Sunday, September 14, 2014     

 A periodic newsletter providing information about the activities of the Kentucky Bar Association
and other information relevant to attorneys practicing in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


September 2014

In this issue:


William E. Johnson

Douglass Farnsley

R. Michael Sullivan
Vice President

Thomas L. Rouse
Past President

Young Lawyers
Bradley J. Sayles, Chair

Executive Director
John D. Meyers


Board of Governors

1st District
Michael M. Pitman
W. Fletcher Schrock

2nd District
Thomas N. Kerrick
J. D. Meyer

3rd District
Melinda G. Dalton
Howard O. Mann

4th District
Amy D. Cubbage
Bobby Simpson

5th District
William R. Garmer
Eileen M. O'Brien

6th District
Gary J. Sergent
J. Stephen Smith

7th District
Earl M. McGuire
John Vincent 


Because of the Labor Day holiday falling on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, the KBA Membership Department will accept payments for 2014-15 KBA member dues postmarked by the US Postal Service through Sept. 2, 2014.

Members may also pay online through midnight Sept. 2, 2014.

KBA members can login on the KBA website and look themselves up on Lawyer Locator to see if their membership dues have been paid.

Statements for the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2014-15 Membership Dues were mailed on July 18. KBA members are able to pay online, quickly and conveniently, with a credit card or electronic check. Click here to access the bar dues payment link. A member number and password will be required to access the payment system. For credit/debit card payments, a 3.5 percent administrative fee will be assessed. For electronic check payments, a $2 administrative fee will be assessed.

The KBA membership cycle runs July 1-June 30 of each year. After September 2, an additional late fee payment of $50 will be assessed. If you did not receive your KBA dues statement in the mail, please contact Karen Cobb in the KBA Membership Department at kcobb@kybar.org.

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The first three programs of the 2014 Kentucky Law Update (KLU) program series are just around the corner and listed below. Dates, locations, agenda details, and registration information for all of the 2014 KLU programs are listed on the KBA website at www.kybar.org/186. Don't miss out on this exceptional benefit of KBA membership! Kentucky is the only mandatory CLE state that provides its members a way of meeting the annual CLE requirement at no additional cost.

September 4-5
Bowling Green
Holiday Inn & Sloan Convention Center

September 17-18
Russell (Ashland)
Bellefonte Pavilion

October 1-2
Lexington Convention Center


The Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program (KYLAP) will be hosting luncheons for its volunteers at many of the Kentucky Law Update meetings in 2014. Volunteers, commissioners, and KYLAP Foundation Trustees will receive email invitations just prior to each event. Please make plans to join KYLAP for food and camaraderie during the KLU meetings held across the Commonwealth. For more information, call KYLAP at (502) 564-3795 ext. 266.

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In June 2014, the Kentucky Bar Foundation awarded its annual grants totaling $231,000 to 14 agencies and programs statewide that will receive funding to meet a variety of law-related needs. This is the largest amount ever awarded in the bar foundation’s history. Included in the total awards is $18,000 to underwrite the costs of the 60 CARE (Credit Abuse Resistance Education) Programs presented this past spring, as well as $2,000 each for grants whose recipients are selected by the KBA Distinguished Judge and Lawyer designees. Scholarships to Kentucky’s three law schools were also awarded $10,000 each. The Kentucky Bar Foundation remains the Commonwealth's only statewide law foundation; since 1958, it has awarded a total of nearly $2.5 million in grants to fund law-related programs to further the administration of justice throughout Kentucky.

A special thanks to the members of the Kentucky Bar whose financial support and volunteer leadership have made this possible. Below, is a listing of the grants:

Brighton Center Inc., Newport $16,000
Northern Kentucky Housing Advocacy
Lexington Leadership Foundation Inc. $10,000
Amachi Central Kentucky Mentoring Program for At-Risk Children
CASA Network in Kentucky $21,000
Court Appointed Special Advocates Training
Liberty Hall Historic Site, Frankfort $20,000
Restoration of Senator John Brown’s Library & Archive at Liberty Hall
Center for Human Entrepreneurship Solutions, Lexington $10,000
ROCK Circles (Restorative Justice Opportunities for Connecting Kids)
Pikeville High School $ 2,000
Mock Trial Competition
Children’s Law Center, Covington $10,000
Program to Educate Parents in Eastern Kentucky about their Children’s Legal Right to Education
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Lexington $10,000
Education Disability Law Workshops for Parents and Attorneys
Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) Programs $18,000 Restorative Justice Louisville Inc. $10,000
Restorative Justice Louisville Community Project
Family Enrichment Center, Bowling Green $10,000
Supervised Visitation Services
UK College of Law Legal Clinic, Statewide $10,000
2015 Laws & Programs for Older Kentuckians Handbook (5th ed.)
Henderson County Attorney’s Office $10,000
Restorative Justice Victim Offender Program
KBF Scholarships $30,000
- Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ($10,000)
- Salmon P. Chase College of Law ($10,000)
- University of Kentucky College of Law ($10,000)
Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, Frankfort $15,000
Kentucky Innocence Project
KBA Distinguished Judge Award $ 2,000
on behalf of Judge Anthony W. Frohlich, Union
- Children’s Law Center, Covington
Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program, Frankfort $25,000
Program to Assist Impaired Attorneys in Obtaining Professional Help
KBA Distinguished Lawyer Award $ 2,000
on behalf of Jerry J. Cox, Mount Vernon
 - Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy

