In this issue:
Thomas L. Rouse
William E. Johnson
W. Douglas Myers
Carl N. Frazier, Chair
John D. Meyers
Board of Governors
Michael M. Pitman
Thomas N. Kerrick
J. D. Meyer
Howard O. Mann
M. Gail Wilson
Douglas C. Ballantine
Amy D. Cubbage
Anita M. Britton
William R. Garmer
David V. Kramer
J. Stephen Smith
Earl M. McGuire
REGISTRATION MATERIALS FOR 2014 KBA ANNUAL CONVENTION ARE ON THEIR WAY!
Check your mailboxes next week for the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2014 Annual Convention brochure with details on registration, accommodations and 65 CLE programs planned with the varied interests of the KBA member in mind.
Under our convention theme of "Balancing Tradition & Technology in Today’s Legal Practice,” this year’s event will be held Wednesday through Friday, June 18-20, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in historic downtown Covington. Our featured speakers include Dr. Larry J. Sabato, political prognosticator and creator of the popular website “Sabato's Crystal Ball;” Dan Abrams, co-anchor of the television news program “Nightline” and chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News; and Brad Meltzer, best-selling author of political thrillers such as The Inner Circle and The Tenth Justice, and host of the hit History Channel series, “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded.” For more information, visit www.kybar.org/577.
Dr. Larry J. Sabato
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONVENTION PUBLIC SERVICE PROJECT
“Round up” registration fee in support of the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky -- Continuing a tradition of community service, the Kentucky Bar Association’s Annual Convention Planning Committee encourages convention attendees to “round up” your registration fee in support of the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, which provides shelter and basic human needs to assist adults in their attempts to recover from homelessness. To learn more on how your donation will help, visit www.emergencyshelternky.org/.
Learn about efforts to address heroin abuse in the Commonwealth -- The KBA will also host an informational booth in the convention exhibit hall to shed light on the growing scourge of heroin abuse in the Commonwealth. Volunteers with the Leadership Team of the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact Response effort will be on-hand to share information and build awareness among KBA members already encountering issues with heroin addiction in Kentucky’s courtrooms. For more details on the team’s multi-faceted plan to promote life-saving and life-restoring strategies, visit www.drugfreenky.org.
2014 OUTSTANDING AWARD RECIPIENTS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT KBA ANNUAL CONVENTION
The Kentucky Bar Association will honor several distinguished members with annual awards during the KBA Annual Convention in Covington. The Thomas B. Spain Award will be presented to Chief Judge Glenn E. Acree of the Court of Appeals of Kentucky prior to featured CLE speaker Dan Abrams’ presentation at 1:15 p.m., on Thursday, June 19. The KBA’s CLE Commission will also honor the late Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Wil Schroder, formerly of Fort Mitchell, during the convention’s Annual Banquet beginning 6:30 p.m, Thursday evening, June 19, at the Covington Ballroom in the Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter.
Other awards to be presented during the Annual Banquet include the Distinguished Judge Award to Chief Circuit Judge Anthony Frohlich of the 54th Judicial Circuit in Boone and Gallatin counties; the Distinguished Lawyer Award to Jerry Cox of Mt. Vernon; and the Chief Justice’s Special Service Award.
During the KBA Membership Awards Luncheon beginning at noon, Friday, June 20, John R. Martin, Jr., of Louisville will receive the Bruce K. Davis Bar Service Award and Richard A. Cullison of Covington will receive the Donated Legal Services Award. The Nathaniel R. Harper Award selected by the Young Lawyers Division will also be presented at this time, as well as the Law Day awards in the small, medium and large bar categories. The membership luncheon will be held in the Covington Ballroom of the Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter.
Congratulations to all of the 2014 award recipients!
THANKS TO OUR CONVENTION SPONSORS! EXHIBIT AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES STILL AVAILABLE
Thanks to Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky and the National Insurance Agency, Inc., for serving as the 2014 KBA Annual Convention Platinum Gavel Sponsors!
