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2023 Judges' Forum

Kentucky Circuit and Appellate Court Judges are invited to attend the 2023 Judges' Forum held in conjunction with the Kentucky Justice Association's Annual Convention/Seminar at the The Omni Louisville September 6-8, 2023.

KJA is making the program available to judges for a total of $100 (program, social events, and hotel room at The Omni Louisville for the nights of September 6 and 7, 2023). Judges may seek reimbursement from AOC for this administrative expense. This event is limited to the first 30 judges who register. 

KJA's hotel room block expired on August 14. If you need a room, please select which nights you need a room during registration, and we will do our best to secure a reservation for you.

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 - Commonwealth I

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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