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Monday, October 7, 2019
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KBA members should have received an email from BallotBox on Tuesday, October 1st, with a link to access the judicial evaluation survey. If you do not see the email from BallotBox in your inbox, please check your junk and/or spam folders.

Helpful hint in completing the survey- members will be asked to review their answers before casting their ballots. If you press the button to “review answers,” it will take you to the next page where you will be able to view, and edit if necessary, all of your responses. From that page, members finishing the survey should see a “cast ballot” button to finalize their participation.

As a reminder, the identity of the person completing the evaluation will not be disclosed. Confidentiality is assured to all who participate in this process. We encourage all members to participate. Make sure to cast your ballot by Tuesday, October 15th!

If you have any questions, please contact Director of Administration Melissa Blackwell at (502) 564-3795 or via email at
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Swearing-In Ceremonies Planned for New Lawyers
The Swearing-In Ceremony for applicants who successfully passed the July 2019 Bar Examination will be held on Monday, October 21, 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 3:00 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 Bar Center located at 514 W. Main Street, Frankfort, Ky. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the reception immediately after each group’s ceremony.
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Terms Expiring on the KBA Board of Governors
Terms expire for seven of the 14 Bar Governors on the KBA Board of Governors on June 30 of each year. Below is a list of board members whose terms will expire on June 30, 2020. If interested in serving on the KBA Board of Governors, please contact Melissa Blackwell in the KBA’s Administration Department at (502) 564-3795 ext. 222 or visit, to obtain a petition and additional information on the requirements for serving. The deadline to file a petition is October 31, 2019.

1st SCD
W. Fletcher Schrock

4th SCD
Bobby C. Simpson

7th SCD
Judge John F. Vincent
2nd SCD
Matthew P. Cook
Bowling Green

5th SCD
Eileen M. O’Brien

3rd SCD
Melinda G. Dalton

6th SCD
Gary J. Sergent

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2020 Distinguished Service Awards Call for Nominations
The Kentucky Bar Association is accepting nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Judge and Lawyer, Donated Legal Services and Bruce K. Davis Bar Service Awards. Nominations must be received by December 31, 2019. 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
Chief Justice Minton Gives 2019 State of the Judiciary Address

Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. gave the legislature an update on September 13, 2019, on how the Judicial Branch is “combining new approaches with tried and true methods” to improve how the courts serve the public.

“With each passing year, the issues and challenges facing the court system become more intricate and complex, thanks to rapid changes in technology, social norms and business practices,” he said. “Sophisticated times call for sophisticated measures. From civil justice reform to judicial redistricting to opening child protection cases to addressing court delays and the opioid epidemic, we’re dealing with sensitive, thorny issues that require all of the expertise, intelligence and imagination we can muster.”

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.
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Online registration for the 2019 Kentucky Law Update is open. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Register now!
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February 2020 New Lawyer Program
Scheduled for February 6-7, 2020
Mark your calendars! The February 2020 New Lawyer Program is scheduled for February 6-7, 2020, at the Lexington Convention Center in downtown Lexington. More details about the upcoming program and how to register will be made available on the KBA’s website soon.
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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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Board of Governors’ Meetings
Access the minutes from the June 2019 KBA Board of Governors’ meetings.
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KBA Website Member Password
Have you changed your KBA website member password lately? Your password provides access to your KBA member profile and other “member only” info/services accessed through the website. A weak or infrequently changed password puts your information at increased risk of being accessed by unauthorized users. For more information about changing your password, click here.
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Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training, November 7 & 8 More Info.

Elder Law Section Quarterly Meeting, November 13 More Info.

2020 Workers’ Compensation Law Section Mid-Winter Meeting & CLE Seminar, February 6-8 More Info.
Criminal Justice Forum – October 23, 2019
The KBA Criminal Law Section is hosting a Criminal Justice Forum at the UK College of Law on October 23, 2019. At a time when Kentucky’s prisons and jails are beyond capacity, the Forum will address the timely question, “Is Reducing Kentucky’s prison population a worthy objective and a realistic goal?”

