Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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Courier-Journal: "New Kentucky bar counsel once complained of changes brought by women lawyers" Read this story, and you say to yourself. Why? With the profession getting hits for actions of prior bar counsel and Kentucky Bar Association officers, why? With over 40 candidates vying for this position, is this the best we got seeking this position? Why? With over 17,000 lawyers in the state, is this the best we have to be in charge of our ethical standards? Why? I do not know which is the most egregious conclusion: A. He said it. B. The KBA hired him knowing he said it. C. The President of the KBA "found it didn't amount to anything." D. None of the other 40 seeking the job were better qualified. E. All of the above. Mr. Glover might be a fine attorney and a fine human being today, but our bar counsel should be made of cleaner stuff and be beyond suspicion. Now what? It's the KBA, an organization in and of itself. Required and regulated by the Kentucky Supreme Court and membership by all lawyers is mandatory. Maybe, I should be quiet? Why? Why not!! New Kentucky bar counsel once complained of changes brought by women lawyers Kentucky’s new chief bar counsel, who will oversee discipline of the state’s 17,164 attorneys, once blamed problems in the legal profession on the influx of women lawyers. A 1994 column Thomas “Tommy” Glover wrote as president of the Fayette County Bar Association in its newsletter, appeared to bemoan the changes brought by more women practicing law. Glover noted in the column that the percentage of women lawyers had risen dramatically since he entered the profession in 1975 and that for a number of attorneys “the new order is disturbing.” The column goes on to say that “women speak the law unlike men do. Not better, different.” Glover also said...
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Courier-Journal: "Senate President David Williams would consider appointment to circuit court bench" The rumors of the past several weeks has gained traction with a formal response by Senate President David Williams that he would consider accepting an appointment to the circuit court bench. Nothing about him or another submitting his name to the Judicial Nominating Commision for the circuit in question or if a "deal" or "arrangement" has been struck to hasten his exit from the state senate. This is not the first time that our Governor has used the judicial vacancy appointment process to solve his partisan political issues in state government by "rewarding" them with distinguished judicial appointments which enhance the opponent's prestige, position, and pensions. Now to consider appointing Williams to the bench is to politicize the judiciary in a way that can only puzzle court watchers who want an independent and judicious judiciary and not a haven for politicians in their twilight moments. Or as Shoeless Joe Jackson was queried (my parody): "Say it ain't so, Stevie!" Of course, in baseball being sent to the bench was not a good sign for a ball player. The nominating commission is scheduled to meet on Oct. 26 to consider the appointments. However, there is more than just considering a nomination, Mr. Williams will have to have his name submitted to be considered. When a judicial vacancy occurs, the executive secretary of the JNC notifies all attorneys and the public in the affected judicial circuit or district. Attorneys can recommend someone or nominate themselves. Interested attorneys must complete an application and return it to the executive secretary of the JNC. The chief justice meets with the JNC to select three nominees and then forwards those names to the governor. The names of the three nominees are listed in alphabetical order without indicating the commission’s preference. The governor must appoint a judge...

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