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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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KBA Image for Section 2018 Distinguished Service Awards
Call for Nominations
The Kentucky Bar Association is accepting nominations for 2018 Distinguished Judge and Lawyer, Donated Legal Services and Bruce K. Davis Bar Service Awards. Nominations must be received by December 29, 2017. If you are aware of a Kentucky judge or lawyer who has provided exceptional service in these areas, please call (502) 564-3795 to request a nominating form or download it from our website.

Distinguished Judge Award
Distinguished Lawyer Award

Awards may be given to any judge or lawyer who has distinguished himself or herself through a contribution of outstanding service to the legal profession. The selection process places special emphasis upon community, civic and/or charitable service, which brings honor to the profession.

Donated Legal Services Award
Nominees for the Donated Legal Services Award must be members in good standing with the KBA and currently involved in pro bono work. The selection process places special emphasis on the nature of the legal services contributed and the amount of time involved in the provision of free legal services.

Bruce K. Davis Bar Service Award
Many lawyers take time from their practices to provide personal, professional and financial support to the KBA. This award expresses the appreciation and respect for such dedicated professional service. All members of the KBA are eligible in any given year except for current officers and members of the Board of Governors.
The KBA Congratulates its Newest Members
New attorneys received their oaths of office on Monday, October 23, in the chamber of the Supreme Court of Kentucky in the state Capitol in Frankfort. The KBA continued its tradition of honoring its newest members, their families and friends with a reception in their honor throughout the day at the Administrative Office of the Courts. A total of 197 new attorneys were recommended for admittance to the practice of law following the July 2017 bar examination.
2017 Swearing-In
Chief Justice Minton Uses 2017 State of the Judiciary Address to Explain How Judicial Branch is Working to Meet Demands on Today’s Court System
Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. recently gave the legislature an update on how the Judicial Branch is handling the complex issues facing the court system.

“As we meet today, the challenges before us are many,” he said. “We’re grappling to keep up with rapid technological and social developments. The opioid epidemic has expanded court caseloads and altered Drug Court treatment in ways we couldn’t have imagined even a few years ago. And like many other state courts, juvenile justice reform and pretrial justice reform are among our top priorities. These forces have led us to put aside business practices that no longer work and adopt new practices that meet today’s needs.”

These comments were part of the annual State of the Judiciary address before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort. The full address can be found here.
AOC to Offer Legal Trainings 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). Applications for accreditation will be submitted for continuing legal education credits. For more information on the trainings and the schedule, click here.
KYLAPImage for Section KYLAP Offers Mental Health Support Through EAP Program
The Kentucky Bar Association, through the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program, is excited to partner with an employee assistance program (EAP), Human Development Company, in Louisville, Ky., to offer an opportunity for mental health support to Kentucky’s lawyers and judges. All of the assistance remains COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL, pursuant to S.C.R. 3.990.

This new partnership will provide additional mental health support for Kentucky’s lawyers and judges. The employee assistance program will offer CONFIDENTIAL phone assistance during regular business hours, after hours, and on weekends. Simply call the KYLAP office anytime, night or day, on our NEW DIRECT PHONE NUMBER - no operators required - and after hours you will be directly connected to our employee assistance program. Our NEW DIRECT NUMBER IS (502) 226-9373. You may also continue to call through the main switchboard at the Kentucky Bar Association at (502) 564-3795, ext. 266. Someone will be available to answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Check out the November/December Bench & Bar for more details about this exciting service, or call KYLAP at (502) 226-9373.
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End of Year Charitable Contributions
The KYLAP Foundation asks you to consider making your end of year charitable contributions to the KYLAP Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit Kentucky foundation. Your gift will allow us the privilege of granting monetary assistance, by way of a forgivable loan program, to attorneys who are struggling with mental health issues and who are without the financial resources to obtain the help they need.

In the past year, donations have assisted individuals obtain inpatient treatment at long-term drug/alcohol rehabilitation facilities and outpatient treatment. Donations have subsidized the cost for attorneys to pay for therapy and doctor visits, and/or psychiatric medications necessary to maintain good mental health.

The KYLAP Foundation charges no administrative fees for these services. Every dollar donated by attorneys goes directly to assist attorneys. No staff member or Foundation Trustee receives a salary.