Thanks, too, to BGD Legal Outsourcing for their sponsorship of the Bench & Bar Reception from 5 p.m.-6:15 p.m., Thursday, June 19, in the Grand Gazebo of the Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter. The event is complimentary with registration; pre-registration is required. Specialty break sponsors include Casemaker, DBL Law of Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, and The Bank of Kentucky.
Other Annual Convention sponsors include the Supreme Court of Kentucky; the Administrative Office of the Courts; the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy; Duplicator Sales & Service; GEICO; Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP; Pomeroy; the KBA Young Lawyers Division and the following KBA Sections: Appellate Advocacy; Bankruptcy Law; Business Law; Civil Litigation; Criminal Law; Education; Elder Law; Family Law; Health Care Law; Labor & Employment Law; Public Interest Law; Probate & Trust Law; Small Firm Practice & Management and Taxation Law. The convention is also sponsored by the KBA Committee on Child Protection and Domestic Violence and the KBA Ethics Committee.
Convention sponsorship opportunities are still available; for more information, contact Gabrielle Summe, chair of the 2014 Annual Convention Planning Committee, at email@example.com. For information on exhibiting at the 2014 Annual Convention, contact Shannon Roberts, KBA publications and advertising manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|CLE REMINDERS NOW E-MAILED IN MAY AND MID-JULY
Keeping an accurate email address on file with the KBA is important for receiving CLE reminders, which are now emailed in May and mid-July. As a courtesy, KBA members who have not yet met their minimum annual CLE requirement will be e-mailed in early May of each year as a reminder of the upcoming end of the educational year and again in mid-July regarding the August 10 reporting deadline for credits timely earned by June 30. These reminders are no longer mailed through the U.S. Mail. Therefore, it is important for KBA members to ensure that their email address is correct. To ensure your correct email address is on file, please log-in and look yourself up in the Lawyer Locator. If you need to update the email address on file, click on “Request for Address Change”, at the bottom of the page. You may access address change information at any time when you login and complete the online address update or return a PDF of the address change form.
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|24th ANNUAL LAW DAY CELEBRATION AND SWEARING-IN CEREMONY
The 24th annual Law Day Celebration and Swearing-In Ceremony sponsored by the Supreme Court of Kentucky will be conducted 10 a.m., (EDT), Thursday, May 1, in the House of Representatives Chamber located on the third floor of the state Capitol Building in Frankfort. Justice Michelle M. Keller of the 6th Supreme Court District will serve as this year’s guest speaker. Following Justice Keller’s remarks, the constitutional oath will be administrated to the applicants. Following the oath, participants will be introduced individually to the Court by Kentucky Bar Association President Thomas L. Rouse as they come forward to receive their Certificate of Admission from Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr. Court will then adjourn for a reception sponsored by the KBA Young Lawyers Division on the second floor balcony area overlooking the Capitol rotunda.
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NOMINATIONS FOR KBA YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION (YLD) ANNUAL AWARDS DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 4
The KBA’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) encourages KBA members to consider nominating worthy individuals for four awards given annually by YLD to recognize exceptional contributions to the legal profession and the public. The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, April 4. The awards are:
- The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award honors a Kentucky attorney who has excelled in the practice of law, civic engagement/bar service, and community service. Any Kentucky young lawyer is eligible for nomination. “Young lawyer” is defined as one who, as of July 1, 2013, has been engaged in the practice of law for 10 or fewer years or who is 40 years old or younger. The 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award recipient was Kevin C. Burke of Louisville. For more information and to nominate a deserving individual, please click here.
- The Nathaniel R. Harper Award honors a person or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to changing the face of the Bar by encouraging the inclusion of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, as well as promoting full and equal participation in the legal profession by all unrepresented or underrepresented groups. The 2013 Nathaniel R. Harper Award recipient was Drusilla Bakert of Lexington. For more information and to nominate a deserving individual or organization, please click here.
- The Young Lawyer Service to Community Award honors a member of the Young Lawyers Division for exemplary service to his or her community through volunteerism, service to non-profit organizations, and/or pro bono legal representation. The 2013 Young Lawyer Service to Community Award recipient was Nanci House of Winchester. For more information and to nominate a deserving individual, please click here.
