The Kentucky Bar Association on Saturday probably will review the findings of a Lexington attorney hired to conduct an outside investigation of its current president, Barbara Bonar.
KBA president-elect Charles E. "Buzz" English Jr. said in an interview that Lexington attorney Robert Houlihan Jr.'s report about Bonar was sent to the KBA's board of governors Monday and that the board probably would go into a closed session Saturday.
Digital Access For Only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
English declined to comment on the contents of the report.
Bonar's attorney, Tom Clay of Louisville, declined to comment on the Houlihan report, saying "the proceeding is confidential."
Houlihan also declined to comment.
Bonar, a Covington lawyer, became KBA president in July, even though she was facing disciplinary action from the KBA. Special Judge Robert McGinnis said Bonar and others might have committed ethics violations in the priest-abuse litigation against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington.
The findings came in a trial in which Bonar filed a lawsuit against Cincinnati attorney Stan Chesley, saying she was owed $1 million or more from the priest-abuse litigation.
McGinnis ruled for Chesley in the fee dispute and awarded no damages to Bonar.
After a two-day trial in 2007 in Boone Circuit Court, McGinnis said Bonar broke ethical rules by settling individual classes when she was co-counsel in the class-action suit against the Diocese of Covington, which was settled for $84.5 million.
During the trial, Bonar said she did nothing wrong. She appealed McGinnis' findings.