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2013 Bench & Bar Dinner a Success

On Thursday, Jan. 24 the LBA honored some outstanding members and introduced new officers at its 2013 Bench & Bar Dinner.

As the local legal community’s biggest event of the year, the Annual Dinner is an opportunity for area attorneys, judges and their guests to relax, unwind and enjoy a night of catching up with colleagues.

This year’s dinner was another sold out event and welcomed over 400 guests – filling The Henry Clay Grand Ballroom to its capacity. The event kicked off with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by an announcement of the 2013 LBA officers, dinner, an award ceremony, and finally a raffle drawing, of which proceeds will benefit the Louisville Bar Foundation, the LBA’s charitable giving arm.

2013 LBA officers were elected at the end of 2012 and include President Bradley R. Hume, Thompson Miller & Simpson; President-Elect Susan D. Phillips, Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett; Vice-President/Treasurer Angela Logan Edwards, Dinsmore & Shohl; and Secretary Charles J. (Mike) Cronan IV, Stites & Harbison. Past President Bobby Simpson introduced the officers after a short farewell speech and thank you to the evening’s sponsors.

President Hume opened the award ceremony and Simpson followed with the presentation of awards. 2012 LBA award recipients were recognized as outstanding members for their dedicated work and commitment to the legal profession. 2012 award recipients included:

Judge of the Year: Hon. Lisabeth Hughes Abramson, Kentucky Supreme Court

Justice Martin E. Johnstone Special Recognition Award: Thomas M. Williams, Stoll Keenon Ogden

Distinguished Service Award: Hon. A. C. McKay Chauvin, Jefferson Circuit Court -- and -- Patrick W. Michael, Dinsmore & Shohl

Judge Benjamin F. Shobe Civility & Professionalism Award: Margaret E. Keane, Bingham Greenebaum Doll

Paul G. Tobin Pro Bono Service Award: University of Louisville Law Clinic, Shelley M. Santry, Director

Judge Richard A. Revell Family Law Practitioner Award: Tara W. Hagerty, Jefferson County Attorneys Offce

Frank E. Haddad Jr. Young Lawyer Award: Lauren L. Knopf, Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office

Gavel Award: Cary Stemle, Louisville Magazine

Committee of the Year: Leadership Academy Steering Committee, Jonathan S. Ricketts, Chair

Section of the Year: (tie) Environmental Law Section, Susan L. Hamilton, Chair -- and -- Young Lawyers Section, R. Sean Deskins, Chair?

A raffle drawing wrapped up the evening’s festivities and afforded four lucky guests an especially good night. Donald J. Kelly of the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, received the grand prize: a trip for two to New York City; William D. Nefzger of Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger, received the North Naples Getaway; Sara L. Abner of Frost Brown Todd, received the Belterra Casino & Spa package; and Thomas Simms of the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, received the “I Love Louisville” package.

All in all, it was a great night, and we thank you for your support!

View photos from the event on our Facebook page HERE.

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