Bench & Bar

JAN 2018

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| JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 32 e Board of Governors met on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Officers and Bar Governors in attendance were, President W. Garmer; Pres- ident-Elect D. Ballantine; Vice President S. Smith; Immediate Past President M. Sullivan; Young Lawyers Division Chair E. Weihe and Young Lawyers Division Chair-Elect J. Overmann. Bar Governors 1 st District – F. Schrock, V. Sims; 2 nd District – J. Meyer, T. Kerrick, 3 rd District – M. Dalton; 4 th District – A. Cubbage, B. Simpson; 5 th District – E. O'Brien; 6 th District – G. Sergent, T. McMurtry; and 7 th District – R. Blackburn, J. Vincent. e following Bar Governors absent were: M. Barfield and H. Mann. In Executive Session, the Board considered one (1) oral argument, eight (8) default disciplinary cases, involving three lawyers and four (4) restoration cases. Judy McBrayer Campbell, Frankfort, Brenda Hart of Louisville, Dottye Moore of Elizabethtown and Dr. Leon Mooneyhan of Shelbyville non-lawyer members serving on the Board pursuant to SCR 3.375, participated in the deliberations. In Regular Session, the Board of Governors conducted the fol- lowing business: • Heard a status report from the 2018-2019 Budget & Finance Committee and Rules Committee • Clients' Security Fund Trustees Chair Retired Justice Mary Noble presented the Trustees' annual report. • Attorneys' Advertising Commission Chair Kerry D. Smith presented the Commission's annual report. • President-Elect Douglas Ballantine reported that the 2018 Summer Meeting would be held at the Omni Hotel in Louisville on July 19-21. • Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Chair-Elect Jenni- fer Overmann delivered the YLD report on behalf of Chair Eric Weihe. She reported that plans for the 2018 Legal Food Frenzy are underway and a goal of 800,000 pounds of food has been set. e Kickoff for the 2018 Legal Food Frenzy campaign will take place at the State Capitol on Jan. 17, 2018. e donation drive will run from March 15 – April 2 and the awards will be presented at the YLD Annual Luncheon during the 2018 Annual Convention in Lexington. Overmann reported YLD received first place in their division for the ABA YLD Achievement Award which was presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in New York. Overmann was pleased to report that the ABA Young Lawyers Division has chosen Louisville to host their Spring Conference. e YLD will be making suggestions for recreational activities, topics for pro- gramming, and sponsorships for the event. Overmann reported that J. Tanner Watkins, past YLD Chair and winner of the 2017 Outstanding Young Lawyer award, has been entered to win the ABA National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. e Wm. Reece Smith Jr. National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award recognizes an ABA young lawyer in good standing who exhibits: professional excellence; service to the profession and the bar; service to the community; and/ or a reputation for or the advancement of legal ethics and professional responsibility. • President Garmer reported that the 2018 Annual Convention will take place in Lexington on June 13-15. e Planning Committee, Chaired by Robert L. Elliott, held its first organizational meeting on August 24. • President Garmer reported that he has appointed Bar Governor John Vincent and KBA Past President Wil- liam Johnson to Co-Chair the Legislative Outreach Committee. President Garmer expressed his intent to prioritize the funding of the judicial system. Lawyers and business leaders from around the state who have an interest in this topic will be invited to serve on the Committee. President Garmer hopes to send a letter to the legislature explaining how important the judicial system and rule of law are to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. • President Garmer reported that it his goal is to have the first KBA Bar Leadership Institute in April of 2018. It will be an opportunity to familiarize Kentucky attorneys with the role of the Kentucky Bar Asso- ciation. Charles E. (Buzz) English, Jr., of Bowling Green will chair the committee and the following Board members have been asked to serve: Rhonda Jennings Blackburn, J. D. Meyer, Eric M. Weihe, and Jennifer Overmann. summary of minutes kba board of GOVERNORS MEETING S E P T E M B E R 1 5 , 2 0 1 7 BAR NEWS

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