KBA BOARD OF GOVERNORS ANNOUNCED FOR 2013-14 – LAWREADER ANALYZES THE NEW BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND NEW OFFICERS OF THE KBA

Feb. 5, 2013

Amy D. Cubbage, Louisville, and J. Stephen Smith, Fort Mitchell, have been elected to serve as Bar Governors for the 4th and 6th Supreme Court Districts (SCD), respectively, following a recent tabulation of votes certified by a canvassing board at the Supreme Court of Kentucky in Frankfort.

A swearing-in ceremony will be held during the Annual Banquet scheduled in conjunction with the KBA’s Annual Convention on Thursday, June 20, at the Galt House in Louisville. The following officers and bar governors will take office effective July 1; the officers will serve a one-year term ending June 30, 2014.

The bar governors listed below will serve a two-year term ending on June 30, 2015.

LawReader reviews the new Board and Officers.

President: Thomas L. Rouse -
( MANY MEMBERS OF THE BAR ARE HOPING THAT PRESIDENT ROUSE WILL ASSERT CONTROL OVER THE KBA AND WILL NO LONGER ALLOW THE BOARD TO HIDE BEHIND A NON-EXISTENT RIGHT TO KEEP ALL THEIR ACTIVITIES “CONFIDENTIAL”. WILL HE RELEASE FINANCIAL REPORTS TO THE ENTIRE BAR CONCERNING THE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS BY THE KBA? WILL HE HOLD THE BAR COUNSEL’S OFFICE RESPONSIBLE FOR DISCIPLINE ABUSES, UNTIMELY DELAYS IN THEIR PROSECUTIONS OF ETHICS CLAIMS, AND VINDICTIVE PILING ON OF CHARGES? WILL HE EXPLORE CLAIMS THAT THE BAR COUNSEL’S OFFICE HAS INTERFERED WITH THE SELECTION OF TRIAL COMMISSIONER APPOINTMENTS. WILL HE ALLOW DEFENDANT ATTORNEYS TO RECORD THEIR HEARINGS BEFORE THE BOARD? WILL HE KEEP A WATCHFUL EYE AGAINST ANY ACTION OF A BOARD MEMBER WHICH MIGHT REQUIRE RECUSAL? WE BELIEVE THAT PRESIDENT ROUSE WILL RISE TO THE CHALLENGE AND ASSURE THAT MANY OF THE REFORMS BEING CALLED ON BY LAWYERS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED. IF HE DOES HE WILL DESERVE TO HAVE HIS STATUTE PLACED IN FRONT OF THE KBA BUILDING.)

President-Elect: William E. Johnson
(MANY AROUND THE STATE HAVE PREDICTED THAT BILL JOHNSON WOULD BRING THE MUCH NEEDED “ADULT SUPERVISION” TO THE KBA. HIS POSITION THIS YEAR AND HIS POSITION AS PRESIDENT-ELECT BEGINNING THIS JUNE, GIVE HIM THE INFLUENCE TO IMPLEMENT THE REFORMS THAT WILL ASSURE THAT THE KBA REPRESENTS ALL ATTORNEYS AND NOT JUST ITS FRIENDS. HE CAN STOP THE PRACTICE OF THE KBA TO LABEL EVERY QUESTION ABOUT THEIR PRACTICES AS BEING PROTECTED BY THE NON-EXISTENT “CONFIDENTIALITY RULE”.

Vice President: Douglass Farnsley
(FORMERLY A KBA BOARD MEMBER. HIS LAW FIRM, STITES AND HARBISON, IS A FAVORITE OF THE KBA. THEY WERE HIRED BY THE KBA BOARD TO FIGHT TO RESTRICT THE FREE SPEECH RIGHTS OF ATTORNEYS IN THE JOHN BERRY JR. CASE. (The firm earned over $200,000 for their five year effort to defend the Bar Counsel’s attempt to limit lawyers’ rights.)
LOTS OF PEOPLE WILL BE WATCHING HIS VOTES TO SEE IF HE VIEWS HIS JOB AS REPRESENTING THE INTEREST OF STITES AND HARBISON AND TO KEEP THEM THE FAVORITE OUTSIDE COUNSEL OF THE KBA BOARD, OR WILL HE REPRESENT THE RIGHTS OF KENTUCKY LAWYERS.
WOULDN’T IT BE NICE IF VICE-PRESIDENT FARNSLEY BECOMS AN ADVOCATE FOR REFORM OF THE KBA?
THE VEIL OF SECRECY THE PAST BOARD AND THE PAST TWO KBA PRESIDENTS HAVE IMPOSED TO HIDE THE ACTIONS OF THE KBA CAN BE OPENED TO PUBLIC VIEW WITH THE HELP OF VICE PRESIDENT FARNSLEY. WE WISH HIM SUCCESS AND HOPE HE PROVES THAT HE IS ONE OF THE GUYS WHO WEARS A WHITE HAT.)

Immediate Past President: W. Douglas Myers -
(REFUSES TO DISCLOSE HOW MUCH THE KBA SPENDS FOR OUTSIDE COUNSEL.(As did President Margaret Keene.)
DEFENDS RIGHT OF BOARD MEMBER WHOSE LAW FIRM RECEIVED OVER $200,000 IN LEGAL FEES FROM THE KBA IN JOHN BERRY CASE TO CONTINUE ON BOARD.
REFUSES TO DISCLOSE WHICH BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR OF HIRING OUTSIDE COUNSEL TO ATTACK THE FREE SPEECH RIGHTS OF ATTORNEYS.
PRESIDENT MYERS REPRESENTS THE HIGH WATER MARK OF THE KBA OFFICERS WHO DISRESPECT ANY MEMBER OF THE BAR WHO HAVE THE SPINE TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SECRET OPERATION OF THE KBA.)

