Friday, December 19, 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.


December 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 


The Kentucky Bar Association is accepting nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Judge and Lawyer, Donated Legal Services, and Bruce K. Davis Bar Service Awards. Nominations must be received by Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

For a description of the awards and a nominating form, click here.

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The KBA's next New Lawyer Program -- scheduled for Jan. 28-29, 2015 -- will be held at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. 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 2015 calendar year. The program is offered free of charge for attorneys seeking to fulfill their New Lawyer Program requirements, pursuant to SCR 3.640.

Details on the January New Lawyer Program are posted on the KBA website under CLE - -New Lawyer Program. For questions about the program or your completion deadline, contact Jennifer Keitz at 502-564-3795, ext. 226 or jkeitz@kybar.org.

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Elder Law Section Meeting, January 7

The Elder Law Section will meet from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, in the board room of the Kentucky Bar Center at 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.

15th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, March 26-27

The Office of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Kentucky College of Law (UK/CLE) and the KBA Business Law Section are co-sponsoring the 15th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute on March 26-27 at the Campbell House Crowne Plaza in Lexington. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 9.50 CLE credits including 1.00 ethics credit. For additional information, call UK/CLE at (859) 257-2921 or download the conference brochure at http://www.ukcle.com/.

Business Law Section Annual Meeting, March 26

The KBA Business Law Section will hold its annual meeting at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, in conjunction with the UK/CLE 15th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute at the Campbell House Crowne Plaza in Lexington. Officer elections will be held and upcoming section activities will be planned by the attending members.

2015 Elder Law Section CLE Seminar, April 10

Save the date! On Friday, April 10, the Elder Law Section is sponsoring its annual CLE seminar at the University of Louisville's Shelby Campus. Details regarding the seminar agenda and CLE accreditation will be available on the section's webpage in the coming months. Questions? Contact Lori Alvey at lalvey@kybar.org or (502) 564-3795.

13th Biennial Real Estate Law & Practice Institute, April 15

The Office of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Kentucky College of Law (UK/CLE) and the KBA Real Property Law Section are co-sponsoring the 13th Biennial Real Estate Law & Practice Institute on Wednesday, April 15, at the Fasig-Tipton Company in Lexington. The program has been accredited for 6.75 CLE credits in Kentucky. For additional information, call UK/CLE at (859) 257-2921 or download the conference brochure at http://www.ukcle.com/.

25th Annual Issues for Corporate House Counsel CLE Seminar, April 16

Save the date! On Thursday, April 16, the Corporate House Counsel Section is sponsoring its annual CLE seminar at the University of Louisville's Shelby Campus. Details regarding the seminar agenda and CLE accreditation will be available on the section's webpage in the coming months. Questions? Contact Lori Alvey at lalvey@kybar.org or (502) 564-3795.

2015 Environmental Law Update CLE Seminar, April 22

Save the date! On Wednesday, April 22, the Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section is sponsoring its annual CLE seminar at the Kentucky History Center in downtown Frankfort. Details regarding the seminar agenda and CLE accreditation will be available on the section's webpage in the coming months. Questions? Contact Lori Alvey at lalvey@kybar.org or (502) 564-3795.

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The Kentucky Bar Association’s Annual Convention Planning Committee has announced its 2015 theme -- "Justice for All: Securing Access in a Diverse Society” -- and approved a special logo for the event. Please mark your calendar for the KBA’s 2015 Annual Convention planned for Wednesday through Friday, June 17-19, 2015, at the Lexington Convention Center. The 2015 Annual Convention Planning Committee is chaired by Anita Britton of Lexington, with Bill Garmer of Lexington serving as CLE Program Chair. More exciting details on programming will be available soon!

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The Circuit and District Judges Education Committees, in conjunction with AOC Judicial Branch Education, recently launched the Commonwealth’s first formal mentoring project for newly elected judges. The “Transitions: Lawyer-to-Judge” program is designed to assist new judges by pairing them with an experienced judge from a comparable circuit or district.

