Bench & Bar

JUL 2018

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11 BENCH & BAR | During the convention's annual banquet held at the Lexing- ton Convention Center on Thursday, June 14 , outgoing KBA President Bill Garmer presented the 2018 Distin- guished Lawyer Award to Somerset attorney Richard W. Hay and the Distinguished Judge Award to Jefferson County Circuit Court Chief Judge Brian C. Edwards . Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., presented the Chief Jus- tice's Special Service Award to Arnold S. Taylor for his service on the Judicial Ethics Commission and Grant M. Helman from his work on the Character and Fitness Com- mittee of the Office of Bar Admissions. Taylor and Helman both served as chair for these groups for many years. Following the awards, the KBA's new Officers and Bar Governors for 2018-2019 were sworn into office by Chief Justice Minton. The new officers include Douglas C. Ballantine , Louisville, as President ; President- Elect J. Stephen Smith , Ft. Mitchell; Vice President Thomas N. Kerrick , Bowling Green; Bill Garmer , Lexington, as Immediate Past President ; and Young Lawyers Divi- sion Chair Jennifer "Jenna " S. Overmann , Edgewood. K B A A N N U A L B A N Q U E T Bar Governors receiving the oath of office were W. Fletcher Schrock , Paducah, 1 st Supreme Court District (SCD); Matthew P. Cook , Bowling Green, 2 nd SCD; Melinda Gillum Dalton , Somerset, 3 rd SCD; Bobby Simpson , Louisville; 4 th SCD; Eileen M. O'Brien , Lexing- ton; 5 th SCD; and Gary J. Sergent , Covington, 6 th SCD; and Judge John F. Vincent of Ashland, 7 th SCD. Other Kentucky Bar Governors continuing their service are Van F. Sims , Paducah, 1 st Supreme Court District (SCD); J.D. Meyer , Owensboro, 2 nd SCD; Howard O. Mann , Corbin, 3 rd SCD; Amy D. Cubbage , Louisville, 4 th SCD; Mindy G. Barfield , Lexington, 5 th SCD; Todd V. McMurtry ,Ft. Mitchell, 6 th SCD; and Rhonda J. Blackburn , Pikeville, 7 th SCD. Also honored during the event were retiring KBA President Garmer ; Immediate Past President R. Michael Sullivan , Owensboro, and outgoing YLD Chair Eric M. Weihe , Louisville. K B A M E M B E R S H I P L U N C H E O N The annual membership luncheon was held on Friday, June 15 , at the Hyatt Regency. Prior to the luncheon Pres- ident Garmer and Chief Justice Minton honored the attor- neys who achieved senior counselor status. Following their ceremony the senior counselors attended the membership luncheon and watched a touching tribute to recognize their years of service. This year 188 attorneys were recognized as senior counselors. President Garmer presented the Bruce K. Davis Bar Service Award to Louisville attorney H. Scott Davis III . President Garmer later presented the 2018 Donated Legal Services Award to Marilyn S. Daniel , of Versailles. The Nathaniel A. Harper Diversity Award was presented to Michelle Browning Coughlin from Wyatt Tarrant & Combs' Louisville office. To conclude the luncheon 2018 Annual Convention Chair Robert L. Elliott and CLE Planning Committee Chair Judge Sheila R. Isaac were thanked for all of their hard work and dedication to the 2018 KBA Annual Convention.

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