The Kentucky Bar Association is a mandatory or integrated bar association that oversees the regulation and discipline of the state’s law industry. It has more than 16,000 members who are required to join the KBA prior to being allowed to practice law in the state.
It was founded in 1871, initially as a voluntary association, in Louisville. It changed to a mandatory organization in 1934 when the Kentucky General Assembly passed a law that made it an extension of the state’s supreme court.
It is now headquartered in Frankfort and is governed by a Board of Governors who are elected by the Assembly. The board elects its own president every year.
The Kentucky Bar Association offers a number of services and benefits to members who keep their memberships current. For example, members of the KBA can save money on car rentals, financial services, legal directories, and website designs for their law firms. These services are available on the KBA website under the Members Benefits link.
Further, members can participate in a peer mentor program that assists new lawyers in getting started in the profession and established lawyers who perhaps are facing challenges like career burnout. The mentor program serves as a resource center for Kentucky attorneys and also welcomes new volunteers on a regular basis.
The public likewise can benefit by visiting the website for the Kentucky Bar Association. For example, people who have an issue with a lawyer can file a complaint on the website. Once the complaint is submitted, the KBA can begin an investigation and discipline the attorney if necessary.
Likewise, people who feel that they were unfairly charged money for legal services can likewise have their fees disputed and resolved by the KBA. The KBA can investigate the fees that were charged and make sure they were lawful and accurate. If not, the KBA may compel the attorney to refund some or all of the fees.
Finally, the KBA provides a no-cost attorney directory that puts people in touch with lawyers who can take their cases. Depending on a client’s financial situation, he or she may be eligible to take part in a pro bono program.
The KBA website has pro bono program information as well as information about other low-cost legal services. The Kentucky Bar Association is located at 514 West Main Street in Frankfort, 40601.