- The Service to Young Lawyers Award honors a lawyer, non-lawyer, or organization for exceptional contributions to the professional and personal advancement and mentorship of young lawyers. The 2013 Service to Young Lawyers Award recipient was Pierce Hamblin of Lexington. For more information and to nominate a deserving individual or organization, please click here.
For more information, please visit www.kbayld.org/home.
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2014 NEW LAWYER PROGRAM
The KBA’s next New Lawyer Program – scheduled for June 18-19 – will be held in conjunction with the 2014 KBA Annual Convention (June 18-20) at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington. 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. This will be the final offering of the program in the 2014 calendar year. The New Lawyer Program is offered free of charge for attorneys seeking to fulfill their New Lawyer Program requirements, pursuant to SCR 3.640.
Details on the June New Lawyer Program, as well as information on how to register, can be found 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 email@example.com.
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|SECTION NEWS |
Elder Law Section Meeting, April 9
The KBA Elder Law Section will meet from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on April 9 in the Boardroom of the Kentucky Bar Center. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (502) 564-3795.
24th Annual Issues for Corporate House Counsel CLE Seminar, April 17
The 24th Annual Issues for Corporate House Counsel CLE seminar will be held on April 17 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Louisville. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 7.00 CLE credits, including 2.00 ethics credits. Registration is $79 for all KBA Corporate House Counsel Section members and $99 for all other attorneys. The seminar brochure with registration information is available on the section's webpage. The last day to register for this seminar is April 11. The section will also conduct its Annual Meeting in conjunction with the CLE program from 11:45-1:00 p.m. on April 17. At that time, those members in attendance will elect officers and plan activities for the 2014-2015 bar year.
KBA Environmental Law CLE Seminar, April 22
The KBA Environment, Energy & Resources Law Section is sponsoring its 2014 Kentucky Environmental Law CLE Seminar on Earth Day, April 22, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 6.50 CLE credits including 1.00 ethics credit. Registration is free for all government attorneys and law students. There is a $75 registration fee for all other attendees. Space is limited, so please register early! The seminar agenda and registration form are available on the section's webpage. The last day to register for this program is April 15.
29th Annual National Conference on Equine Law, April 30-May 1
The Office of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Kentucky College of Law (UK/CLE) and the KBA Equine Law Section are co-sponsoring the 29th Annual National Conference on Equine Law on April 30-May 1 at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 12.25 CLE credits, including 1.00 ethics credit. For additional information, call UK/CLE at (859) 257-2921 or download the full conference brochure at http://22.214.171.124/ukcle/Brochure-Equine14.pdf.
14th Biennial Employment Law Institute, June 5-6
The Office of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Kentucky College of Law (UK/CLE) and the KBA Labor & Employment Law Section are co-sponsoring the 14th Biennial Employment Law Institute on June 5-6 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Lexington. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 12.50 CLE credits, including 2.00 ethics credits. For additional information, call UK/CLE at (859) 257-2921 or download the full conference brochure at http://126.96.36.199/ukcle/Brochure-Employment14.pdf.
23rd Annual CompEd Workers Compensation Seminar, June 5-6
The 23rd Annual Workers Compensation Seminar sponsored by CompEd and the KBA Workers' Compensation Law Section will be held at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville, Thursday and Friday, June 5-6. The program has been approved in Kentucky for 12.00 CLE credits including 2.00 ethics credits. The program agenda and registration form will be available on the CompEd website beginning April 1.
Workers' Compensation Law Section Annual Meeting, June 5
The Workers' Compensation Law Section Annual Meeting will be held from 5:10-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, in conjunction with the 23rd Annual CompEd Workers Compensation Seminar at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville. Officers will be elected for the 2014-2015 bar year and upcoming activities will be planned by the attending members. This meeting is free for all section members, and you do not have to be registered for the CompEd seminar to attend. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Lori Alvey at email@example.com no later than Monday, June 2.
