponsored by the KBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) followed the ceremony on the second floor of the Capitol. Congratulations to our newest KBA members!
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 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 send your name, professional contact information and KBA license number to the address below. 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

Joint Local Rules Commission Proposed Rules Amendments
May 19, 2017



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 August 31, 2017, the revision of certain Joint Local Rules of Civil Practice and Joint Local Rules of Criminal Practice.

The proposed revisions can be accessed here.
Public Notice for Reappointment of
Incumbent Magistrate Judge
Click here to access the complete public notice.
Casemaker Web-based Training Sessions
New to Casemaker? Want to learn about all that Casemaker can do? Need a review of how to look up something in Casemaker? You can attend Casemaker's web-based training sessions at no cost as often as you like. Just click on the link for Webinar in Casemaker or visit to register!
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Warning: Potential Email Phishing Scam Targeting Bar Associations’ Members Image

State bar associations nationwide are reporting that their members have been receiving false notifications indicating that a disciplinary action has been filed against them. The emails appear to have been sent from the association’s office of bar counsel or their local bar association.

ALL correspondence from the Kentucky Bar Association’s Office of Bar Counsel (OBC) regarding the commencing of a disciplinary action will come via the U.S. Post Office. The OBC never uses email to send notice to a member of a disciplinary proceeding.

We suggest that you delete suspicious emails IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT open these emails or click any links. Doing so could result in your computer or device being exposed to a virus. We ask that our members be careful and diligent in regards to this matter.

If you are unsure about an email or a website, please contact us at (502) 564-3795.
AOC to Offer Legal Training for Dependency,
Neglect and Abuse Cases
The Administrative Office of the Courts will conduct legal trainings for dependency, neglect and abuse cases (formally titled GAL training). These programs have been approved for continuing legal education credits. For more information on the trainings and the schedule, click here.
Reminder from the Department of Workers’ Claims
Reminder from the Department of Workers’ Claims, per 803 KAR 25:010 § 3(1)(b), effective July 1, 2017, the Department of Workers’ Claims will no longer accept paper filings.
KYLAPImage for Section The Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program
Click here to access information regarding KYLAP’s recovery meetings, the KYLAP Foundation, and KYLAP’s 2017 Annual Convention activities.

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KBF Logo Kentucky Bar Foundation to Award $265,000 in 2017 Grants and Recognize 23 New Fellows
The Kentucky Bar Foundation (KBF) will award a record-high $265,000 in total grants at its annual Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon on June 22, 2017. Thanks to the generosity of Kentucky attorneys, judges, and friends, the 2017 KBF grants will support 22 nonprofit organizations as they work to provide access to justice and law-related education across the Commonwealth. This is in addition to scholarship awards to the state’s three law schools, awards to nonprofits in the name of the KBA Distinguished Judge and Lawyer of the Year, and funding for the Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) Program. To learn more about the grant recipients and their projects, click here.

As part of the Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon, the Bar Foundation will proudly recognize sixteen new KBF Life Fellows and seven new KBF Fellows. Fellows are members of the Kentucky Bar in good standing who have committed to supporting the KBF. Through their generosity, the KBF will award its highest total grants ever in 2017 and will have a greater capacity to continue funding projects in the future. Click here to learn more about the KBF Fellows program and view the directory of KBF Fellows from across Kentucky.

Thanks to the 161 Attorneys and Judges Who Volunteered with CARE!

Kentucky’s legal community celebrated its 10th year providing financial literacy to high school students through the Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) program. This year, 161 attorneys and judges across the state volunteered with the program. These volunteers taught more than 9,900 students about financial essentials including credit, budgeting, and student loans. CARE is funded by the Kentucky Bar Foundation and implemented by many volunteers who give their time and talents to make this program a success.
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Bankruptcy Institute, June 8-9
The Office of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Kentucky College of Law and the KBA Bankruptcy Law Section are co-sponsoring the 18th Biennial Judge Joe Lee Bankruptcy Institute on Thursday & Friday, June 8-9 at the Campbell House in Lexington. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 10.50 CLE credits, including 2.00 Ethics credits. For additional information, contact UK/CLE at (859) 257-2921 or download the conference brochure at
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Bankruptcy Law Section Annual Meeting, June 8
The Bankruptcy Law Section's Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the 18th Biennial Judge Joe Lee Bankruptcy Institute, following the luncheon on Thursday, June 8. 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 Institute to attend.
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Annual Section Meetings Held at the
Kentucky Bar Center in June 2017
The following Sections will be holding their annual meetings during the month of June in the Boardroom at the Kentucky Bar Center, located at 514 W. Main Street in downtown Frankfort. Conference call-in information will be provided to members of each section via email prior to the meeting date. Additional information for the individual meetings is available at the links below.
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34th Annual Warns-Render Labor and Employment Law Institute, June 15-16
The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and the KBA Labor & Employment Law Section are co-sponsoring the 34th Annual Warns-Render Labor and Employment Law Institute on Thursday & Friday, June 15-16, at the Seelbach Hilton in downtown Louisville. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 13.75 CLE credits including 2.00 ethics credits. The complete agenda and program registration are available on the Brandeis School of Law's website.
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Annual Section Meetings Held in Owensboro in June 2017
The following Sections will be holding their annual meetings in Owensboro during the week of the KBA Annual Convention. Additional information and online registration for the individual meetings may be found at the links below.
CLE Image for Section Don't Forget-Continuing Legal Education Deadline is June 30
June 30th ImageThe deadline to complete your annual CLE requirement for the 2016-17 educational year is June 30, 2017. You must have a total of 12.0 CLE credits including 2.0 ethics credits to meet the annual requirement. The deadline to report your CLE credits for this year is August 10, 2017. Check your CLE record online at
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Continuing Legal Education Information
Click here for more information regarding continuing legal education programs and activities, including the online program catalogue, teleseminars, information regarding the video replay and the 2017 Kentucky Law Update.
Member Service Spotlight Image for Section Member Services Spotlight: Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky and National Insurance Agency, Inc.
Make plans now to visit our Platinum Sponsors Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky at Booths 17 & 18 and National Insurance Agency, Inc., at Booths 15 & 16, during the upcoming 2017 KBA Annual Convention.

lmick logoLawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky, Inc. (LMICK)
Lawyers Mutual Insurance of Kentucky, Inc. (LMICK) provides Kentucky Bar Association members with full professional liability coverage at a competitive rate. LMICK was created by a KBA committee on lawyers’ malpractice insurance and is directed by a board which includes KBA officers. LMICK offers insurance tailored to the needs of Kentucky lawyers. Features include: special rates for new attorneys; a claims prevention program with immediate help when a problem first arises; all claims defense provided by Kentucky attorneys; coverage for acts or omissions anywhere in the world; and premium financing plans.

For more information, visit or call (502) 568-6100 or (800) 800-6101. Headquartered in Louisville, LMICK’s mailing address is Waterfront Plaza, 323 West Main Street, Suite 600, Louisville, KY 40202.

National Insurance Agency, Inc. (NIA)NIA Logo
NIA is the official KBA provider of Life and Disability insurance for Kentucky Attorneys. As a KBA Member, instant quotes, online applications and high non-medical limits are available to you and your spouse for Term Life and Individual Own Occupation Disability coverage. Members & Spouses under age 40 may apply ONLINE for up to $500,000 in term life coverage and up to $36,000/year in disability, often without medical exams or tax returns, at Visit or email for more information.
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