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Great Place to Start

Welcome to the Kentucky Bar Association’s Great Place to Start resource center dedicated to providing attorneys in Kentucky, who are seeking advice and guidance, with resources to connect with experienced attorneys willing to provide support, thereby promoting professionalism and competence in attorneys and increasing client satisfaction and confidence.

The resource center offers a Find a Mentor service through which attorneys may connect with experienced attorneys for in-person mentoring and support and a Lawyer to Lawyer service which allows attorneys to contact Attorney Advisors via email and/or telephone for assistance with questions. In addition, for your convenience, other KBA resources are listed below, which include links to information about confidential support for impairment issues (KYLAP), Ethics Hotline, and requests for advisory opinions.

Need some guidance?

Many of us could benefit from having a mentor or advisor to guide, counsel and encourage us. Between the Find a Mentor and Lawyer to Lawyer services, you are sure to find the advice or answers you are looking for. In order to utilize these services, you need to complete the GPS Services Request Form. Once completed, the form is submitted to staff, who will verify that you are a KBA member and process your request. Staff will then send a response email verifying your request has been received and processed. You may then use the Find a Mentor and Lawyer to Lawyer services.

GPS Services Request Form

Want to give back?

The Great Place to Start program is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors and/or attorney advisors and cannot exist without experienced attorneys willing to serve. If you are an experienced Kentucky attorney, and think you might be able to make a difference in the development of a member of the bar, please consider volunteering. The impact that you may have on a another member could be immeasurable!

Become an Attorney Advisor Become a Mentor

Find a Mentor

The Find a Mentor service is designed to connect experienced attorneys with attorneys who are pursuing advice with substantive law questions and looking for guidance in balancing the personal and professional demands of the practice of law. The mentor attorneys have agreed to make themselves available to licensed Kentucky attorneys to provide advice and guidance regarding the practice of law in Kentucky when requested. Such advice and guidance regarding practicing law in Kentucky may be in the form of telephonic communications, email, in person meetings, shadowing to court, etc.

How does the Find a Mentor program work?

Kentucky attorneys sign up to become mentors. The experienced attorney's name and information will be added to the list of mentors made available. KBA members, who have completed the GPS Services Request Form, looking for guidance may view the list to locate a mentor. Once a mentor is found, the mentee may then initiate first contact with the potential mentor. This self-initiated contact from mentees to potential mentors 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.

KBA members who have completed the GPS Services Request Form and who have received notification that the form has been processed must be logged in to the website to view the Mentors List.

View Mentors List

Lawyer to Lawyer

The Lawyer to Lawyer service is a great way to get advice from experienced Kentucky lawyers. These attorneys are volunteer attorney advisors, who have agreed to answer questions submitted to them by email or telephone regarding the practice of law in Kentucky.

How does the Lawyer to Lawyer service work?

Kentucky attorneys sign up to become volunteer attorney advisors. The experienced attorney's name and information will be added to the list of attorney advisors made available.  KBA members, who have completed the GPS Services Request Form, needing advice may view the Attorney Advisors list to locate an advisor. Once found, the attorney needing assistance may then ask an attorney advisor questions via telephone and/or email. Attorneys should be aware of the dictates of attorney-client privilege and utilize hypotheticals when appropriate.

KBA members who have completed the GPS Services Request Form and who have received notification that the form has been processed must be logged in to the website to view the Attorney Advisors List.

View Attorney Advisors List

Other KBA Resources


Adjusting to the pressures of practice management, client relations and the adversarial process can be challenging and sometimes stressful. If you are a member experiencing problems related to stress, depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, other addictions, or other psychological problems, please contact KYLAP. All calls are confidential. SCR 3.990

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Ethics Hotline

Are you unsure about what ethical course to take in a situation? The KBA Ethics Hotline trained volunteers are authorized to provide personal advice promptly upon request to members.

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Attorney Advertising Advisory Opinion

Do you need help determining whether an advertisement complies with the Advertising Rules and Advertising Regulations? You may request an advisory opinion by the Attorney Advertising Commission. The Attorney Advertising Commission will review the advertisement and provide an advisory opinion regarding compliance with the Rules and Regulations within 30 days of receipt of the submission.

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Unauthorized Practice of Law Advisory Opinion

Are you in doubt about an act or course of conduct by any person or entity which may constitute the unauthorized practice of law as defined by SCR 3.020? You may request a formal or informal advisory opinion from the Ethics Hotline Committee of the KBA, or the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.

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