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Supreme Court Justice Michelle Keller to receive KY Bar Association’s Distinguished Judge Award

Supreme Court of Kentucky’s Justice Michelle M. Keller, was selected by the Kentucky Bar Association’s Board of Governors to receive the 2020 Distinguished Judge Award. The award is usually presented at the annual banquet held during the association’s annual convention. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the convention was canceled. The KBA is working to reschedule the awards banquet...

Kentucky law firms kick off statewide Legal Food Frenzy to collect food, donations for food banks

The Kentucky Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Division has kicked off its annual Legal Food Frenzy and wants Kentucky attorneys to help feed the hungry. The Food Frenzy is a statewide competition amongst Kentucky law firms, law schools, and legal organizations to raise food and funds to support Feeding Kentucky, the statewide network of food banks. The competition runs through March 14. Zachary...

Ft. Mitchell attorney J. Stephen Smith to serve as president of Kentucky Bar Association

Ft. Mitchell attorney J. Stephen Smith will serve as president of the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) for a one-year term that began July 1. Smith, an attorney with Graydon, took his oath of office during the 2019 KBA Annual Convention in Louisville. J. Stephen SmithSmith received his B.A. in history from Denison University in 1988, his M.A. in negotiations and economics in 1990 from the University...

Secretary of State Grimes and DHS conduct cybersecurity seminar for Kentucky attorneys

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and the Department of Homeland Security conducted a cybersecurity seminar Friday for Kentucky attorneys at the Kentucky Bar Association’s annual conference. “I am proud of the relationship my office has built with the Department of Homeland Security as a key partner in election security,” Grimes said. “Like election officials, law firms...

‘Legal Food Frenzy’ campaign nets 630,000 pounds of food for regional food banks; winners announced

During the second-annual Kentucky Legal Food Frenzy March 15 through April 2, the state’s legal community donated more than 630,000 pounds of food to benefit children in need. The 2018 campaign was an opportunity for Kentucky lawyers and legal staff to compete outside the courtroom to donate food and raise funds. Proceeds generated help Kentucky’s seven regional food banks prepare for increased...

NKY’s Joy Kramer sworn in as chief judge of KY Court of Appeals; elected by fellow judges

Judge Joy Kramer sworn in as chief judge by current Chief Judge Glenn Acree Judge Joy A. Kramer of Northern Kentucky was sworn as chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals for a term beginning July 1. Judge Kramer was sworn in by current Chief Judge Glenn E. Acree in the courtroom of the Court of Appeals building in Frankfort.   Judge Kramer was elected by her fellow Court of Appeals judges to...

Don McNay: Connecting the dots between a law school hall of fame and attorney suicides

“Once you’re gone, you can’t come back When you’re out of the blue, and into the black” -Neil Young   It was a session of the Kentucky Bar Association, but it felt like a wake. A reasonably large crowd came to hear about the downbeat topic of attorney suicides. Two years ago, a number of Kentucky attorneys took their own lives. All men, mostly middle-aged.   Some...

Don McNay: Connecting the dots between a law school hall of fame and attorney suicides

“Once you’re gone, you can’t come back When you’re out of the blue, and into the black” -Neil Young   It was a session of the Kentucky Bar Association, but it felt like a wake. A reasonably large crowd came to hear about the downbeat topic of attorney suicides. Two years ago, a number of Kentucky attorneys took their own lives. All men, mostly middle-aged.   Some...

Commentary: Attorneys can make difference through pro bono service for 'public good'

  By Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden (Retired) Special to KyForward   Imagine facing serious, life-changing legal issues such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, domestic violence and wrongful eviction and not being able to afford an attorney. That’s the reality for thousands of low-income Kentuckians.   As we celebrate National Pro Bono Week this week, Oct. 20-26, the Kentucky Access to Justice...

Don McNay: Showing love to addicts, those pondering suicide costs nothing, but may help

“Though it’s cold and lonely in the deep dark night” -Jim Steinman (song by Meat Loaf and later the cast of Glee)   My first news on Sunday, July 14, was seeing that Cory Monteith, a star on the television show Glee, was found dead in his hotel room.   Although Cory was Canadian, his problem is American. We have a drug problem in the United States that is not going away.   Heroin...