Wednesday, 21 September 2022
The LMICK Minute - Issue #25
News & Updates
Eastern Kentucky Flooding Disaster Recovery Continues
AppalReD, in conjunction with the Kentucky Bar Association and the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, is ready and able to assist Eastern Kentucky flood victims with legal services. Individuals needing assistance should call 1-844-478-0099 during business hours Monday through Friday.
Volunteer Opportunity: Pro Bono
If you are interested in providing pro bono assistance directly to flood victims, we recommend signing up as a volunteer with AppalReD on their website as they provide support for handling cases that may be outside of your typical practice area. Additionally, legal services organizations often offer legal professional liability coverage for those cases the lawyer handles on the organizations’ behalf. As a LMICK insured, your policy will generally cover your pro bono work. However, not all policies from all carriers are the same (and not all volunteer attorneys carry insurance). Always make sure your pro bono cases are covered (and with appropriate limits). For coverage questions under your LMICK policy, please contact us at 502-568-6100.
Volunteer Opportunity: Supporting the Legal Community
For those interested in supporting members of the legal community impacted by the flood, please consider the Kentucky Bar Association’s SOLACE program. Learn more about the program in our wellness section, below!
- Kentucky Bar Association Disaster Recovery Site
- KBA SOLACE Program
- Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
- Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund
- Kentucky Justice Association: Kentucky Strong Disaster Relief Fund
- Kentucky Flood Resources
You can find these and other disaster response resources on the LMICK website!
Keep in Touch!
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Practical Tips in Cybersecurity Series #2:
Our first installment was a Cybersecurity Primer from the cyber resource center available to LMICK Insureds. In the second installment, we take a look at risk assessments. This webinar provides a great introduction to the who, what, when, where, why, and how of risk assessments. The presentation slides are available, here, and corresponding recommendations for consideration are available, here.
What is Your File Retention Policy?
Following a recent presentation on disaster preparedness, we were asked about best practices for file retention. Although much of the details of retention depends on the firm’s practice and the facts of each case, the Kentucky Bar Association Ethics Committee provides guidelines in Formal Ethics Opinion E-436. Check out our recommendations based on that opinion, including some practical tips!
Kentucky Bar Association Launches New SOLACE Program
The KBA has announced the launch of the new SOLACE (Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel All Concern Encouraged) program. This program will provide a network of volunteers ready to help an attorney or other member of the legal community with non-monetary needs in times of crisis, whether natural disaster, illness, or other emergency. The program is currently working to pair up volunteers with victims of the Eastern Kentucky floods and will continue to expand as the need arises. Click here for more information about how to volunteer or request assistance.
How Your Leadership Style Can Support Employee Well-Being
As we prepared LMICK’s Third Quarter CLE on Effective Supervision (now available to insureds on-demand), we discovered a fantastic article exploring how the best managers utilized coaching techniques to support their team. Managers often resort to fixing issues for employees. However, “over-relying on fixing constrains [their] ability to lead and robs [the] team members of growth opportunities. … As a result, many managers get overwhelmed with responsibilities and burn out.” Anita Hossain Choudhry and Mindy Zhang walk readers through tools leaders can add to their toolkit that not only support team member growth but can also help prevent manager burnout.
Call or Text 988 for Suicide and Mental Health Crisis Assistance
The new 988 Suicide and Crisis Line is live in Kentucky and all bordering states. A recent NPR article discussed the new hotline, stating “[l]awmakers and mental health advocates also see this launch as an opportunity to transform the mental health care system and make care easily accessible everywhere in the United States.” For a deeper dive into the crisis of suicide—including risk factors and prevention strategies—look for Facing Suicide on your local PBS station starting September 13th.
Kentucky Law Update Registration is Now Open
The 2022 Kentucky Law Update program will include one day of live, in-person training in each location as well as an on-demand component. LMICK is excited to present live: Small Steps, Big Impact: Practical Tips for Protecting Your Practice (1.0 hour of ethics). This session will identify the most common causes of liability and then will equip attendees with small steps that can have a big impact on reducing their exposure and protecting their practice. KLU registration is now available!
New LMICK On-Demand CLEs!
“…And Here’s the Top Ten!” Ethics and Malpractice Avoidance Guide
Approved for 1.0 hour of Kentucky Ethics CLE Credit
Join Pete Gullett as he provides his top ten practical steps to avoid or prevent the likelihood of receiving a claim. This seminar will cover the most prevalent types of legal malpractice claims and tips to reduce liability. (Hint: If you haven’t taken care of your old dog recently…this seminar is for you!) Click here to register and for more information!
Effective Supervision: How to Meet Your Ethical Duties and Support Your Team
Approved for 1.0 hour of Kentucky Ethics CLE Credit
LMICK’s recent quarterly CLE is for everyone in your firm: partners, associates, and nonlawyer staff! Join LMICK’s own Courtney Risk as she explores how attorneys can meet one’s ethical duties as well as the team’s needs for professional growth and support through effective supervision. Click here to register and for more information!
We look forward to seeing you!
LMICK is proud to support the organizations that support you and your work! We will be out and about this fall, leading CLEs and tabling events. We hope you can join us at one of these currently scheduled events (and make sure to come say hello)!
|September 29:||Kentucky Law Update, Ashland|
|October 6:||Kentucky Law Update, Lexington|
|October 20:||Kentucky Law Update, Pikeville|
|October 27:||Kentucky Law Update, Bowling Green|
|November 3:||Kentucky Law Update, London|
|November 3-4:||Kentucky Justice Association Women’s Caucus Conference|
|November 10:||Kentucky Land Title Association Annual Meeting, Louisville|
|November 17:||Kentucky Law Update, Paducah|
|December 1:||Kentucky Law Update, Louisville|
Attending one or more of these events will help you reach your goal of 20 CLE credits which could earn you a credit on your next LMICK premium!
Need a CLE Speaker? Click here to schedule an ethics CLE for your event!
Angela Logan Edwards – President/CEO
Courtney Risk – Business Development Specialist