Diversity and Inclusion Summit

The KBA, LBA, and Brandeis School of Law are sponsoring a Diversity and Inclusion Summit. This historic and important event will feature Chief Justice
Minton, and other members of the Supreme Court and will be held in Louisville on Friday, April 10, at the Galt House. Since the YLD is a Platinum sponsor
of the Summit, we have two complimentary registrations. If you are interested in one of those two spots email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Even if you do not get one of the
complimentary registrations, the cost is only $100 and those attending will have the opportunity to earn 7.25 hours of CLE credit.    


As a sponsor, the YLD also has two tables at the April 10 luncheon. You do not need to be registered for the Summit to attend the luncheon, and I encourage you to do so. The luncheon will include a 1.0 hour CLE program. Greg Haynes will lead a conversation with Court of Appeals Judge Denise Clayton and Chief District Court Judge Derrick Reed of Hodgenville. If you are interested in attending the luncheon, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The YLD also has ten tickets to the Thursday reception that will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Again, you do not need to be registered to attend the reception. Click here if you are interested in a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Please also feel free to pass along the word to other Young Lawyers. We would very much like to have a good attendance at this event. Download more information about this event here

2015-16 KBA Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee Contested Election Candidates

District 5 Representative Candidates

Jonathan A. Hall

Jonathan Hall has been practicing law in the Commonwealth since 2012. While pursuing his law degree, Jonathan was a Staff Writer for the University of Dayton Law Review, argued for the school's Moot Court team, and served as President of his class on the Student Bar Association. He is the founder and partner at Wiggins & Hall Law Group, LLC, which has offices in Lexington and Dayton, Ohio. His practice focuses on estate planning, elder law, probate, and business planning. He is also licensed to practice in Indiana. Jonathan currently serves as the Chairman of the Northern Kentucky Bar Association’s Estate and Probate Section. He is also a “Big” with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass. He lives in Lexington with his wife, Laura, and his dog, Gizmo. It would be his honor to serve on the YLD Executive Committee as the 5th District Representative.

W. Steven Middleton

I am an associate at Johnson Newcomb, LLP in Frankfort, where I work for current KBA President William E. Johnson.  We are a general practice law firm that handles a wide variety of legal issues throughout the Fifth District. I earned my bachelor’s degree from UK in 2011 and graduated from the UK College of Law in 2014.  While in law school, I served as an Articles Editor for the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law and was a research assistant to Professor Rutheford “Biff” Campbell. I live in Lexington, where I have resided for most of my life. I am a member of the Franklin County Bar Association and the Kentucky Justice Association.

District 7 Representative Candidates

Miranda D. Click

Miranda D. Click, a native of Hindman, KY who now resides in Martin, KY, was Valedictorian of her graduating class at Alice Lloyd College, where she received a B.A. in both English and History and where she now serves as a member of the college’s Alumni Association. She received her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2008. While pursuing her J.D., she interned with the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Upon graduation from University of Kentucky College of Law, Miranda joined the C.V. Reynolds Law Office where her practice was focused on commercial litigation and insurance defense in both state and federal court. She joined the Pam May Law Firm in 2011 and now focuses her practice on medical malpractice defense, health care law, and civil defense litigation. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, the Pike County Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute.  She has been a member of the KBA Young Lawyers Division since her admittance to the bar. She became part of the KBA Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee in 2013 and currently serves as the Seventh District Representative. She also participates in a KBA Diversity taskforce/working group. Miranda has enjoyed her experience working with the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee, especially as the Seventh District Representative and would love the opportunity to continue to serve in that capacity.

Danny Lee Lunsford, Jr.

Danny Lee Lunsford, Jr., was born and raised in Harlan County, Kentucky. The first to attend college in his family, Danny obtained a Bachelor of Science with a major in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy from University of the Cumberlands located in Williamsburg, Kentucky. While at UC, Danny was heavily involved in the school’s Forensics Team and Mentoring Program. Danny also helped organized the first Voter Registration drive co-hosted by the College Republicans and College Democrats. Danny received his Juris Doctor at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia. While there he held office in 5 different student organizations, including Chairman of the Moot Court Board.  During his time at ASL Danny was named to the Dean’s list for two different semesters. Danny is currently licensed to practice law in Kentucky state courts and the Eastern District of Kentucky federal courts. Danny’s practice focuses on criminal defense, family law, and juvenile law. Danny is currently an Associate Attorney in the law offices of Johnnie L. Turner, P.S.C. in Harlan, Kentucky and also does contract work for the Department of Public Advocacy.

The 2014–15 KBA YLD Executive Committee Election Results

Thank you to everyone who participated by voting in the 2014-15 KBA Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee elections!

The winners for each election are listed below.

Secretary/Treasurer:                     Eric M. Weihe

2nd District Representative:           Lauren E. Marley

5th District Representative:            Mark B. Maier

7th District Representative:            Miranda D. Click

Legal Aid University: How Young Lawyers Can Build a Practice and Hone Skills

This free 6.0 CLE program is offered to lawyers who wish to learn basic skills in a variety of high-demand practice areas and who agree to accept at least three pro bono matters from the local legal aid organization. Experienced attorneys from the legal aid organizations will offer guidance to help young lawyers hone their skills while providing much needed legal assistance for indigent clients.

For more information, download this PDF


Young Lawyers Division Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

The Young Lawyers Division seeks nominees for four Awards given annually for exceptional contributions to the legal profession and the public.  Nominations are due Friday, April 10, 2015.  


The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award honors a Kentucky attorney who has excelled in the practice of law, and community service.  Any Kentucky young lawyer is eligible for nomination.  “Young lawyer” is defined as one who, as of July 1, 2014, has been engaged in the practice of law for ten or fewer years or who is forty years old or younger.  The 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award recipient was Rebekkah Bravo Rechter of Louisville, Kentucky.  For more information and to nominate a deserving individual, please click here.


The Nathaniel R. Harper Award honors a person or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to changing the face of the Bar by encouraging the inclusion of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, as well as promoting full and equal participation in the legal profession by all unrepresented or underrepresented groups.  The 2014 Nathaniel R. Harper Award recipient was A. Holland Houston of Louisville, Kentucky.  For more information and to nominate a deserving individual or organization, please click here.

The Young Lawyer Service to Community Award honors a member of the Young Lawyers Division for exemplary service to his or her community through volunteerism, service to non-profit organizations, and/or pro bono legal representation.  The 2014 Young Lawyer Service to Community Award recipient was Cara Stewart of Covington, Kentucky.  For more information and to nominate a deserving individual, please click here.

The Service to Young Lawyers Award honors a lawyer, non-lawyer, or organization for exception contributions to the professional and personal advancement and mentorship of young lawyers.  The 2014 Service to Young Lawyers Award recipient was Professor Robert Lawson of Lexington, Kentucky.  For more information and to nominate a deserving individual or organization, please click here.