Read this story, and you say to yourself.
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?
With over 17,000 lawyers in the state, is this the best we have to be in charge of our ethical standards?
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.
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!!
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 that “humor has atrophied” and that “the comradeship that once existed is gone.”
“Jokes have been altered, poker isn’t played at the bar picnic...and the manner and method of practicing law has been changed, forever,” Glover wrote.
Glover’s column prompted an uproar from women lawyers in Lexington at the time, and he later wrote that he hadn’t intended to suggest that the “growing incivility in the law practice” is the fault of women lawyers. “To those who took offense, I apologize,” he said.
Doug Myers, president of the Kentucky Bar Association, which hired Glover for the $95,000-a-year job from a field of 40 applicants, said he was alerted to the column in advance and questioned Glover and others about it.
“His explanation to me was that he was writing about two things -- changes in the profession and women lawyers -- and that he mixed up the two subjects and they bled into one another,” Myers said.
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