Legal Aid University: How Young Lawyers Can Build a Practice and Hone Skills
Choose either May 21, 2015 in Lexington or May 27, 2015 in Covington.
The KBA Young Lawyers Division and Kentucky's Legal Aid Programs are collaborating to offer this special training to young lawyers interested in learning the basics of practice areas in which Kentucky's legal aid staff offer legal assistance to thousands of low-income clients each year. Each topic presentation will offer attendees specific guidance as to court procedures, available forms, common issues, and practice tips in the areas of criminal record expungements, domestic violence orders, basic estate planning, divorce, and social security benefits. The program is FREE to any YLD member who agrees to later take two cases from their local legal aid program, in whichever practice area the lawyer selects. The legal aid program staff will provide mentoring and support to lawyers on these cases. There is a $20 registration fee for anyone who is unable to volunteer their time.
The program will be held on May 21, 2015 at the University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington, as well as on May 27, 2015 at the Kenton County Courthouse in Covington. The program has been accredited in Kentucky for 5.00 CLE credits. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.
For more information and to register, please see the attached form.
District 5 Representative Candidates
Jonathan A. Hall
Jonathan Hall has been practicing law in the Commonwealth since 2012. While pursuing his law degree, Jonathan was a Staff Writer for the University of Dayton Law Review, argued for the school's Moot Court team, and served as President of his class on the Student Bar Association. He is the founder and partner at Wiggins & Hall Law Group, LLC, which has offices in Lexington and Dayton, Ohio. His practice focuses on estate planning, elder law, probate, and business planning. He is also licensed to practice in Indiana. Jonathan currently serves as the Chairman of the Northern Kentucky Bar Association’s Estate and Probate Section. He is also a “Big” with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass. He lives in Lexington with his wife, Laura, and his dog, Gizmo. It would be his honor to serve on the YLD Executive Committee as the 5th District Representative.
W. Steven Middleton
I am an associate at Johnson Newcomb, LLP in Frankfort, where I work for current KBA President William E. Johnson. We are a general practice law firm that handles a wide variety of legal issues throughout the Fifth District. I earned my bachelor’s degree from UK in 2011 and graduated from the UK College of Law in 2014. While in law school, I served as an Articles Editor for the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law and was a research assistant to Professor Rutheford “Biff” Campbell. I live in Lexington, where I have resided for most of my life. I am a member of the Franklin County Bar Association and the Kentucky Justice Association.
District 7 Representative Candidates
Miranda D. Click
Miranda D. Click, a native of Hindman, KY who now resides in Martin, KY, was Valedictorian of her graduating class at Alice Lloyd College, where she received a B.A. in both English and History and where she now serves as a member of the college’s Alumni Association. She received her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2008. While pursuing her J.D., she interned with the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Upon graduation from University of Kentucky College of Law, Miranda joined the C.V. Reynolds Law Office where her practice was focused on commercial litigation and insurance defense in both state and federal court. She joined the Pam May Law Firm in 2011 and now focuses her practice on medical malpractice defense, health care law, and civil defense litigation. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, the Pike County Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute. She has been a member of the KBA Young Lawyers Division since her admittance to the bar. She became part of the KBA Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee in 2013 and currently serves as the Seventh District Representative. She also participates in a KBA Diversity taskforce/working group. Miranda has enjoyed her experience working with the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee, especially as the Seventh District Representative and would love the opportunity to continue to serve in that capacity.
Danny Lee Lunsford, Jr.
Danny Lee Lunsford, Jr., was born and raised in Harlan County, Kentucky. The first to attend college in his family, Danny obtained a Bachelor of Science with a major in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy from University of the Cumberlands located in Williamsburg, Kentucky. While at UC, Danny was heavily involved in the school’s Forensics Team and Mentoring Program. Danny also helped organized the first Voter Registration drive co-hosted by the College Republicans and College Democrats. Danny received his Juris Doctor at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia. While there he held office in 5 different student organizations, including Chairman of the Moot Court Board. During his time at ASL Danny was named to the Dean’s list for two different semesters. Danny is currently licensed to practice law in Kentucky state courts and the Eastern District of Kentucky federal courts. Danny’s practice focuses on criminal defense, family law, and juvenile law. Danny is currently an Associate Attorney in the law offices of Johnnie L. Turner, P.S.C. in Harlan, Kentucky and also does contract work for the Department of Public Advocacy.
Thank you to everyone who participated by voting in the 2014-15 KBA Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee elections!
The winners for each election are listed below.
Secretary/Treasurer: Eric M. Weihe
2nd District Representative: Lauren E. Marley
5th District Representative: Mark B. Maier
7th District Representative: Miranda D. Click
The Young Lawyers Division seeks nominees for four Awards given annually for exceptional contributions to the legal profession and the public. Nominations are due Friday, April 10, 2015.
The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award honors a Kentucky attorney who has excelled in the practice of law, and community service. Any Kentucky young lawyer is eligible for nomination. “Young lawyer” is defined as one who, as of July 1, 2014, has been engaged in the practice of law for ten or fewer years or who is forty years old or younger. The 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award recipient was Rebekkah Bravo Rechter of Louisville, Kentucky. For more information and to nominate a deserving individual, please click here.
The Nathaniel R. Harper Award honors a person or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to changing the face of the Bar by encouraging the inclusion of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, as well as promoting full and equal participation in the legal profession by all unrepresented or underrepresented groups. The 2014 Nathaniel R. Harper Award recipient was A. Holland Houston of Louisville, Kentucky. For more information and to nominate a deserving individual or organization, please click here.
The Young Lawyer Service to Community Award honors a member of the Young Lawyers Division for exemplary service to his or her community through volunteerism, service to non-profit organizations, and/or pro bono legal representation. The 2014 Young Lawyer Service to Community Award recipient was Cara Stewart of Covington, Kentucky. For more information and to nominate a deserving individual, please click here.
The Service to Young Lawyers Award honors a lawyer, non-lawyer, or organization for exception contributions to the professional and personal advancement and mentorship of young lawyers. The 2014 Service to Young Lawyers Award recipient was Professor Robert Lawson of Lexington, Kentucky. For more information and to nominate a deserving individual or organization, please click here.