A central focus of the Young Lawyers Section is to provide quality CLE programs that address the needs of young lawyers. In addition to the Young Lawyers Conference held at the Annual Convention (make "annual convention" a link to the Convention page) and the New Lawyer Program, the Young Lawyers Section offers additional programs throughout the year at no-cost to our members. These programs are offered in all areas of the state, and cover a broad range of practice areas and topics of interest to young attorneys. Often, we work with other sections and local bar organizations to provide these quality CLE programs.
Please view our calendar to browse for upcoming CLE events.
Who is eligible to join KBA YLS?
Any Kentucky lawyer who is 40 years of age or under or any Kentucky lawyer who has practiced law 10 years or less regardless of age.
Once a year, in July, the KBA sends out the annual dues statement for the July 1—June 30 fiscal year. Dues are $20.00. All sections are listed on this notice and you can join sections on this statement as you pay your dues.
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 4, 2014. For more information, please visit www.kbayld.org/home.
The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award honors a Kentucky attorney who has excelled in the practice of law, civic engagement/bar service, and community service. Any Kentucky young lawyer is eligible for nomination. “Young lawyer” is defined as one who, as of July 1, 2013, has been engaged in the practice of law for ten or fewer years or who is forty years old or younger. The 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award recipient was Kevin C. Burke 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 2013 Nathaniel R. Harper Award recipient was Drusilla Bakert of Lexington, 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 2013 Young Lawyer Service to Community Award recipient was Nanci House of Winchester, 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 2013 Service to Young Lawyers Award recipient was Pierce Hamblin of Lexington, Kentucky. For more information and to nominate a deserving individual or organization, please click here.