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2023 Judges' Forum

Wednesday, September 6

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception - Howl at the Moon (434 South 4th Street, Louisville)

Sponsored by Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd, & Conway, PSC


Thursday, September 7

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Top Ten Cases of My Generation

Richard Hay, Somerset, Kentucky

11:45 a.m.

Networking Lunch Provided in the Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by Elder Law Lawyers

11:45 a.m.

Women Trial Attorney's Caucus Lunch - Clifton Room

Sponsored by Scarlette Kelty, KJA Vice President

12:45 p.m.

How the Court Makes a Difference*

Justice Debra Hembree Lambert, Somerset, Kentucky

Justice Angela McCormick Bisig, Louisville, Kentucky

1:05 p.m.

Is Judicial Independence at Risk?* (Ethics)

Justice Michelle Keller,  Covington, Kentucky

Justice Kelly Thompson, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Moderated by Penny White, Knoxville, Tennessee

2:00 p.m.

State Courts and State Constitutions: Judges' Heightened Responsibilities and Lawyers' Unique Opportunities* (Ethics)

Judge Penny White (Ret.), Knoxville, Tennessee

2:45 p.m.

Networking Break

Sponsored by Mory and Colliersmith, PLLC


Puppy Pit from Animal Care Society

Sponsored by Becker Law Office, a subsidiary of Bubalo Law PLC

3:00 p.m.

Empowering Communities to Enforce Dram Shop and Safety Laws*

David Barber, Louisville, Kentucky

4:00 p.m.

Bourbon Justice—A New Frontier for Fraud Claims*

Brian Haara, Louisville, Kentucky

5:00 p.m.

Education Sessions Conclude

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

President’s Reception - Tavern on Fourth (427 South 4th Street, #B, Louisville)
Sponsored by RINGLER Associates - Brad Cecil, Cindy Chanley and Ryan Christen Oliphant

Friday, September 8

9:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by Morgan and Morgan

9:20 a.m.


Paul Kelley, Louisville, Kentucky

9:30 a.m.

Sutherland Springs and the FTCA: Preventing Mass Shootings*

Jamal Alsaffar, Austin, Texas

Laurie Higginbotham, Austin, Texas

10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

Sponsored by Little Law Office


Puppy Pit from Animal Care Society

Sponsored by Circeo Law Firm and Varellas & Varellas

10:45 a.m.

Dealing with PSQIA and Discovery Issues in Medical Negligence Cases

Chief Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry, Louisville, Kentucky

11:45 a.m.

Awards Luncheon

Join us as we recognize the recipients of the Peter Perlman Outstanding Trial Lawyer, Outstanding Trial Judge, and Consumer Safety Awards.

**Sponsorship Available**

1:15 p.m.

Dealing with State-Based Claims of Privilege

Judge Jeremy Mattox, Chief Circuit Court Judge, Georgetown, Kentucky

2:15 p.m.

Maximizing Strikes for Cause*

Robert Swafford, Austin, Texas

3:15 p.m.

Convention Concludes

See you in Lexington for the 2024 Annual Convention - September 25 - 27!

*Joint Meeting with Judges and Attorneys

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