Bench & Bar

JAN 2018

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| JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 22 T he Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division ("YLD") is a very robust and active division. Read below to learn about how to volunteer to help with YLD program- ming, honor someone who has contributed to young lawyers in Kentucky, and get more involved in the YLD. BULLYPROOF – Young Lawyers Educating and Empowering to End Bullying Bullying among youth is a widespread problem that continues to receive increasing attention. In an attempt to address bullying, the American Bar Association created Bullyproof—a program that seeks to address the growing problem of bullying among our youth through education, awareness, and legislative reform. e YLD sponsors this program in counties throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A key pillar of the YLD's program is outreach to schools through classroom presentations. Bullyproof places law- yers into local middle schools to educate youth on reporting and preventing bullying. As part of its Bullyproof program, the YLD, with the generous support of the Kentucky Bar Foundation, has developed a one-hour presentation that includes a video, interactive game, and classroom discussion. e YLD encourages attorneys of all ages and backgrounds to volunteer to give a Bullyproof presenta- tion. For more information on volunteering, please email one of the YLD Bullyproof Committee Co-Chairs, Lee Metzger (LMetzger@ or Kevin Smith ( U@18 ere a lot of new freedoms and responsibilities provided to young people who reach the age of 18. In 2008, the YLD created and implemented the U@18 program, which is designed to teach high school seniors some of the basic legal rights and ramifications of becoming legal adults. Since the inception of the U@18 program, the YLD has given presentations in numer- ous counties throughout the Commonwealth, reaching thousands of students. e hour- long presentation consists of 10 video vignettes that present students with real-life scenarios they may encounter as adults that involve legal issues, such as: motor vehicle laws, employment discrimination, domestic violence, jury duty, tenant rights, and con- tract rights. After each of the 10 vignettes, the presenter stops the video and engages the high school seniors in a thoughtful discussion on the basic laws at issue in the vignettes, and answers any questions the students might have regarding the laws. e YLD is looking for attorneys to volunteer to give the U@18 presentation at high schools near them this coming spring. You are not required to have any specific knowledge or prior experience in the areas of law addressed in the vignettes, and minimal preparation is needed, as the video comes with a companion booklet and script for presenters. Speaking from personal experience, presenting the U@18 program in high schools is a very fun and rewarding opportunity. For more information on volunteering, please email one of the YLD U@18 Committee Co-Chairs, Lee Metzger ( or Kevin Smith ( AWARD NOMINATIONS Each year the YLD recognizes exceptional contributions to the legal profession by awarding the following awards presented at the annual Kentucky Bar Association Convention. If you know of a deserving recipient, and would like to nominate he or she for one of the below-described awards, please visit the YLD website at for more information on the nomination process. Nominations are due by Friday, March 30, 2018. The OUTSTANDING YOUNG LAWYER AWARD honors a Kentucky attorney who has excelled in the practice of law and community service. Any Kentucky lawyer who, as of July 1, 2017, has been engaged in the practice of law for 10 or fewer years, or who is 40 years old or younger, is eligible for nomination. e NATHANIEL R. HARPER AWARD honors a person or orga- nization that has demonstrated a commitment to changing the BY: ERIC M. WEIHE , YLD CHAIR WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN AND SUPPORT THE YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION COLUMNS

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