Pursuant to Supreme Court Rules, KYLAP does not charge Kentucky lawyers for its services. Every donation goes directly to meet the treatment needs of the lawyers we serve. Your support makes a difference to every lawyer in Kentucky. By protecting our lawyers, we protect our community and we protect our clients. Your support will allow us to continue our work, helping more lawyers than we currently can. Please include the KYLAP Foundation in your year-end giving and help support our mission. You may donate safely online through the PayPal button on the KYLAP website at The KYLAP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation and donations are tax deductible consistent with existing tax laws.
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KYLAP Presentation at Kentucky Law Update 2017
The Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP) will be presenting with Court of Appeals Judge Debra Lambert at the Kentucky Law Updates this fall. The issue is suicide among lawyers. The topic is "Ask a Question, Save a Life - What Can I Do to Help or Get Help?" The purpose of the discussion is to empower you to recognize a potential suicide crisis and what to do if you encounter one. Please join us as we explore this important and timely topic. Click here for information on how to register for the Kentucky Law Update.
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KYLAP Hosts Lawyers in Recovery Meetings
in Northern Kentucky and Lexington
The Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program offers weekly open recovery meetings for lawyers, law students and judges in Northern Kentucky and Lexington. The Northern Kentucky Lawyers in Recovery meeting is held at 5:00 p.m., on Tuesdays at 510 Washington Avenue, Newport, KY 41071. Please bring your own coffee. The Lexington Kentucky Lawyers in Recovery meeting is held at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Alano Club downtown, 370 East Second Street, Lexington, KY 40508.

All meetings are open to law students, lawyers and judges who are already involved or who are interested in a 12-step program of recovery, including but not limited to Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous and Al-Anon. Come meet other attorneys and network. All meetings and contacts are confidential. SCR 3.990. For additional information, please visit, call (502) 226-9373, or email
KBF Logo Judge Edward H. Johnstone Award Dinner to Raise Funds for the Kentucky Bar Foundation
Mark your calendars to join the Kentucky Bar Foundation as it honors Justice Bill Cunningham of the Kentucky Supreme Court who will receive the Inaugural Judge Edward H. Johnstone Award. Like the late Judge Johnstone, Justice Cunningham embodies the mission of the Bar Foundation with his commitment to public service, his work to build the public’s trust in the justice system, and his efforts to improve access to justice for all people, regardless of income level or background.

The Honorable Thomas B. Russell, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky, will be our featured speaker. Attorney Natalie Bash, from Kentucky Legal Aid, will share stories of how the Foundation has helped fund legal services for low-income Western Kentuckians.

When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cocktails (cash bar) at 5:00 p.m. with KBA President, William R. Garmer, followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Walker Hall, 229 Madison Street, Paducah, KY 42001

For details on tickets and sponsorships, please click here or contact the Bar Foundation at (800) 874-6582.
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What is the Kentucky Bar Foundation?
The Kentucky Bar Foundation (KBF) serves as the charitable arm of Kentucky's legal community. Over its history, the KBF has awarded just over $3 million in grants to agencies promoting justice and law-related education for Kentuckians. Foundation support has positively affected the lives of many citizens of our Commonwealth and furthered the administration of justice through programs that include:
  • educating the public about law and the justice system
  • helping at-risk children
  • providing funding to assist abused women and children
  • assisting veterans with legal problems by funding clinics offering free legal services
  • providing funding to educate high school seniors about abuse of credit
  • preserving legal history
Click here to watch a short video to learn more about our work.

More than 1,000 Kentucky attorneys and judges have made a commitment to the future of the Foundation by becoming a KBF Fellow. Click here to view the Directory of KBF Fellows.

