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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7 BENCH & BAR | related committees. Practicing law has been a stim- ulating career, but it can also be stressful, as all of us know. Getting together with other lawyers who believe in the good that lawyers can do, and who work to accomplish those good things, is rewarding and uplifting. e time I spend with the Bar is a small way that I can repay our profession for the benefits I have received over my life from the practice of law. In 2009, the KBA published a book of interviews with senior attor- neys, "Kentucky Lawyers Speak." Among the lawyers interviewed was your father. In his interview, he called "destructive and horri- ble" attacks on judicial decision-making by "people who don't have any basis of understanding" the nature of what courts do. Do you share his concerns? How viable these days are the constitutional principles of judicial independence and the separation of powers? I do share his concerns, but I also know that he and I believe in our system of government. ere will likely always be some who attack our judicial system when they don't obtain the results they want. I think one of the greatest attributes of lawyers is the ability to disagree respectfully, without attacking personally the lawyer or the party on the other side, or the particular judge assigned to a case. It is very important that we as a profession serve as an example of how we as a society can disagree agreeably. I think we need to be sure that our children are learning about how our government is structured and how it functions, including the impor- tance of judicial independence within our system. en, as they mature and if they see any attacks on the judicial system, they may understand and respect the need for continued judicial independence. KBA presidents tend to come into office with a cause or concept they'd like to emphasize in their year in office. Have you settled on a theme for your presidency? I don't know that I have a particular theme or cause for the short time that I will serve as president, but there are certainly ongoing issues to be addressed, already begun by some of my predecessors. We need to do all we can to support our judiciary in efforts to increase funding for the courts. We must strive to increase the diversity of our Bar in Kentucky. Efforts are already underway on that front, begun by then-President Doug Farnsley and others, but we must not let up in our efforts. Also, President Bill Garmer recently held the first Bar Leadership Conference, which is designed to encourage participation by members of the Bar who want to serve, but have not been sure how to go about that. We hope that will be an annual event to continue to encourage new leadership in the KBA. Additionally, unfortunately, mental health issues arise for our members. Our Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP) is doing a great job trying to help with those issues. We have a commission appointed by former president Mike Sullivan to examine KYLAP to see if there are ways it can better serve our mem- bers. ese are just some of the issues that the KBA and the Board of Governors will be addressing during my time as president. Stoll Keenon Ogden's (SKO) history goes back more than 120 years. Stoll Field, once the home of the UK football Wildcats, was named for the founder, Richard Stoll. Squire Ogden is a Kentucky Doug: Doug:

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