The Forum will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Grand Courtroom of the newly renovated UK Law School in Lexington and will end at 3:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at Lunch will be provided and is included. For more information, contact Criminal Law Section Chair Sam Cox at
Training Course for Hearing Officers and Participants in Administrative Hearings on October 25
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. 25, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Kentucky History Center, 100 West Broadway, Brown-Forman Room, Frankfort. This seminar is open to everyone with Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle M. Keller as keynote speaker and featuring six other great topics. Approval for 6.5 hours (including 1 hr. of ethics) of continuing legal education is pending before the Kentucky Bar Association.

The registration fee is $125 per person. Late registration is $150 after October 18. Space is limited so sign up early. Registration forms can be found on the website of the Office of the Attorney General at

Payment by check or state government inter-account only. No credit cards. For more information, call (502) 696-5442.
Volunteers needed in 22 Kentucky Counties to
Review Cases of Children in Foster Care
Citizen Foster Care Review Boards (CFCRB) in 22 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care. The boards need volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse, to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

The counties in need of volunteers are Barren, Bell, Breathitt, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Floyd, Grayson, Hardin, Harlan, Hart, Jefferson, Knott, LaRue, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Meade, Nelson, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe. Volunteers are not required to live in the counties in which they volunteer.

All volunteers must complete a six-hour initial training session. Potential volunteers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible so they can be screened and, if approved, scheduled for training in their area. Potential volunteers must consent to a criminal record and Central Registry check. A recommendation is then made to the chief judge of the District Court or Family Court for appointment.

To get more information and apply to be a volunteer, visit the CFCRB on the Kentucky Court of Justice website at
University of Louisville Law Alumni Awards Luncheon
The University of Louisville School of Law Alumni Awards luncheon is Friday, October 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the Galt House Hotel. Tickets are $60 each and $40 for public service attorneys and Louisville Law graduates from 2016 and later.

The Law Alumni Awards celebrate 13 distinguished honorees across seven award categories. View the list of this year's winners and register online.
AOC To Offer Legal Training for Dependency,
Neglect and Abuse Cases
The Administrative Office of the Courts will conduct legal training for dependency, neglect and abuse cases (formally titled GAL training). For more information on the advanced and basic trainings, as well as the schedule, click here.

An application for accreditation has been submitted to the Kentucky Bar Association’s CLE Commission.
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$655,000 in Grants
The Kentucky IOLTA Fund is proud to announce that it awarded grants totaling $655,000 in September 2019. Kentucky’s four regional, civil legal aid organizations, AppalReD Legal Aid, Kentucky Legal Aid, Legal Aid Society and Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, received a total of $625,000 and Kentucky’s three law schools, Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, received $10,000 each to fund student public service fellowships. The IOLTA Board of Trustees and staff thank 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 KBF Diversity Fund Grant
The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of grants from a Diversity Fund and encourages all interested nonprofit organizations working on efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession to apply. Grant applications are due October 18, 2019. The Fund’s first priority is to ensure the continuation of the Kentucky Legal Education Opportunity (KLEO) program. The Fund, however, will also support other efforts to promote the inclusion in the profession of individuals from diverse and other underrepresented populations. To request an application, please e-mail KBF Executive Director Guion Johnstone at
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Are you a law student, lawyer, or judge in recovery in the Bowling Green area? Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP) is exploring the possibility of hosting a closed recovery meeting on a recurring basis in your area. The format would generally follow 12-step guidelines, but all recovery fellowships are welcome (e.g., AA, NA, Al-Anon, Dharma Recovery (formerly Refuge Recovery), SMART, etc.). If you are interested in learning more about this, please email Ashley Cooper at the KYLAP office,, or call the KYLAP office directly at (859) 226-9373. We are only eliciting interest level in the event, and your identity is not needed. Pursuant to SCR 3.990, all contact with KYLAP is confidential. Thank you for your interest!
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