Saturday, November 22, 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.


November 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 final three dates for the 2014 Kentucky Law Update (KLU) program series are: 

November 5-6 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Julian Carroll Convention Center

November 19-20 (Wednesday-Thursday)
London Community Center

December 4-5 (Thursday-Friday)
Northern Kentucky Convention Center

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.

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KYLAP Director Yvette Hourigan
Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program (KYLAP) Director Yvette Hourigan received the Dave Nee Foundation’s national David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award on Saturday, October 11, for her efforts in educating the legal community in ways to combat depression and suicide.

Hourigan received the award from the foundation -- a charitable and educational non-profit committed to fighting depression and preventing suicide -- at its annual fall gala at Lincoln Center in New York City. Hourigan was also honored for her work addressing mental health issues in Kentucky’s three law schools and in her community. KYLAP is a program of the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) which offers confidential help to members of the Kentucky legal community who are struggling with mental health issues, such as depression, alcohol and substance abuse, stress, compulsive gambling or any other condition that may adversely impact the individual's personal or professional life.

“The Kentucky Bar Association joins the David Nee Foundation in honoring Yvette’s work with the all-volunteer KYLAP Commission and the KBA Board of Governors to address the disturbing trend of attorney suicides within Kentucky’s legal community,” said John D. Meyers, KBA executive director. “Yvette has drawn much-needed attention to the higher rate of depression among attorneys, and her dedicated efforts are indeed worthy of the foundation’s praise.”

The David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award is given annually to a member of the legal profession who exhibits extraordinary compassion and concern for their co-workers, family, friends, and community and who also actively fight the stigma of depression and other mental illnesses within the legal field. The award is named in memory of Stoner for his unwavering commitment to the Dave Nee Foundation which he served dutifully and most enthusiastically from 2006 to 2010. The David Nee Foundation was created in 2005. Its mission is to eliminate the stigma associated with depression and suicide by promoting and encouraging not only the diagnosis and treatment of depression among young adults, but also the education of young people, their families, and friends about the disease of depression.
“I am so humbled to be honored as the Dave Nee Foundation’s Uncommon Counselor for 2014,” Hourigan said upon receiving the award. “KYLAP is fortunate to work with such a compassionate and generous foundation and I look forward to continuing to educate and encourage Kentucky’s law students, lawyers and judges about the high rate of success in treating the debilitating depressions and anxieties which may lead to lawyer suicide.”

Hourigan received her undergraduate degree from Murray State University and her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Upon graduation, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Chief Justice Joseph Lambert of the Supreme Court of Kentucky. Thereafter, Hourigan practiced in Lexington where she focused primarily on plaintiffs’ personal injury work, including nursing home negligence, automobile wrecks and other civil litigation until becoming the director of KYLAP in February 2011.

For more information about KYLAP, visit www.kylap.org

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New attorneys received their oaths of office on Friday, October 17, in the chamber of the Supreme Court of Kentucky in the state Capitol in Frankfort. The KBA continued its tradition of honoring its newest members, their families and friends with a reception in their honor throughout the day at the Kentucky Bar Center. A total of 295 new attorneys were recommended for admittance to the practice of law following the July 2014 bar examination.

New KBA member Sean Dennis of
Louisville, far left, enjoys the
reception at the Kentucky Bar 
Center with his wife, Joanna, his
infant son, Jack, and his daughters,
Charlotte (in his arms), and Caroline.

Dwight Jordan Lacy of Louisville, second from left, enjoys
his first day as a new attorney with family members Thomas
Williams, at left, Leslie Lacy and Flora Knight.


Candidates for bar admission await
entry into the Supreme Court Chamber.  A total of 295 new attorneys were
recommended for admittance to the
practice of law following the July 2014
bar examination.

Deputy Chief Justice Mary C. Noble greets candidates for bar admission prior to swearing in ceremonies in the Supreme
Court chamber.


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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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2014 Equine Law Update CLE Seminar -- CANCELED

The 2014 Equine Law Update CLE seminar scheduled for November 12 at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville has been canceled. All registration fees paid to the KBA have been refunded. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Alvey at lalvey@kybar.org or (502) 564-3795.

Elder Law Section Meeting, January 7
The Elder Law Section will meet from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in the boardroom 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.

25th Annual Issues for Corporate House Counsel CLE Seminar, April 16, 2015

Save the date! On Thursday, April 16, 2015, 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 Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History at 100 W. Broadway 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 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 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 KBA's next New Lawyer Program -- scheduled for Jan. 28-29, 2015 -- will be held at the Marriott Louisville Downtown in Louisville. 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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The Kentucky Bar Foundation wishes to thank the members of the KBA who made a sustainer contribution at the time they paid their annual dues. The amount received will help fund the 2015 Foundation grants to be awarded in June, and will also support future initiatives to create greater diversity within the membership of the KBA. As a result of the generosity and financial support provided by attorneys practicing throughout the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Bar Foundation awarded law-related grants this past June in the sum of $231,000. Thank you for supporting YOUR Kentucky Bar Foundation! 

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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 9-10, 2015, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. The summit will involve attorneys from across the state in a two-day program of discussions and education. The summit will provide practical and tangible resources and ideas for firms to implement their own diversity and inclusion programs. In conjunction with the event, 25 attorneys will participate alongside 25 law school students, 25 university 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 minority students from the high school level through college and throughout law school. Please save the date and make plans to attend this important summit. For more information please contact Mark Flores at (859) 244-7529 or you can e-mail him at mflores@fbtlaw.com. More details coming 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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