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Tuesday, October 3, 2017
KBA Image for Section Terms Expire on the
KBA Board of Governors
On June 30 of each year, terms expire for seven (7) of the fourteen (14) Bar Governors on the KBA Board of Governors. SCR 3.080 provides that notice of the expiration of the terms of the Bar Governors shall be carried in the Bench & Bar. SCR 3.080 also provides that a Board member may serve three consecutive two-year terms. Requirements for being nominated to run for the Board of Governors are contained in Section 4 of the KBA By-Laws and the requirements include filing a written petition signed by not less than twenty (20) KBA members in good standing who are residents of the candidate’s Supreme Court District. Board policy provides that “ No member of the Board of Governors or Inquiry Commission, nor their respective firms, shall represent an attorney in a discipline matter. ” In addition any member of the Bar who is considering seeking or plans to seek election to the Board of Governors or to a position as an Officer of the KBA will, if elected, be required to sign a limited waiver of confidentiality regarding any private discipline he or she may have received. Any such petition must be received by the KBA Executive Director at the Kentucky Bar Center in Frankfort prior to the close of business on the last business day in October.

The Current Terms of the Following Board Members Will Expire on June 30, 2018:

1st - W. Fletcher Schrock, Paducah
2nd - Thomas N. Kerrick, Bowling Green
3rd - Melinda G. Dalton, Somerset
4th - Bobby Simpson, Louisville
5th - Eileen M. O'Brien, Lexington
6th - Gary J. Sergent, Covington
7th - John Vincent, Ashland
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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 at

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.
Swearing-In Ceremonies Planned for New Lawyers
The Swearing-In Ceremony for applicants who successfully passed the July 2017 Bar Examination will be held on Monday, October 23, in the Supreme Court of Kentucky Courtroom located on the second floor of the Capitol Building in Frankfort. Nine separate ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m.; a recess for lunch will be held from noon until 12:45 p.m., with the ceremonies commencing again at 1:15 p.m. The last swearing-in session begins at 3 p.m.

The Kentucky Bar Association will host a reception in honor of our newest members between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. that day at the Administrative Office of the Courts, in their main conference room, located at 1001 Vandalay Drive, Frankfort. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the reception immediately after each group’s ceremony.
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law to
Host Alumni Awards Luncheon
The University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Alumni Awards Luncheon, honoring several law school alums, will be held on Oct. 12, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at the Galt House, 140 N. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40202. Click here for more information on the event and the award recipients.
Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico needs our help! Please consider donating to the Kentucky Bar Foundation's sister program in Puerto Rico. They are providing critical legal services to people who will be rebuilding their lives after Hurricane Maria. Click here for more information.
Training Course for Hearing Officers and Participants in Administrative Hearings on October 27
The Administrative Hearings Branch, Office of the Attorney General, will present a one-day training course for hearing officers and participants in administrative hearings on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., at the Kentucky History Center, 100 West Broadway, Brown-Forman Room, Frankfort. This seminar is open to everyone with Judge John Rogers as keynote speaker and featuring five other great topics. This program has been approved for 6.0 hours (including 1 hr of ethics) of continuing legal education by the Kentucky Bar Association.

The registration fee is $125.00 per person. Late registration is $150.00 after October 20. Space is limited so sign up early. Registration forms can be found on the website of the Office of the Attorney General at, click on the Civil Branch tab and Office of Civil and Environmental Law and then Administrative Hearings.

Payment by check or state government inter-account only. No credit cards. For more information, call Daphne Criscillis at (502) 696-5442 or email at
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 complete the application found at and submit to 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

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.
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2017 Bench & Bar
Be on the lookout in the September/October 2017 edition of the Bench & Bar for an article from a lawyer recovering from opiate addiction. The article explores his journey and recovery.
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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 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. Services will be available in October 2017.

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. 226. 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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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
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Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program Foundation, Inc., (Forgivable) Loan Program
The KYLAP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Kentucky Corporation created and approved pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 3.910(8) to promote the mission of the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP). KYLAP's mission is to assist Kentucky's lawyers, law students and judges who suffer from impairments including drug, alcohol, or other addictions, depression, and other mental health disorders.

The Foundation helps Kentucky's lawyers, law students and judges seek medical and professional treatment for impairment issues when no other financial resources for treatment exist. The Foundation is premised on the same principle as the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program -- Lawyers Helping Lawyers.

Your tax-deductible contribution provides direct help for suffering lawyers through the extension of (forgivable) loans for treatment (paid directly to the medical providers).

KYLAPF New LogoAll money given by lawyers goes directly to the treatment of lawyers.

For more information on the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program Foundation, Inc., please contact KYLAP Director Yvette Hourigan at (502) 226-9373 or at

KBF Logo Kentucky IOLTA Fund Awards
$455,000 in Grants
The Kentucky IOLTA Fund is proud to announce that it awarded grants totaling $455,000 in September 2017. The Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (“IOLTA”) Fund was established in 1986 by the Kentucky Supreme Court through SCR 3.830. IOLTA is a unique and innovative way to increase access to justice for individuals and families living in poverty and to improve our justice system. Without taxing the public, and at no cost to lawyers or their clients, interest from lawyer trust accounts is pooled and awarded as annual grants to assist or help establish legal services, pro bono, and other law-related programs benefitting the public that are approved by the Supreme Court. For the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the IOLTA Fund awarded a total of $425,000 to Kentucky’s four regional, civil legal aid organizations: Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Kentucky Legal Aid, Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, and the Legal Aid Society. Additionally, grants of $10,000 each were awarded to Kentucky’s three law schools to fund public service fellowships for their students. The IOLTA Board of Trustees and staff thank each of the members of the Kentucky Bar Association for their continued support of the IOLTA program and the important role that it plays in providing legal aid and access to justice to Kentuckians across the Commonwealth.
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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 1st Annual 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.
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.
KLU Logo Kentucky Law Update
Registration Now Available
Mark your calendars! 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,
August 31-September 1

Northern KY Conv. Center

September 14-15

Kentucky Exposition Center

September 28-29

Bellefonte Pavilion
October 5-6

London Community Center

October 12-13

Eastern Kentucky Expo Center

October 19-20

Owensboro Conv. Center
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?
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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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