Bench & Bar

SEP 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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| SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 2 BY: DOUGLAS C. BALLANTINE KBA PRESIDENT PRESIDENT'S PAGE A s KBA President, I recently sent an email to all Kentucky attorneys encouraging a sustainer contribution to the Kentucky Bar Foundation (KBF) by checking the box at the bottom of our dues statement and contributing $30. First of all, thank you to all of you who did so. But just why is it that the KBF is worthy of that support? As a Kentucky attorney, I am honored to be a Fellow and board member of the Kentucky Bar Foundation (KBF), which represents the very best of our profession. e KBF is a nonprofit organization serving as the charitable arm of Kentucky's legal community. Its mission is to further the public's understanding of the judicial system and the legal pro- fession through programs and philanthropic partnerships that help those in need. e KBF support has positively affected the lives of many citizens of our Commonwealth and furthered the administration of justice through programs that include: • educating the public about law and the justice system; • helping at-risk children; • providing funding to assist abused women and children; • assisting veterans with legal problems by funding clinics offering free legal services; • providing funding to educate high school seniors about abuse of credit; and • preserving legal history. Since 1988, the Kentucky Bar Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $3.5 million to agencies promoting access to justice and law-related education for Kentucki- ans. In 2018, the KBF awarded $250,000 in grants to worthy organizations, from a sexual assault center in Paducah to an educational program in Pikeville. Next year is expected to be another great year. e KBF could not support these efforts without the generosity of Kentucky attorneys and judges. Although there are many examples of the good resulting from KBF grants, a couple of examples are below. CATHOLIC CHARITIES' IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES Leonardo was imprisoned in Cuba in the 1970s. He eventually came to the United States in 1989 as a refugee and worked for several years with the Social Security number and work authorization he was provided. He never felt the urgency to apply for permanent residence. en, depression and mental illness gripped him and he fell in and out of employment, and in and out of homelessness. Leonardo eventually found help, but needed to show eligibility for services by providing his green card, which he did not have. With the assistance of I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. -maya angelou " " Giving Back :

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