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Tuesday, March 03, 2015     
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 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.

e-News

March 2015


In this issue:

  Officers

William E. Johnson
President

Douglass Farnsley
President-Elect

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 



INAUGURAL DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SUMMIT REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE


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 on Friday, April 10, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. To access the registration information, click here.
 
Brochures regarding the inaugural event should be arriving in your mailboxes soon. If you are planning to attend the summit and need a hotel room, be sure to contact the Galt House Hotel by March 10 to secure your reservation.  To reach the hotel directly call (800) 843-4258.

We encourage your participation in this historic event as we work together to explore the full meaning of diversity and its relationship to the rule of law.

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COMING SOON -- REGISTRATION MATERIALS FOR 2015 KBA ANNUAL CONVENTION IN LEXINGTON, JUNE 17-19


Final details are coming together for the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2015 Annual Convention, "Justice For All: Securing Access in a Diverse Society,” scheduled for Wednesday, June 17, through Friday, June 19, at the Lexington Convention Center in downtown Lexington. KBA members can expect to receive their pre-convention brochures in the March issue of the Bench & Bar, which will mail later this month. Online registration is expected to open on April 1. Members will be notified in a separate email when online registration is available.

The KBA looks forward to welcoming its members to Lexington! Please make plans now to attend.

KBA MEMORIAL SERVICE TO BE HELD TUESDAY, JUNE 16, AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, LEXINGTON

The Kentucky Bar Association will celebrate the lives and legacy of those KBA members who have passed since June 1, 2014, during its 24th annual Memorial Service at this beautiful church in downtown Lexington. The event is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, at the First Presbyterian Church, 171 Market Street, Lexington. While for many years the KBA Memorial Service was held on Thursday during convention week, its move a few years ago to Tuesday, encouraged more participation than in years past and helped prevent conflicts for KBA members who were busy attending CLE activities later in the week. The service will feature various musical selections and will be led by representatives from different faiths. Family members of the deceased will receive personal invitations, but all KBA members are encouraged to attend.

2015 KBA ANNUAL CONVENTION KICK-OFF PLANNED IN TRIANGLE PARK

The KBA will host a kick-off event for the 2015 Annual Convention from 4:45-6:45 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, in Triangle Park in downtown Lexington, sponsored by Stites & Harbison, PLLC. Join us in the park for an evening of fun and laughter as you dine on food provided by Double H BBQ and visit with colleagues. Explore this spacious outdoor area and relax while listening to classic rock music provided by KBA member William Wilhoit's band, The Hung Jury. Our gathering place is conveniently located within walking distance of the Lexington Convention Center – just across the street, in fact – so getting there will be easy. With live music and complimentary food and beverage throughout the evening, everyone is guaranteed a good time! The event is complimentary with registration, however, pre-registration is required.
 
THIRD FEATURED SPEAKER ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2015 KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONVENTION IN LEXINGTON

Travis Tygart Travis Tygart, with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), will serve as featured speaker on closing day of the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2015 Annual Convention planned for Wednesday-Friday, June 17-19, at the Lexington Convention Center. Known as the "Eliot Ness of sports," Tygart has been involved, in some way, in nearly every major doping investigation during the past decade. Marion Jones, Barry Bonds, Floyd Landis, Jason Giambi and Lance Armstrong were all exemplars of sporting excellence until investigations by Tygart and the USADA exposed their excellence was obtained through cheating. Don’t miss this powerful presentation by the man who has been recognized by Sports Illustrated as one of the “50 Most Powerful People in Sports” and is the advocate for playing by the rules and the integrity of sport and clean athletes.

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JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR SUPREME COURT SEAT IN EASTERN KENTUCKY

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., announced nominees to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat for the 7th Appellate Court District. The district is comprised of 22 counties in Eastern Kentucky. The vacancy was created when Justice Will T. Scott stepped down Jan. 2 to run for Kentucky governor.

The three attorneys named as nominees to fill the vacancy are David Allen Barber of Prestonsburg, Roger Donald Riggs of Mount Sterling and Janet L. Stumbo of Van Lear.

The counties in the 7th Supreme Court District are Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Rowan and Wolfe.

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KENTUCKY ATTORNEY JOHN M. ROSENBERG RECEIVING AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION AWARD

John M. Rosenberg will be honored with one of the American Bar Association’s 2015 Grassroots Advocacy Awards at a reception to be held on April 15 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the U.S. Supreme Court. The award “honors bar associations, commissions and individuals [who] provide key assistance in ABA grassroots lobbying efforts, as they are the direct constituents of Members of Congress.” Rosenberg is emeritus director of Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Ky., Inc., (Appalred), a legal services program serving low income clients in 37 counties in eastern and south central Kentucky. He served as its director from its founding in 1970 until his retirement in 2002. From 1962 to 1970, Rosenberg served as a trial attorney, deputy section chief, and section chief in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. He served three terms on the KBA Board of Governors, from July 1, 2002-June 30, 2008. He has been a member of the Board of Regents of Morehead State University, and the Visiting Committee of the University of Kentucky College of Law. He is a founding board member of the East Kentucky Science Center in Prestonsburg and served as its chair from its inception in 1994 until 2006. He was the 2013 recipient of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Distinguished Lawyer Award and the 1992 recipient of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Donated Legal Services Award.

