Friday, June 06, 2008

GOVERNMENT: Governor Beshear Appoints David L. Armstrong as Chair of Kentucky Public Service Commission

Governor Beshear Appoints David L. Armstrong as Chair of Kentucky Public Service Commission

By Dick Brown
502-564-2611 on Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office

Gov. Steve Beshear today appointed David L. Armstrong as Chair of the Kentucky Public Service Commission, effective June 1, 2008. The governor also appointed James W. Gardner as Vice-Chair of the Commission, effective June 16, 2008.

Friday, May 09, 2008

OTHER BLOGS: Poppe Blog reports on "Louisville Lawyer Suspended from Practice and Criminally Charged For Allegedly Stealing"

Hans Poppe at his law firm's web site has posted the following blog entry entitled "Louisville Lawyer Suspended from Practice and Criminally Charged For Allegedly Stealing". The post references a Courier Journal story on the suspension and criminal charges and  Hans adds the following comment.  However, click on the story for his entire post and a link to the Courier Journal story referenced therein.

As reported today in the Courier Journal, Louisville attorney Louis Smith has been accused of stealing money from his clients.  Prosecutors allege that Smith, an estate attorney, began stealing from clients, including Emily Strange, around 1999. * * *

It has been my [Hans Poppe's] experience that lawyers that steal money from clients don't usually have any insurance or assets. This necessarily means that it will be very difficult for any of his victims to recovery in a legal malpractice lawsuit; however, that doesn't mean his victims should sit idly by, they should hire an attorney to investigate if insurance is available and what, if any, assets are available to reimburse the clients and their estates.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

LAWYERS: Atty Tom FitzGerald appointed by Gov. to Environmental Education Council

From Kentucky.Gov - Attorney Tom FitzGerald appointed Tom FitzGerald to serve as a member of the Kentucky Environmental Education Council. Governor Beshear Appoints Member to Kentucky Environmental Education Council

Monday, March 10, 2008

BOOK REVIEW: "Kentucky Lawyer" by Mac Swinford reviewed by Judge Boyce Martin

Book review in courier journal:

Honoring Kentucky lawyers
By Boyce F. Martin Jr.
Special to The Courier-Journal

A drunk lawyer is stuck in his shirt. A woman rents out her baby. A ghost story. Get a mug of hot chocolate, pull up a chair in front of the fire, and listen to true stories at the feet of one of the longest-serving judges in United States history. This reissue by the UK Press of Mac Swinford's book, originally published in 1963, brings to life again the fact that Kentucky's history is far more exciting than fiction.

I first encountered Judge Swinford as a newly employed assistant U.S. attorney in Bowling Green, Ky., in 1964. I quivered in my boots before the judge that May morning, his awe-inspiring presence in front of me and a packed courtroom behind. Judge Swinford began with a glowing historical rendition of freedom beginning with the Magna Carta and ending with the beauty of Kentucky from the Big Sandy to the mighty Mississippi. He inspired in us an appreciation of the Kentucky lawyers and judges he lauds in this little book.

Judge Swinford was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1922, three years before he received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, and became a federal judge in 1937 and continued until his death in 1975. As an elder statesman of the court recounting the well-practiced stories of his long experience, Judge Mac Swinford had more in mind for his book than a compilation of chain e-mail jokes. The true end of this chocolate-box of stories is not just to give the passing pleasure of a good laugh, but to use the poetry of humor to honor the zeal and integrity of the Kentucky lawyer. With his disarming stories, Swinford raises up the prosaic practice of everyday law that "strengthen[s] the sinews of our democracy" through the talent of the Kentucky bar.

Boyce F. Martin Jr. is judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He lives in Louisville.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

LAWYERS: "Supreme Court affirms suspension of former county attorney"

The Kentucky Supreme Court has affirmed the temporary suspension of a former eastern Kentucky county attorney.  The high court's ruling on Thursday means former Bath County Attorney Donald "Champ" Maze must reapply to practice law after being released from prison.

PUBLIC DEFENDERS: More than just bad pay, now unhealthy working conditions!

An abandoned room at the Fayette County Public Defender Office on Church Street has so much mold in the drywall from a leaky roof that it's considered a health hazard.

Three lawyers are crammed into the library, the only space left for them to have an office. With few support staff members to handle minor tasks, the office's 18 underpaid, overworked lawyers copy files and archive case files themselves. They share printers.


POLITICS: Louisville Attorney Bob Heleringer seeking State Senate seat

Republican Bob Heleringer, who served 23 years in the Kentucky House of Representatives through 2002, filed yesterday to seek the state Senate seat held by Democrat Tim Shaughnessy.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

LOUISVILLE ATTYS: "Attorneys create program for WKU journalism students"

Jon Fleischaker and Kim Greene, two Louisville attorneys known for their work with the media, have created a scholars program for the School of Journalism and Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

LAWYERS: 2 lawyers get Health Cabinet jobs

2 lawyers get Health Cabinet jobs Elizabeth Johnson named new commissioner of the Department for Medicaid Services.  Sadiqa Reynolds, an assistant director of public works and assets with the Louisville Metro Government, was named inspector general. from

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Brandeis to be featured KET1 biography tonight - "The People's Attorney" - and will be featured prominently in the series beginning Wed. night on PBS titled "The Jewish Americans"

Brandeislouiscommons Profile sums up Louis Brandeis' impact on law and life will be presented on KET1 Wed. night, Jan. 8, 2007 at 9:00 p.m.  Here is a short intro from Tom Dorsey in the Courier Journal:

His life and career were full of many firsts as shown by "Brandeis: The People's Attorney" at 9 tonight on KET1. A number of area people were interviewed for the program.

Brandeis was the first American Jew to reach those rarefied legal heights. He did it at a time when racial, ethnic and religious discrimination wasn't even camouflaged by political correctness.  * * *

The TV biography focuses more on Brandeis' legal career than his leadership in Zionism and the establishment of a homeland for Jews, which he didn't live to see. Brandeis also figures prominently in "The Jewish Americans," a new PBS series starting at 9 p.m. tomorrow on KET1.

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