LawReader has learned of efforts to recruit candidates for the KBA Board of Governors who are up for election this year.

Candidates are being sought to oppose four incumbent Board members. A total of seven seats are up for election this year. The other seven seats will stand for election in 2014.
The comments received by LawReader regarding the four targeted Board of Governors members suggest that these four Board Members have been the leaders in tolerating excessive prosecution of attorneys by the Bar Counsel’s office.

One attorney said “…when they fired Gosnell they didn’t go far enough, and the Bar Counsel’s office hasn’t changed a bit.” Another argued, “The KBA has wasted a small fortune ($400,000) in their attempt to silence the political speech of a respected attorney, and someone must be held accountable! They won’t even tell us why they fired Gosnell.”

The Board of Governors has the authority to hire and fire members of the Bar Counsel’s office. The Board has given no reason for the firing of Linda Gosnell in November of 2011.

The four Board members against whom opponents are being recruited:

#1 Serieta G. Jaggers of Princeton.
#2 Douglass Farnsley of Louisville (He is rumored to be seeking the office of Vice-President and may not run for the Board of Governors. Farnsley is employed by Stites and Harbison. His firm was paid over $200,000 in 2012 for their work as outside counsel for the KBA in their efforts to uphold the Supreme Court Rule which limits truthful but reckless speech of attorneys. We are informed that Farnsley did not participate in the selection of his law firm as outside counsel. That decision was apparently made by the KBA Executive Committee. It is possible that Farnsley was not on the Board when his firm was hired to represent the KBA.
#3 William R. Garmer. of Lexington.
#4 J. Stephen Smith of Covington..

Candidates for the Board of Governors may be nominated by 20 lawyers in good standing from the same Supreme Court District as their nominee, by filing a petition with the KBA no later than Oct. 31, at 5 p.m.

To find the rules regarding nomination of candidates for the KBA Board of Governors go to at Kentucky Legal News for the following article which includes a form of a nominating petition, and the address of the Executive Director of the KBA to whom the petition should be submitted. Look for article that is titled: WANT TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE KBA BOARD OF GOVERNORS? USE THIS FORM?. [Sep 24th, 2012] Read Story –>


KY. SUPREME COURT DISTRICT 1 Is represented on the KBA Board of Governors by:
Serieta G. Jaggers
Farmer & Wright, PLLC
1206 Marion Rd.
Princeton, KY 42445
(270) 365-1112
(270) 365-2765 fax
Term ends June 30, 2013

Allen County
Ballard County
Butler County
Caldwell County
Calloway County
Carlisle County
Christian County
Crittenden County
Edmonson County
Fulton County
Graves County
Hickman County
Hopkins County
Livingston County
Logan County
Lyon County
Marshall County
McCracken County
McLean County
Muhlenberg County
Simpson County
Todd County
Trigg County
Webster County

SUPREME COURT DISTRICT 2 Is represented on the KBA Board of Governors by:
R. Michael Sullivan
PO Box 727
Owensboro, KY 42302-0727
(270) 926-4000
(270) 683-6694 fax
Term ends June 30, 2013

Barren County
Breckinridge County
Bullitt County
Daviess County
Grayson County
Hancock County
Hardin County
Hart County
Henderson County
Larue County
Meade County
Ohio County
Union County
Warren County

SUPREME COURT DISTRICT 3 Is represented on the KBA Board of Governors by:
Richard Hay
PO Box 1124
Somerset, KY 42502-1124
(606) 679-2214
(606) 678-4696 fax
Term ends June 30, 2013

Adair County
Bell County
Casey County
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Clinton County
Cumberland County
Estill County
Garrard County
Green County
Jackson County
Knox County
Laurel County
Lee County
Leslie County
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Marion County
McCreary County
Metcalf County
Monroe County
Nelson County
Pulaski County
Rockcastle County
Russell County
Taylor County
Washington County
Wayne County
Whitley County

Supreme Court District 4 Is represented on the KBA Board of Governors by:
Douglass Farnsley
Stites & Harbison
400 West Market St., Suite 1800
Louisville, KY 40202-3352
(502) 681-0426 (direct)
(502) 779-8268 (fax-direct)
Term ends June 30, 2013

Jefferson County
SUPREME COURT DISTRICT 5 Is represented on the KBA Board of Governors by:
William R. Garmer
Garmer & Prather PLLC
141 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 254-9351
(859) 233-9769 fax
Term ends June 30, 2013

Anderson County
Bourbon County
Boyle County
Clark County
Fayette County
Franklin County
Jessamine County
Madison County
Mercer County
Scott County
Woodford County

SUPREME COURT DISTRICT 6 Is represented on the KBA Board of Governors by:
J. Stephen Smith
Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP
2400 Chamber Center Dr., Ste. 300
PO Box 17070
Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017
(859) 578-3070
(859) 525-0124
Term ends June 30, 2013

Bath County
Boone County
Bracken County
Campbell County
Carroll County
Fleming County
Gallatin County
Grant County
Harrison County
Henry County
Kenton County
Lewis County
Mason County
Nicholas County
Oldham County
Owen County
Pendleton County
Robertson County
Shelby County
Spencer County
Trimble County

SUPREME COURT DISTRICT 7 Is represented on the KBA Board of Governors by:
Earl M. “Mickey” McGuire
4706 KY Rt. 114
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
(606) 886-2201
(606) 886-2201 fax
Term ends June 30, 2013
Boyd County
Breathitt County
Carter County
Elliott County
Floyd County
Greenup County
Harlan County
Johnson County
Knott County
Lawrence County
Letcher County
Magoffin County
Martin County
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Morgan County
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Rowan County
Wolfe County

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