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YOUNG LAWYER AWARDS 

The Young Lawyers Division seeks nominees for four awards given annually for exceptional contributions to the legal profession and the public. Nominations are due Friday, April 10, 2015.

The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award honors a Kentucky attorney who has excelled in the practice of law, and community service. Any Kentucky young lawyer is eligible for nomination. “Young lawyer” is defined as one who, as of July 1, 2014, has been engaged in the practice of law for 10 or fewer years or who is 40 years old or younger. The 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award recipient was Rebekkah Bravo Rechter 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 2014 Nathaniel R. Harper Award recipient was A. Holland Houston of Louisville. 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 2014 Young Lawyer Service to Community Award recipient was Cara Stewart of Covington. 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 2014 Service to Young Lawyers Award recipient was Professor Robert Lawson of Lexington. For more information and to nominate a deserving individual or organization, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Schafer, Young Lawyers Division vice chair, at rschafer@reminger.com.

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COURTNET 2.0 PASSWORD CHANGE COMING SOON

KBA members will see a change in passwords for CourtNet 2.0 starting in the second quarter of 2015. When logging into CourtNet 2.0, KBA members will receive a prompt to change their password. Thereafter, passwords will be managed by the individual user and will be subject to standard password guidelines. Passwords will expire every 90 days. CourtNet 2.0 users will be able to request password resets through the application. Look for more information in the coming months. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Lucas with the Administrative Office of the Courts at (502) 573-2350 ext. 50187 or email at elizabethlucas@kycourts.net.

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CHIEF STAFF ATTORNEY JOB OPENING AT THE KENTUCKY COURT OF APPEALS
 
The Kentucky Court of Appeals currently has a job opening for a chief staff attorney. The closing date for the position is March 9, 2015. To view the job posting in its entirety, click here.

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UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI TO HOST MOCK TRIAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

The University of Cincinnati has been selected as the host for the 2015 American Mock Trial Association’s undergraduate National Championship Tournament. The event is scheduled for April 17-19, 2015 at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati, Ohio. Only a handful of cities have been chosen to host this event in the 30 year history of undergraduate mock trial. Out of over 600 teams that begin the season, the top 48 undergraduate mock trial teams in the nation, the country’s best and brightest future lawyers, will be competing at this Championship event.

To make this tournament a success, we need experienced litigators, like yourself, to oversee the rounds. If you are interested in judging, please go to www.ucmocktrial.com/judges.html to register online. There will be one round on Friday afternoon, two rounds on Saturday and one round on Sunday morning. The time commitments for each round are listed on the above referenced website. Parking, food and beverages will be provided free of charge to all judges. We truly appreciate the time and effort put forth by those who judge, as do the future lawyers who compete in these events!

Also, you can individually or through your firm/organization sponsor the event, with details at another link: www.ucmocktrial.com/sponsorship-opportunities.html. Any other questions or inquiries should be directed to Joshua Leckrone at (513) 509-1883 or by email at joshuajleckrone@gmail.com.

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“INITIAL HEARING OFFICER TRAINING; ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS UNDER KRS CHAPTER 13B” TO BE HELD MARCH 18

The Administrative Hearings Branch, Office of the Attorney General, will present a three-hour training course for hearing officers and participants in administrative hearings from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, at the Office of the Attorney General, 1024 Capital Center Drive (off Versailles Road near Jett) in Frankfort. This seminar is open to everyone. Approval for 3.0 hours of continuing legal education and educational requirements for hearing officers is pending before the Kentucky Bar Association as required by KRS 13B.030(4) and 40 KAR 5:010.

The registration fee is $75 per person and the deadline to register is Wednesday, March 11. To access additional information on the Attorney General’s website, click here. Payment can be made by check (payable to “Kentucky State Treasurer”) mailed to address above, or state government inter-account only. Registrations with inter-accounting can be faxed to Stephanie Bramblet at (502) 573-1009, or emailed to stephanie.bramblet@ky.gov. Confirmations will be mailed. For more information, call (502) 696-5442 or email above.

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CORRECTION TO INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE NEW COLLECTION OF ORAL HISTORIES FEATURING THE LEGACY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN JUDGES IN KENTUCKY

In the January and February editions of eNews, former Judge Neville Tucker was inaccurately listed as deceased, in the announcement regarding the new collection of oral histories featuring the legacy of African American judges in Kentucky. The coordinators of the collection apologize for any confusion the mistake may have created. Please contact Erica Binder-Wooten at erbinder@bellsouth.net or at (502) 299-7331 for any additional information.

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KYLAP HOSTS LAWYERS IN RECOVERY MEETINGS IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY AND LEXINGTON

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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BECOME A FELLOW OF THE KENTUCKY BAR FOUNDATION


The Kentucky Bar Foundation (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 of the payment supports KBF’s annual law-related grants.

