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 and served on the Executive Board of the Student Bar Foundation. 


Prior to joining the Bar Foundation and IOLTA, Johnstone spent three years as the Program Director of the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. There, she provided low-cost legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees, conducted community outreach, wrote grants, and supervised staff, interns, and volunteers.  Additionally, she served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she taught Immigration Law and supervised the Immigration Externship.  Johnstone has also worked as a forensic social worker for New York County Defender Services in New York City and as a staff attorney for the Honorable Phillip J. Shepherd, Chief Judge of Franklin Circuit Court in Frankfort, Kentucky.  During law school, she interned for Immigration Legal Services at Catholic Charities of Louisville, Legal Aid Society of Louisville, and the Federal Community Defenders in Philadelphia. 

Johnstone succeeds prior Executive Director Amelia Martin Adams, who currently serves as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Tracey N. Wise, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.