Young Lawyers Division Chairman: Carl N. Frazier
(WE HOPE MR. FRAZIER WILL REALIZE THAT HIS FUTURE DEPENDS ON HIS MONITORING OF THE KBA AND PARTICULARLY SEEING THAT THE BAR COUNSEL’S OFFICE PROTECTS THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF ALL ATTORNEYS. HE IS NEW TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW. JUST REMEMBER CARL, YOU REPRESENT ALL KENTUCKY LAWYERS, AND THE BIG LAW FIRMS WHO SEDUCTIVELY SUGGEST THEY MAY SEE MORE OF YOU IN THE FUTURE ARE JUST WOULD BE SEDUCERS.
IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SUCCEED, “DO THE RIGHT THING” AND SUCCESS WILL FOLLOW.)

1st SCD: Michael M. Pitman, Murray (WE HOPE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MR. PITMAN, AND WISH HIM THE BEST ON THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS.”)

2nd SCD: John David Meyer, Owensboro
(WE HOPE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MR. MEYER, AND WISH HIM THE BEST ON THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS.”)

3RD SCD: HOWARD O. MANN, CORBIN
(WE HOPE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MR. MANN, AND WISH HIM THE BEST ON THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS.”)

4th SCD: Amy D. Cubbage, Louisville
( EMPLOYED BY McBRAYER, MCGINNIS, LESLIE & KIRKLAND, PLLC. SHE REFUSED TO ANSWER LAWREADER QUESTIONAIRE ON KBA ISSUES….AND WE FEAR THIS SUGGESTS SHE WILL ENDORSE THE ANTI-ATTORNEY ATTITUDE OF THE PAST TWO KBA PRESIDENTS. HER LEGAL RESUME IS IMPRESSIVE. IT IS HOPED THAT SHE WILL BECOME AN INDEPENDENT VOICE FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE BAR…AND NOT JUST THE LARGE LAW FIRMS.

5th SCD: William R. Garmer, Lexington
(WHILE GARMER IS A VERY COMPETENT ATTORNEY, HE IS FELT BY SOME TO BE A LEADER OF THE KBA’S INSTITUTIONAL BIAS AGAINST LAWYER’S DUE PROCESS RIGHTS IN DISCIPLINE CASES.
SOME IN THE BAR BELIEVE HE OULD HAVE SPOKEN OUT WHEN THE BAR COUNSEL HARASSED SOME LAWYERS AND HE MAY HAVE CLOSED HIS EYES WHEN PAST MEMBERS GOT CONTINUANCES AND FAVORTISM WHEN CHARGED WITH ETHICS VIOLATIONS
WE HEARD NO PROTEST FROM GARMER WHEN HIS FELLOW BOARD MEMBER’S LAW FIRM FROM LEXINGTON, STITES AND HARBISON, WAS AWARDED A $200,000 CONTRACT TO REPRESENT THE KBA.
GARMER WAS SILENT WHEN THE LAST TWO KBA PRESIDENTS REFUSED TO RELEASE FINANCIAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE KBA’S EXPENDITURE FOR OUTSIDE COUNSEL. HE AND THE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS HAVE NOT EXPLAINED WHY WITH NINE FULL TIME LAWYERS ON THE BAR COUNSEL’S STAFF, THE KBA HAS SPENT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR OUTSIDE COUNSEL?)

6th SCD: J. Stephen Smith, Ft. Mitchell.
(REALLY NICE FELLOW. HE IS EMPLOYED BY A LARGE LAW FIRM WITH OHIO TIES. SOME CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS SAY HE IS TOO CLOSE TO THE ANTI-SMALL LAW FIRM MENTALITY GROUP ON THE KBA BOARD. HE IS JUST COMPLETING HIS FIRST TERM AND HOPEFULLY WILL REALIZE THAT THE RULES IMPOSE ON THE BOARD THE DUTY TO MONITOR THE EXCESSIVE PROSECUTION AND ABUSE OF LAWYER’S RIGHTS BY THE BAR COUNSEL’S OFFICE.
SMITH HAS BEEN GIVEN ANOTHER TERM ON THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS, WILL HE MAKE A NAME FOR HIMSELF AS A REFORMER AND ADVOCATE FOR LAWYERS RIGHTS, OR WILL HE REMAIN A SILENT BACKBENCHER WHO ALLOWS THE LEXINGTON AND LOUISVILLE BOARD MEMBERS TO HIDE THEIR ACTIONS BEHIND THE FALSE WALL OF SECRECY THEY CLAIM EXISTS.)

7th SCD: Earl M. “Mickey” McGuire, Prestonsburg
(HE IS AN INDEPENDENT MIND ON THE BOARD AND HOPEFULLY SOME OF THE NEW MEMBERS WILL LOOK TO MCGUIRE FOR GUIDANCE. MCGUIRE IS FAR ENOUGH AWAY FROM LEXINGTON AND LOUISVILLE, THAT HE IS NOT INTIMIDATED BY THE LARGE LAW FACTORIES.)

Next Year’s Election will focus on the following Board Members who were not up for election this year.
Other Kentucky Bar Governors currently serving terms ending June 30, 2014, are Jonathan Freed, Paducah, 1st SCD; Thomas N. Kerrick, Bowling Green, 2nd SCD; M. Gail Wilson, Jamestown, 3rd SCD; Douglas C. Ballantine, Louisville, 4th Supreme Court District; Anita M. Britton, Lexington, 5th Supreme Court District; David V. Kramer, Crestview Hills, 6th Supreme Court District; Bobby Rowe, Prestonsburg, 7th SCD

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