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 and Life Fellows are recognized in the fiscal year of their enrollment at the KBF luncheon held during the KBA annual convention. Please consider supporting your Kentucky Bar Foundation and its continuing good works by enrolling as a Fellow. Click on the following link to obtain a Fellows Application:
http://www.kybar.org/documents/inside_kba/kbf_iolta/kbf_fellows_app.pdf

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SECTION NEWS

Elder Law Section Meeting, April 8

The Elder Law Section will meet from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 in the Boardroom of the Kentucky Bar Center in Frankfort. All Section members are invited to attend this brown bag lunch meeting to discuss and plan upcoming Section activities. The Bar Center is located at 514 West Main Street in downtown Frankfort. 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.

Putting an Elder Law Practice to Work CLE Seminar, April 10

The Elder Law Section's 2015 Spring CLE Seminar "Putting an Elder Law Practice to Work" will be held Friday, April 10 at the University of Louisville's Shelby Campus. The program has been accredited for 6.50 CLE credits in Kentucky. Registration is $200 for all KBA Elder Law Section members and $225 for all other attendees, and includes continental breakfast and lunch. The complete seminar brochure and registration form are located on the Elder Law Section's webpage. All registration forms must be received with payment no later than Friday, April 3. If you have any questions regarding the CLE program or registration, please 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

The Corporate House Counsel Section is sponsoring its 25th Annual Issues for Corporate House Counsel CLE seminar on Thursday, April 16 at the University of Louisville's Shelby Campus. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 7.00 CLE credits, including 2.00 ethics credits. Registration is $99 for all attendees, and includes continental breakfast and lunch. The complete seminar agenda and registration form are available on the Section's webpage. All registration forms must be received with payment no later than Thursday, April 9. Questions? Contact Lori Alvey at lalvey@kybar.org or (502) 564-3795.

The Section will also conduct its Annual Meeting in conjunction with the CLE program from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on April 16. At that time, those members in attendance will elect officers and plan activities for the 2015-2016 bar year. The Section is now accepting nominations for the offices of Chair-Elect, Vice Chair, and Officer at Large for the 2015-2016 bar year. All nominations should be submitted to Lori Alvey at lalvey@kybar.org no later than April 1.

2015 Kentucky Environmental Law Update CLE Seminar, April 22

The 2015 Kentucky Environmental Law CLE seminar will be held Wednesday, April 22 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 6.50 CLE credits, including 1.00 ethics credit. Registration is free for government attorneys and law students, and $75 for all other attendees. The seminar brochure with registration information is available on the Section's webpage. All registration forms must be received with payment no later than Wednesday, April 15. Questions? Contact Lori Alvey at lalvey@kybar.org or (502) 564-3795.

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CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION




2015 NEW LAWYER PROGRAM

 
The KBA’s next New Lawyer Program – scheduled for June 17-18 – will be held in conjunction with the 2015 KBA Annual Convention (June 17-19) at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington. 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 2015 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 jkeitz@kybar.org.



CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2014 CLE AWARD AND CLE RENEWAL AWARD RECIPIENTS

The CLE Commission congratulates KBA members who have received the 2014 CLE Award by obtaining a minimum of 60 CLE credit hours within a three-year period, in accordance with SCR 3.690.  Additionally, the commission congratulates those KBA members who have received the CLE Renewal Award by obtaining a minimum of 60 CLE credit hours within a three-year period, in accordance with SCR 3.690, and renewing the award by obtaining at least 20 hours in subsequent years.

To see a list of CLE Award and CLE Renewal Award recipients, click here.

The CLE Commission applauds these KBA members for their efforts to improve the legal profession through continuing legal education!





2015 KENTUCKY LAW UPDATE - FALL SCHEDULE IS NOW AVAILABLE

Mark your calendars now! The final dates and locations for the KBA's 2015 Kentucky Law Update are confirmed and listed below.

September 2-3 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Owensboro
Owensboro Convention Center

September 10-11 (Thursday-Friday)
Bowling Green
Holiday Inn & Sloan Convention Center

September 24-25 (Thursday-Friday)
Covington
Northern Kentucky Convention Center

October 1-2 (Thursday-Friday)
Ashland
Bellefonte Pavilion

October 7-8 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Louisville
Kentucky International Convention Center

October 28-29 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Paducah
Julian Carroll Convention Center

November 12-13 (Thursday-Friday)
Prestonsburg
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

November 18-19 (Wednesday-Thursday)
London
London Community Center

December 3-4 (Thursday-Friday)
Lexington
Lexington Convention Center

Program brochures will be mailed out to all KBA members in mid-June 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, contact Caroline Carter at ccarter@kybar.org or (502) 564-3795, ext. 229.



KBA TELESEMINARS

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 2015, visit http://ky.webcredenza.com/.

For questions or to register over the phone, please contact Kim at kim@webcredenza.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 2014 KBA Annual Convention and 2014 KBA KLU programs.

Click herefor 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.



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.





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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