Bench & Bar

SEP 2018

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| SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 4 Kentucky Bar Foundation funding, Catholic Charities has been able to assist Leonardo to secure the documents needed to submit an application for permanent residence. Soon he will be eligible for housing and mental health services to get back on his feet. ELDERSERVE, INC. e Kentucky Bar Foundation provided a $5,000 grant to help with ElderServe, Inc.'s Crime Victim Services (CVS) Program. CVS helps nearly one thousand older crime victims each year, including Mr. S, an 85-year-old man diagnosed with dementia, who, according to the neighbor who initially contacted CVS, was being financially exploited and robbed by drug users and prostitutes in his neighborhood. Mr. S was a Vietnam war veteran and former LMPD officer. His wife had already passed and he had limited interaction with family and friends. Although Mr. S had significant assets, he was only receiving limited assistance from the state guardianship program, in addition to some in-home care. Mr. S had no television, running water, or working phone. Mr. S received a check once a month for personal allowances that was frequently stolen from him. CVS and Guardianship Ser- vices worked with the state guardianship program to assume guardianship for Mr. S. e same day the guardianship was appointed, a social worker visited Mr. S to assess his living conditions and check on his health. e social worker found that Mr. S had significant cognitive impairment, had been eating food that was improperly stored, had standing water in the basement, was using a paint can as a toilet, had no heat, and had bed bugs. Emergency vouchers were obtained for immediate needs for clothing, food, and personal hygiene items. Mr. S was subsequently moved to a long-term care facility where he is receiving appropriate care. ere are a number of ways to get involved with the Kentucky Bar Foundation, ranging from monetary contributions to volunteer opportunities. The KBF 's website, www.kybarfoundation.org, contains a wealth of information about ways you can give back to the community through the KBF. Two ways by which you can contribute to the KBF are the Fellows program and membership in the Partners for Justice Society. FELLOWS I am proud to be among the more than 1,000 Fellows of the Kentucky Bar Foundation. Last year, 20 more attorneys became Fellows, all of whom are recognized on pages 48-49 of this issue. I encourage you to consider becoming a Fellow as well. e KBF Fellows Program recognizes those members of the Kentucky Bar who have shown support for the KBF's mission through their success in the practice of law and their generosity in contributing to the KBF. Attorneys can become a KBF Life Fellow through a one-time contribution of $1,250. Alternatively, attorneys may become a Fellow through an initial contribution of $300 and a pledge to contribute an additional $300 per year for the subsequent four years. You may also honor an esteemed colleague's past or present contributions to the legal profession with a Life Fellow membership. PARTNERS FOR JUSTICE SOCIETY I am also fortunate to work at a firm, Stoll Keenon Odgen PLLC, which is a member of the Kentucky Bar Foundation's Partners for Justice Society. Members of the Partners for Justice Society are individuals, firms, or other groups who have a made a major gift to the KBF. ere are more than 90 members of the Partners for Justice Society. Levels of giving range from $5,000 to $75,000. We are fortunate to be members of an incredible profession that holds great power. With such power comes a responsibility to do not only well for ourselves, but also good for others. Please join me in supporting the Kentucky Bar Foundation, which does so much good for so many throughout our state. Let's "throw something back" to those who are less fortunate in our Commonwealth. On June 30 of each year, terms expire for seven (7) of the fourteen (14) Bar Governors on the KBA Board of Governors. SCR 3.080 provides that notice of the expiration of the terms of the Bar Governors shall be carried in the Bench & Bar. SCR 3.080 also provides that a Board member may serve three consec- utive two-year terms. Requirements for being nominated to run for the Board of Gover- nors are contained in Section 4 of the KBA By-Laws and the requirements include filing a written petition signed by not less than twenty (20) KBA members in good standing who are residents of the candidate's Supreme Court District. Board policy provides that "No member of the Board of Governors or Inquiry Commission, nor their respective firms, shall represent an attorney in a dis- cipline matter." In addition any member of the Bar who is considering seeking or plans to seek election to the Board of Governors or to a position as an Officer of the KBA will, if elected, be required to sign a limited waiver of confidentiality regarding any pri- vate discipline he or she may have received. Any such petition must be received by the KBA Executive Director at the Kentucky Bar Center in Frankfort prior to the close of business on the last business day in October. Terms Expire on the KBA Board of Governors The Current Terms of the Following Board Members Will Expire on June 30, 2019: 1 st District Van F. Sims Paducah 2 nd District J. D. Meyer Owensboro 3 rd District Howard O. Mann Corbin 4 th District Amy D. Cubbage Louisville 5 th District Mindy G. Barfield Lexington 6 th District Todd V. McMurtry Ft. Mitchell 7 th District Rhonda Jennings Blackburn Pikeville To learn more about becoming a KBF Fellow, a Partner for Justice, or another contributor/volunteer, contact Kentucky Bar Foundation Executive Director Guion Johnstone at (800) 874-6582 or visit www.kybarfoundation.org/donate. PRESIDENT'S PAGE

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