About Us

The Kentucky Bar Foundation, Inc. (KBF) is a nonprofit organization serving as the charitable arm of Kentucky’s legal community. Its mission is to further the public’s understanding of the judicial system and the legal profession through programs and philanthropic partnerships that help those in need.

Thank you to Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky
for making this film possible.

Providing Help Today and Hope for Tomorrow

The Kentucky Bar Foundation, Inc. has awarded grants totaling over $4.5 million since 1988 to agencies promoting access to justice and law-related education for Kentuckians.  The KBF has also developed its own projects toward this mission at times.  KBF support has positively affected the lives of many citizens of our Commonwealth and furthered the administration of justice through programs that include:

  • educating the public about law and the justice system
  • helping at-risk children
  • providing funding to assist abused women and children
  • assisting veterans with legal problems by funding clinics offering free legal services
  • providing funding to educate high school seniors about abuse of credit
  • preserving legal history

Click here to review the KBF's annual fact sheet outlining
the KBF's impact across the Commonwealth in 2022.

Contact Us

KBF’s Board of Directors and staff are readily available to answer your questions and tell you how you can help.

The Kentucky Bar Foundation, Inc.
Kentucky Bar Center
514 W. Main Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1812
(800) 874-6582
(502) 564-3795

Executive Director
Guion L. Johnstone

Program Manager
Gwen Smallenburg


Board of Directors 2023-2024


President: Sadhna G. True 
President-Elect:  Emily E. Walters
Vice President:  Melinda T. Sunderland
Secretary/Treasurer:  J. Hadden Dean
Immediate Past President:  Delores Woods Baker
IOLTA Chair:  L. Miller Grumley


First Supreme Court District
Natasha Camenisch Little, Madisonville
G. Kent Price, Paducah
Jack N. Lackey, Jr., Hopkinsville

Second Supreme Court District
Andrew J. Johnson, Owensboro
Lindsay H. Hinton, Bowling Green
Stephanie McGehee Shacklette, Bowling Green

Third Supreme Court District
Douglas G. Benge, London
John M. Gambrel, Pineville
Kelly Kirby Ridings, London

Fourth Supreme Court District
Bradley A. Case, Louisville
Deena G. Ombres, Louisville
Melinda T. Sunderland, Louisville
Appointment pending

Fifth Supreme Court District
J. Hadden Dean, Danville
Joshua E. Santana, Lexington
Sadhna G. True, Lexington
Rewa M. Zakhara, Frankfort

Sixth Supreme Court District
Delores Woods Baker, Maysville
Jessica L. Craven, Crescent Springs
Emily E. Walters, Florence

Seventh Supreme Court District
Miranda D. Click, Pikeville
Rachel Wagner Kennedy, Pikeville
Rhonda M. Copley, Catlettsburg

Ex Officio Directors

Kentucky Supreme Court
Appointment Pending

Kentucky Court of Appeals
Judge Jacqueline M. Caldwell, Springfield

Kentucky Circuit Judges Association
Judge Susan W. McClure, Madisonville

Kentucky District Judges Association
Judge Earl-Ray Neal, Richmond

Chair, Kentucky IOLTA Fund
L. Miller Grumley, Paducah

KBA President Representative
W. Fletcher McMurry Schrock, Paducah

KBA Past President Representative
Amy D. Cubbage, Louisville

KBA Young Lawyers Division Representative
Kyle R. Bunnell, Lexington

Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Dean Judith Daar, Highland Heights

University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law
Dean Mary J. Davis, Lexington

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
Dean Melanie B. Jacobs, Louisville


Financial Information

Visit the Foundation's Charity Navigator Profile here. If you are interested in additional informaton, the Foundation's governing documents, conflict of interest policy, and financial statements will be made available upon written request.