Kentucky Bar Association President Barbara Bonar has asked for 15 days to respond to the findings of a Lexington lawyer that the KBA hired to investigate Bonar, a KBA official says.
KBA President-elect Charles E. "Buzz" English Jr. confirmed that the KBA board of governors granted Bonar's request at an executive session Saturday.
Neither English nor Bonar's attorney, Tom Clay of Louisville, would reveal the nature of an outside investigation the KBA hired Lexington lawyer Robert Houlihan Jr. to conduct. The board of governors received Houlihan's report Nov. 17.
But English said that Houlihan's report involved a separate issue from a disciplinary complaint that Bonar faces from the KBA. The disciplinary case against Bonar follows Special Judge Robert McGinnis' 2007 ruling that Bonar and others might have committed ethics violations in the priest-abuse litigation against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington. McGinnis ruled that Bonar may have violated ethics rules when she settled individual cases while also representing a class of people who were suing the diocese.
Bonar became president of the KBA in July, even though she was facing disciplinary action from the KBA.
In that disciplinary case, Bonar has said she has done nothing wrong.