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Board of Governors Election Information

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 (PDF) provides that a Board member may serve three consecutive two-year terms.


The current terms of the following Board Members will expire on June 30, 2021:

1st District – Van F. Sims, Paducah
2nd District – Susan Montalvo-Gesser, Owensboro
3rd District – James M. Ridings, London
4th District – J. Tanner Watkins, Louisville
5th District - Mindy G. Barfield, Lexington
6th District – Todd V. McMurtry, Ft. Mitchell
7th District – Rhonda Jennings Blackburn, Pikeville


Board of Governors Nomination

Requirements for being nominated to run for the Board of Governors are contained in Section 4 of the KBA By-Laws (PDF) and the requirements include filing a written petition (PDF) 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.

KBA Nominating Petition for Bar Governor (PDF)

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