Bench & Bar

MAR 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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| MARCH/APRIL 2018 64 Over the years, I'm sure that many, like me, have faced experiences within the bar that have left our sense of pride in our profession somewhat jaded, albeit temporarily. Others may not have experi- enced their own "war stories," but have likely been privy to stories that don't showcase the civility among the bar that we should all aim to achieve. These experiences likely negatively impacted your view of our profession and other practitioners. But, I can certainly attest to the fact that attending, presenting or otherwise partici - pating in bar or CLE related events with my fellow practitioners, replenishes this cup of pride in our profession and being among other Kentucky practitioners in a non-adversarial setting is simply good for the soul! So I invite you to get out of your offices or from behind your digital screens, and come hang out with your fellow practitioners at various KBA and CLE events this year. Ready to replenish your cup! Take out your calendar and plan ahead to attend the 2018 KBA Annual Convention from June 13-15 in Lexington. Last year's annual convention in Owensboro not only showcased this beautiful city in the western region of the state, but also brought world renounced speakers to our state who addressed prevalent current national legal issues facing both the criminal and civil bar. This year will be bigger and better. In addition, grab a colleague, a cup of coffee and join us at one of the Kentucky Law Update traveling shows, which will begin in late August and conclude in mid-December. This free CLE program is offered throughout the state at the following locations during the fall: M arch 2018 is already upon us, but it seems like just yesterday we were greeting a host of new and bright practitioners from across the state in Louisville at the New Lawyer Program in late January. These new practitioners not only received valuable CLE courses and credits to fulfill their annual requirements for the year, they also shared the privilege of being introduced to a wide range of leading practitioners from across the state. But, equally import- ant, I am hopeful that each were welcomed to the KBA in such a manner that they will remain eager to serve and practice within the bar for many years to come. I know this was my experience as I left the program with a true sense of pride in our profession and a better sense of belonging among a familial group of like-minded individuals seeking to pursue justice on various fronts. This sense of pride and my close association with my "bar family" remains with me today. T H E 2 0 1 8 K B A C L E P A T H : December 13-14 Covington Northern Kentucky Convention Center Join us. I guarantee you will get more than a bang for your buck when attending! Finally, join a KBA committee, section/practice group, or vol- unteer to lead a civic event in your community with your fellow practitioners. As budgetary issues continue to create barriers in providing equal access to justice among all citizens, I encourage you to find your niche, pursue your passion, and replenish your cup with civic or community endeavors that remind us all why we chose this notable profession. October 4-5 Pikeville Eastern Kentucky Expo Center September 27-28 Ashland Bellefonte Pavilion September 13-14 London London Community Center August 23-24 Bowling Green Holiday Inn University Plaza & Sloan Convention Center November 29-30 Lexington Lexington Convention Center November 15-16 Owensboro Owensboro Convention Center November 1-2 Paducah Julian Carroll Convention Center October 17-18 Louisville Kentucky International Convention Center LATOI D. MAYO is a shareholder with Littler Mendel- son P.C. She has advised, counseled and defended employers in regard to labor, employment and immigration matters for over 15 years. She received her B.A. and her J.D. from the University of Kentucky and is a member of the Fayette County, Kentucky and American Bar associations. CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

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