Annual Section Meetings, June 17-19
The full list of annual section meetings being held June 17-19 in conjunction with the 2014 KBA Annual Convention is now available online. Pre-registration is required. All attendees should register for the section meetings using the Annual Convention registration form. To view your current section memberships, log into the KBA website and use the Lawyer Locator to view your membership information.
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The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has openings for the positions of Administrative Manager to a Federal Circuit Judge and Administrative Manager to a Federal Circuit Senior Judge. The application closing date is April 4. For more information, click here.
The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Kentucky in the Louisville division. Magistrate Judge James D. Moyer, the current incumbent, will be retiring effective Dec. 31, 2014. The closing date for applications is April 30. For more information, click here.
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|KENTUCKY BAR FOUNDATION'S FELLOWS PROGRAM|
The KBF Fellows program recognizes those members of the Kentucky Bar who through their success in the practice of law and their generosity in contributing to the KBF have shown support for its mission. 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 Fellows receipts are placed directly into the board designated KBF Endowment Fund while the remaining amount supports the bar foundation’s grants, which during the past four years have exceeded $200,000 annually. For a list of the 2013 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 19th during the KBA Convention in Covington.
If you have any questions about the Foundation, or wish to further discuss the Fellows program, please call 800-874-6582 (KY) 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
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KYLAP CONTINUES TO HOST LAWYERS IN RECOVERY MEETINGS IN HAZARD, LEXINGTON AND NORTHERN KENTUCKY
The Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program (KYLAP) is excited to announce a new Lawyers in Recovery meeting. The next meeting (open to Central and Eastern Kentucky lawyers, law students, and judges) will begin at 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 7, at the Hazard City Hall, 700 Main Street, in Hazard. Coffee will be available. Meetings will be held on the first Monday of each month at that location.
The Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program also offers weekly open recovery meetings for lawyers, law students and judges in Lexington and Northern Kentucky. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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KBA ANNUAL STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION
Know of an aspiring young legal writer? Then please encourage their participation in the KBA’s annual Student Writing Competition! The KBA invites and encourages students currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky College of Law, the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, and the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law to enter the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition. This competition offers these Kentucky legal scholars the opportunity to earn recognition and a cash award. First ($1,000); second ($300), and third place ($200) prizes may be awarded. Entries must be received by June 1. The first place prize also includes possible publication in the Bench & Bar.
Students may enter their previously unpublished articles. Articles entered should be of interest to Kentucky practitioners and follow the suggested guidelines and requirements found in the “General Format” section of the Bench & Bar Editorial Guidelines at www.kybar.org/103. For inquiries concerning the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition, contact Shannon H. Roberts at email@example.com or call (502) 564-3795 ext. 224. Submit entries with contact information to Shannon H. Roberts, Communications Department, Kentucky Bar Association, 514 W. Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601-1812.
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UK COLLEGE OF LAW “RACE JUDICATA” TO BE HELD APRIL 19
Leave a lasting footprint for justice by participating in "Race Judicata," beginning 8 a.m., Saturday, April 19, at Coldstream Park, 1875 Newtown Pike, Lexington. This 5K race sponsored by the UK College of Law's Student Bar Association will benefit the UK Legal Clinic. The event is open to all friends and alumni of the university. Register by Friday, April 11, to be guaranteed a T-shirt with your $25 registration fee. Those who cannot attend the race, but would like to donate, can receive a T-shirt with a donation of $10 or more. To register and for more information, click here.
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|INTERNET SCAM TARGETING ATTORNEYS|
An internet scam targeting attorneys in Kentucky and across the country is prompting warnings from bar associations and federal officials.
The scam works like this: the law firm receives an email from a potential foreign client (or referral from someone posing as an out-of-state attorney) to enforce a simple contract dispute or collect a debt from a local corporation owed to the foreign company. The firm, believing it is exercising due diligence, confirms that the prospective client is a real company, then enters into a fee agreement. In some instances the client immediately informs the attorney there is a company wishing to make payment and soon after a cashier's check arrives made payable to the law firm. In other instances, the attorney sends a demand letter, and later receives a cashier's check made payable to the law firm.