Following the November elections, and during the weeks preceding and following assumption of the Bench, mentor judges will assist new judges in fostering practical skills, developing a positive judicial personality and demeanor, increasing knowledge of legal customs, promoting collegial relationships, improving professional judgment, complying with ethical standards, and encouraging the use of accepted best practices. Mentor judges will also be present at the December 2014 New Judge Orientation to commence a beneficial relationship with each new judge during their first year as a member of the judiciary.

Once election results are certified, newly elected judges may contact AOC Judicial Branch Education Manager, Pauline Roberts, at (502) 573–2350 to register for the Transitions program and the New Judges Orientation. For more information about the program, click here.

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The KBF Fellows Program recognizes those members of the Kentucky Bar who have shown support for its mission through their generous contributions. The program is designed to build an endowment fund, which will be the cornerstone for funding KBF’s grants in future years. Accordingly, 75 percent of receipts received from the Fellows program are placed directly into the board-designated KBF Endowment Fund while the remaining amount supports the bar foundation’s grants, which during the past five years have exceeded $200,000 annually. For a list of the 2014 grants, click here.

KBA members in good standing may become a Life Fellow through a one-time, lump-sum contribution of $1,250. Members may also become a Fellow through an initial contribution of $300 and a pledge to contribute an additional $300 per year over the next four years. Upon completion of their pledges, such Fellows will attain the status of Life Fellow. To commemorate their contributions, all new Fellows receive a lapel pin and certificate, and Life Fellows receive a lapel pin and plaque. In addition, all new Fellows and Life Fellows who enroll during this fiscal year will be recognized at the Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon to be held on June 18, 2015, during the KBA Convention in Lexington.

If you have any questions about the foundation, or wish to further discuss the Fellows program, please call (800) 874-6582 or (502) 564-3795. Click on the following to obtain a Fellows application: http://www.kybar.org/documents/inside_kba/kbf_iolta/kbf_fellows_app.pdf.

All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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The Kentucky Bar Association, the Louisville Bar Association and the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville will host a Diversity and Inclusion Summit, April 10, 2015, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville.

The summit will involve attorneys from across the state as well as local and nationally recognized speakers in a program of discussions and education. The summit will provide practical resources and ideas for firms to implement their own diversity and inclusion programs. Additionally, information will be provided to assist management and other administrators with handling diversity issues. The program will also emphasize ways to empower attorneys from diverse backgrounds to work through these same issues to become successful contributors in their places of employment.

On Thursday, April 9, in conjunction with the event, 25 attorneys will participate with 25 law students, 25 undergraduate students and 25 high school students in a pipeline service project coordinated by the law school and the Legal Aid Society to rally the involvement of attorneys in mentoring diverse students from the high school level through college and law school.

Thanks to FROST BROWN TODD LLC and STOLL KEENON OGDEN PLLC for serving as Platinum Sponsors for this event. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; for more information, contact please contact Mark Flores at (859) 244-7529 or you can e-mail him at mflores@fbtlaw.com.

Please save the date and make plans to attend this important summit. Registration information will be available soon.

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The Kentucky Bar Association’s Diversity in the Profession Committee seeks information for its Diverse Speaker Directory, a resource for both program organizers and diverse legal experts who have an interest in speaking and moderating. The directory was developed in response to a recognized need for diverse legal experts across a broad spectrum of backgrounds, and will provide a comprehensive and centralized database of legal experts who self-identify their status from a race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation/gender identity, and disability perspective.

The KBA Diversity in the Profession Committee encourages legal experts to create a complete Diverse Speakers Directory profile with information about their particular legal expertise as well as their demographic data. This will help program organizers and meeting planners to identify and include panelists and moderators that are representative of the constituencies that they serve as well as the legal profession. Access the form by clicking here. Please complete and return to Elaine Baesler, KBA executive assistant, at ebaesler@kybar.org.

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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.

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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