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Kentucky Bar Foundation Awards 2017 Grants

The Kentucky Bar Foundation awarded $265,000 in 2017 grants at its annual Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon in Owensboro on June 22, 2017. This is the highest amount awarded in the Foundation's history, which has awarded more than $3 million since its grants program began in 1988. The 2017 grants were awarded to 22 nonprofits across Kentucky that provide law-related services. Learn more about this year's grantees at www.kybarfoundation.org/grants/. The Kentucky Bar Foundation is grateful for the thousands of attorneys, judges, law firms, and friends whose generosity make these grant awards possible!

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Kentucky Bar Foundation Welcomes 23 New Fellows

The Kentucky Bar Foundation proudly welcomed 16 new Life Fellows and 8 new Fellows at its annual Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon on June 22, 2017 in Owensboro. The KBF Fellows Program recognizes members of the Kentucky Bar who have shown support for the KBF's mission through their generosity in contributing the KBF. Thanks in part to the generosity of the following new Fellows and Life Fellows, the KBF was able to award $265,000 in grant awards - its highest amount to date - to nonprofits across the state:

New Life Fellows
William L. Aldred, Clarksville, TN Rachel Wagner…
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KBF Grant Applications Available January 6, 2017

The Kentucky Bar Foundation’s 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.  One of the ways that the Foundation serves this mission is by awarding annual grants to law-related organizations and projects.  The application period for the Foundation’s 2017 grants will be open from January 6, 2017 through March 15, 2017.  To be eligible for grant consideration, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Apply for a grant on or before March 15, 2017
  • Be a nonprofit organization under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3)
  • Request funding for a…
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Kentucky Bar Foundation and Kentucky IOLTA Fund Welcome New Executive Director

Guion L. Johnstone has been named the Executive Director of the Kentucky Bar Foundation and Kentucky IOLTA Fund, effective December 30, 2016.  Johnstone is an attorney from Lexington.  Raised in Paducah, Johnstone received her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Transylvania University, where she majored in Psychology and Spanish.  She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work.  While in law school, she was the Executive Editor of the University of Louisville Law Review…

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Kentucky IOLTA Fund Awards $365,000 in Grants

The Kentucky IOLTA Fund is proud to announce that it awarded grants totaling $365,000 in September 2016.  The Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (“IOLTA”) Fund was established in 1986 by the Kentucky Supreme Court through SCR 3.830.  IOLTA is a unique and innovative way to increase access to justice for individuals and families living in poverty and to improve our justice system.  Without taxing the public, and at no cost to lawyers or their clients, interest from lawyer trust accounts is pooled and awarded as annual grants to assist or help establish legal services, pro bono, and…

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Kentucky Bar Foundation Launches "Kentucky Attorneys Doing Good" Initiative

At its heart, the Kentucky Bar Foundation is about attorneys and judges helping others.  To celebrate the longstanding tradition of service among members of the Kentucky Bar, the Foundation is proud to spotlight attorneys “doing good” in their communities both in the Bench & Bar magazine and on the Foundation's Facebook page.  To learn more about how you can get involved, click here.

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Kentucky Bar Foundation Awards 2016 Grants

The Kentucky Bar Foundation proudly awarded its 2016 grants totaling $262,688 at its annual Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon in Louisville on May 12, 2016.  This year's grants total is the highest in the Foundation's history and brings the Foundation's total grant awards to over $3 million since the inception of the grants program in 1988.  The 2016 grants were awarded to twenty-four nonprofit organizations across Kentucky, all providing law-related services.  To see this year's grant awards, visit www.kybarfoundation.org/grants.

The Kentucky Bar Foundation expresses its continuing thanks to the many thousands of Kentucky attorneys, judges, and friends whose…

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Kentucky Bar Foundation Welcomes 41 New Fellows

The Kentucky Bar Foundation proudly welcomed 33 new Life Fellows and 8 new Fellows at its annual Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon on May 12, 2016 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.  The KBF Fellows Program recognizes those members of the Kentucky Bar who have shown support for the KBF's mission through their success in the practice of law and their generosity in contributing to the KBF.  Thanks in part to the generosity of the following new Fellows and Life Fellows, the KBF was fortunate to award its highest ever grants totaling $262,688 in 2016:

New Life…
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Application Available for Kentucky Bar Foundation 2016 Grants

The Kentucky Bar Foundation’s 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.  One of the ways that the Foundation serves this mission is by awarding annual grants to law-related organizations and projects. 

The application period for the Foundation’s 2016 grants will be open from January 7, 2016 through March 15, 2016.  To be eligible for grant consideration, all completed applications must be received in hard copy form at the KBF office no later than 4:30 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.  The Kentucky…

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Kentucky IOLTA Fund Awards 2015 Grants

The Kentucky IOLTA Fund is proud to announce that it awarded a total of $1,063,260.54 in law-related grants during the 2015-16 fiscal year.  The Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (“IOLTA”) Fund was established in 1986 by the Kentucky Supreme Court through SCR 3.830. 

The IOLTA program uses the advantage of pooling client trust funds to generate interest in excess of fees and costs.  The interest earned is used to assist or help establish legal services and pro bono programs, as well as other law-related programs benefitting the public that the Kentucky Supreme Court approves from time to time.  In the…

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