KBA seeks applicants to fill vacancy for Deputy Bar Counsel






The Kentucky Bar Association announces a vacancy in the position of Deputy Bar Counsel in the Office of Bar Counsel (OBC).  The applicant must be a licensed member of the Kentucky Bar, with a minimum experience in the practice of law of 3 years. Litigation experience preferred.

The OBC is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all disciplinary cases against members of the Kentucky Bar, pursuant to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Kentucky.  OBC lawyers investigate bar complaints, review and analyze allegations of professional misconduct, present complaints to the Inquiry Commission regarding the issuance of disciplinary charges, examine witnesses at evidentiary hearings, present oral arguments to the KBA Board of Governors, and write briefs.

The OBC also advises the Board of Governors and Bar Committees on issues relating to ethics and the practice of law, provides staff support to the Attorneys’ Advertising Commission and the Clients’ Security Fund; assists the Executive Director with the enforcement of prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law; and performs various other duties relating to the regulation of the Kentucky legal profession, as directed by the Board of Governors and the Executive Director.

The OBC is supervised and directed by a Chief Bar Counsel and a Chief Deputy.  In addition, there are seven Deputy Bar Counsel.  Each Deputy is responsible for a full caseload of disciplinary files and is also assigned one or more administrative or supervisory responsibilities.

This position represents a unique opportunity for a member of the Bar to use litigation skills and acquire expertise in the field of ethics as applied to the practice of law.

This is a full-time professional position in the public service sector that requires the same level of dedication as any other legal career.  Lawyers employed by the Kentucky Bar Association are not permitted to serve private clients or otherwise practice law outside of their official duties.  The OBC lawyers keep regular office hours at the Kentucky Bar Center in Frankfort and are required to engage in occasional travel throughout the state.  The contemplated salary for the vacant position is competitive with salaries for lawyers with 3 or more years of experience.   Benefits include vacation and sick leave, paid single health insurance and participation in the Kentucky Employees’ Retirement System (KERS).

To apply for the position, mail two copies of a detailed professional resume, which must include your salary requirement or salary history, references, and two copies of a recent legal writing sample, to John Meyers, Executive Director, Kentucky Bar Association, 514 West Main Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1812, before April 27, 2011.  No e-mail or fax submissions will be accepted.  The Kentucky Bar Association is an equal opportunity employer.

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