The client is pleased and directs the law firm to wire the money, after deducting its fees and costs. The law firm deposits the money in its client trust account, waits for the check to clear the local bank, and wires the money to the client. Things fall apart when the bank on which the check is drawn notifies everyone that the check is a counterfeit fraud -- by which time it is too late to stop the wire transfer, and the law firm's client trust account is now out the proceeds. An article posted by the ABA in June 2009 discusses one of these scams in the amount of $400,000.
If you suspect you have encountered a similar situation, independently verify the names and contact information provided to you and do not disburse the deposited funds until the bank on which the cashier's check is drawn clears the check. To report a scam, contact the FBI office in your area or in Louisville at (502) 240-5944.
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2014 KENTUCKY LAW UPDATE - FALL SCHEDULE IS NOW AVAILABLE
Mark your calendars now! The final dates and locations for the KBA's 2014 Kentucky Law Update are confirmed and listed below.
September 4-5 (Thursday-Friday)
Holiday Inn & Sloan Convention Center
September 17-18 (Wednesday-Thursday)
October 1-2 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Lexington Convention Center
October 9-10 (Thursday-Friday)
Owensboro Convention Center
October 23-24 (Thursday-Friday)
Kentucky International Convention Center
October 30-31 (Thursday-Friday)
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
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
Program brochures will be mailed out to all KBA members the first week of July and program registration will be available shortly thereafter. To check your address on record with the KBA, login and look yourself up on the website using Lawyer Locator under the Membership Menu. The address listed is the one used for mail notifications. If you want to change your address on record, you may use the online address change/update form or fill out and mail/fax a copy of the request for address change/update form as indicated.
The KLU program series is an exceptional benefit of KBA membership. Note: Kentucky is the only mandatory CLE state that provides its members a way of meeting the annual CLE requirement at no additional cost. For more information on the KLU program, visit http://www.kbacle.org/klu/dates_and_locations.htm or contact Ben Swartz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (502) 564-3795, ext. 270.
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CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION
Don’t want to travel for “LIVE” CLE credits? The KBA provides you a weekly series of live teleseminars that are as nearby and as convenient as your office or home phone. For the full catalog of offerings in 2014, visit http://ky.webcredenza.com/.
For questions or to register over the phone, please contact Kim at email@example.com or (720) 879-4142.
KBA ONLINE PROGRAMS
The KBA Online Catalog offers a great way to take CLE whenever and wherever you have access to the internet! Seminars featuring our highest rated speakers are delivered right to your desktop in streaming audio and video formats. New catalog additions in 2014 will include recorded programs from 2013 KBA Annual Convention and 2013 KBA KLU programs.
Click here for the latest program additions and ordering information. The catalog also includes audio programs you can download directly to your iPod/mp3 player, for playback at your convenience.
Note: Online video and downloaded audio seminars are technological programs, of which you are allowed up to 6.0 CLE credits per educational year.
For questions or additional information, contact Ben Swartz at (502) 564-3795 ext. 270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KENTUCKY'S NEW ATTORNEYS NEED YOUR HELP! - BECOME AN ATTORNEY ADVISOR AND/OR MENTOR
The new lawyers of Kentucky need you! Sign up today to become an Attorney Advisor or Mentor through the KBA’s Great Place To Start (GPS) resource hub for new attorneys. The KBA is actively seeking volunteers in support of its Find a Mentor service that allows young attorneys to connect with more experienced attorneys for in-person mentoring and support; and its Lawyer to Lawyer service that allows new Kentucky attorneys to ask questions of more experienced “Attorney Advisors” via e-mail and/or telephone. The services are available only to bar members who register through the KBA and who have been licensed for less than five years.
For more information on becoming an Attorney Advisor and/or Mentor, please visit http://kbagps.org/volunteer-advisor/become-a-volunteer and http://kbagps.org/find-a-mentor/become-a-mentor
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