Bench & Bar

SEP 2018

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| SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 50 B Blame it all on my (Appalachian) roots, but I speak in colloquialisms. And, I have a number in my arsenal. To my children when they get sassy: "Don't get above your raisin'!" To my husband upon com- menting on another woman's appearance: "Pretty is as pretty does." To a colleague lamenting particularly bad case facts or a disappointing court ruling: "It is what it is." To opposing counsel nearing the conclusion of a hard fought mediation: "Pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered." Although this may be my personal favor- ite and was learned from my dad, the one that I use most frequently because of its versatility and wide ranging application is: "e truth will stand when the world's on fire." is one I learned from my mom's best friend, Ninny, who used the phrase frequently, always with a robust laugh, slap of her knee and measure of certainty that made me a little fearful of doing any- thing too far out of line. As we gear up to start the 2018-19 Ken- tucky Law Update series and reflect on another successful KBA Convention, the Commission wanted to address some common misconceptions about the CLE programming at convention and the KLU events, and share these "truths." 1 ยข A Penny Thoughts for your By: Leigh Gross Latherow 1 THERE IS NOT A VENUE IN EASTERN KENTUCKY LARGE ENOUGH TO ACCOMMODATE ANNUAL CONVENTION. Holding the KBA convention in Lexington, Louisville, and Covington rather than in Eastern Kentucky is a frequent crit- icism. e location factors are based upon convention space and hotel availability, not prejudice toward any area of the state. ere are approximately 2,000 convention attendees each year. e Galt House in Louisville is the only location in Kentucky that can fully accommodate the convention. Even in Covington and Lexington, the entire convention centers and two hotels are needed to fully accommodate the event. e beauty of the Appalachian Mountains and the fabulous outdoor adventures available for convention goers in an eastern venue cannot be questioned. Unfortunately, there is simply no venue to accom- modate the event. FREE COFFEE AT EACH OF THE NINE KLU PROGRAMS IS NOT ECONOMICALLY VIABLE. Kentucky Law Update is presented nine times each edu- cational year, with at least one program in each of the Supreme Court Districts. is allows easy access for all KBA members to fully complete their CLE requirements without additional cost to the members. e KBA is the only state bar association that provides this service at no additional cost to members. e annual budget for this benefit is $250,000. Adding free coffee at each of the nine events would increase the cost by $60,000. No doubt, free coffee would be nice, but as a matter of economics, the additional benefit is not feasible. Sometimes local bar associations sponsor coffee for the programs. Otherwise, coffee for KLU is on your own. 2 CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

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