You may become a KBF Fellow by completing the Fellows Application and mailing it with your contribution to the Kentucky Bar Foundation, 514 W. Main St., Frankfort, KY 40601-1812. Special Fellows payment options are available for young attorneys age 40 and under and attorneys employed by nonprofit or governmental agencies.
Section News Image for Section Animal Law Section Membership Conference Call, December 15
The Animal Law Section will be hosting a conference call for all interested members on Friday, December 15, 2017, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST. Additional details regarding the call and the conference dial-in number will be provided to all section members via email.
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Workers' Compensation Law Section 2018
Mid-Winter Meeting & CLE Seminar, January 25-27
The Workers' Compensation Law Section's 2018 Mid-Winter Meeting & CLE Seminar will be held the mornings of January 25-27, 2018 at the Majestic Mirage Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The CLE seminar is free for all Workers' Compensation Law Section members and $200 for all other attendees. A seminar brochure with additional details regarding the resort and trip reservations is available online. Details regarding the seminar agenda and CLE accreditation will be available in the coming weeks. Questions? Contact Lori Alvey at or (502) 564-3795.
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Elder Law Section 2018 Mid-Winter CLE Seminar, February 22-24
The Elder Law Section's 2018 Mid-Winter CLE Seminar will be held the mornings of February 22-24, 2018, at the Majestic Elegance Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The CLE seminar is free for all Elder Law Section members and $200 for all other attendees. A seminar brochure with additional details regarding the resort and trip reservations is available online. Details regarding the seminar agenda and CLE accreditation will be available in the coming weeks. Questions? Contact Lori Alvey at or (502) 564-3795.
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Save the Date! 2018 Animal Law Section CLE Seminar, March 2
The Animal Law Section will be sponsoring a full-day CLE seminar on Friday, March 2, 2018, at the University of Louisville's Shelby Campus. More details regarding the agenda, speakers, and CLE accreditation will be available on the event's webpage in the coming weeks. Questions? Contact Lori Alvey at or (502) 564-3795.
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Save the Date! Mediation Advocates' and Mediators' Negotiation Skills Workshop, April 13
Save the date! The KBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section will host a workshop, Mediation Advocates' and Mediators' Negotiation Skills, by the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Law School on Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Lexington Center. Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich, the Straus Institute's Associate Dean and former professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law, will be one of the workshop's presenters. The Straus Institute has been ranked the number one dispute resolution program eleven of the last twelve years by U.S. News & World Reports. The ADR Section will apply for 7.00 CLE credits in Kentucky for the program. The cost to attend is $100 per attendee, which includes written materials and lunch. Additional details and registration will be available on the event webpage in the coming weeks. Questions? Contact Lori Alvey at or (502) 564-3795.
KLU Logo Kentucky Law Update 2017:
Only Three Locations Remain!
The KLU program series is an exceptional benefit of KBA membership and Kentucky is the only mandatory CLE state that provides its members a way of meeting the annual CLE requirement at no additional cost. Registration is available online at,, for the three remaining locations.
November 2-3

Bowling Green
Holiday Inn & Sloan Conv. Center
November 15-16

Julian Carroll Conv. Center
December 12-13

Lexington Conv. Center
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CLE Image for Section 2018 New Lawyer Program- Save the Date
The KBA’s next New Lawyer Program - scheduled for Jan. 25 & 26, 2018 - will be held at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, which is located in downtown Louisville.

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 first offering of the program for the 2018 calendar year. The program is offered free of charge for attorneys seeking to fulfill their New Lawyer Program requirements, pursuant to SCR 3.640.

For more information regarding online registration, hotel booking options and the agenda visit the KBA Website at and select the “CLE” tab then “New Lawyer Program.” This information will be live on the KBA website by October 6th.

For questions about the program or your completion deadline, contact Sonja Blackburn at (502) 564-3795, ext. 226 or
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Great Place to Start Resource Center for
New Attorneys in Kentucky

Find a Mentor and Take Charge of Your Future!

Many of us can benefit from having a mentor at our back to guide, counsel and encourage us. The KBA Find a Mentor program is designed to connect experienced attorneys with new attorneys who are seeking advice and guidance in balancing the personal and professional demands of the practice of law.

How it works: Qualified mentors sign up and volunteer to participate in the GPS mentor program. New attorneys looking for assistance (mentees) may locate a mentor through the GPS website by the mentor’s location or area of practice. The mentee can view detailed information about potential mentors and then initiate first contact. This self-initiated contact may involve a single issue, or entail a more lasting, formal mentor relationship. The limits of the relationship are determined by the preferences of the participants.

This service is available to new attorneys admitted to practice in Kentucky for five years or less. For more detailed information visit and see what the program has to offer.
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Looking for Upcoming KBA Accredited CLE Events?
Look No Further! Check out
This easy to use search engine contains up to date information on CLE events that have been accredited by the Kentucky Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Commission. Users can search by program date, name or sponsor for information about future and past events. Program listings include sponsor contact information, approved CLE and ethics credits, and KBA activity codes for filling out the certificate of attendance (Form #3). Programs are approved and added in the order in which they are received. It may take up to two weeks for processing of accreditation applications. If an upcoming or past event is not listed in the database, check with the program sponsor regarding the status of the accreditation application.
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