Attorney Sidebar: Honoring Our Profession

~Phil Grossman

“I hold every (person) a debtor to (his or her) profession; for which as (members of their professions) of course do seek countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends to be a help in ornament thereunto.”
~Sir Francis Bacon
Preface, Maxims of the Law

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“We did not choose an easy profession. We work hard, most of us, for our clients. From our labor, we have a right to be rewarded, to seek some measure of comfort and profit. Our first duty is to our clients, but we cannot do that without taking care of our families and ourselves. That, we are not so different from other professions.

What is different is the time – honored tradition of being a “help and an ornament thereunto.” Our respect for the majesty and dignity of the law and the way we honor the Constitution and judicial system, leads us to a higher purpose. That we abhor abuse of the legal system in that we use our respect for the law to protect victims is unique. Our purpose is wrapped in a heritage that is dignified when we use our positions to strengthen the foundations of the law and protect the long history of the civil justice system.

Indeed, there are forces that do not respect what we do and that do not admire the heritage we seek to preserve. We are armed with the knowledge that we are not just beneficiaries of the tradition we inherited, but rather that we are, more importantly, fiduciaries of this exceptional legacy. From that knowledge, we will measure our success by the way we pass on this heritage to others. And if we live by that measure, we will succeed in our mission and Bacon’s charge [“I hold every person a debtor to their profession.”].”

~ Phil Grossman, President of Kentucky Justice Association
The Advocate, Jan/Feb 2018, page 4.


Bar Examination Pass List for July 2015 Examination (in searchable OCR format)

Results of the Kentucky Bar Exam for July 28 & 29, 2015. 375 applicants with 267 passing and 108 failing.

Campbell County Courthouse, Newport, Kentucky. Image courtesy of Keith Vincent,

Campbell County Courthouse, Newport, Kentucky.

Here are the results of the Kentucky Bar Exam for July 28 & 29, 2015.  375 applicants with 267 passing and 108 failing.

Of the three hundred and seventy-five (375) applicants who were certified to take the examination, two hundred and ninety-nine (299) took both the essay and the Multistate Bar Examination (“MBE”) portions of the examination, forty-four (44) took the essay portion only and thirty-two (32) took the MBE only.

Of the two hundred and ninety-nine (299) who took both the essay and the MBE portions ofthe examination, two hundred and twenty-three (223) passed both portions, six (6) failed the essay and MBE portions, three (3) failed the essay portion and sixtyseven (67) failed the MBE portion.

Of the forty-four (44) who took the essay portion of the examination, thirty-five (35) passed and nine (9) failed.

Of the thirty-two (32) who took the MBE portion of the examination, nine (9) passed and twenty-three (23) failed.

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