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Monday, June 1, 2020
John D. Minton Jr. takes oath of office remotely as he begins
4th term as chief justice of Kentucky
In a sign of the times, John D. Minton Jr. was sworn in remotely on May 28, 2020, to a fourth term as chief justice of Kentucky. Deputy Chief Justice Lisabeth T. Hughes administered the oath of office via Zoom from their respective chambers in Louisville and Bowling Green.

When his fellow Supreme Court justices elected him to another four-year term May 18, he became only the second chief justice in Kentucky to be chosen to serve four terms.

“You only need to look at Chief Justice Minton’s calm and decisive leadership the last three months to understand why we chose him to lead us for another term,“ Deputy Chief Justice Hughes said. “In the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, he quickly adapted court operations to protect the health and safety of court personnel and the public. He has been just as deliberate in planning how we will resume court services. This steadiness under pressure came as no surprise to those who have watched him lead the court system through many challenges during his 12 years as chief justice.”

Chief Justice Minton said he appreciates the opportunity to continue building on what the Judicial Branch has accomplished over his past three terms.

“Our push to invest in court technology seems especially prescient now that a pandemic has forced us to offer many services online,” he said. “While the use of eFiling, eWarrants, text notifications and videoconferencing is always efficient and cost-effective, these are indispensable tools when social distancing is critical to public health. Over the past several weeks, our judges, circuit court clerks and court personnel have had to adjust to a constantly changing environment and I’m grateful for their flexibility and resiliency. Their ability to rise to the occasion during this unprecedented emergency has made me even more proud to work alongside them to serve the commonwealth.”
John D. Minton Jr. (top right) was sworn into his fourth term as chief justice of Kentucky by Deputy Chief Justice Lisabeth T. Hughes (top left) on May 28. Joining him by Zoom were his wife, Susan Page Minton, and son, John D. Minton III (bottom right), and daughter and son-in law, Page Minton Smith and Corbin Smith (bottom left).
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.
CLE Image for Section New Lawyer Program to be Offered Online

In light of the cancellation of the 2020 KBA Annual Convention, the June New Lawyer Program will be offered in a combination of LIVE and on demand virtual formats. The live sessions will be held on June 24-26, 2020. Registration is open now. New members who need to complete the mandatory New Lawyer Program will receive instructions soon on how and when it will be offered.
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Kentucky Law Update 2020
More information about the 2020 Kentucky Law Update will be sent out soon. The Kentucky Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Commission is in the process of reviewing the program and its format considering the current guidelines regarding health and safety measures in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Be on the lookout for an email about KLU within the next few weeks.
Supreme Court provides guidance on jury trials as courts
plan to gradually expand operations starting June 1
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Supreme Court provides updates on how courts will
expand services starting June 1
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Kentucky Court of Appeals to implement new prehearing conference protocol
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Chief Justice Minton announces cost-cutting
measures for Judicial Branch
Court system will reduce expenses now in effort to avoid or reduce possible furloughs and layoffs later


With state revenues dropping sharply due to the pandemic, the Judicial Branch is reducing expenses now in an effort to mitigate possible furloughs and layoffs in the coming months.

Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. announced that the court system will implement a statewide hiring freeze and suspend all out-of-state travel, effective May 15, 2020. Details about the hiring freeze can be found in this policy.

He said that while the Judicial Branch’s one-year budget for Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021) was better than anticipated, it does not fully fund court operations. In addition, he anticipates the Judicial Branch will be asked to return funding this fiscal year due to a major drop in state revenues. That return would be in addition to the $7.5 million the Judicial Branch is already required to transfer back by June 30, 2020, under the FY 2020 budget bill. He also said there will likely be a drastic reduction in Judicial Branch funding for FY 2022 (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022) as the full effect of the pandemic takes its toll.

You can find ongoing court updates on the COVID-19 and the Courts webpage.
Supreme Court Seeks Comments Regarding Proposed
Adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam
The Supreme Court is soliciting comments from Kentucky lawyers regarding the proposed adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination as the official test for admission to the Kentucky bar.

Click here to read the Notice, which provides additional information regarding the Uniform Bar Examination. Comments should be submitted by June 30, 2020 to the Office of the Chief Justice at UBEcomments@kycourts.net.
Together Lawyers Can Virtual CLE Series Launched May 1st
www.togetherlawyerscan.org

Kentucky is facing an unprecedented challenge. Over 3,000 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.
Online Legal Research Services
While your local law library may be closed – Casemaker and vLex, online legal research services offered to KBA members at no cost, are accessible 24 hours a day from any computer with internet access. Visit the Casemaker/vLex page on our website for more information and to gain access!
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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 abeitz@kylap.org or yhourigan@kylap.org 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 www.kylap.org 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.
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as It Responds to COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to affect us all, many of our fellow Kentuckians are facing related legal issues including eviction, divorce, foreclosure, domestic violence, and denial of benefits. No doubt, many of these individuals will be turning to nonprofits for free or low-cost services. Please consider donating to the Kentucky Bar Foundation as we help support law-related nonprofits serving those in need in this unprecedented time. You can contribute to our efforts in supporting this work by mailing a check to the Kentucky Bar Foundation, 514 W. Main St., Frankfort, KY 40601 or by clicking here.
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The meeting dates and times for the KBA annual section meetings are now available on the community calendar. These business meetings are only open to current, dues-paying section members. To attend, you must register for the meetings online. The meeting links on Webex will only be sent to those who pre-register. Registration will close two days prior to the meeting date, and the meeting details will be emailed to all registered attendees at that time. Please note there is no CLE credit associated with these meetings.
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