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Monday, March 2, 2020
KBA AC Arrow for Section Coming Soon - Registration Information for 2020 KBA Annual Convention in Covington, June 24-26
Final details are coming together for the Kentucky Bar Association's 2020 Annual Convention, "Educate and Elevate," scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, through Friday, June 26, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in downtown Covington.

KBA members can expect to receive convention marketing materials in the March/April issue of the Bench & Bar, which will mail later this month.

Online registration is expected to open soon, too! Members will be notified in a separate email when online registration is available. We look forward to seeing you in Covington this summer!
2020 KBA Annual Convention Speakers: David Lee Winchdecher, Mary Matalin and James Carville, and Rob Bilott
Chief Justice Minton presents first look at funding priorities for Judicial Branch
Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. used his budget remarks Feb. 11, to remind legislators that nearly all of the Judicial Branch’s Court Operations unit – 88% – is tied up in salaries and benefits for justices, judges, circuit court clerks and court personnel.

“While the Judicial Branch represents only 3% of the state’s total budget, it accounts for 10% of the state’s workforce,” Chief Justice Minton said in his remarks before the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice, Public Safety, & Judiciary at the Capitol Annex.

He said that significant cuts to Court Operations would require employee layoffs and have a damaging effect on the court system’s ability to carry out its constitutional and statutory duties.
Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. discussed the Judicial Branch’s funding priorities Feb. 11 before the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice, Public Safety, & Judiciary at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort.
YLD Seeking Nominations for Annual Awards
The Young Lawyers Division is seeking nominations for its four annual awards given for exceptional contributions to the legal profession and the public. Nominations are due Friday, April 10, 2020.

The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award honors a Kentucky attorney who has excelled in the practice of law, and community service. Any Kentucky young lawyer is eligible for nomination. “Young lawyer” is defined as one who, as of July 1, 2019, has been engaged in the practice of law for ten or fewer years or who is forty years old or younger. For more information and to nominate a deserving individual, please click here.

The Nathaniel R. Harper Award honors a person or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to changing the face of the Bar by encouraging the inclusion of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, as well as promoting full and equal participation in the legal profession by all unrepresented or underrepresented groups. For more information and to nominate a deserving individual or organization, please click here.

The Young Lawyer Service to Community Award honors a member of the Young Lawyers Division for exemplary service to his or her community through volunteerism, service to non-profit organizations, and/or pro bono legal representation. For more information and to nominate a deserving individual, please click here.

The Service to Young Lawyers Award honors a lawyer, non-lawyer, or organization for exceptional contributions to the professional and personal advancement and mentorship of young lawyers. For more information and to nominate a deserving individual or organization, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Megan P. Keane, Young Lawyers Division vice chair at
SSA-OIG Consumer Protection Outreach Program
For more information on the Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration’s program to help protect the public from scams, click here.
Association of Former Judges Annual Meeting
The Association of Former Judges of the Kentucky Court of Justice will have the inaugural annual meeting on May 15, 2020, at Bottle and Bond in Bardstown, Ky., at 9 a.m. All former judges and significant others are invited. Members who have paid the initial $100 membership dues will elect officers and board members. Speakers will include our distinguished and well-loved Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. and Executive Director of the Ky Judicial Retirement System Donna Stockton-Early, among others. Our guest speaker will be the legendary Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller of Four Roses Bourbon, winner of multiple awards for bourbon distilling and owner of the future JW Rutledge Distillery.

Lunch, tours of the Bottle and Bond distillery and bourbon tastings are all included. Reservations for each are required. Please reserve early as seating is limited. There is no cost for former judges and $25 for each guest.

Reservations can be made to Hon. Steve Hurt via e-mail at, phone (270) 864-5334 and regular mail at 1777 Allen Creek Road, Burkesville, KY 42717.
Second annual Kentucky Workers’ Compensation
Hall of Fame dinner
You are cordially invited to attend the second annual Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Hall of Fame dinner, to honor those who have made significant contributions to Kentucky’s Workers’ Compensation system during their distinguished careers. The dinner is being held on Thursday, May 7, 2020, in conjunction with the UK Workers’ Compensation Seminar being hosted at the Campbell House in Lexington on May 7th & 8th . Cocktails begin immediately after Thursday’s seminar session from 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person (cash bar). Seating is limited. Send payment and make checks out to the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Hall of Fame, 961 Chinoe Rd., Lexington, KY 40502. For further information contact any of the Hall of Fame committee members which include Tim Wilson, Bonnie Hoskins, McKinnley Morgan, Denise Davidson, Peter Glauber or Landon Overfield.

The Hall of Fame committee is pleased to announce the following list of inductees for the 2020 class: Larry M. Greathouse*, Gemma Harding*, Dr. Emery Lane*, Leland Monhollon*, Charlie Saladino*, Walt Turner*, Thomas L. Ferreri, James G. Fogle, Barbara Kilgus, Ann LeRoy, Dwight T. Lovan, Philip J. Reverman, Jr., Thomas M. Rhoads and William O. Windchy. The Hall of Fame committee is seeking sponsors for Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Hall of Fame with sponsorship levels of $1,500, $1,000 and $500. All net proceeds will be donated to Kid’s Chance of Kentucky and all contributions are tax deductible as The Kentucky Workers’ Hall of Fame is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) corporation. For more information regarding sponsorships contact Landon Overfield at or (270) 823-2670.

Make your reservations now as seating is limited. What a fitting way to honor those who have made significant contributions to the success of Kentucky’s Workers’ Compensation system.

*Denotes posthumous inductee
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Locations Confirmed
Mark your calendars! The dates and locations for the 2020 Kentucky Law Update are confirmed and registration will be available soon. Mailers for the program will be sent out in mid-summer. More information will be available in upcoming editions of the Bench & Bar.
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New Lawyer Program Scheduled for June 24 & 25, 2020
Registration for the June 2020 New Lawyer Program will be available soon. New lawyers will be receiving an email indicating how to register for the program. For more information on the June New Lawyer Program, please contact Sonja Blackburn in our CLE Department at
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Report Your CLE Credits Online
Reporting and keeping track of your CLE is now even easier! You can quickly report your attendance and apply for CLE programs online.
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2020 Elder Law Section CLE Seminar, Lexington, March 27 - Register Now

Legal Aid University CLE Seminar, Lexington, March 30 - Register Now

2020 Issues for Corporate House Counsel CLE Seminar, Louisville, April 16 - Register Now

15th Biennial Consumer Bankruptcy Law Conference, Lexington, April 16 & 17 - More Info

Save the date! 2020 Environmental Law CLE Seminar, Frankfort, April 24
KYLAPImage for Section KYLAP Lunch and Learn with Justice Shea Nickell and Justice Bill Cunningham (Ret.)
All Judges in the First Supreme Court District are cordially invited to join Supreme Court Justice Shea Nickell, Former Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham (Ret.), and the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program for a lunch and learn opportunity on May 8, 2020 at Walker Hall in Paducah. The event will be from 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m., and lunch will be provided. E-invitations will be sent shortly. For questions or additional information, please contact Ashley Cooper at (502) 226-9373 or KYLAP sincerely thanks the McCracken County Bar Association for generously underwriting this event. An application for CLE accreditation in Kentucky will be submitted.
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Deadline approaching! Applications for the Kentucky Bar Foundation 2020 grants are due on March 16, 2020. Please visit for details and to request an application.
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