TOTAL AWARDS - $231,000

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Elder Law Section Meeting, October 8

The Elder Law Section will meet from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, in the board room of the Kentucky Bar Center, 514 W. Main Street, in downtown Frankfort. All section members are invited to attend this brown bag lunch meeting to discuss and plan upcoming section activities. If you would like to participate via conference call, the dial-in number is (877) 746-4263. You will need to enter participant code 02 32 245# to be connected to the conference call. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Alvey at lalvey@kybar.org or (502) 564-3795.

2014 Construction Law Institute, October 23

The University of Kentucky Office of Continuing Legal Education and the KBA Construction & Public Contract Law Section are co-sponsoring the 2014 Construction Law Institute on Thursday, October 23, at the U.K. College of Law in Lexington. The program has been accredited for 6.75 CLE credits. For additional information, call UK/CLE at (859) 257-2921, or download the full conference brochure at http://www.ukcle.com/.

Third Annual Forum on Criminal Law Reform in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, November 7

The KBA Criminal Law Section and the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law are sponsoring the Third Annual Forum on Criminal Law Reform in the Commonwealth of Kentucky on Friday, November 7. The forum will be held from 11:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Allen Court Room at the law school in Louisville. The CLE program has been accredited for 3.50 CLE credits in Kentucky. Admission to the forum is free, but space is limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until the seminar capacity is reached. The registration deadline is Friday, October 31. A registration form with the full agenda is available on the Criminal Law Section's Criminal Law Section's webpage.

2014 Equine Law Update CLE Seminar, November 12

Save the date! On Wednesday, November 12, the KBA Equine Law Section is sponsoring a half-day CLE seminar at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville. The CLE program will be followed by lunch at the museum for all attendees. Details regarding the seminar agenda and CLE accreditation will be finalized in the next few weeks. Questions? Contact Lori Alvey at lalvey@kybar.org or (502) 564-3795.

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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 7:30 a.m., on Tuesdays at Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, Lakeside Park, (Erlanger). The church is located off I-75 exit 186 for Kentucky 371/ Buttermilk Pike. The facility will open at 7:15 a.m. 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 www.kylap.org, call (502) 564-3795, ext. 266, or email abeitz@kylap.org.

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Find a Mentor and Take Charge of Your Future!

It pays to have a helping hand in the workplace when you’re just starting out in the practice of law. Many of us can benefit from having a mentor 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 www.kbagps.org and see what the program has to offer.

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Looking for Upcoming KBA Accredited CLE Events?
Look no further...
Check out www.kybar.org/580

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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The Administrative Office of the Courts will conduct legal training for dependency, neglect and abuse cases (formally titled GAL training) beginning 8:30 a.m., Friday, September 12, at the Law School Courtroom of the University of Kentucky College of Law, 620 Limestone Street, Lexington. The basic curriculum has been approved for 6 hours of CEUs by the Kentucky Board of Social Work and 6.25 hours CJE for Kentucky judges. (The $25 registration fee is waived for judges.) An application for CLE accreditation in Kentucky will be submitted, which requests 6.25 credit hours of CLE, including 1 credit hour of ethics. The curriculum gives guardians ad litem an overview of Kentucky statutory and case law while also meeting the federal requirements set forth in CAPTA (Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act) and ASFA (Adoption and Safe Families Act.) The cost is $25 for attorneys seeking CLE credit and licensed social workers in private practice.

To access the training brochure, click here.

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The Legal Aid Society in Louisville is accepting applications for two positions. To access information regarding the part-time paralegal position, click here. To access information regarding the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps Fellow, click here.

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The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc (AppalReD), seeks a dedicated, mission-oriented, focused individual for the position of Executive Director. Candidates are urged to submit their applications before September 2. For more details on the position, click here.

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Photos from the 2014 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention in Covington are available for download and can also be purchased in a variety of print sizes. To view the photos, please follow the instructions below:
  • Click on the following link: http://www.timwebbphotography.com/f1069996956
  • Type in the password: justice
  • Click on the thumbnail image of the desired photo.
  • Once the image is accessed in a larger format, an option to download the image or purchase prints will be available directly above it.
  • If you have any questions regarding the photos, please email KBA Communications Director Amy Carman at acarman@kybar.org.

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