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The on-demand programming will include 6 hours of CLE credits, including 1 ethics hour, and will be available until June 30.

In-person Bench & Bar attendees will receive access to the 6 hours of additional on-demand programming as part of their 2024 in-person registration.

The on-demand programming will be available through June 30, 2024, and registrants will be emailed a link to access those sessions.

Please be advised that the on-demand library is still a work in progress, and there may be additional programming changes made after June 1st.

Thank you to our 2024 Bench + Bar Committee Members!

Judge Lucy VanMeter – Chair, Elizabeth Combs, Matt Parsons, and Dana Arnold.

Speaker Biographies

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2024, IN-PERSON—Total Credit Hours: 6 (1 Ethics)


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Say What? Domestic Violence Court for Lawyers who Think DV means “Directed Verdict”
Judge Ross Ewing, Fayette Family Court 5th Division
Statute – HB346
Hamilton v. Milbry

10:15 – 11:15 p.m.   Authenticating Digital Evidence in the Courtroom
Hon. Susan Wesley McClure
We will discuss how to authenticate the ever-increasing production of digital evidence (text messages, websites, social media posts, etc.) and the legal issues that surround authentication.
Evidence Rules for Digital Evidence
Authenticating Digital Evidence
Authenticating Electronic Business Records
How to Gather Tech Evidence for Court
Attorney Resources

11:00 – 12:00 a.m.  Court of Appeals Update
Judge Pamela R. Goodwine
Published Opinions
Court of Appeals Statistics


1:00p.m.  – 2:00 p.m.  Legislative Update
Senator Reginald Thomas
Summary of legislation recently passed by the Kentucky General Assembly
Written Materials


2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  Got Questions?  Insights from the Courthouse Experts
Judge Kimberly Bunnell, Judge Denotra Gunther, Fayette Circuit Court Clerk, Vince Riggs and Fayette Circuit Court Administrator, Dana Carter
Gain valuable insights from experienced Courthouse experts during this comprehensive 1-hour CLE session.  The panel includes the Fayette Circuit Court Clerk, Fayette Circuit and District Judges, and the Fayette Circuit Court Administrator, offering a wealth of knowledge and practical expertise.
Fayette District Court Schedule
Court Administrator

3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m.  Making it Back:  One Lawyer’s Remarkable Journey from Despair to Recovery
Bruce Simpson and Yvette Hourigan
Attorney Bruce Simpson will share his personal journey of navigating a lifelong depression, the extreme despair he suffered while his illness went untreated, and where that despair led him.  He’ll also share his amazing recovery story and describe the difference in his level of practice when his depression was untreated versus his level of practice after he received appropriate care and medical management.
**Content and Trigger Warning** This session will address suicide and suicidal ideation, and some might find it disturbing.  Please feel free to step away from the presentation if at any time you feel triggered or otherwise disturbed.  If you need assistance, or if someone you know is suicidal, please, contact your physician, go to your local ER, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988, or message the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Both programs provide free, confidential support 24/7.

Written Material

Bench & Bar In-Person CLE Survey