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Friday, May 1, 2020
KBA AC Arrow for Section 2020 KBA Annual Convention Cancelled
With great sadness, KBA President J. Stephen Smith announced the cancellation of our 2020 Annual Convention scheduled for June 24-26, 2020, in Covington, Ky. To read the entire cancellation message from KBA President Smith, click here.
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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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Live New Lawyer Program Cancelled, Online Program Planned
In light of the cancellation of the 2020 KBA Annual Convention, the LIVE June New Lawyer Program has also been cancelled. The KBA is making preparations to present this program in an online format on June 24-26, 2020. 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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Supreme Court issues additional guidance on handling court matters during pandemic and makes history by holding first oral arguments remotely
To read the press release in its entirety, click here.
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Extension of Appellate Filing Deadlines—Amended Order
The Supreme Court of Kentucky has issued an amended Order extending filing deadlines for the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Kentucky. To view a copy of this Order, click here.
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
Together Lawyers Can Virtual CLE Series Launching May 1st

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!
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 Postpones First Judicial District CLE Luncheon
Originally Scheduled for May 8
Due to the ongoing need for responsible social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program is postponing our First Judicial District CLE luncheon sponsored by the McCracken County Bar Association in Paducah on May 8, 2020. This action is consistent with the Supreme Court’s recent orders relative to the Judicial Branch operations and CLE requirements and demonstrates cooperation with Executive Branch orders and recommendations. We sincerely thank Justice Nickell and Justice Cunningham for their participation and apologize for any inconvenience. We look forward to rescheduling this event when safe.
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 Tuesday, May 5, 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
Kentucky Bar Foundation
Fellows and Partners for
Justice Society Luncheon
The Kentucky Bar Foundation’s Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon, originally scheduled for June 25th in conjunction with the KBA Annual Convention, is cancelled due to COVID-19. The new Fellows and Partners for Justice Society members who would have been recognized at this year’s luncheon will be recognized at the 2021 luncheon. The Kentucky Bar Foundation will still award grants for 2020, except that instead of a formal presentation, all checks will be mailed to this year’s grant recipients. We sincerely appreciate your continued support and further understanding of this unprecedented situation. Our main concern is for everyone to stay healthy at home until we can all be together again.
Section News Image for Section Annual Section Meetings
to be Rescheduled Online

Due to cancellation of the 2020 Annual Convention and restrictions concerning COVID-19, all KBA annual section meetings will now be held remotely online prior to June 30, 2020. Once the meeting schedule has been finalized, all meeting dates and times will be posted on the KBA community calendar. Additional information regarding registration for these meetings will be sent to section members via email in the next few weeks. Please stay tuned!
CLE Image for Section 2020 Kentucky Law Update Registration Brochures to be Mailed in Early July
Registration brochures for the 2020 Kentucky Law Update will be mailed in early July. The dates and locations have been confirmed, as well as the schedule. More information will be available in upcoming editions of the Bench & Bar.
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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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