Bench & Bar

JUL 2018

The Bench & Bar magazine is published to provide members of the KBA with information that will increase their knowledge of the law, improve the practice of law, and assist in improving the quality of legal services for the citizenry.

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| JULY/AUGUST 2018 2 A long time ago in a galaxy far away, someone asked me if I might be interested in getting involved with the Kentucky Bar Association. I said that I would think about it and soon thereafter, just a few years out of law school I became a member of KBA Professionalism Committee. I have been involved in the KBA in some way or another ever since and have enjoyed every bit of it. Now, it is my honor to serve as president of the KBA. First and foremost, thank you for that honor. Although I occasionally joke and say that I must have missed a meeting in order to have been selected for this position, I do not take lightly the responsibility of the position. As trite as it might sound, when I consider the presidents before me, as well as the quality of lawyers throughout the Commonwealth, I am truly humbled to serve as president of the Kentucky Bar Association. Several people have asked if I have any particular goal or program in mind for my term. e short answer is not really. I am in the fortunate position of following many great presidents who started or have continued several very good programs. e Board of Governors and the Executive Committee will have our hands full continuing those programs. An overview of a few of the programs is below, followed by a few comments about our opportunity as lawyers to demonstrate passionate, yet respectful, arguments. BAR LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE. is was primarily Immediate Past President Bill Garmer's idea. Many lawyers approached Bill and members of the Board of Governors asking how they could become involved with the KBA. Bill asked KBA Past President Buzz English to chair a committee to plan a program to help lawyers become involved in the KBA. e program was a great success and Bill wrote about the program in his last president's page. e planning for the next program has already begun. anks to Bill Garmer not only for the conference, but also for his service as president last year. KENTUCKY LAWYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TASK FORCE. Past President Mike Sullivan has set up an ad hoc committee to examine KYLAP to assess what needs the program may have, and to try to determine what the KBA can do to help address those concerns. We expect to have a report from the committee this year. DIVERSITY INITIATIVES. Past President Doug Farnsley came up with the idea to have a Diversity and Inclusion Summit, which we try to hold every other year, and expect to have it in the spring of 2019. e Diversity Summit is a program to help provide practical ideas for the creation of diversity and inclusion programs, to assist managers in handling diversity issues and to empower attorneys from diverse backgrounds to work through issues to contribute in their workplaces. ere will also be a Diversity Pipeline, by which high school and college students from diverse backgrounds will be invited to learn more about the legal profession. KENTUCKY LEGAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (KLEO) TASK FORCE. e KLEO program is designed to increase the number of historically under-rep- resented students in Kentucky's three law schools. e KLEO program has two aspects: a scholarship and a 12-day residential pre-law preparatory program called the KLEO Summer Institute. e Summer Institute is designed to prepare students from low income, minority and disadvantaged backgrounds for the rigors of law school. Over 175 students Advocating with Respect BY: DOUGLAS C. BALLANTINE KBA PRESIDENT PRESIDENT'S PAGE

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